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Citizens of the World



**I wrote this 7 years ago and I recently found it.


I am sharing it today because it still applies, and I still stand with the same vision. Only that today, 7 years later , the amount of people sharing this view has grown a little bit more…**


“I dream of a world without borders, without limitations, without the “you are a Canadian and I am a Nigerian”. What does it matter? Why your nationality is so important? The passport you have…


There are a lot of people out there who are really a citizen of the world. They don’t see nationalities, they see human beings, and I am so grateful and happy to have met people like that around the world.


The hard part is that the old system and political divisions are still there, and we have to be reminded of it each time we travel.


You are reminded of it when you are looking for a job. It is truly amazing how the job’s posts specify the nationality they are looking for, yes maybe the education system is different in each country but the nationality is not going to tell you how hard working is that person, how motivated and trustful is that person, how loyal, how intelligent or how honest.


It is a hard reality for those who are looking, dreaming AND building a new world.


I talked to a girl from Holland the other day who is living in Spain, and she told me the story of a friend she has from a specific African country. A hard working, good person, good friend who was not able to go to Europe to visit her just because she was from that country. No visa, the only way that the friend could visit her in Europe was for her (the girl from Holland) to personally fly to this country to sign a paper so that the friend could go to Europe… (it sounded like a joke to me…) This made me, and still makes me very sad.


People from certain nationalities, specifically “undeveloped countries”, are treated like they have to prove that they are not a criminal. That they are a regular human being traveling to another country.

They have to prove this each time they go through an airport. Every time they have to go and ask for a visa whether is for visiting, working or studying… just because they were born in a specific country or they have certain passport.


Some citizens from many different “developed countries” who are open minded and have never had to go through any discrimination because of where they were born, cannot care less about what is your nationality.

They are interested to know about your culture and about who you are as a person. They have no idea that “developing/ undeveloped countries” citizens go through discrimination just because of their nationality.

They just know that they have met many people from different “undeveloped countries” who are friendly, genuine, hardworking and honest people…


At the end of the day, we all share the same world and when you have an open mind and an open heart, you can see the person in front of you as another citizen of the world just like you are, regardless of what nationality the person is.


I keep dreaming, envisioning, feeling and acting on building that new world free of borders, just like those I know are doing the same.


Earth is OUR HOME. Home to ALL Living Things…

In Love,

In Gratitude.

-Evy


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