are you from?
is a personal question about specific geographical boundary
that applies to you and one you’ve been asked many times
especially if you are an expat.
accept the idea of borders and boundaries without a great
deal of reflection. This
week, I’ve written an essay asking questions about
the meaning of boundaries in our lives: Who draws the
maps fixing the borders? What are the modern significance
of borderlines in the time of the Internet and Globalization?
What does our vocabulary teach us when we review the borderland
words and phrases?
anyone who has made a visa run or renewed a passport,
you’ve experienced a boundary issue that directly affects
your life. Borders act to include and exclude and they
don’t remain static. The Crimea, Scotland, and that Khmer
temple along the Thai/Cambodian border are several recent
examples of borderland politics.
political conflict continues without resolution as the
week ends. Many people have a theory of when it will end
and how it will end. But many people have a theory of
what happened to MH370. The reality is we don’t know what
happened to that aircraft. That makes us angry and frustrated.
That state of uncertainty and doubt is one most of us
seek avoid. That’s why ‘just so’ stories are so powerful.
temperatures in Thailand are rising—not just political
ones—as this is the hottest month with 40C plus heat promised
for many days. One way to avoid the stifling heat is to
sit down with a good book filled with ‘cool’ knowledge
about some aspect of life you wish to explore.