I really have a problem with constraints. Some sort of claustrofobia. I know it is only in my mind but being inside a tight sleeping bag and realizing I can’t stretch my legs or arms cause me a little bit of anxiety. That’s not a big problem unless you have a passion for speleology and exploration of narrow caves, which luckily, is not my case.
However, this fear of being unable to move extends itself further than not being able to stretch my extremities. I am coming to realize that I am some sort of wild animal that needs freedom of movement to reach some peace of mind.
And it’s here where my problem with these invisible lines made by humans to divide countries, or groups of people and communities that were not divided in its origin appears. So human wars, battles and fights between kingdoms, arranged marriages and enemities have caused the world to have this lines that separate countries in the map.
I love History. I have a real passion reading about ancient history, the creation of civilizations and any kind of human evolution. I amuse myself very much watching movies and documentaries or reading historical books about the Middle Ages and all those alliances and schemes to enlarge the kingdoms over other lands. I am in awe with the Emperor Charles V (or Charles I in Spain) who ruled the Holy Roman Empire for 40 years in the XVI century, an empire so big the sun never set, made that vaste via marriages and alliances.
Once the era of Empires was over, some of those lines remain. Some of them are applied due to a sense of identity in a community, of similarities, other are just there for political reasons. Some lines have been shifted, whereas other new lines have been created over the last 50 years via wars and fights.
Lines and boundaries created by men to govern and control and / or protect the citizens that belong to a particular premise. And that’s not a problem until the citizen of a particular premise want to change location or visit other premises.
If you have a stamp from this country in your passport you can’t put a foot on our land. If you have born in this country you can’t come to this other country. If you don’t have a certain profession, job or status you can’t stay here…
There are all kind of limitations related with economical situation, from nationality or origin… Countless constraints that prevent one particular citizen from moving freely around this vast world.
“As long as we humans feel like we own the Earth, none of us can travel with complete freedom.” Niall Doherty in The Impossibility of Freedom.
However, this big vast world is not that big and it’s getting smaller, accessible. Fast transports, affordable for many people. The media, that shows us what happens in the other side of the world in a matter of seconds. But not only these, what about the repercussion of the actions of one country has upon others. What if the fate of some countries is decided by the vote of some other nation? Let’s say that the success of a certain party over another one in some country elections is decisive to the fate of other countries, because this particular party is more belligerent or has some particular interest in going into war with another country. That happens… often. Why then, the population of that particular country affected by this other powerful country government actions can’t just leave their country and go living into that powerful country that is after all determining their fate?
The more advantageous countries decide, not only about their land and people, but their decisions affect other less advantageous lands and people. And when this people want to leave a country where it’s not possible live anymore, we don’t allow them to access our land. That’s outrageously unfair! In some cases we have contributed to their situation.
(…) US president is powerful today. His political decisions affect the fate of the whole planet, and therefore those who elect him find themselves in a role which is not theirs by right, since the choices they make so often prove decisive for the future of the peoples of Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In an ideal world, it should not be thus. A Disordered world, by Amin Maalouf.
Think about all this colonies. All those countries colonized by the big empires. Those big empires are now stronger and more powerful countries than the ones that once were colonies. And when a citizen of those once colonized countries want to immigrate to the colonizer country, they can’t, they are not allowed.
We have colonised other lands and left the country in a worst situation than they were. We don’t know how they would have developed without the intervention of the colonizer empires. Maybe they would have done better, or worse, or the same (we know already there are lands bound to be poorer because less fertile, etc….) but isn’t it unfair not to allow them the free entrance in our countries? We invade them before!
Anyway, when I see the amount of money a country spends in keeping refugees asylums that don’t fulfill the minimun requirements to live properly, instead of spending that money in making easy to integrate the people in the country, it makes me really angry.
We are nomads
We have a history of nomadic people. In fact, thanks to this nomadic factor in the prehistory, all the continents were populated. We, men, have always moved in the search of a better situation, either we were looking for food or more fertile lands, or either we were moving due to climatic changes, we haven’t stayed put in one place until many years of transit. All populations of all countries had had a nomad origin before they stablished in one particular land. I see this as a natural evolution of men, so why are we preventing ourselves from doing something that is inherent to us?
I can’t help but wondering what would happen if we erased these limits stablished by these human made lines between countries? What would happen if we allowed a freedom of movement and the fluidity between the advantageous and disadvantageous population?