In recent times, as the pace of migration and emigration increases in humans, we hear so much about boundaries, borders, and walls. Current refugee problems exacerbate the call for these boundaries. By boundaries I refer specifically to physical international demarcations. Have you ever imagined a world without boundaries?
Humans personalize things. They think in terms of ‘my own’ your own, ‘our own’, ‘their own’, ‘us and them’. Does anyone really own things that nature provided and continues to provide naturally- things like, air, rivers, oceans, land, forests, the outer space, and even life itself?
I worked for many years as a Senior Research Officer in the Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research and as a Senior Consultant for the United Nations and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), on ‘Water Pollution Control and Biodiversity Conservation’ in the Gulf of the Guinea. At the time, there were seminars and workshops on ‘Integrated Coastal Areas Management (ICAM). These seminars and workshops highlighted the fact that the Atlantic Ocean had no boundaries. Pollution along one national coastal region invariably affected the neighbouring areas and would, to a certain degree, affect the entire coastline biological resources.
In my write-up on The Connectedness of all , I tried, using an object as simple as ‘my bed’ in Zanzibar to highlight the interdependence of humanity, the connectivity of all things. In another of my blog on The “Butterfly Effect”of Life , I tried to show how any action, no matter how small or irrelevant you may think it is, can cause a continuous ripple in the ‘sea’ of life. The remote cause of World War 1 is a lasting example.
Without losing the trend of this write-up, all I am trying to portray is that in nature, there are no boundaries, no walls, no borders, only continuity, flow, and connectivity. Humans create great stress for themselves by placing constraints, demarcations and limitations.
Animals in the wild do not set boundaries, rather, their genetical make up, differentiations, and needs for survival influence their distribution. We are part of the animal kingdom. We pride ourselves as higher beings, ‘Homo sapiens’, but we stifle ourselves with so much constraints and ideologies, – politics, religion, race, gender, and now, boundaries and walls.
Recently my granddaughter, Melissa, was writing her International Baccalaureate (IB) extended essay on effects of the partitioning and Colonization of countries of Africa. Her project and write-up set me thinking. “What if all countries in Africa, for example, were left to grow or develop without the interference and partitioning by the European colonizers? Would there perhaps have emerged, different groupings of people with comfortable ethnic similarities? Perhaps the peoples’ natural instincts would have prompted them to develop means of interacting peacefully among themselves and with their neighbours’. I know there could be a lot of debate over this topic. Our own ideologies and actions have led to ‘ours and yours’ mentalities which in effect create fear, and insecurity. The fear of losing, or sharing that which we now call ‘ours’ makes us justify the need for protection – call it, boundaries, walls, borders, and nationalism. These are steeped in fears and insecurity and will increasing be so. One thing is sure, constraints create stress. Constraints create conflicts.
Consider the Internet, or take a look at the various social media like the Youtube, FaceBook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and so on. One is amazed at how these social media connect the whole world, rich and poor. One cannot but marvel at the ease with which information from these awesome media instantly flows across continents and beyond. Perhaps through these, we could someday, come to the realization that life is meant to flow without constraints, without boundaries.
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Good to read your thoughts again aunty Phil. Fear, covetousness, protective instincts, greed, selfishness among many other good and bad attributes are alienating us daily from one another into compartmentalising our world. Yet the world through technology has fast turned into not just a village but close knit one too. I dream of a world without boundaries both physical and psychological!
Thanks for your feedback, Chinwe. I also dream of a world without boundaries, a world where people see each other as one and, a world were people are not judged by race, and nationality. Jesus prayed that we may be one.
Given the tempo and rapidity of events in the world, it is easy for us to forget or even ignore some critically important issues that affect humanity. In this piece, the author brings us back to reality with her usual simplicity and clarity.
Thanks my dear, for your feedback. I appreciate it.
good read,well its been said from ages ,many speakers have told the truth not to divide humans in the perspective of religion,race until this is understood by the total humanrace their is stress and conflicts etc.
Thanks Leena, for your feedback. I agree with you. You may also like to read the other posts on the blog.
I couldn’t agree more Philomena. It is the same argument as inclusivity and exclusivity. As human beings we tend to exclude others to make ourselves ‘feel better’ by being in the ‘in group’.Perhaps it is a survival instinct from our primitive days. Are we not more enlightened today to recognise that the more we include our neighbours the less danger there will be? We don’t own our earth we are just caretakers for the next generation, which is a terrible indictment in the current situation!
Thanks, Tess for your feedback. It is sad that people are getting more education but do not see the need for social cohesion.
I totally agree that the world have no boundaries, therefore, it should not be “manmade”. I believe that by accepting each other regardless of race, religious affiliation, gender and all.. …by making little changes to involve one another in what I would refer as the ” continuity of life”, hopefully, this will trickle down to our ” law makers” as well as our leaders to institute change.
Thanks sis for this great write up and insight. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Awesome!
Thanks Christy, for taking time to read and for your thoughtful feedback. I really appreciate.