Monday, October 28, 2013

Dreaming of a Borderless World...


This picture really speaks to me. It’s amazing how thought-provoking a simple question can be. Borders are a man-made construct and concept. We speak of being one people yet we insist on separating ourselves. And for what purpose? I realize it’s a macro-level question but why do we live in a bordered world. Borders imply separation.

Perhaps one day my dream of a borderless world will become a reality and we can finally know Peace.
What are your thoughts on this picture?

156 comments:

  1. No borders...no fences....no discrimination. It's a dream.

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  2. Unfortunately, I see little evidence of the level of respect such a dream would require to become reality. *sigh*

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  3. No borders would be awesome.
    I also see that image and think it's the nicest weather earth's ever experienced...

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  4. It looks so peaceful from way up there. All the petty squabbling we do about stuff seems very tragic.

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  5. Ummmmm I don't want to start any controversy with my comments ... lol ... let's just say I live in AZ. and sometimes it isn't always black and white :)

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  6. Oh I LOVE the way your mind works Keith. B

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  7. Hi Keith .. sadly the constricts of our early borders remain and are reinforced even after recent turmoils ...

    However - let's all be at peace and enjoy our differences .. without borders though .. cheers Hilary

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  8. I too dream of a borderless world. At the very least I would like people to adhere to borders and not start fights. The thing is that we're very territorial. We kinda need to be seperated like we are.

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  9. I am a border breaker. In my neighbourhood there are loads of new Canadians from all walks of life. I go for my morning walks and smile and say hello, even though many of them don't speak English. It helps me feel part of something bigger.

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  10. We are all one planet, looking at this beauty!

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  11. My dream too. I see a lot of people promoting peace (or trying) but who make open comments about how it bothers them to be served by someone who has an accent. Division starts with individuals. So does inclusiveness. We need to embrace differences. I think this dream is also the focus/goal of many spiritual practices: to see that we are all the same, we are all ONE.

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  12. hey i am all about it...and its not the borders we errect on our land that scare me the most you know...its the ones of our heart that feed hate...that keep people out and let others in

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  13. We are different, live in different countries, climate, with different traditions and culture. I'd like we live without borders.

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  14. It would be nice if we could all get along.

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  15. It's the same way I feel when I see the ocean. I am so small and Earth is so big.....

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  16. What is the song? You draw a circle to keep me out and I will draw a circle to let you in? Most borders are so arbitrary and unreal anyway drawn by fat old white guys in a map room!

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  17. I share your dream! Great post as usual!

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  18. From up there, anything is possible.

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  19. We are on a rather small island in an immensely vast sea...

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  20. I'm with you on this very sensible solution. No borders for the animals and no borders for the human race. Anything man made is flawed badly.

    Have a wonderful day Keith.
    JB

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  21. I never thought of that - no I don't see any borders.

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  22. I guess I don't have the ever popular goal of peace when I see this pictures. It's not something that will ever happen if I'm being realistic in my thoughts on it. We are never at peace with ourselves let alone others, and that's the key to truly loving other people. We always need more. More money. More land. Do more. Consume more. Never content and always expecting things. I think we need to understand that there are no borders in life. There are obstacles. We hurt others when we hurt and feel limited and if we lived as though there were none and that we could do anything then it would be less appealing to hurt others and make these barriers. We're threatened but it's because we limit ourselves. It's sad that we try to prevent others from living when we feel we aren't.

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  23. I share your dream Keith, Im agree:))

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  24. What a coincident that you'd have Africa and Middle East in this picture. Some Middle Eastern countries (like Jordan, for instance) have no historical background as a nation (other than, say, Israel, for instance). Their borders were drawn during and/or after WWII.

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  25. Peace. That is something the world has never known. It seems unreachable. Must be due to man's greed and ego. I wonder if that will ever change. We just have to do our part, however small, wherever we are. Perhaps we can make a difference in our little corner of the world.

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  26. The astronauts are trained to recognize geographic features at an angle when they go up, because there are no borders or country names to guide them.

