Do fences make good neighbors?

The world, as we know, is getting smaller. Cultures that once knew nothing of one another now exchange everything from cuisine to music to religions. Yet, people continue to suffer in countries that have erected barriers between themselves and the rest of the world, shutting people and ideas within, and the rest of the world out.

When walls build up between neighbors, the tendency on all sides is to draw inward. Fear and suspicion cause people to bar their mental doors to all but those who are most familiar.

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June 16, 2003

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