I don’t believe this but maybe you will. Probably you won’t believe it either.

The time is now, and the place is a yet undiscovered planet toward the edge of the Milky way. Of course, the beings who live on this planet know who they are and where they live. By undiscovered, I mean that other than you and I, no one who doesn’t live on the planet knows about it; and even if they did, it and the people living on it would be of little to no interest. Neither they nor their planet is anything special in the scheme of the universe, at least the universe where they find themselves.

On this insignificant planet, there are areas and divisions that seem fairly arbitrary but are of great significance to the planet’s people. For the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to these arbitrary areas as countries. The current count is 195 countries, with seven and a half billion people inhabiting the 195 countries.

If each country got its fair share of the planet’s people, each would have nearly 40 million citizens, but not much is fair on this planet. I won’t bore you with a list of everything that is not fair but just know that it would be much easier to catalog what is fair. That would be a tiny catalog indeed.

Hang in there with me. I’m getting to the crux of this tale. One of the 195 countries – call it USA – sprawls between two of the Planet’s oceans between two other countries: Canada and Mexico. USA has states and territories beyond these boundaries, but the only point is that it is really big and has way more than its fair share of resources and people: 327 million.

For generations, USA citizens have been encouraged to believe things about their country that are not true, if they ever were. This perpetuation of false belief through misleading the citizens likely happens in most if not all of the 195 countries but has become glaringly exposed in USA recently. The country’s elected leaders have become the case in point for the disillusionment. Let me illustrate by example.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest–tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Golden door? Need I say more? The big shift is that USA leaders no longer pretend to perpetuate this false belief. The USA’s prime elected leader goes even further. He demands that the golden door be permanently locked. Perhaps the chant at his next rally will be “Lock them out!”

Please keep in mind the reality that the prime elected leader can only call for permanently locking the golden door with the implicit if not explicit consent of the leadership and membership of his political colleagues. At this point, the loudest call is to lock the golden door from Mexico, but the echoes are picking up the call to lock the golden door for foreign students, people from countries the leaders distrust and people who don’t look and believe just like those leaders who are slamming the golden door.

Okay, there you have it: the tale I was told. It’s just some of that fake news. I just can’t believe that even an insignificant planet on the edge of the Milky way has not advanced past this primitive state where the golden door would be closed and locked, keeping out those who are tired, poor, homeless and only yearning to breathe free. You don’t believe it either, do you?