Celebrating Fall Berlin Wall

Posted on November 2, 2014


We build walls for many reasons: to protect ownership, to provide privacy, to ensure safety. Also we and nations build walls out of fear and spite. Walls keep others out and keep us in.

On the anniversary of November 9, 1989, 25 year ago, a great wall fell in Berlin. For decades, the Berlin Wall had been the symbol and centerpiece of the Iron Curtain.

The Soviets built a wall separating West Germany from East Germany. But walls are not permanent solutions. They don’t make good neighbors of those who construct them and those who are separated by the wall.

On November 9, 1989, the world gasped in astonishment. We were all Berliners that day, all feeling the collective thrill as easterners and westerners pounded the wall with hammers and crowbars, embraced one another, and celebrated in a day-long rave along the once deadly strip known as no man’s land.

That concrete monstrosity tumbled. The quarter century since that epochal event has been the birth and growth of a new Europe with all the achievements, mishaps, hopes, and disagreements that freedom brings. Germany became the leader in the European Union that is the world’s largest economy.

And Germany is the leader in blocking Russian designs on reestablishing the old Soviet Union.

The fall of that Berlin Wall is a reminder that some day all walls must fall.


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