Year 2002. My attention was first brought to the borders by a friend- how it was separating lands and humans. It took me years to realize those words to a deeper level though.
When I seriously started to think about the borders and their effects i was amazed. Some set of woven metal wires, looks so simple but pierces hearts, society, country, whole human nation!
Powers of Borders:
1. It changes your identity
2. Changes your character
3. Changes your social status
4. Changes your philosophy
5. It is brought by War and Brings potential future war ( If anyone from other side lays even an eye on the land)
6. It increases even few steps distance into bigger distance..few minutes distance into few month’s distance
7. Decreases human rights and eventually leads the human race to not even recognize animal rights
I humbly gave thought behind the idea of borders. In childhood i learned that we need to set fences around our crop fields or orchards to protect from wild animals. Well when i first visited village i don’t remember seeing any fence around the crop fields though. Anyway.. i also tried to think from the perspective of protecting a land from potential criminals! But then my heart asked- Hmm, so tell me what about the home grown criminals? And if you think you got an effective Government who is successful at controlling the crimes within border then does that wisdom flee away as soon as the borders are lifted? I would admit this one question convinced me to never feel supportive about borders between lands. I believe without those borders this world would experience more spread developments.
Look at the irony- you can not stop an animal from migrating to another lands with those borders..the migratory birds are one big example:). Who do we consider as the wild animals then? We were taught to respect our border guards as they are working days and nights only to protect the borders (to protect the country). I am not saying there should not be any guards to protect laws and safeguard the citizens. But can’t that purpose be served by having those guards working the way they would do for protecting people from internal criminals? Borders brought security but increased insecurity feeling. Increased ethnicity clashes. Increased nationality crisis, Increased refugees, Increased Sighs…
I am hopeful about humanity. People today through many incidents, soft or harsh, are discovering and realizing that all humans are but one nation. On this note i would like to share a holy quote –
The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
~ Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah
Hopefully we will bring our faith and realization into action and the borders will be lifted. I do understand there might be some thoughts -1. i like this idea but who will accept it?
2. So many borders all over the world and so many minds. It won’t be easy!
3. It will take too much time and we won’t probably even live to see that day!
I don’t know which country will come forward or which person will … but consider asking some questions to thyself- do i believe in it in the first place? Do i consider my neighbor country people as one nation no matter how low or how high their status might be? Do i let my faith travel beyond borders? We may or may not live to see that united nation in action but God sure has gifted us with this Present to take initiative towards that reality. If we sow a seed of a plant it will grow with proper care even if we don’t live until it starts bearing fruits. That really doesn’t make us looser nor any less significant. It may not be easy but it is not impossible :). I would like to share an encouraging quote again-
That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. ~Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah