Closed hearts and closed borders – refugees in the era of terrorism

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Closed hearts and closed borders – refugees in the era of terrorism

We are living at a time of critical global instability.

This is not an abstruse concept, reserved for cold, academic consideration and analysis. It is real, devastating and its impacts, no matter how insulated our lives, are being felt by every person in this world.

Nations are being torn apart by conflict.

So many lives have been lost, and people devastated by injury to body and mind, that the numbers leave our minds reeling. This incomprehensible volume of human annihilating human belies our pride in the position we have awarded ourselves as the peak of evolutionary development on this planet.

Infrastructure has been destroyed to such an extent that once thriving cities can no longer support the most poorly eked out human existence. It is impossible to imagine how such devastation and wreckage will ever be rebuilt. Battered and broken survivors have been set adrift from their homes; communities and cities reduced to rubble… from their work, their family, and their friends… all that is familiar and brings comfort and certainty to a human being in this world, lost to them. They must find a new place to call home, and start their lives again.

At the same time we are all facing an unprecedented level of threat from terrorism.

Since the significant and frightening increase in terrorist attacks since 2013[1,2], many EU nations have been trying to seal their borders against a ceaseless tide of people seeking refuge. In this they feel justified even though it is practically impossible to achieve their stated goal. More than 170,000 people fleeing persecution and conflict in Syria and certain war torn African nations such as Nigeria, have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to arrive in EU nations in 2016 alone[2,3]. More than one million made the same trip in 2015. Most of these people are seeking a new life in Germany or Sweden… most of them are trapped in Greece, a swamped nation, unable to support its own people let alone the impoverished mass seeking refuge from war and devastation.

In this current terrorism tainted climate, the dual poisons of racism and religious persecution have been given perverse permission to flourish.

Years of the politically correct, religious tolerance have been exposed as nothing more than a slender veneer covering fear, mistrust and a sense of an unbridgeable divide between “us and them”. This has festered like a wound that has been covered for too long. An illusory sense of protection has been created by claims of greater border control, aiming to keep ‘them’ out, but at the terrible price of inciting a greater sense of separation, nationalism, bigotry and social isolation. In other words the solutions we have chosen fertilise the ground in which the seeds of the problem were sown.

Paris can be cited as but one example of this unacknowledged tension and fear. All was not well in the ‘City of light’ well before the overt violence of the terror attacks exploded in 2015. Youths from northern Africa, with the dull, angry eyes of people existing on the fringe of the society, were to be seen everywhere. They were people who were living in a place but it was not their home. The native Parisians either ignored or were afraid and suspicious of them. They were seen by some to be an internal threat, and perhaps the terror attacks were seen as a validation of those fears. Yet no one was asking why such a situation – in which members of the community did not feel themselves to be a part of that community – went unchallenged for so long.

It is time for us to get honest, to recognise that the world order is irrevocably changing.

Masses of people are being set adrift. Can we close our borders against them all? Force them to live in places that cannot sustain a life for them? Do we in Western nations, who claim to be the upholders of decency, integrity, social justice and human rights, continue to detain people in a way that grotesquely contravenes the most basic of these principles?

Do we keep on enacting laws that erode freedom in the name of preserving it?

What is very clear is that our solutions are not working. Paris is not the only city in the world with social discord and separation founded on the basis of religion and nationality.

We have no choice as the world order breaks apart, other than to find a way to deal with this – yet is draconian control the answer? The significant increase in terrorist attacks since the introduction of increased border control suggests not[1,2].

To date we have let some people into our nations…. but only to a point. We have not let people into our communities, our lives and our hearts. Integration, trust and a sense of unity are a far distant hope, as the people who come to their new home do so carrying the unhealed scars of war and alienation, and the people who offer sanctuary frequently do so with a sense of mistrust, fear and all too often, the blatant disdain of racism.

There is a reason that we are fighting a war with no frontline – for it is a war that infiltrates every aspect of our societies. It is made apparent in our isolationist policies, empty promises of sealed national borders, and extraordinary powers awarded to police that do not cause us to blink a concerned eye. That war is confirmed by all of us – every person in this world who shores the invisible trenches with the planks of hatred, bigotry and presumed guilt by difference.

None of it is working. We truly are kidding ourselves.

The harder we tighten our grip on security, the more the real cells of evil slip through our fingers. This grip is also used to justify the inhumanity of detention centres, little more than poorly regulated prisons that promote political agendas and encourage the indecency. In these places people of all ages are exposed to flourishing abuse, harm and risk – all of which goes appallingly under-reported. The rest of us turn away, feeling that somehow this human rights violation is justified, sending a needed message to terrorists to keep away – as though failing to help suffering people will somehow stop terrorism, stop the war, and restore peace.

It is all the evidence we need that evil begets only evil. It is all the evidence we need that we are fighting a battle against each other, and the entire globe is its field. This is the new world war.

Our thus far desperate attempts to stop it merely perpetuate the harm. We cry out for peace, yet what is the nature of the peace we seek when we do not heal our hatreds, prejudices and challenge our sense that separation and alienation can be justified?

"Peace should be seen as an ill desired outcome.
It is an outer layer that does not change anything
on the inside. And this is why from peace you can
still erupt into war. Only in harmony will we
cease all fighting and arguing."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p 253

Whilst we focus on trying to control a war with no frontline we miss a far greater point – that there is a seed of separation between us that we have never dealt with, from the dawning of time.

The crumbling world structure is showing us that the differences between us were never anything more than a chimera – a strange fantasy story of ‘us and them’ that has become our living nightmare as the structures we have fought so hard to preserve fall apart.

No border is thick enough, no wall high enough, no security screen perceptive enough to save us. The outer measures are failing, the aggression and loathing increasing. Now is the time that we must draw from a different source for our security. For it is only when we sense deep within ourselves that the idea of ‘us and them’ turns to dust.

It is in that moment that we discover where the frontline truly is – the most devastating war is one we are fighting within ourselves, before we fire a weapon, hurl a grenade, detonate a bomb – it is the war against our own essence, our true nature and the powerful pull to oneness.

There are no solutions offered here, nor can there be.

This essay, if it serves at all, is an urgent call for us to stop, to see at last that we have failed and failed and failed to end conflict on this planet, and to be humble enough to seek a new way forward… one based upon the truth of who we are, a way that transcends the superficial differences.

"We have peace when we do not have war,
but war is still possible.
When we have harmony, war is impossible."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p 445


  • [1]

    National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). (2016). Global Terrorism Database [Data file]. Retrieved from

  • [2]

    Vision of Humanity. (2016). Retrieved 6 April 2016, from

  • [3]

    UNHCR. (2016). UNHCR Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterranean. UNHCR Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterranean. Retrieved 6 April 2016, from

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