Who doesn’t need a passport to cross borders?
There is rarely any country in the world that allows entry without a passport.
But birds, animals, rivers, clouds don’t need any entry or exit approvals from the nations.
We see migrating birds covering thousands of miles in their annual travels, usually traveling the same course year after year with a slight deviation.
They can travel as far as 16,000 miles. Geese and vultures travel at an altitude of 29,000-37,000 feet high.
During their travel, they cross so many countries without bothering about the hassles of immigration formalities.
Millions of monarch butterflies begin their 3,000-mile journey in the fall from the northeastern United States and Canada to the overwintering grounds of southwestern Mexico.
The blue whales, during winter, migrate to the equator to escape the extreme weather in the poles and later migrate back to the poles during summer to feed on zooplankton.
Humpback whales pass through the earth’s oceans from the North Pole to the South Pole.
During winter, these mammals migrate to warmer tropical waters to breed and give birth, but during summer, they migrate to cooler polar water to feed.
There are thousands of minor rivers crossing borders around the world.
Nile river crosses 11 countries after covering a distance of 6650 km/4130 mi.
It flows through Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Congo DR, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt.
Danube river runs across 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine traveling 2850 km/1770 mi.
Mekong River (4350 km/2703mi) flows through 6 countries: China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The Rhine, one of the major rivers in Europe, passes through 6 countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, and Liechtenstein. Its length is about 1230 km/760 mi.
Whether it is peacetime or wartime wind keeps on blowing across the borders. Clouds keep floating on a blue sky. Sun keeps on shining on the lands. Moon keeps on sprinkling its soft silver light over the entire world.
The great explorers like Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Battuta (1304-1369) traveled a distance of 117,000 km/72,700 mi in 30 years covering Africa, Central Asia, China, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Russia, and Southeast Asia.
Zheng He (1405-1433) traveled through Asia, South Asia, Western Asia, and East Africa covering 50,000 km/31,069 mi.
Marco Polo (1254-1324) traveled 12,000 km/7,456 mi through Persia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and China. They call it the Silk Route.
He led expeditions to other parts of China, the then Burma and India.
He sailed back to Italy after exploring Singapore, Sumatra, and India.
Vasco da Gama (1460-1524), Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), James Cook (1728-1779) are the other well-known explorers of the world.
They explored the world as one nation.
Now the question is: is it practically possible to have a borderless world?
We can live in a borderless world under a single power with no wars, no need to worry about political disputes. Peace can flow everywhere.
Human beings need a world with peace, love, kindness without wars, disputes, poverty, terrorism, etc.
It can be a possibility for people who think in mutual co-operation and homogeneity.
A borderless world requires social, economic, and political changes.
We can look at a borderless world as a big joint family that extends a powerful support system to its citizens.
Living in a borderless world would mean living in a richer, safer, open, and peaceful world where it will be easier for individuals to move to pursue happiness and ambitions.
None of us can choose our place of birth, but we should be as free as possible to find our place of living.
Some people in the world, through no fault of their own, are born in an economic desert, or they’re born in a place where there’s a civil war going on. We have imprisoned them building walls, barriers, and sending people with machine guns, and saying, ‘You can’t move.’
The idea of a borderless world is very ancient. Among others, in 1990 Japanese thinker Kenichi Ohmae made waves worldwide with his book, The Borderless World.
Two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek set out on a marathon project,‘ Out of Eden Walk’ with National Geographic in 2013, retracing paths of the first humans who migrated on foot from Africa to the tip of South America.
Salopek’s transcontinental foot journey covered 20,000 miles, starting from Ethiopia in Africa, across the Middle East, and through Asia, via Alaska and down the western edge of the Americas to the southern tip of Chile.
He has walked through over 18 countries including Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and he finds people to be the same.
“I don’t see color or language any more. Whether it is a Bedouin nomad in Saudi Arabia, a photojournalist from Turkey or a brilliant scientist in Georgia, they all pretty much talk about the same things — family, jobs, governments, climate change, about what they have or don’t have. Complaints are the same; so are their hopes.”
We are living in a borderless world, and we do not want to change that. “The world is flat”, wrote Thomas Friedman in 2001.
We want the gas for our heating from Russia or Algeria and we want to fly to Hong Kong for Christmas.
We want Africa’s resources, such as diamonds for our luxurious jewelry, and chia seeds from Latin America for the vegan lifestyle of European hipsters, while cheap electronics come from China for the not-so-wealthy.
We want our borders open for trade, but not for people.
We call for a regime of complete freedom of migration worldwide, with rare exceptions for preventing terrorism or the spread of contagious disease.
Borders would exist in such a world, but as jurisdictional boundaries rather than as barriers to human movement.
Thomas Friedman, the writer of the book ‘The World is Flat‘ created an alternative theory ‘Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention’ or the ‘Dell Theory’.
As per this theory: No two countries that are both parts of a major global supply chain, like Dell’s, will ever fight a war against each other as long as they are both parts of the same global supply chain.
We also have an extensive list of worldwide organizations working around the globe beyond borders.
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.
This organization is the largest, most familiar, most represented, and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.
It represents 193 countries in the world.
Thus it would not be wrong to say that we are already moving towards a borderless world through these intergovernmental organizations.