We live in a world of borders and walls. Since the ancient world, governments have built defensive walls to protect their borders from hostile enemies. But who are the enemies? And, does it matter who they are?
Every “empire” needs enemies to justify its existence: when one enemy is defeated or simply disappears, it is necessary to create new figures of terror with which to threaten the population. At the end, there is only the terror of finding themselves suddenly alone, with no enemy to embody – or solve – their problems.
Walls are also built to limit the presence of poorer people from the countries on the other side. People escaping from a zone of war conflicts, or simply seeking for better economic opportunities, are seen as a threat. But why? Is it the fear that the immigrant values will change their “traditional” way of life? The fact is that walls have been very efficient to mark territorial differences.
Fear creates walls, and each person in certain stages of life builds internal walls. A wall that keeps insulated from feeling life fully. A wall that keeps space between the individual and authentic relationships (romance, friends, family, etc.) so no one ever has the opportunity to hurt them (or so they think). A wall of self-taught lies about what a person is or not capable of. A wall of perception colored by worst case scenarios. A wall of unrelenting fear.
We are born wall-less. People acquire walls slowly over the course of their lives. Walls even get built faster at some points—usually during periods of trauma or distress. With every little hurt, another brick is added to the wall. But the truth is that nothing is stopping a person aside from the walls they built for themselves.
The Walls – by Sheldon and Angelika Corral