    When the Apollo astronauts traveled to the moon - 24 in total went to the moon, only 12 actually walked - they were far enough away to see the earth in its totality.

    They all came back and said the same thing - our world is a beautiful, fragile, spinning orb suspended in space. We have only ourselves and our world to depend on.

    The astronauts said everyone should go to the moon and look at earth and take in where we live. Our attitudes toward other countries would change. From space, we only have one home.

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  27. except for the ocean, I'd agree

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  28. Someone above said Amen. Amen is right!

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  29. What? No border pieces? That's a rip off. A puzzle without border pieces, how rude.

    Oh wait! I agree

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  30. I strongly disagree ... nothing will ever be borderless ... at least I hope so ... because good fences make good neighbours ... I truly believe, unless we learn to respect our differences, there will be no peace for anybody ... am I not right? ... Black and white, abled and disabled, gay and straight, crazy and sane, rich and poor ... what the heck, people, we are all different in some way ... accept it, and be proud ... then move on to be compassionate with one another. Grrr ... meouw ... so simple ... ^.^

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    1. I agree with you-wasn't sure how to express it-but I feel the same way. for me I need my border of what is mine here in the woods-we all respect each others space here-or at least most do-and is all about respect for each other-which really needs to get worked on in our societies

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    2. I second ^.^

      Whenever you have 2 people and a sense of "me", you have issues. With so many people, lots of them having lots of things common between them, lots of things to be shared, and lots of things to be fought for, keeping things to yourself or your group (country in this case) seems to be the biggest priority.

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  31. Oh man! I was just talking about this same concept with my boyfriend the other day. Interesting topic. If we could all choose, what would that really look like?

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  32. I love your posts because they always make me think! Great one today

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  33. It's not possible with man, but with God all things are possible.

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  34. Unfortunately man's attachment to tribalism (archaic concept) still speaks louder than words. Maybe one day...

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  35. I agree with you, Keith. I agree with a commenter above, too, who suggested that we should all see the earth from above, in space, and it might change our attitudes.

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  36. I love your sentiment as well...however...living in a border state it really is an issue and very political which I hate to yak on about and try not to dwell on...I love Texas, I love America and I love life...so

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  37. Like hoping for no barbed wire fences...it'll never happen. :(

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  38. This is so true! Hopefully one day the dream will come true! Great post, Keith!

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  39. all borders are man-made they will fall when the last Soul becomes Love I love this...and it's not easy, fear gets in the way, because any way you look at it hate isn't the opposite of Love, Fear is

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  40. I think that you are right, and I keep trying again to find peace.

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  41. My thoughts exactly! We put up borders that don't really need to be there.

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  42. Working with kids all day, my first thought is how small their world is initially, and how rapidly it widens and they get older. I think sometimes borders, or limits are good in a way. They keep us from overstepping or reaching beyond our strengths. I know that's a completely different spin than your take, but it's what hit me.

    As far as world unity, I'm all for a unified people.

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  43. Hi Keith! Ever since I was a little girl, I used to love watching Sony TV , MTV India and StarPlus, and used to wonder , why do we have the Indian Pak border anyway ? And after travelling to Wagha-Attari border, it just felt so artificial and man-made. I wish someday, we are able to break these border downs and travel the world freely. Love from Pakistan.

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  44. We're all connected whether we want to believe it or not. When we are unkind to people of other races, nationalities, religions, or color, we are being unkind to ourselves.

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  45. I hope the borders around our hearts go away.

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  46. Hey Keith, the last post was actually from me. I'd logged my wife onto her blog so that she could writer hers last night and she was still logged on this morning when I replied to you :) She would have said pretty much the same thing though :)

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  47. The essence of what you are saying is lovely. But I must confess that I do love the differences that people manage to create in their little bordered areas, the culture, the traditions, the languages, the costumes etc. If we could retain that which makes each culture unique whilst managing to share all the important stuff, that would be great.

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  48. I just wrote a post on some of my views. It will go up on Friday. That is, unless I change my mind.

