Many locals and holiday makers on Greek islands such as Lesbos have waded into the sea or gone out in small boats to give a helping hand to refugees and asylum seekers in difficulties, which I think is absolutely wonderful.
It shows a humanity which is sadly lacking in EU leaders and bureaucrats because, a couple of days ago I happened to see an article about secret moves by European bureaucrats to institute measures to criminalise charities, Greek islanders and volunteers who have rescued and cared for migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece. Anyone not registered with the police would be regarded as smugglers which is absolute bollocks.
I find the fact that this idea has even been considered quite twisted, hateful and symptomatic of those who have lost touch with their humanity and locked their hearts and love away into black, wooden boxes where their hearts ought to be.
And after I’d created the above image, as I was wondering what to call it, I heard in my head the words: “Within, without you”. I knew the song was by the Beatles but I had no idea of the lyrics until I read them. And it seemed to me that the words below relate to the hard, wizened hearts of those dreaming up cruel plans to demonise and criminalise those with heart and kindness reaching out to help those in need.
I sincerely hope these hateful plans never come to fruition and kindness and humanity reign supreme.
We were talking, about the space between us all
And the people, who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse of truth, then it’s far too late, when they pass away
We were talking, about the love we could all share, when we find it
To try our best to hold it there, with our love
With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew
Try to realize it’s all within yourself no-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows on within and without you
We were talking, about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul
Then you may find, peace of mind, is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we’re all one,
And life flows on within and without you.