We live in a world that is highly compartmentalised, whether we like it or not. From your race to your specific region, your gender and much more all have their own names and connotations that people will use to define you, they also will become part of your identity on paper as these are all items used to construct your profile at the passport office. The passport is a worldwide waiver that allows you to travel from one country to the next, not physically of course, it is just paper and plastic, but legally. This is a strange yet highly normalised part of modern living, that is truly modern. The world wasn’t created with these borders in place, the earth itself does not know the delineation between North and South Carolina just as it is equally oblivious to the line between North and South Korea. The walls that stand between countries are entirely man made, and just like money they force all of us to live in a particular way. When you take a step back these imaginary lines we have traced around the globe aren’t just constricting but unnecessary, which causes one question to rise to the surface – why do we even have them in the first place?
Origin of Borders
The origin of borders began when cartography did, of course without the ability to chart the rough whereabouts of land we would also be at a loss as to which part is which. As map makers and sailors took upon themselves the task to explore the new world they marked the places they had visited and set sail in new directions in order to seek out what lay hidden. This is the first indication that borders don’t have great intentions, because as you may recall it was only the rich and powerful who controlled the ships in the first place. When landing on previously unexplored territory Europeans quickly exploited the people already there with terrible trades or simply by enslaving the native people. Thus point ‘B’ on the map became a source for free labour or a particular commodity, while point ‘A’ was their home, where they would retire to and where people who were born within the borders there would not be treated as animals.
Despite what you may think many of the borders that demark one country from another aren’t particularly old. You would only need to scrutinise a map from fifty years ago to notice significant changes in what country belongs to where. After the second world war many territories moved around and even as late as the early 1990s countries were still falling into place such as Namibia, Yemen and of course modern Germany all changing. This just shows that the fragile line that creates a country is a trivial one and in now way the same as the geographic distinctions of islands. So, if they are simply pulled out of thin air and have only been used for nefarious deeds what use are they today?