Thor Heyerdahl

When I was a kid one of the guys we studied was Thor Heyerdahl and his plankton-like adventure across the Pacific in the Kon-Tiki in 1947. One of his quotes:

Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.

resound in my mind. The men and women who have been in Space several hundred miles above the surface of the Earth have noted this as well.

It would be most pleasant if we could live in a world without borders and the nonsense it takes to maintain borders. Borders are most consistently maintained by those who are afraid of letting go of the past and existing purely in the present. Borders are for the fearful; just as are tanks, guns, nuclear bombs, and other idle threats of mass destruction.

You know we all will die one day. That is inevitable. Our lives are finite; even our man-made borders are finite. When man ends, so will man-borders.

I imagine as Thor was drifting slowly across the huge Pacific Ocean, plankton-like, and as he looked up at the stars, brilliantly arrayed without the pollution of man-light-borders; he came to appreciate that borders are not real. When I look up at the stars at night, I feel the same. Borders are not real. They are an impediment to so many things; so many necessary things. Borders cause so many things; so many unnecessary things.

I would wish we could be adventurers like Thor Heyerdahl. I would wish our politicians could embrace the beauty that lies beyond the borders in their minds. It is time after all to let all that nonsense go. It is time to become plankton-like and drift borderless in peace and perhaps harmony with People who share the same DNA, the same genetics, the same Being. Look up at the stars and realize we are truly plankton in a huge universe and it is time for us to slowly drift across to other Stars in the Pacific Ocean of interstellar distances. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen as long as we maintain our borders in our minds.