    The artist Robert Rauschenberg said in a movie I watched of him, "We have to start thinking of the world as being inter connected. In some ways the world is large, but in a lot of ways it's small." Later in his life he would travel and do collaborative work with artists around the world.

    We depend on each other. The sad part is, is we fight a lot to. I wish we'd learn to accept people for their differences.

    I work with two people that have said to me on more than one occasion that they would love to live in their own box, with people that think and have the same values as them. They often do not like my views on being accepting of others. We clash so bad. The crazy thing is, is we work at an art school. If they wanted people the same as them in their worlds, work at a Christian private school.

    It got so bad that one person brought up the fact that one male person in the class had female smelling perfume on. Also that he talks like a girl. I said, "Let's not assume things that we don't even know. He's a really nice guy." The teacher said, "That boy is just perverted!" I didn't say a word. He said, "You think it just ok to be that way Alissa. It's perverted!" I just got up and left the room. He attacks me often. I'm just trying to give this poor student a chance.

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  49. i like my isolation. i live behind a locked gate. i love fences as they do make good neighbors, so i feel a bit hypocritical when i say 'can't we all just get along?' :)

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  50. Theoretically, I can dig it. :) Can you even imagine everyone living in peace? That would be a miracle to see (and enjoy!).

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  51. All of the destructive forces on earth are man-made - - including prejudices, pollution, & wars. Borders are one thing among many......
    I suppose borders are an evil necessity, but they often cause major problems.

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  52. Keith,

    The idea of a world without borders would be fantastic, since it would certainly enhance felllowship and friendship. Sadly, in the world of today, I fear that borders now exist in minds almost more than physically.
    Though, it is nice that social media can find worldwide alliances, sharing so much, without any borders attached.
    Eileen
    PS: Thank you Keith for your comment and visit to my Blog. Much appreciated:)

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  53. Such a great message to send!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  54. I completely agree with you Keith. It seems so simple, why do we insist on making it all so hard?

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  55. I do think it will ever happen but it would be nice

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  56. Has it not always been thus - man defending that which is his

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  57. I thought of John Lennon and 'Imagine' when I read your blog - one of my favourite songs

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  58. The beginning of borders began with almost the beginning of towns and farms. Surely, by this time, borders between peaceful countries, could be re-considered. But the key word is "peaceful".

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  59. Let me try this again. No, I don't see any borders.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  60. Perhaps the beginning of it started when God confused the languages. God said that there would be no end to what man could do, so he made different languages to dilute the evil in the world. If we all worked together, it s a great concept, but somehow it is not in God's plan.

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  61. I remember seeing a picture taken from the Voyager spacecraft - the Earth was a tiny pinprick of light, lost, seemingly floating in a vast, vast darkness. We desperately need to remember these images. Borders are all human constructs. Yes some may hold an important social function, but they are social constructs just the same and created by a system that is shown not to work.

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  62. I can't agree with you more Keith! We are bounded by our own borders indeed. True borders lie only between life and death, between day and night and between hope and loss.

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  63. Having traveled and lived abroad made me see that not all laws that some live by would be good if globally . Thinking of some countries not even allowing women to drive comes to mind. More powerful than a peace without borders is a grace in spite of our differences...borders or not.

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  64. Beautiful thoughts! It is an important discussion I think. I wish we could just all get along and live peacefully.

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  65. It's such a lovely thought, Keith. And I do love all of the thoughts you bring to light on your blog. It's such a fun place here. :)

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  66. I don't see any borders on the Globe. You are right, one hundred percent.

    It hurts us who love nature to have to see the borders made by people of power. ( I am translating what I am thinking in Hindi, I hope that I am able to make some sense.

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  67. Oh yes! I'm with you 100% on this. I speak of this often, and hope it happens one day. What a dream come true that would be.

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  68. I couldn't agree with you more!

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  69. Great message today Keith! I have friends from all different walks of life. It certainly makes like more fun when you see things from different cultures and ways of life. It's sad that we only seem to come together when disaster hits. I wish we had the help your neighbor mentality all the time. What a wonderful world that would be!

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  70. I'm thinking there's a lot more sunshine in Africa!

