Walls: symbols of regression


During this project I thought a lot. I thought about walls, about all those walls that are built to keep people far from each other, to divide cities and countries, to divide different cultures. I thought about the intrinsic need of humans to mark what is his from what is not.

In particular the discussion on the conflict between Mexicans and Americans let me identify in both positions: in the desperation of a Mexican who would like to make his life better and in the patriotism of an American who would like to safeguard his country. The question arises: safeguard from what? Primally from problem that could result from overpopulation, like unemployment or like crumbing of social facilities and secondly from the unstoppable traffic of drugs that this big flow would bring. On the other hand if I were on the side of a Mexican, I’d love to be welcomed because if it’s true that I understand the reasons of the Americans it’s also true that I believe strongly in the respect that should exist between men, regardless of the country of origin, because we are all children of the same land. But above all I think that the construction of the wall would make the Mexicans feel deeply wounded and outcast, almost as if they were animals or "sick" people who could spread their "disease" in the USA.

I think that this wall is the symbol par excellence of fear, division, forced separation from others, from the citizen who doesn’t share the same language or culture but who shares the same globe and the same rights. But the thing that worries me most of all is that these barriers can imprison our thoughts more than anything else.

We must recall the injustices that the constructions of walls in the past has brought and still brings with it today and to make sure that the dramatic situation of division is not forgotten, to teach the whole world to conduct political conflicts differently, with a more human, peaceful and constructive management.

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