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World Without Walls

by Linda Jenkinson |

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Photo credit: Alfred Lichtenhauer

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. John Lennon"


Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.

There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

— Malvina Reynolds

Maybe it takes putting people in box after box after box to finally get down to the person. But maybe it would be better if properties were in a world with no walls at all. Look at how animals live in the wild.

One of the biggest problems that faces the world today is the problem of walls. They are either built to keep people out or keep people in.

Donald Trump wants to build a big wall on the US southern border, but problems begin when walls and fences seperate people.

When I was a child, the properties in our neighborhood seldom had fences. Some properties marked their borders with hedges, but they were rare. We regularly walked through our neighbors' yards without worrying that we were invading their privacy or that they would worry about our intentions. In fact, we children played kickball and softball in the vacant lot next to a neighbor's house and Annie-I-Over over another neighbor's garden shed, although neither neighbor had children in our age group.

For most countries, the Internet is a world without walls. The lack of walls is something that thrills me about the Internet: the ability to meet and converse with people from nearly every corner of the world. Every American should be thankful that our government has not enacted laws to build walls on the Internet. If we want to preserve a free Internet, this world without walls, the first step will be to maintain net neutrality.

John Lennon wrote "Imagine all the people sharing all the world." Imagine. What would it be like if the physical world had no walls?


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