Quoting Isaac Newton’s famous phrase: “People build too many walls and not enough bridges”.
Quoting Isaac Newton’s famous phrase: “People build too many walls and not enough bridges”, walls and bridges would be a priori structures, projects, diametrically opposed constructions; bridges would open, walls would close; bridges would unite, walls would divide. However, is reality just as cut-and-dried? Are there bridges that divide, as in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, where the Austerlitz bridge still marks the separation between Serbs and Albanians? Are there walls that unite or at least maintain the cohesion of a community? Would bridges not be complementary to walls? It is clear that in many places where walls were built, bridges are there to maintain the flux of people; the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River is a lung for the Palestinian population in inhabited landlocked islands; the bridges at the border between the United States and Mexico on the Rio Grande cross over the fence support one of the largest areas worldwide of flourishing trade and flux of people; the bridge of Imjingak, north of Seoul, bordering North Korea, helps uphold this call, this hope for reunification; the bridge over the Inguri River between Georgia and Abkhazia, on an administrative line that is being closed, allows the local population, Mingrelians, to keep their family ties and trade despite the division and latent conflict. A bridge reduces the effects of a wall. A bridge keeps open the lines of communication; it is its antidote.
Alexandra Novosseloff (author of "Walls Between People")