Divide and conquer?
A house divided against itself cannot stand?
Divide the pie equally among all of you.
We divide to share, but we also divide to avoid sharing. Sometimes, we divide our share so someone else — who has nothing — can have some too.
Lately, dividing seems to involve building walls and separating us from one another. To protect us? It that it?
There is Hadrian’s Wall. The Romans built it. It never protected them. The Great Wall of China did not protect the Chinese from the Mongols.
What are we protecting? Walls lock people in as much or more than they keep Others out. Walls define a prison. Are we going to build a giant American prison?
Shall we rewrite the Constitution to open with the deathless line: We the prisoners of the United States … ?
We cannot wall out the world nor any part of it. We don’t live on isolated islands. The oceans do not protect us from Others. If we are not protected by mighty oceans and mountain ranges that scrape the clouds, how much less effective will be any wall we build?
The answer isn’t dividing. It’s including. Figuring out — finally –at this late date in human history to live together. In peace. With tolerance, affection, and justice. Maybe even love.
Different isn’t dangerous. It’s our fear of differences which is the danger.