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Walls Walls are a part of everyday experience Weve lived within metaphorical abstract real and imagined walls from birth Most of us were delivered in a hospital and even from that moment we were contained within the walls of protection that the doctors and our new parents gave us Where else do walls incorporate more of who we are as individuals and as a society Our nations are founded upon one and perhaps many different economic and political foundations Some of these systems of government are based on nobility and the inherited right to rule Others like the United States are founded upon principals of democracy and republicanism These ideologies create walls for each of us For example in the caste system of earlier India a person was born into a particular sect and he or she could never rise above that position and so as an extreme example this system of government and societal rule created virtually unbreakable walls In the United States a much looser system of social walls exists and even our Constitution promises that man have the unalienable rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness However these walls have different meanings to different people in our country To the blacks during the civil rights movements and before segregation put very real barriers to their freedoms and women today still fight to break through corporate social and economic barriers that prevent them from enjoying the same freedoms white men tend to possess Overall the walls we create on these levels certainly have different meanings for each of us but doubtless they exist Along the same lines we people create walls that guard our personal space In Latin American countries people have a very small personal space and so they would think nothing of approaching a stranger and having a passionate conversation maybe 5 inches away from that other person On the other extreme Finnish society
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