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As three human caravans snake their way through Mexico, two different visions of America emerge.
The first vision can be represented by several metaphors that reflect a materialistic, mechanical mindset. Thus, some see America as a giant shareholding company in which immigrants, legal or otherwise, are seen from a purely economic perspective of new workers or potential shareholders. Others might see America as a gigantic cruise ship where they invite immigrants to join a great party in which everyone chases after happiness.
Everything - Individual - Pursuit - Well-being - Vision
Everything is centered upon the individual and the frenetic pursuit of material well-being. This vision thrives in an atmosphere of unrestraint, sensations and emotions. It naturally finds resonance in liberal media and politics.
America as a Nation
Vision - America - Nation - Group - Metaphors
However, a second vision is represented by those who see America as a nation. Those in this latter group can evoke organic metaphors to express their view.
Thus, we might say that America represents a community with a shared history, calling and set of social values. America is similar to a family that loves, shelters and nurtures its members. America is a special land that is the object of sovereignty, identity and patriotism. All these elements unite and forge us into a people. The emphasis of this vision is the symbiosis between a nation and its people. While including social cooperation, its foundations are cultural and spiritual values. The nation bestows blessings upon members but also exacts duties and sacrifices.
Visions - Caravan - Debate - Caravans - Expression
These two visions clash in the present caravan debate. The caravans are just the latest expression of the dispute in the general public over what America should be as a nation. And they further divide and polarize the country.
The problem begins with the correct notion of what a society is. The shareholding vision thinks of society as a mere collection of individuals in which all...
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