“The law, which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.” (for the entire article, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html )
In the coming days, the focus of my blog will be on what my upcoming book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, would have to say about this law and the underlying compulsions and fears that have put this law in place. Most importantly, we will explore the truths that we are invited to embrace that are the remedies to these fears so that we may be freed of the compulsions that create such discriminatory laws in the first place.
The recent immigration law, as signed by the governor of Arizona, is coming out of the deadly compulsion of gluttony. Gluttony in this case is coming from the American companies who hire non-US citizens so that they can avoid having to pay minimum wage, unemployment tax, etc. It is this gluttonous behavior that is the root of the immigration issues. There would be no draw for illegal aliens to come here if there were not corrupt and gluttonous US companies waiting to take advantage of their vulnerability. The Arizona law, wrongly targets the vulnerable victims of American corporate gluttony instead of going after the industries that are truly the cause of the problem.
Gluttony, as a behavioral compulsion is the imbalanced drive to consume. Consumption in this regard has many faces – consumption of resources, money, time, stuff, power, prestige and control. When we are indulging the compulsion of gluttony, we seek to acquire more than we need, we abuse the resources we do have and we refuse to share them with others. Gluttony as a behavioral compulsion comes of of the spiritual fear that there is not enough. In tomorrow’s blog, we will explore this fear more closely. But for today, I invite us to reflect on our own temptations to gluttony. Where are we driven to acuire more stuff, money, power, control in the hopes of finding fulfillment in this acquisition? Where are we irresponsible with the resources we have? Where are we reluctant to share our own wealth with others? The lawmakers of Arizona and the corporations at the heart of the immigration issues are not alone in living the compulsion of gluttony.