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Surrounded by Walls

Anyone who follows popular memes and synchronicities may have noticed the way the subject of WALLS is suddenly everywhere you look. First and foremost, there’s Trump’s ill-conceived wall to supposedly guard the borders.

One of the most notable things about the proposed wall is that it’s such an anachronism. Not that long ago, the world was celebrating the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Now Trump wants to construct a new one, supposedly as a symbol of America’s strength. He should really look back in history at the failure of such endeavors.

The most famous wall in history, the Great Wall of China was a failure as a military tactic. For example, it did nothing to stop the invasions of the Mongols. And that was 800 years ago. Today, a wall is even less likely to be effective. Of course, even to question it’s effectiveness is to ignore bigger questions, such as the ethics of trying to keep people out.

The Great Wall: A New Movie

Speaking of the Great Wall of China, there’s a major movie coming out on that very theme, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring, among others, Matt Damon (somehow a caucasian always manages to play a major role, no matter what time period or region of the world!). This movie was released in China in December, 2016 and will be opening in the U.S. in February, 2017.

The Wall: A TV Show

If that wasn’t enough, a popular new NBC game show is called The Wall.

I suppose, it makes sense that this show has been called “the most American game show on TV.” I don’t currently have TV, so I haven’t seen it, but I’ve seen trailers for it.

Think of the symbolism here. The Wall, historically a symbol of enclosure and imprisonment, here represents wealth. The kind of message you might expect the corporate media to be selling.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that all of these wall references aren’t mystical synchronicities but conscious efforts to cash in on a popular (or unpopular as the case may be) idea. Trump’s wall rhetoric after all, has been widely covered. Either way, it seems like an apt symbol of our times.

(Don’t Be) Another Brick in the Wall

As the Pink Floyd song and movie illustrates, The Wall is a symbol of oppression and conformity. The words of the song are worth pondering: “All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall.” In other words, we aren’t just surrounded by walls, we are part of them – at least until we wake up and free ourselves from our limitations.