Wall building for beginners

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The Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall are historic examples of our wall building skills. The Berlin Wall, Security Wall, and Peace Wall are modern constructs of fear and suspicion. How will this race of hod-bearers respond if we find intelligent life on other planets? Walls?
Sarah Silverman’s tweet in support of Jewish women’s protest for parity of esteem at the Wailing Wall has delivered a wrecking ball blow to the authorities in Jerusalem. All they were asking was to pray, as is their custom, at the wall. They were arrested. So much for the unifying tenets of religion.
The Israeli state has also undertaken a major building programme in semantics, Security Fence, Security Wall, Security Barrier. The purpose is to separate the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Belfast we have devised more user-friendly terminology for a structure separating Catholics and Protestants. A Peace Wall. The express purpose of these constructions is to provide ‘freedom and security’ for the divided peoples.
The wealthy demonstrate their otherness with walls. Their penchant is for ostentatious dwellings set in walled, gated and security intense compounds.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety” Benjamin Franklin

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One thought on “Wall building for beginners

  1. “Good fences make good neighbors.”
    Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
    If I could put a notion in his head:
    “Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
    Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
    Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out,
    And to whom I was like to give offence.
    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
    That wants it down!” I could say “Elves” to him,
    But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
    He said it for himself. I see him there,
    Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
    In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
    He moves in darkness as it seems to me,

    Robert Frost – Mending Wall

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