Alright, let’s give credit where it is due, even though I mostly find promoting Google Doodles very distasteful.
I woke up to this Google Doodle, and in a minute and a half, it made me realize something very striking.
You don’t value freedom, or even recognize its cost, until you find it gone or threatened by political forces that could so easily part individual from individual.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall, an almost universal symbol of tyranny and everything contrary to freedom, since the beginning of the Cold War.
And that’s the only thought that comes to my mind today.
How fragile freedom is.
Today, it means nothing to us because we have overcome the political conflict that gave rise to the human tragedy of a divided German Republic. The supposed liberators of the city ended up having it divided in the most terrible manner, even with deadly consequences.
How would you react if that happened to your city tomorrow? No matter where you live and no matter who forces the division.
There are many other examples too. The Koreas, the partition of Kashmir and the Indian sub continent, the Arab Israeli conflict.
But it’s easy to observe that not just 25 years, but a much shorter period, was sufficient to forget the misery of more than 3 decades of suffering that Berliners endured in the name of political conflict.
It is important to notice how two opposing political forces can actually divide a part of your lives for their own authoritarian power grab.
Just imagine you being unable to walk into a part of your own town, just because it belongs to an alien political entity now.
Is there anything more horrifying?
That’s just how precious freedom is.
The scary part is that all of this can happen tomorrow. All over again.
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