The Complete Freedom of Truth brought together a group of diverse human beings, from different backgrounds and experiences, but who were of the common desire to develop interconnectivity and compassion to create positive conversation and relating.
As we left and returned to our homes, the refugee crisis which had been existing somewhat removed from main-stream media, suddenly reached a level of intensity which meant the true stories of human despair and political ineffectiveness began to permeate into the general public eye. For many of TCFT participants the refugee crisis was more tangible to grasp, as their position in Europe meant they were seeing many seeking asylum in the cities close to them.
Building upon the importance of sharing thoughts and ideas through conversation, and also recognising the importance of the ability to tell the true stories of individuals to counteract a media rhetoric which has the incredible aptitude to be devoid of any human emotion or sympathy, there began a dialogue between different members of TCFT team around this issue of human crisis.
But this dialogue which emerged must only be the beginning of something bigger. Through the sharing of stories and experiences we want to create the space where an ongoing discussion can be lived out, knowledge can be exchanged and we can support one another to help build human connections which live out the values of love, empathy, freedom, human rights and the many other principles which are imperatively important to TCFT and which mobilise the ethos of the project.
Below is the start of the dialogue … and the space for us to continue it. Let us begin to change the negative narrative within our societies, using creativity and the arts to help facilitate this.
(The aim of this narrative is to provide an insight into the experiences across Europe. All this dialogue has been taken from email correspondence from many different voices and has been unaltered, but pieced together in a way to coherently tell the story of what is happening. What follows can be taken as one person’s internal thought process, an inner monologue, which starts with feelings of hopelessness and despair, but builds to reach a level of hope at the ability to change the situation. The aim for you, the reader, is to be able to build upon the journey of hopefulness and add your positive stories and interactions to this ongoing dialogue)
September 14th 2015: The day when the Hungarian border closed
The situation with refugees in Serbia in the last two days is shocking.
When the Hungarian Government decided to close a border at midnight two days ago, I was in the park. Chaos started. One father told me that Hungary shows “dark side of EU”. They felt lost and scared.
In the last two months through Serbia passed 2.000-12.000 migrants daily. Croatian police threw them out from trains and buses into 36 degree heat.
Some of the refugees are hiding tonight in the city. Many of them have cuts from police batons.
When the Hungarian border closed, many families were separated, because the buses were limited with seats.
Our voices are not powerful enough, compared to the media that shows only violence and aggression between the Syrian people and the Europeans.
I cannot explain what is like to look them in eyes, where you can see no hope, deep disappointment and heartache.
They are very tired, exhausted, hungry and many are sick and with an injury on their feet from walking.
Refugees will be arrested if they are found in a station without their documents.
Where will they go? They don’t know and we don’t know. So where should they go?
People like me are ignored, bullied, called naïve and stupid.
The media is manipulating people. People don’t know what to believe anymore.
Today they were scared.
So how can we help people feel safe?
We need HUMAN INTERACTION.
All we can do is continue to be led from kindness. If we remove politics then people naturally want to help each other...
Refugees are welcome.
Groups of students organize everyday in shifts in order to help, talk with refugees, play with children and give them support, so they don't feel alone at the station.
We provided big table with charging system for telephones, this is the first thing they do when they come to the station, they charge the telephones and call family members.
There is a great will towards help. We need powerful positive messages.
As individuals we need to get alongside people and be selfless in our interactions with them.
Something extraordinary is happening in Europe at the moment. It has taken time to mature but all I see on the news are stories of compassion and kindness.
I hope I at least give some food for thought, because … "it starts with kindness and respect."
Will you go ahead with this?