Within, Without You (against EU plans to criminalise those in the community helping refugees and asylum seekers)

Within, Without You

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.

9 thoughts on “Within, Without You (against EU plans to criminalise those in the community helping refugees and asylum seekers)

  1. We all find ourselves adrift at some point… gratitude, gratitude for all the hands that reach, and the voices that remind us of the power of personal choice. xx


    1. Yes, you don’t hear of the work the people of Lesbos are doing, in saving those in danger and sea but also, tragically, having to bury those who survive. Thank god the world is full of people with good hearts and majestic kindness.


  2. Ah Mo, once again you’ve touched the core of that general lack of compassion in the world just now…..your art continues to be ever wonderful and your insight astounding……thank heavens for all those hands around the world that reach out with compassion and love and thank you for reminding me to remember to give thanks for all that I have and all that I am…..and to share all of that with others.


    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Harolyn, love seeing your name pop up with your comment, hope you’re doing okay. Yes, there are so many hands reaching out with love and compassion and we, the people, need to remember this because the mass media only reports misery and woe. We are better than this! Much love, Darl xx


  3. Mo…do you ever wonder how the world can be so filled with so many loving kind people and those who have lost all touch with humanity ,tenderness and simple kindness… Some days I think how can we possibly continue in this way and yet we do and the good kind people out in the world.do .. I do believe that this is powerful energy and we will be given the grace to continue one day at a time.. I love you Mo and your amazing courage ❤


    1. Yes, I do despair of the world sometimes, but then I read of an act of kindness and it restores my faith in humanity. So it is one day at a time, but I have decided to be an ambassador for joy to counter the negativity in the world. Someone’s gotta do it, and your lovely art inspires me to aspire to positivity rather than despair! Love you too, Joyous Jo Anne!


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