05.07. +++ ἄσυλος

Flockiger (Stefan Gubser) has gone to the floor - due to migraine and lack or orientation (Pic from www.daserste.de)
Flückiger (Stefan Gubser) has gone to the floor – due to migraine and a confusing lack of orientation (Pic from www.daserste.de)

Have you ever looked up the etymology of „asylum“? Well, it won’t be a surprise if you speak Greek, but for those of us who don’t, it sort of is: ἄσυλος means „unrobbed“ and derives from σῦλον, „theft, bounty“. So an asylum is a place of shelter in the sense that you don’t get robbed. Funny, isn’t it. People come to Europe, because entire countries are systematically plundered by an international political system that protects the interests of companies and industries. They apply for asylum, because they don’t know how to make a living in those countries, because they are robbed there. Yet they are rejected and pushed back – as a rule – because, by definition, they cannot apply for „political“ asylum. They are not asylum-seekers, they are called “economical refugees“. I have heard refugees talk about other refugees using this derogatory term: „They are only economical refugees.“ Funny. In its origin, asylum meant protection against robbery; in today’s world, asylum means playing by the rules. Continue reading “05.07. +++ ἄσυλος”