Question: How high do we build walls and how deep do we cement the footings of a structure to keep people from climbing over or tunneling under them? I believe there is nothing too tall or too cavernous to keep people out.
And I also believe that in creating walls to keep “outsiders” away, we are really building walls around our hearts. We keep people out symbolically as we disconnect with others; when we do not see others as valuable contributors to our world.
We are different—yes! But our diversities make us better equipped to bring our knowledge and expertise to the table to design new solutions to our global problems.
We need bridges designed to reach across regions of the world that need our help; and support us in return. We need bridges of love, compassion, and empathy that foster the dreams in each of us.
Our fortifications against crime, illegal drugs, and other trafficking do not result in answers. They contribute to the endless trivial squabbles that divide us; making us cut off, isolated, and detached.
I wonder if we will ever stop building walls and instead erect bridges with open hearts and minds as the center for discovery and invention. I wonder if it is possible for us humans to put aside barricade building, embrace each other to empower all of us to find remedies for those things that can destroy us.
What do you think?