Tuesday, August 31

Xenophobia

That was the word Vanessa Redgrave did answer James Lipton for the question "What is your least favorite word?" on the famous "Inside Actor's Studio". I admire this woman immensely. Julia is one of my favorites movies and she told how she came up producing and acting. She was on a theater and a cinema usher showed Lillian Hellman's book and as she didn't had read he lend it to her. She did read it in one night and decided to make the movie.
Xenophobia comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "someone with whom you are not acquainted", and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear". In the beginning of this century while the word globalization conveys a sympathetic image but covers the worst face of the capitalistic system, whose sole aim seems to be producing money and it's values are spreading all over the world, xenophobia is being manifested in many different ways. I would think twice spending one year in Paris while on the eighties I was received with great hospitality. Perhaps because I was around people linked to arts but I'm not sure. I was treated well by French people everywhere I went. I speak the language and it helps. But I'm not sure if it would be the same. I've received a six month visa in UK although I was just spending a week before returning home. But from the news I've been reading and talking to some English and French people it seems that things would be very different.
I hope that I am wrong but I witness strange things happening in social networkings and virtual worlds. Still nothing is being discussed.
Adapted from a post I did at justAna .

2 comments:

Herrad said...

Hi Ana,
You are right fear of strangers is being encouraged while the rich get richer.

Even richer due to their recession, which they created in order to concentrate more wealth in fewer hands.

Fear that we are being nudged towards another world war,this time against muslims, wars sadly makes money for some, mostly the rich.

We need to talk about these things now.
Love,
Herrad

Ana said...

Funny because during the WW1 and 2 governments did everything to make the population not to be in fear.
Now it's the opposite.
They produce the fear.