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  71. I don't see any borders but the media always talks about them...

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  72. Back in the dawn of time, I imagine borders were created by tribes to reserve their natural resources for their own members. I wonder, is it still the same thing?

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  73. Keith, I would love to see a border less world... one day I think it will happen... I just don't think the world is ready for it yet :-/

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  74. I think we all can hope for a borderless world. I don't see a way that it is possible, but perhaps there are things in the past that the world didn't think was possible either. Any possibility has to begin somewhere. When, if not now?

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  75. I think you have a grand idea....kind of how cats live in the world : )

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  76. Hi Keith, it seems to me that there will always be borders, and I think it is sad. As long as people choose to separate instead of uniting, borders will always be there. Great post.

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  77. Borders used to be a pretty cool bookstore.
    But I don't think that's what you meant.

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  78. Actually, you have a very valid point. Unfortunately, without an invasion from outer space, we'll continue to define ourselves with borders.
    And that is a shame.
    Like closing that bookstore.

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  79. I don't think borders are a bad thing.

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  80. Very true Keith. There may be borders on the ground, it is the borders in our minds that we must overcome. It reminds me of John Lennon's great song "Imagine" Thanks for a wonderful post yet again.

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  81. Funny that Bruce just mentioned the song "Imagine". It was also what came to my mind as I was reading your post.

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  82. This reminds me of the song by Bette Midler, From a Distance. I wrote a post a while ago about my husband wanting "Imagine" to be played at his funeral. This is a great post!

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  83. I agree with you too. How does that song go, "One love."

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  84. I don't think we were made to have borders. I believe we were meant to be at peace. The original plan got lost somewhere. But, I'd love to see a world without borders and without divisions.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  85. Yes! I am always saying this! I would love a world without all these borders...one less thing for people to fight over!

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  86. It is a wonderful dream. Regrettably the human species is tribal in nature and we create 'borders' throughout our lives; friends, relatives, sports teams, town, county, country and so it goes on. We let into our lives only those we are comfortable with or we see as belonging to 'our group' who we feel share our own perceived status.
    We war with our families, our friends, those who we feel don't belong to 'our group'; look down on those we see as inferior to ourselves, don't share our religion, our colour, ad infinitum'
    We are tribal. Despite our dreams - there will always be borders...
    Anna :o]

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  87. I think there will always be borders as long as there are people with hate and prejudice in their minds and hearts.

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  88. We have always had a them and us mentality. Perhaps the only time we will have a truly borderless world is when we have a common, other worldly enemy. If someone else has already said this, apologies, but you have 100 comments already, and that's a lot to read through :-)

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  89. Its a nice dream - but we need to sort out some issue - poverty not being the least - before the rich will allow the borders to come down. With no borders, the rich may have to put up with the poor!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: I have just posted a new long post on my wordy blog - I think you may like it!

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  90. I don't think we can handle the no border life yet.

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  91. It's not borders that separate us; it's thoughts, attitudes, culture, beliefs, so on and so forth. I have no problem with borders. I agree that variety is the spice of life. Of course, what you're really talking about is we people all living together peacefully, as if we're one. But we are not one; we are many. I like that concept better.

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  92. It all starts with self love that radiates out to the world. When we stop criticizing and judging our self we can extend that love to others, I feel it from you Keith and I love your post.

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  93. Beautiful picture and sentiment. Thank you.

    xoRobyn

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  94. Jolly good point - always best to look at something from outside and it seems so clear

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  95. A borderless world is such a beautiful thought.

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  96. My thought on this entire post is that people like you will lead the way, Keith. Solidarity.

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  97. I didn't read through all the other comments. We humans have a long way to go before we're capable as a group of deciding to live without borders. Almost all of us fight with each other within our own borders.

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  98. Oh dear, that is and will have to remain a dream. Worth having, certainly, but not very realistic.
    We even put borders round our own little garden plots and make sure nobody treads on our own little doorstep without an invitation.
    If we had no borders we would have to accept people from other nations, rich and poor, to come and live with us. We all make damn sure that doesn’t happen and we tell our politicians to keep others out.

