October 2, 2015
Walls Are Not Necessary In Modern Society
The definition of a “wall” in society is a means of separation between things that should be together. There are many types of “walls” in society today which include, but are not limited to, prejudice and separation. “Walls” like that do more harm than good to our society. Some people may think otherwise, saying that many metaphorical walls need to separate us in order to keep peace between certain things. Whether it be countries or certain groups of people. The other half of people that think differently, think that there would be no need for these “walls” if we could get rid of them slowly ...view middle of the document...
On the West side, people roamed freely, shops were all over the place, and people lived peacefully and happily. Not more than twenty yards away was an oppressed society ruled my guard towers, barbed-wire fences, and Soviet military power. The Berlin Wall separated families, killed people escaping to freedom, and stood for over fifty years until President Reagan advocated for it to be torn down. The Berlin Wall is an excellent example of oppression and segregation. People lived in fear of what was on the other side. This is why “walls” in general cause more harm than good. People need to coexist freely and openly.
Also, compare that to another literal wall in today’s society, the Mexican-American border. The border itself was not clearly defined and remained so until the Mexican colony became independent from Spain and entered a period of political instability. Mexico attempted to create a buffer zone at the border that would prevent possible invasion from the North. The influx of people did not provide the defense that Mexico had hoped for and instead Texas declared its independence in 1836. However, the constant conflicts in the Texas region in the mid-19th century eventually led to the Mexican-American War. Conflict at its finest. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Treaty of 1884 were the agreements originally responsible for the settlement of the international border. The Rio Grande, or the border, shifted south between 1852 and 1868 and that caused arguments and altercations because of the change. By a treaty negotiated in 1963, Mexico regained most of this land. Border treaties are jointly administered by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which was established in 1889 to maintain the border. Although, once viewed as a model of international cooperation, in recent decades the IBWC has been heavily criticized as an institutional misdate, by-passed by modern social, environmental and political issues.
The first reason why “walls” are not necessary in society is because they limit freedom to “roam.” “He is all pine and I am apple orchard. My apple trees will never get across and eat the cones under his pines.” This line in Mending Wall by Frost can be interpreted in a literal sense as well as a figurative one. That he is the apple tree and his neighbor is the pine and for the fact that, as long as that wall is there, he will never get over to his neighbor. Yes, they may have their moments when they are fixing the wall, but that is not terms for a strong relationship between two people of any kind. Same with the literal wall in Berlin that separated families and relationships of all kinds. These walls keep people from interacting and that can cause even more problems because it limits the act of getting to know people and their situations and seeing that there are no needs for these kinds of barriers in the first place. If people could just slowly break down these walls over time and understand that times are...