WE HAVE REACHED A TIME WHERE THE BORDERS OF COUNTRIES NEED TO BE TOTALLY REINVENTED.
"Before I built a wall, I 'd ask to know what I was walling in..... or walling out"
The huge demand for workers everywhere will demand that developed and developing nations treat their borders in a different fashion than if they were walls.
People cross borders today not for immigration purposes, they cross borders to work. When they have finished working, they return home. If there was work at home, they would probably work there.
Those borders were invented years ago on pinciples that no longer exist today. Let's rethink them again!
I worked for a time with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian company that is the hugely successful entertainment group that reinvented the circus, one of the world's oldest forms of entertainment. Their plan was to reinvent hospitality and I was recruited to lead the division that was charged with this wonderfully creative task. I will never look at our industry again in the same way as I did before.
With the strong belief that people will go where there is work and a better life, it is time to make it easier for them to do that. It is time for the borders to be reinvented. It is time for them to be re-thought.
Why are the borders there in the first place?
- To keep good workers out or
- to keep good workers in?
- To hinder the flow of cheap goods into our countries, or
- to hinder the flow of expensive goods out of our countries?
- To stop people that hate us from entering or
- to keep people that hate us from leaving?
- Because we do not have enough food, or
- because the food we have is different from what they eat?
- Because we do not have enough housing for them, or
- because there are not enough cars or buses to take them to work?
- To keep religions in, or
- to keep religions out?
It is also true that they cross borders for other reasons be it to shop,as was the case this week when the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip went shopping to Egypt, or to compete, as was the case this week in Melbourne, or later this year in Beijing. It is not always however to immigrate or emigrate.........which is the fundamental reason why borders were put up in the first place.
The answer perhaps is that we believe that these imaginary walls do in fact allow us to keep some things on one side and prevent other things from entering. They provide us with comfort from having our own turf, our own national back garden where the breeze is a friendly breeze, the rain soft and the seasonal scents familiar. Are we not prepared to share these joys with our global neighbours?
The thousands of jobs that are not filled represents millions of dollars in lost income taxes, lost contributions to National Pension Funds lost opportunities to reduce pverty.
It is indeed easier for a tomato to cross the border than for the tomato picker. It is easier for the virus to pass through customs and immigration than it is for the doctor or scientist who will fight it.
Perhaps now is the time to use that border 'rope' for more useful purposes.
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