Monday, March 13, 2017
I am not happy with walls on the sides of highways that cancel traffic "noise ". Why? Because in most cases the people who bought the houses near the road knew that the road was there and knew that there would be traffic noise.
It's like people who complain about airplane noise if they live near an airport. Generally the airport was there BEFORE the houses were built. So if a person bought a house near the airport they knew that there would be noise from takeoffs and landings.
If you knew the noise would be a part of the neighborhood, be it airport or highway, then why did you buy that house? I can't see the need to "suddenly" create walls to contain the noise.
I think it's just another clever (or not so clever) ploy to separate and divide us.
Walls keep the "wrong" element away from us. Walls also limit our exposure to another class of people. Walls keep undesirables from us. Walls "prevent" people who can't afford mansions from coming into neighborhoods which have large houses. Gated homes, guard gates, etc. Walls keep out the people who "might" covet what we own. Walls also iscolate us.
Walls keep us from seeing those who might not have our material advantages. That doesn't mean mansions either. It means homes. Single family homes. Homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Homes with manicured lawns and backyards where kids can play.
Walls limit your exposure to "others". To other ways of thinking, to other ways of living. Walls lead to misunderstanding because how can I understand you if I don't see and know you? Does a wall let me talk to you? Does a wall explain anything to you? Does a wall show us how similiar we are or does it exclude us from each other and only point out the differences?
I watch and read dystopic fiction.
The last time I went driving on the FL turnpike I realized that they were constructing more "noise cancelling" walls along the highway. Walls make the road a lonely long corridor of grey. No scenery to look at, only a directed and controlled path, government approved, that allows you to only see one path, the4 path laid out by a government agency to take you where you are going.
There is no chance to see anything "different".
It occurs to me this is a subtle form on mind control, which we are coming to accept as just another way of life.
I hope I am wrong, but I fear I am right.