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Refugees: a flock of victims or a huge pain in the arse?

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Following several Facebook statuses advocating for countries to take care of their own people before allowing refugees in or not wanting to have anything to do with the extra influx of immigration (see Brexit, too), I have to admit that notwithstanding the liberal / progressive label that I have been comfortable to wear most of my life, I could not agree more with these sentiments. 

On this issue, Lao Tsu put forward his opinion:-"If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart."


Or as the Dalai Lama put it:-"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."


Yet, we do not have to travel to the Far East to hear simila…