Why did I write this book? Well, most people write books usually for one reason; a fear of death. They want something concrete to have when they die or something to leave behind that simply documents their short time here on earth. They want to leave a unique or perceived unique point of your life. This book is choppy at best but that is what I like about it. It’s an autobiography with a twist. The twist is my life and this book is not unique and anyone reading this book should write their own as well. Everyone has an interesting life and they are all around us. We are usually preoccupied with “important” things and don’t bother to look and ask questions.
I found great joy in writing this book because it allowed me to reflect on my life and what I have accomplished and on what I have not accomplished. It was basically a “time out” from the fast paced world around us and it helped me share some of my disjointed experiences in life. I am thankful to all those that read this book and encourage them to write their own. We all need a “time out” from life to meditate and reflect on its wonder.
As I get older, I reflect more and more on my surroundings. I rigorously question things. I doubt myself, but I am amazed how as a people we are so resilient; how we adapt to change so well. This is really a book on being eternally optimistic about the world and at the same time an expression of worry about how we have become less sensitive as citizens towards immigrants. I make a case for why the U.S. without question has benefited enormously from the wave of immigration to come to our shore. The fundamental point is that the immigrant spirit is the human spirit. The spirit stated simply is to strive for a better life. What is a better life? A life where you can raise a family, work hard, and be judged on your merits. Sure people are going to be better off than you at birth with talent or with their trust fund. It does not matter. The name of the game is to value the freedom, and not measure success by how much money you have, or don’t have. Rather it should be measured by your sense of tranquility and freedom to work hard or not. We all can use some of the energy, innovation, and resilience immigrants teach us every day. The ‘American Spirit’ has always been the kindness of strangers. All I am advocating in this book, “Only in America” is that as a country, we have an amazing ability to show kindness and compassion in our short journey, to strangers. We have only just begun. So many immigrants, refugees, and undocumented individuals have contributed to the fabric of our country so let us embrace the “stranger” and learn from them; their spirit, fearlessness, and willingness to get the job done.
Mass deportations have never been the answer from a historical standpoint. The American story is about assimilation. United we stand; divided we fall. Unity of people from different parts of the world makes the United States the shiny city on the hill. So let us keep the promise to each other and be kind to the other; to strangers, to immigrants, and to refugees. Uniting families and uniting our nation are inseparable notions. Thank you for your time in reading this short book.