It's not so much a matter of what the wall will do as much as it is the question what we will do with the wall to make it of more benefit to all of us.
In my previous post I discussed my vision of how the border wall as described by Donald Trump including it being paid for by Mexico might actually be a practical and a very good idea. My thinking on this suggests that a beautifully built and highly technological wall would provide economic stimulus and regional development to communities on both sides of the border. To read more I recommend referring to Can Trump's Border Wall Work? before reading today's post.
|Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
A Symbol of Two Nations
There is one more aspect of the "beautiful border wall" that I think is a very positive thing. It sounds idealistic perhaps, but it makes sense from a certain standpoint of marketing. What is this idealistic aspect? I suggest the border wall as a symbol of two nations.
The traditional symbol for immigrants coming to the United States has been the Statue of Liberty. This monument was what the new arrivals to be processed through the Ellis Island immigration center would see. The "Proud Lady of the Harbor" represented life, liberty, and the pursuit of dreams. An awesome border wall build with aesthetic appeal could likewise become a symbol.
A wall would initially seem like an unpleasant reminder of exclusion and hardship, but with smooth processing through modern efficient receiving centers located at the welcoming border gateways and vibrant development in the areas along the border wall, the border would become something to which hopeful immigrants would look forward. This border wall would become famous and become a destination for travelers to just see and marvel. The wall could become a destination for tourists as well as the crossing point between two great nations.
Just as the Lady Liberty holds a torch in one hand and a book of law in the other, the wall's official logo might be a similar book of law. At points along the length of the wall could be beacons or bright displays of light symbolizing illumination of the path as well as the minds of the people. The development of this great wall perhaps could become like a sort of Disneyland of economic development where cultures would be shared through eating establishments, museums, shopping districts and so on.
Many when faced with the concept of a border wall are immediately turned off. They will argue about the expense, the impracticality, the divisiveness, or they might just say it can't be done. What I've described in my previous post is practical and possible even though at first look it might seem fantasy. What I've described in the above paragraphs will even be rejected outright as outlandish. Right now the idea is a fantasy in my mind. I'm not saying that this is what Donald Trump or anyone else has in mind, but I do believe it is something to consider. What it all comes down to is primarily marketing the idea, creating workable plans, implementing those plans, and then continuing to market the project until it has been widely accepted by most.
There will always be those who are against any kind of progress, but if we'd listened to the naysayers of the past we'd still be in horse and buggies and there would be no such thing as flying in planes. The greatest of ideas are almost always rejected as being a bit loony. I've presented a vision now its up to you the reader to decide if you think it is worth discussing.
The problems of the world cannot be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
(1917 - 1963)