Paris is always a good idea… but for whom?

'Paris is always a good idea.' Audrey Hepburn once said in the movie Sabrina.
Well, yes, Audrey once shouted "Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live." But Roman Holiday was a movie in 1953, while Sabrina was 1954.The updated Audrey preferred Paris, it seems. 

Paris indeed is a good idea. Starting from Musee du Louvre, if you stroll through the Serine river, you pass by Musee d'Orsay. Turning to the left, you enter Jardin des Tuileries. Peaceful and classically beautiful. 

However, I could not stop thinking about the people who have provided hard labor to create those buildings. I have no idea how much wealth gap there was at the time, but many civilians were forced to build those buildings, while noble aristocrats enjoyed classical masterpieces. I am not here to judge all those social conflicts, but I just cannot get those refugees on the street in 18e, or more in the northern area, which I have seen throughout my current trip, out of my mind. 

Is Paris also a good idea for Syrian refugees? How about Rome? But most of all, why do all these people have to suffer due to international conflicts? As an economist, I know my job is not to share food with them at times, but rather to come up with an in-depth idea of why it is happening and what we can do rationally to prevent us, the silly human being, who never learn from the past, from not entering a vicious cycle. 

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