Some thoughts on the movement of humans (inspired by visa rage)
Until the beginning of the 1st World War there were no Passports, it was only from 1920 that they became common, originally just a safe passage document that served as identification. This has now been ridiculously flipped around against the people. I want to visit my friend’s native country? (Russia) I must fill out a huge visa form with full details of everything down to underwear colour. She wants to come to the UK? The same but worse. People from Georgia want to travel to the UK? Their applications are processed incompetently and they get refused entry. I have a “Grade A” passport that gets access to something like 173 countries worldwide, but to be honest that irritates me because the notion that someone born in Karachi — not born in London as I was is any less of a human than I am is quite frankly ridiculous. These borders are ridiculous. What do we imagine would happen without them? Would everyone suddenly rush to live in California, Cologne and Cambridge??? No probably not; they might go and have a look, and say “that’s nice” then go back home, where their friends and family are, where their roots are. Some people might like to move, and that’s healthy… humans are nomadic. Why can’t we go and live in Bali for a year? Far from causing chaos and disaster I can’t help but feel that the opening of borders would benefit many places and improve the quality of life. To quote a smart person…(not sure who) when you look at the earth from space, no borders are visible. Maybe we should think about that.
Look… No borders.