There's this defence mechanism in us; Walls that we build around to protect ourselves. Sometimes we drown in their immensity, and we need something to wake us up. Something that whispers through the walls and helps us climb. Something to helps us see beyond the darkness within.
There's this defence mechanism in us. But over time, we learn to let it go. We start wanting to see more, to learn more; To discover. So, we break down the walls, and among all the wreckage, we start feeling a glimpse of light, a ray of hope. We realize that staying between them is only another way to destroy ourselves. We realize that they would never protect us from storms as there is no roof; as there is no shelter.
Over time, we learn to let it go. We start wanting to see more, to learn more; To discover. We realize that going outside is also a way of learning to live with what hurts deeply - Disappointments, broken hearts, traumas - everything that corrupts us to the bone. We understand that going outside is also a way of learning to live with the withering flowers, the storms and the darkening skies; is a way of learning to face the ugliness of the world; of understanding that there are still too many things highlighting the separation between people.
There is a distinction in how these walls of separation are built; Some, are made to separate people by their differences; but others made by those who want to keep protected from those who separate them by differences. Ironic? How can this turn into an avalanche, without we even realizing?
People keep constructing without understanding this:
We are all homeless within walls.
Accepting difference is the source of growth. Making everyone equally valuable is the key to evolution.
I learned that what we need is pretty simple: We need a home. A place that doesn't trap us. A place where we can stay and also be able to leave. A place with windows from which we can appreciate the beauty of the world without being so afraid of getting hurt. A place where we can look to the garden and enjoy the natural beauty of flowers - even though knowing, that some of them will be wilted and others flowered. A place with a roof, which welcomes us in storms and cold days. A place where we have the openness to decide, the freedom to be.
The problem will always be in the divisions. The problem will always be: creating separations between what is equally different, but perhaps less convenient to some; In building walls instead of windows.
The problem will always be to think that freedom gives us the right not to respect the need of the other, the space of the other, the rhythm of the other, the belief of the other, the ethnicity of the other, the gender of the other, the sexuality of the other, the body of the other.
Disrespect isn't freedom. It's intolerance. It's ignorance.
I learned that we don't need to be homeless, but we don't need to build these huge buildings between us either. What we need is a home; A place for everyone; A place where we can all be together; A place where we can all live within the same edification. A home.
Because within walls we are homeless, we are alone.