The following article is from the Swedish edition of The Local. It is by a young Swedish man and discusses his experiences as a “humanitarian” helping refugees. It is significant, to my mind, and I have inserted my thoughts within it, as well as underlined several lines within it.
From The Local:
Opening or shutting doors. Defending or discrediting refugees. Caring for or turning our backs on vulnerable people fleeing Syria’s cruel war. All is going to be written down, believes Erik Gerhardsson, a 21-year-old Swedish volunteer.
“Syria’s war is intricate and I think history will record how we, individuals or groups, reacted to this tragedy,” he says.
Gerhardsson wants his own entry in this still-being-written saga to be a positive one, even if his efforts only amounted to a very small detail in the perplexing tumult of the ongoing Syrian conflict.
“All is going to be written down”, “history will record how we reacted”. This is classic honor code rhetoric. If one removes the specifics and just keeps the verbage, it could be a young man from Greece 3500 years ago explaining his rationale for going to war in Troy.
Here’s what he had to tell us, in his own words.
I completed high school at the start of the refugee influx. I’d been working and saving money but didn’t have any real commitments. And I had always wanted to volunteer and help.
So in September 2015 when I saw that refugees were suffering from the long journey across Europe, and agonizing in the very same spots where I used to go on holiday, I couldn’t not react. I had to do something.
The first thing I did is donate €500 of my own savings; I started offering what I had on hand. Then a friend of mine who was volunteering with a Swedish humanitarian organization told me that people were in need for blankets in Hungary.
I could mobilize people in our municipality to collect blankets for refugees – and so that’s what we did.
But that wasn’t enough for me, I wanted to be more involved.
Heading to Hungary
It was obvious that many people were not doing anything to help. And then came calls for the borders to be closed. I and three friends of mine took a different stance. We managed to raise €3,000 in donations from family, friends, and people in our hometown that allowed us fly to Hungary to aid refugees en route to Austria in September 2015.
Trains carrying 1,500 people transported refugees closer to Austrian borders every hour. Nonetheless, refugees still had to walk for two to three hours to reach the closest Austrian customs checkpoint. It was a tough journey on foot.
So, we decided to walk part of the way with the refugees and did our best to offer them what they needed along the way. We gave them information to guide them throughout their march to their final destinations.
We offered water, food, and helped carry their kids or bags. Many of them were about to faint from the journey since they had already suffered through harsh conditions before arriving in Hungary.
Helping closer to home
In October we were back in Sweden and found many refugees were arriving to our hometown of Ingarp, part of Eksjö municipality in Småland in southern Sweden.
Here again, my friends and I created a small initiative called Medmänniskor Hjälper to prop up newcomers among us.
Locals in our town donated clothes and other household items that we later distributed to newcomers. We organized more activities such as sports and movie nights. Refugees needed a warm welcome.
Next stop: Greece
The scenes from Lesbos in Greece saddened me indeed. I still can’t get the terrible images out of my head showing hundreds of people sleeping on the ground without a roof.
It was December 2015 when I saw countless refugees shivering in despair in the freezing winter on that island. There weren’t enough places in camps to shelter everyone. I joined a group of volunteers at the notorious camp Moria on Lesbos. A few months later, in March 2016, I joined volunteers with another Greek NGO called Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI).
“The cold Winter in Lesbos”? The article is pretty standard fare throughout this middle section. The virtue signalling appears, the “humanitarianism” that sounds more like a vacation pops up. Yet there’s underlying significance.
It was very frustrating as we wanted to share the burden with others, but it felt like we really weren’t able to help much at all.
However, we helped as many families as we could among those suffering most from the freezing temperatures. They were cold, wet, and soaked to their bones. We gave them clothes and hot food, and a small taste of relief.
In 2016, hundreds of refugees were still arriving to the Greek shores. In March I moved to Lesbos and joined ERCI there also to patrol the coastline and help refugees who might struggle to make it ashore in the rough and unpredictable seas. We basically worked as lifeguards, spotting boats and helping prevent people from drowning.
Throughout the time of my volunteering I came across both hopeful and heart-breaking moments. Some boats arrived with everyone healthy and alive and smiles on their faces; others arrived with people crying and moaning out of fear, or from losing their loved ones.
One time a boat arrived with two corpses aboard. That shocked me. However, there wasn’t time to think much; only to act, and that’s what usually happens in such moments. My colleagues and I pushed the bodies off the boat and continued to help the other lucky ones who survived.
Emotional recovery usually came during rare moments of rest, and talking to each other helped us volunteers ‘heal’ and get over the trauma. Spending the day aiding people and making sure I could stand by every refugee that needed my help was actually the best medicine against emotional deterioration.
A message to Swedes and other Europeans
I’m always ready to go anywhere; wherever there are people on the run in need of help. I think it’s a shame most European countries have shut their borders in the faces of refugees.
Just ask yourselves how you would react if you were in these refugees’ situation! How would you like to be treated? Would you favour being shunned and rejected by other capable societies? I don’t think so.
European states are using resources to deploy soldiers, tighten borders, install walls and fences, and use tear gas, rather than using those resources to help vulnerable fellow humans.
A message to refugees of the Syrian war
You need to know that despite all the misery in your lives, there are lots of great people out there doing their best to help.
We hear you and feel your pain. I know it feels like the whole world has failed to end your suffering, but I hope that you hear me and know that I’m standing by you, and that you are not alone.
