Einstein said "Nationalism is the measles of mankind. It is the infantile disease of nations."
Yes it is. And we need to try to cure it. Instead, what do politicians do? Fuel it, fuel it more so that they have more power and control over people. So I guess we first need to get rid of politicians first if we are to cure nationalism.
Actually, Einstein put it mildly .:if you ask me:. Nationalism is much worse than measles. It is a stinking mass insanity. And visa requirements are the materialization of this nationalism, a worldwide political recognition of racism... After all, what do you base your visa requirements on? Upon where a person was born! Upon an imaginary line that was drawn either by bloody war or by bloody politics. Why do I need to jump through hoops to go anywhere on this Earth? Who has a right to force me into doing that? I mean of course I'm aware that some bullies think they do and I have to obey as they have the stick to beat me but come on... I was born on this Earth and it is (should be!) my birthright to go anywhere I wish. As long as I do not do anybody any harm. But... You are going to say "People want to harm us. We need protection." Sorry, people want to harm other people everywhere regardless of their nationalities. Family members want to hurt each other for God's sake!
The Economist put it mildly too... saying "visa requirements that do little to make their countries more secure." There are visa requirements that do NOTHING to make countries any more secure. Reading the comments there, people say they needed to pay for their reservations and flights in order to get a Schengen visa. Six years ago, you didn't need to pay for them, you just made the reservation, got the visa and cancelled the reservation. The Chinese visa still works the same way. There are many other countries who require you to make reservations without paying. So why hassle people? They just do. They like doing that, or this way they can think and say they are doing something without really doing anything. It's just useless paperwork. Creating jobs for some people, that's for sure. But put this people to some social work. Give them other meaningful jobs. Seriously, as if there isn't anything useful left to do in this world.
I'll give you a couple of visa examples from my experiences: I was hippety-hopping happily in Central America, until I hit Panama. Well... it'd be more true to fact if I said Panama hit me. I needed a visa!
I knew I needed one, I had researched it of course before setting off, but I had forgotten all about it because no other country around required one. I told the man I wasn't going to eat their countries (that's an expression we use in Turkey for not doing any harm to anything), I was just going to visit for 2-3 days and jump off to another country. I mean... Who cares about Panama anyway?? And you look at me. I am just a tiny woman, not even 50 kilos (110 pounds), with so many stamps on my many passports. Anyway... I was turned back from the border, crying desperately because all my plans had been upset. (Plus, I had been bitten by a dog and could not get vaccinated in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and I was losing time. As you know, you need to get the rabies shot quickly, otherwise there is no turning back. Once you get sick, you die.) You know what happened afterwards??? A month after I was turned back from the border, the Panama visa requirement for Turkish citizens was removed. Why? Because there was a Turkish man living in Costa Rica and he was working at these things in the region. And I just found out now, years later that is, that there was a new Law that was in effect that they did not know or did not tell me. Regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama... Executive Decree #248 stated that:
“Those who hold a valid passport, with at least 3 months of validity left, and a valid visa from ONE of the following countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or any of the member countries of the European Union, which has been used at least one time to enter those countries, may enter the Republic of Panama by purchasing a Tourist Card, regardless of their nationality.”
So, had I known this or had they told me about it, I could have got in as I had a valid USA visa and had used it many times.
Another story. I was ready to pay my due to get a visa for Brazil. I went to the embassy and found out that I no longer needed one. Why? Because the son of a Brazilian politician had recently married a Turkish girl. Good for them. Thank you. (And please don't get divorced. I'd like to visit Brazil again. Without hassle if possible...) But is it logical, is it just, is it fair? That things should work this way?
Let me give you a more recent example... Until two months ago, we were best pals with Russia. When we went there in September, my Italian husband needed to pay more than a 100 Euros to get a visa, we just walked in with my daughter with our Turkish passports. What about now? Someone did something stupid, and apart from the Turkish now needing a visa, there is a boycott, they even destroy Turkish foods at the supermarkets running over them by tractors, there are even killings of Turkish people, you make the lives of Turkish-Russian couples hell, you ruin the lives of Turkish living in Russia, the Russians living in Turkey. Why? Why, pray tell me! I don't have anything against any Russian, or Kurdish, or Americans, or anybody as a group. Don't get me involved in your bloody politics. You sort it out between yourselves. Without involving the ordinary people. I just want to get on with my life. And I'm sure most people are with me on this. I told my husband "Let Erdoğan and Putin settle it between themselves. They go for a duel, the strongest wins. And they leave us alone." I don't believe anybody should have the right to drag me into a war or conflict that I do not wish to take part in.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about the brotherhood of nations or one world etc. I don't believe in that crap either. People do not like each other. Especially when there is a conflict of interest. Simple fact. Has nothing to do with nations, it is among people! Close family members want to pluck out the eyes of other family members. That's the way it is.
However, the world political order doesn't have to be this way. So unfair. It cannot go on this way. Things will need to change. (Even if not so soon, one day...) Because it is not in line with man's sense of justice. Don't count on the fact that most of the world seem to accept it now... It's only because we are like cats who have been raised in a perpendicular-lined world and cannot recognize the horizontal lines. (Check out Colin Blakemore and G.F. Cooper experiment or read about it here. But some of us have grown up to see the the horizontal lines... Just like slavery was acceptable at its time. Not anymore. Now there are other kinds of slavery but you get what I mean... Humanity will grow up a bit more and will put an end to this world apartheid perpetuated by borders and visas.
PS: As far as I am concerned, there are no "illegal aliens" in the world! There are no nations either. There are just good people and bad people. There are people I like, there are people I prefer to stay away from and have nothing to do with. Similarly, I don't have "fellow countrymen", I have fellow "hearts and minds." And I just hate it when people make categorizations based on where someone was born. -I don't do it to anybody, I don't want it done to me.- That is pure nationalism. Refer to Einstein please...