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  99. It is a very interesting thought....

    Hope all is well.

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  100. Wonderful thought, Keith!

    When I saw the picture I thought that it's a small world and one that has a lot of open doors for traveling. :)

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  101. I see oceans and mountains. Those count as borders.

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  102. My personal world has four walls with two doors that lock. That's border enough for me. World wide borders are a different thing, needed I suppose so we know where one country ends and another begins, but I don't think they should be used to keep people in or out.

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  103. People are good at imagining that borders do exist, it seems. I figured that the peace we desire for the world should start from within ourselves. We must first resolve our own conflicts and that way we can freely give peace to another person. I believe this is possible, though. It may take a thousand years maybe, but I know it will happen one day.

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  104. It is a wonderful thought! It would be so peaceful!

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  105. I, too, dream of a borderless world.
    We are all parts of the same being in my view, so I have never understood the concept of separation.
    This picture perfectly sums up my idea of our World!
    Many thanks Keith :)

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  106. Human, Keith,

    We are all citizens of the earth. All animals and people, all different, all equal, rejoicing in the diversity.

    Pawsitive, hopeful wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  107. Hi Keith just stopping by! I think borders are ok to divide countries but not human kind. Benito Juarez a Mexican lawyer and politician of Zapotec origin from Oaxaca who served as the president of Mexico for five terms said..."Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." oh so true...cheers!

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  108. Now
    I want a one of frivilous post
    Try it
    I dare uou

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  109. The way things are going....it would be difficult...but we could make it one day...many many years later.

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  110. A lovely thought O.E, but we put borders (walls) around ourselves, so what hope is there for no global borders. As my mum used to say - if you kids can't get along, what hope is there for world peace?

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  111. Hi Keith, I believe we can co-exist peacefully within diversity, respecting each other's differences. I think it's OK to have safe boundaries as long as they don't become walls. I love cultural diversity ... it's what makes the world interesting. But we don't all have to conform and be the same. We are all unique individuals ... in unique countries. Peace is possible. And it begins at home and in our hearts. Smiles :)

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  112. Hi Keith! I know better than to get behind on viewing your blog! :( You always have something interesting, and often, provocative! I used to have the hardest time getting across the concept of borders to my third graders ~ unless they were Mexican American and had gone back and forth across the US-Mexican border. My thoughts when I see the Earth from space is that our planet is so beautiful and fragile against the blackness of space. We have to come together as humans or our spaceship is in serious jeopardy. By the way, I think the US Congress is composed of two-year olds throwing tantrums ~ middle schoolers is too generous! And I absolutely believe, that in a country as rich as our, health care is a right not a privilege! But we each have our part to contribute by taking care of ourselves and living a healthy lifestyle. I do not think health dollars should go to enrich shareholders over investing in health. Happy Halloween!

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  113. I think peace begins in small ways and like most revolutions, spreads from there, one person at a time.

    We can't give up on the concept of world peace but it seems so far away, reading the news, doesn't it?

    A beautiful and hopeful post Keith, thank you! :<)

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  114. Love knows no borders...that's the thought that came to mind for me :)

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  115. Beautiful thought...it'd make world less formal and more intact....may be I would get to see the places I've always wanted....but, ain't these boundaries thriving more in our head than on land....If these closed thoughts could be diversified and clubbed with others...like rainbow colors....

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  116. It reminds me of an essay I wrote as a fifth grader. I said "them against us" was part of human nature, and the only way I thought there'd ever be true brotherhood and peace on our planet is if we found another "them" in the universe that we could unite against. Sad, but I still kinda feel the same way about it.

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  117. Interesting post. I haven't got any answers for you. Still, a borderless world... yes, let's dream on.

    Greetings from London.

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  118. Ah, yes, but we are seeing those borders being broken down now. We are fast becoming one world, with all our individualities left intact. It is a careful balancing act to break down barriers, yet retain our identities long perfected over eons of time. Sometimes these take careful and controlled movements and other times we can just yell, 'Take down that wall!' and it happens. The universe moves in mysterious ways, but one thing is certain - it keeps on moving. xo

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  119. I'm not sure why we seem to feel more comfortable with borders - maybe it's a personal space issue at a much broader level. Still - it would be nice if we didn't build such walls.

