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Greece has a real problem with its history. When I think of Greek civilizations, my mind floods with rich culture, mythology, the arts and the birthplace of democracy. Though that's true of the Greek civilization as a whole, ancient Greece often overshadows the current decisions of the country. Current decisions that can serve as an excellent indicator to the western world of what may come to be.

I argue that Greece has always been a vision of the future for the west. If you watch them closely, they come to deal with the same problems we do, and how they handle them will give us insight into what happens to us in that situation. Recently, as far back as the economic crisis of 2015 in Greece, they've been struggling with immigration.

People from Turkey cross the Greek-Turkish border into the country by the thousands, many coming from Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria. At first, the Greeks were not only okay with this but took pride in their compassion. They took them in, took care of their children, fed them and clothed them. Let them know that this was a place of rest and solace.

This compassion even earned them a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. An entire people showing so much love that they were all nominated as a group, and that's just incredible. But that didn't last forever. It couldn't. Immigration has more lasting effects than just making us feel good or nominating us for a prize. These are people who need food and clothing and water and eventually entertainment and a home.

Then, the outcasting starts. It's when the Greek citizens start to feel like other people coming in are taking away from the people living there now. Everybody wants immigrants to have food and shelter until it becomes their food and shelter. That's when the limits get pushed and if they get pushed too far, you'll get what's happening there today.

A country with such a compassionate history, now has vigilantes walking the borders, ready to beat or shoot or scare anyone jumping the proverbial fence, out of defense of their home. The people seemed to have taken matters into their own hands.

Say what you want about open borders and how philosophically it'll be morally correct and all that other jazz. Immigration happens. And with the common populace, there will be a lot of people that feel like they have more of a right to the land than others do. In America, it's apparent. In Greece, it's apparent. In most good countries it's an issue, because it always comes down to who gets the scarce resources?

Everyone should get them. The world should be a utopia with free education and food security. The only problem with a should statement is that it doesn't take into account the consequences of an action. The problem with being a good country to live in is that the resources are spread very specifically to how many people we have.

Now we can tax corporations and the mighty and all the other stuff, but eventually I think it'll come back down to it. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, and I think immigration adheres to that rule. Not because I'm morally against it; if I could I'd house every refugee and immigrant around, but I can't. Too much immigration can strip us of our empathy rather than enhance it. It can make the common populace feel robbed.

No country can let anyone and everyone in and not inspire some form of nationalism. It can become us versus them quickly, and the key is not open borders. Give that some thought as you read about all these other countries in the paper. How many of them would do just what Greece has started doing? And when will that become America?

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