There are many questions that we might ask about the young man who wrote the above article, “Erik”.
He of course is brainwashed to the point of delirium, and is (quite noticeably) just repeating the things he has been told since grade school. Many of us had periods like that. I was an Obama National Delegate for God’s sake, although by that time I was already awakened regarding the situation in Europe and only supported Obama because I was obsessed with one or two other very specific issues. But I was like Erik at one time, probably around age 10 or 11. Others might have shared such ideas at that point, or for longer into adulthood.
Thankfully though today we all know how vastly different reality is compared to the picture seen in the above article. We know that Sweden has the second highest rape rate on earth, and that based on extrapolations from Norway 99% of those rapes are committed by Muslim men against Swedish children and women. We understand that the Muslim Brotherhood has been pushing mass-immigration into Europe for the purpose of Hijra (conquest through migration) since the early 1980’s if not longer. We understand that in addition to elites who are brainwashed just as Erik is, there are very specific groups of foreign subversives pushing this genocidal level of immigration (as they themselves admit). We know that the police in Sweden are on their last legs, and the society is on the path toward failed state status. And finally, we see the daily horror stories, when the Muslim immigrants that people like Erik bring to Sweden rape young children, and kidnap women off the street to gang-rape, torture, and enslave them.
One obvious question then is to what level of culpability to hold young men like Erik? Some would see zero, as he is a product of Sweden’s totalitarian education-system, and their state-religion of ethnic suicide and pathological-altruism. Others would say the opposite. Anders Behring-Breivik was one of these, and he attacked and killed over 50 young Labour Party Youth members younger even than Erik. While Breivik did correctly diagnose the trajectory Norway was on and the obvious implications of mass-Muslim immigration, I object to his choice of killing women and young teenagers (if it had just been adult male members of suicidalist political parties that would have been much different).
But the question I am most keenly focused on is this: How can we as a meta-political movement reach enough young men like Erik to redirect the course of events? How can they be awakened in time to prevent the West’s destruction? How can we stop these young men from importing their own eventual executioners? For let us be equally cognizant of the fact that there are Erik’s in every country throughout the West, not just Sweden.
I believe his above piece gives clues, foremost among these the overwhelming presence of emotion contained within it.
There is no talk of the future in his writing, there is no talk of plans, or strategy, or cause and effect, no talk of geography, data, numbers, etc. In an article discussing a situation of the complexity and geopolitical magnitude that the Syrian Civil War is, this is quite remarkable. Now, of course we know that 90% of these migrants aren’t Syrian, and that the Syrian Civil War has basically nothing to do with the manufactured “migrant crisis”, but that does not take away this remarkable fact.
“Erik” makes no arguments about the best way to handle the “refugee crisis”. He does not speak of solutions, or options, or likely results. He shows no forethought regarding the implications of his actions.
Instead, he repeats “feeling” words over and over. The entire focus of the piece is on his emotions, the emotions of “bad people” who don’t help refugees, and the emotions of the refugees themselves.
This is of course reflective of r-Selection, in which thinking is framed through the lens of a resource glut in which competition and scarcity are foreign concepts, and is also in part a reflection of the fact that we have moved from an “honor culture” to a “victim culture‘, but as I stated at the beginning, there is still direct evidence of “honor” speech in Erik’s words. In wanting to be “on the right side of history”, he demonstrates that the fear of shame is still a motivator, if even subconsciously, even if Cultural-Marxism has perverted the lenses through which shame and honor are viewed.
This is hopeful. For just as those young Greeks in the time of Achilles wanted nothing more than to slake their thirst for honor and greatness, and probably cared little for the complex questions of the war, young men like Erik are similarly focused. In his case it may manifest through feminine language, and tragically misguided actions, but the longing for meaning is still preeminent.
And this good for us, for unlike cynicism and retreat, misplaced idealism can at least be reshaped. And indeed I think it will be. For just as truth, like water, finds its level- as we see in the liberal-formulated term “fake news” quickly undergoing a 180- and becoming a synonym for left-wing propaganda- so too do we possess the true keys to meaning and honor. The teachers, strategists, and high priests of Progressive-Leftism may have taken this drive for meaning and morality and honor and twisted it to fit their own ideology, and their destructive short term goals, but in truth it can only survive in a healthy, tradition-based, K-Selected society.
If these young men are speaking in the language of ’emotion’ to such a degree, our efforts toward awakening them must be reflective of this. For all that I mock him, I must actually give Glenn Beck credit in this regard, for I recently heard him and his co-hosts talking about something very similar – that while conservatives often speak in terms of principles, facts, numbers, and cause and effect, liberals almost always filter things through the prism of “feelings”.
With that being the case I think Erik’s above essay is an object lesson that wayward young Occidentals will not be easily swayed by facts, figures, and “common sense”. The left has fed them a fairy tale of morality, meaning, and heroism. It is false of course, but rather than awakening them through measured argument and cold hard reason, we must utilize those exact same lenses.
This is good, for I can think of few things more honorable, meaningful, and heroic than toppling the traitorous governments of countries like Sweden, retaking the lands our forefathers fought for, and expelling the traitors and invaders despoiling them. Doing so is not just what is best for Swedes like Erik, but also for the “migrants’ he professes to care for. For every day this mass-population transfer continues, the more eventual horrors are cast into motion.