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  120. I agree with your dream. Sadly, I don't see it happening.
    Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween!

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  121. I don't see nice things when I see this picture. I see the desert getting more and more inhospitable, more famines in Africa, more drought, more refugees from wars based on climate change.

    I like the idea of a borderless world, but at the same time I think that differences make culture special, so while I'd hope it wouldn't matter where you'd from it would be nice if those unique cultures could remain.

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  122. Sadly i think it's human nature to build borders and barriers,

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  123. A border less world feels more like a dream. Too many people want to be the elite rather than working together, sadly. It is a thought provoking photo for sure!

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  124. Love the idea of a world without borders! If only people could truly love their fellow man. Can you imagine all of the amazing things we could learn from each other?!

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  125. It would be lovely, utopic really. Many countries try to achieve that peaceful "borderlessness" within their own smaller spaces and it works sometimes.......

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  126. My goodness. Do you read all of these? :-)

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  127. Love the image and the question posed. If only . . . .

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  128. This reminds me of all the hypocrisy humans are capable of. They claim to dream of world peace, and even make speeches for it but thrive on conflict and discord. They demand, "Why can't we all get along?" but go home and yell at their children/parents/spouse for minor things. The list goes on, but it's a good dream.

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  129. Really great message Keith - I agree completely, it would be wonderful to have a world without borders.

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  130. Only humans would be conceited enough to believe they 'own' the Earth and can claim rights to their own sections of it even if they have to kill to get it. It's a beautiful dream and one I would love myself, however, I can't see it ever happening. Religious conflicts being one major dilemma. I truly wish we could all get along and truly wish we would stop being so cruel to the other beautiful animals we share this planet with. It breaks my heart.

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  131. I see peace and tranquility and beauty, I see diversity but also a common fate. And from a more spiritual point of view I see room to grow and evolve, a place where we can refine our essence, and countless paths to get to know it better. I know that a closer view would show suffering and pain, war and abuse but also joy and love, hope and compassion intimately intertwined... but maybe the reality of what this world is about is revealed when we look at it from a distant perspective

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  132. Without trying to draw any shame to my own country of residence, I have always just considered myself a "citizen of the world." This picture sure is true. Not that there aren't great things about each culture (that is the beauty of the world, after all), it is awful how those "borders" are what can separate us completely.

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  133. Its sad to me that much of the world speaks of acceptance, growth as one, unity, and peace, yet we simply cannot get past the comfort that many feel because we have a set place where we know "this" is our and "that" is yours. Where the borders meet is where acceptance ends to some degree.

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  134. Hi Keith....I answered your question already, but just stopped in today to say I hoped you had a good weekend & I look forward to your NEXT question. Thanks for being such a regular commenter on my blog. I appreciate that GREATLY.

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  135. My greatest attention was brought to your '151 comments'; I'm lucky if I get 10!!!!

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  136. a world without meaningless borders, and full of love :-)

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  137. I agree that there are no borders, but at the same time, nature creates it's own borders by only having enough resources to sustain specific numbers of people in certain areas without having to genetically modify everything. It makes me think of Lord Of The Flies, and how we "naturally" create hierarchies and boundaries. I just wish it weren't so.

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  138. Amen...and what a dream it is, Keith.
    I know there many who disagree....but I am so thankful for idealists like us, if I may say so myself. Those who are willing to work tirelessly for Peace and understanding. Human nature can be a stubborn beast, but I do believe that people have the ability (if they have the will and desire) to open their hearts, change their minds, and see each other as fellow human brothers and sisters. I had a post on this quite a while back...even wrote a quasi-poem....it's all about focus and intention. Ultimately, the ego must be set aside.
    Another great post...
    Blessings,
    - Irina

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  139. The peace of mind that I feel now is priceless to me,
    I can just be so much more relaxed and enjoy my life so much more.

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