Border Blindness

by | Nov 19, 2013 | Archives

Border blindness can stop us from seeing opportunity.

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Borders can be unfriendly places. Don’t let that stop you.  See link to border guard image below.

How easy is it to classify people or a person by some trait… Americans are this… or the British are that… or Saudis are?   What is your nationality?  Do you agree with your government and the way things are in your country… or do you sometimes feel frustrated at how the nation where you were born or live has turned out?  Ever feel trapped in a country gone mad?

Would you want people for example to judge you and your beliefs based on Obamacare?

I think that a majority, or at least a strong minority  of the people in most countries feel exactly the same way.  They are this or that… but don’t agree with a lot of what is going on in their nation.  They are all individuals.

Viewing in such a general way can lead to errors of judgement that can be expensive.

My first book published in the 1970s “Passport to International Profit” threw out this idea of Border Blindness.

It said:  Borders are transcended by almost all human emotions. Get a pretty Italian and handsome Irishman together and they will fall in love. Put a Mexican with a cheaper tomato next to a hungry Canadian and the Canadian will get out his loonies and buy the tomato. Put an Englishman and Frenchman in a sinking ship and they will both bail water.

The market place of humanity tramples borders. The deepest nature of our existence supports free trade and free movement of all to anywhere in the world.

Modern communications and transportation have made globalization so easy and brought us the wonder of multi cultural joys.

However the borders themselves (or the people guarding them) can magnify some of humanity’s more negative traits. These traits can create imbalances that blind us to by narrowing our vision onto this negativity.  A reader sent me this note outlining one of the problems of crossing borders.

He wrote: Last year I went to Playas and at the Guayaquil airport they would not allow me to do a pat down. I then sent you an email, you inquired about it and sent me an email from a lawyer you’re in contact with. You forwarded the email to me and the lawyer said you can ask for a pat down.

This year I went to Playas again, at the Guayaquil airport I begged then to give me a pat down instead of being scanned because I have arthritis.
They refused and insisted that the radiation from the scanner was less than a cell phone. In the end I had to get scanned. I feel like I’m in the U.S. where they zap every single person passing through the airports. I stopped going to the U.S. for this reason because I’m always afraid of ruining my health further. I even spoke to the Guyaquil airport security in Spanish and they would not listen. Can you please get me some info on what my rights are?

How could I get through Guayaquil airport without being scanned?

We checked with our Ecuador attorney who wrote:  I haven’t been able to find any regulation that may offer you a pat down so as not to go through the scanners. I will be traveling from Quito to Guayaquil tomorrow and will remember to speak with the supervisor about this. I will make a case for this and will let you know.

My Advice

I suggested to the reader that he first try Quito airport and see if they are more relaxed about allowing pat downs.  If not, “don’t waste too much time on this”.   Merri and I always avoid Xrays whenever we can.  We suffered radiation exposure from Chernobyl and Merri is especially sensitive to this.  In the US, we go to the airport early and just say, that we have to avoid the scanners, and so far that has worked…and a lot of airports now are regularly offering an easier path…mainly because they fear retribution.  Life is too short to let a few people stop us doing what we love.  See our radiation protection report here.

My experience suggests that regardless of your rights… regardless of rules… regardless of the rules, regulations and what is right… crossing borders is unpredictable.

Jimmy Rogers in his book “Investment Biker” tells how he rode a motorcycle around the world and took great care to do everything right so he could cross borders with his BMW motorcycle. Even though he was right, he was stalled again and again by inefficiency, ignorance, prejudice, corruption and the simple lack of care.

His advice in that book is get through and away from any border you cross just as fast as you can!

I agree totally.  I see, what is in my opinion, misuse of power everywhere at borders.

In Portland, Oregon they have made me feel really bad and made me wait long periods for the pat down.  “We are too busy to do that right now”.  In other words, “Yes, you can have a put down but on our schedule. If it’s time for your flight… tough”!

Merri and I were wrongly arrested in Miami (due to having my service dog with me).  A DEA dog handler thought we were Customs Agents with an agricultural dog in his drug sniffing territory.   Evidently there was a bit of turf war.  A supervisor sorted this out, but have you ever had to stand with hands on the wall and legs spread apart when you have done nothing wrong?   This is what we had to do until the supervisor arrived.  I do not recommend this.

Merri and I had an hour long fight with a Veterinarian in Quito who wrongly insisted that our service dog needed a rabies vaccination.  She did not and there was no way would we allow that injection.  We were right but the meeting was most unpleasant.

In Atlanta a customs officer tore my telephone book to pieces. Each year I type up new numbers I have added and paste those into my telephone book. He peeled out every single page to show a trainee how to do this.  What could we possibly hide under a sheet of paper? I dared not ask.

Agricultural inspectors at George Bush Airport in Houston either lost or stole my passport.  They would not help me in any way… not even give me a phone number to call to see if it was recovered.  I was so totally bummed about that mess, I complained to my Congressman and he managed to get an internal investigation which at least gave me the satisfaction of putting my complaint on record.  I never did get my passport back… had to spend three days in Houston and pay extra to expedite the issue of a new one.

One thing that we have noticed though, is that a lot of situations are being eased and we have not found in the last year nearly as much hostility or demands from officials.  Let’s hope this keeps up!

Social technology has not kept pace with travel and communications technology.

We live in a perfect world but we often cannot see that perfection.  Anger, jealousy, greed are all human emotions. These emotions apply to all professions including the people who work customs and immigration.  Technology has brought some great stuff to our modern world… the cell phone, internet and air travel.

These innovations also have all the human traits imbedded, thus we have excessive surveillance, loss of privacy and hassles at border crossings.

What to do?  Until social technology evolves past tribalism, there is a chance no matter how much right is on your side that you’ll once and awhile have an encounter with someone guarding a border.  Every person has to decide how much ground to stand… you’ll have to risk of an Xray or a pat down.

I doubt that additional rules and regulations will change this fact.  Hopefully as our social sciences catch up with those that regulate communication and transportation… these imbalances will fade.

Personally I won’t let this process wear me down.  I’ll grin… bear it… and though I’ll keep letting my representative in Congress and the airlines know when I am unhappy, I’ll ALWAYS be super polite but also will stand my ground if they become too arrogant or forceful.  There are few phrases a lazy person or bully hates worse than the words. ” SIR, PLEASE, let me speak to you supervisor”.

Most of all I do not let what happens at borders overly flavor what I feel about each and every person I meet in that country.  There are positive and negative terminals everywhere and in every thing.  Borders simply amplify both.  They are no Ecuadorians, Canadian, British or whatever.  There are only unique human beings, trapped in a nationality they may or may not like.  All respond to love, care and respect.  I work every day not to blind myself to that fact.


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See examples of the words you already know below.

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This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

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Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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