The Threat of Statelessness

Hannah Arendt states in The Origins of Totalitarianism that statelessness leads to rightlessness for persons. Basic privileges like owning a home or legal rights, such as being protected by the government start being stripped away.  It’s not only in their country that they lose rights, but as a stateless person, they lose rights in all countries.

Here’s what’s at stake with losing rights of citizenship: “Not only did loss of national rights in all instances entail the loss of human rights; the restoration of human rights, as the recent example of the State of Israel proves, has been achieved so far only through the restoration or the establishment of national rights” (The Origins of Totalitarianism, 299).

This article:

Trump’s New Target in the Politics of Fear: Citizenship

by John Ganz (7/23/2018, NYTimes) talks about the relevance of Hannah Arendt today.  The author of the article, John Ganz, argues that making citizenship a right that cannot be taken away is necessary to protect rights of the citizens.

I’ve been reading Hannah Arendt’s argument on the statelessness and what that entails.  So I was elated to read this article.

 

when in doubt, pray

I’m telling myself, when in doubt, pray.  I am in the middle of writing a paper which is due tomorrow.  I’ve been sitting at my desk for couple hours now not being able to start getting back into working on the paper.  All I can think is, Oh Lord, Have Mercy on Me, Come quickly to  my aid.  Why is it, I mean it makes sense, but still, when things are going well, I’m not as desperate to pray to God.  But when I feel desperate for help, I am on it, looking at God and crying out for help.

My younger brother and I have a special relationship.  He contacts me out of the blue some times.  When I contact him, I may or may  not get an answer, but he isn’t so responsive.  But when he contacts me, he’s full on focused on communicating with me.  Actually, this doesn’t even happen so much now.  But it used to be this way few times a year.  He would contact me and have my full attention when he needed me to do something for him.  Even so, I welcomed those interactions because otherwise I wasn’t getting to interact with him much.  But oh man, oh man, how happy would I be if he just contacted me some what regularly just to say hi and to check in with each other!

So I wonder, does God just put up with what I bring or am I bringing to God my best as a living sacrifice?  I know the answer.  Though I have failed to execute this plan many times, I will once again try to be faithful, with God’s help!