Some time ago, I saw a documentary on Netflix called “One Strange Rock”. It was hosted by Will Smith and talked about how astronauts’ experiences in space had altered their perception of our planet. Invariably, they spoke about how seeing this bright blue and white orb in the blackness of space made them realize it’s where we all live together. There are no borders drawn on it. The only separation visible from space is the Great Wall of China, and we all know that didn’t work to keep anyone out for long.
The history of Mankind is one of ever increasing unity. From the time cavemen realized that hunting and gathering in groups was more efficient than doing it individually, they formed tribes. Later with the coming of agriculture these became cities and eventually countries. In more recent times the countries of the world have been forming larger groups such as the United Nations, the European Community, NAFTA, and many other combinations of countries for mutual benefit. We now talk about Globalization as a fact of life. While it’s true none of these combinations have been perfect, and there have been setbacks and reactions, nevertheless, the trend of history towards greater unity is clearly visible in all these attempts. To me the direction is clear. We are headed towards a world federal government where each country would function similar to a state or a province today.
As an example of how antiquated the idea of borders is; I am a US citizen, my partner is Canadian, when this pandemic erupted she returned to Canada where she could use her health card if need be. I could not accompany her because Canada closed its borders to US citizens. At this time there is no knowing when we may be together again. I’m sure there are others around the world in similar situations caused by borders.
I am an English teacher. I have taught English as a foreign language (EFL) to foreigners in the US, in Chile, and in Mexico. Next year I will probably be in Guinea, West Africa teaching English (pandemics permitting). The English language is the world language of business and a unifying force towards creating the world mentality I endorse.
COVID19 is showing us that we are all conected. Our borders are useless against it. The idea of “the other” is ridiculous. We are all equal before it
I know that to some people this idea of one world united may seem unrealistic, but I read somewhere once that ideas can have mass. If enough people start thinking the same way, the idea gathers momentum and becomes the new reality. Remember “Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” from the American Revolution which led to “egalite liberte et fraternite” in France? It can happen!
It only requires us to gain the consciousness that the astronauts showed and realize this is only one world and we all share it.