Imagine a world without borders - what would it look like? Are we truly free and at liberty if we are considered invalid if we don't have the right paperwork? That we can't cross man-made invented borders without documents is - objectively speaking - rather strange don't you think?
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It keeps unwanted evil people from getting in. - Myth. Let's be serious now: borders do not keep people out, hence You got a problem with illegal immigration, down south ... why do You indulge in myts?
Agreed. In addition, border control is vital. It's pointless having passports if the passports aren't checked. I've noticed that my passport is checked these days by inputting it into some sort of computer system. Very necessary.
Mr. Happy: National borders do protect. Without them the entire world is exposed to more negatives than with the national borders. The majority of countries do their best to protect its citizens; domestic tranquility is a very precious right.
Trying to "imagine" being a civilization whose people have no country...no homeland - Having no borders does not mean one does not have a home. Haha!! It just means freedom to go and come as we please.
I couldn't have said it better myself!
Mr. Happy: True no matter with or without borders, one would have a home. The question one should ask is what type of government would we have without multi-national borders? Would it be a global republic? Totalitarian or democratic? Think about it..
Why would a planet without borders necessarily eliminate cultural diversity?
Usually if there are no borders, you are in the same nation. No borders would mean there would be no individual nations. The diversity nations deliver would not be present which could cause an elimination to cultural diversity.
I see where you are coming from. I think it would depend on how much respect people show to different cultural beliefs. Our government likes immigrants to "assimilate" into our culture. We don't have to buy into that though!
Thank you, I was using the "assimilate" into one culture you mentioned as the precedent set for a planetary no borders scenario with one global government. The assimilation factor nearly cost the American Indian their entire culture.
Well, nothin' ain't worth nothin', but it's free!
You need to prove who you are. - Yes, we live in a tyrannical age. You just proved it lol
Just curious, why does it feel like an 'albatross'?
Yes, you have the freedom not to have a passport. You have choice; to have or not to have. :) Freedom = to have a choice.
How do You not have a passport? Never felt like checking out any other country, see what life is other places? Just curious.
Mr. Happy: I have a passport. I have visited other countries, seen other places. I had wonderful positive traveling experiences when out of my country. I know the freedom having a passport delivers as well as it being a personal safety measure.