Walls are the 21st century dinosaurs. They are everywhere on the landscape today but they will fall and become extinct eventually. Sometime in the future, I’m convinced people will examine these walls as oddities from a past reality. Maybe not in my lifetime, but it will happen.
Obviously, walls are built to keep people and other things out, or in, as the case may be, but the bitter truth is that a wall —- any wall, anywhere —- victimizes people caught on both sides. Both the wall builders and those they try to wall out are dehumanized.
Consider these three walls — in the US, Israel, and the remaining bit of the Berlin Wall.
The folly of these adventures would be laughable if they weren’t so destructive.
Walls cannot keep out ideas. Contrary to the popular myth, they can’t provide “security”. They are useless vestiges of an old “us versus them” mindset which the new generation rising up around the world will not tolerate. Walls are obsolete and the sooner our world leaders figure that out, the sooner we can make progress on the real issues that divide us.