Invisible Walls

When we talk about walls, we usually think about walls made of stones in Israel/Palestine, in Cyprus or the one between the US and Mexico. In my perception, the highest walls are inside our own communities. Every year, they are getting higher and higher. The separation of people is the worst crime, a destruction of the human family. It is not about your nationality, your age, your skin colour or your sexual preference, it is about your income. You can live wherever and how you want if you have the money in your pockets.

The fight is not somewhere out there, it is happening in every city. Through the incrising wealth of some chosen people, all governments are driving their citizens into a dangerous living situation. Especially unemployed young men are taking over the power, they are ruling the neighborhoods. The citizens are left alone. Many of them do not leave their homes after dark anymore. Drug trade, prostitution and corruption are following. They became an attractive business for the youngsters who want to avoid feeling suffocated in a three piece suit, working like a rat in a labyrinthian concrete jungle.

Meanwhile the rich dwell within self contained gated communities on the flip side of the city. There are obvious signs that the rich harbor mistrust of their neighbors. They are fearful, someone could steal their posessions in the next minute. It is raising the question: does wealth really set you free? Or does it force you to live in a golden cage?

Cities are becoming a construction of social separation. Everywhere, we are slowly becoming our own self-made jailers.

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