Saturday, July 20, 2013

World Citizen

Have you ever heard about the World Passport?

World Passport
World Passport
The World Passport is a document issued by the World Service Authority, a non-profit organization founded by Garry Davis in 1954, citing Article 13, Section 2, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"Article 13 of the Human Rights
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."

Don't we all dream about having such passport?
Wouldn't be amazing if you had no obligation to obtain a visa to enter any country you wish? Apparently those who are in control doesn't like it all all.

If you look up the World Passport in the Wikipedia here is what you find:
"The World Passport is similar in appearance to a national passport or other travel document. Indeed, the appearance is so close that in 1974 a criminal case was lodged against Garry Davis in France regarding his issuance of World Passports. In 1979, the World Passport was a 42-page document, with a dark blue cover, and text in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Esperanto. It contained a five-page section for medical history and a six-page section for listing organisational affiliation. The fee charged at that time was $32 and postage for a three-year passport with the possibility of two years' extension of validity."
Have you watched the movie "In Time"? 

In Time | Movie Poster
In Time | Movie Poster

"It is the year 2169 and humanity had been genetically engineered to stop aging at 25 and to be born with a digital clock, bearing a year's worth of time, on their forearm. At the age of 25 the clock begins counting down; when it reaches zero, that person dies. Time has been turned into the universal currency; one can give time for products or services, as well as transfer it to others. A person can no longer die of old age. She/he can only die by "timing out" (running out of time), having one's clock "cleaned" (murder by someone taking all their time), or through recklessness (e.g. getting shot, overdosing, etc.). The country is divided into time zones based on the wealth of its population. The film focuses on two time zones: Dayton is poor, with a populace that has learned indifference to the timed-out bodies on its streets; and New Greenwich, the wealthiest zone where inhabitants enjoy the benefits of their immortality and wealth, but are constantly surrounded by bodyguards and spend their time worried about accidental death."

During the movie they show us how you travel between zones, you need to pay minutes from your balance to be able to jump between zones. 

In Time | Zone 12 Boarders
Zone 12 Boarder (1 month)

In Time | Payment
This is how they pay at the checkpoint

In Time | Zone 8 Boarders
Zone 8 (2 months)

In Time | Zone 4 Boarders
Zone 4 (1 YEAR)

One month to cross to zone 12, Two months to cross to zone 8 & One year to cross to zone 4 "New Greenwich". Eventually they didn't show us all the checkpoints he crossed but he probably lost about two years to reach his destination.

How is that different from the real life? How much money you need to have in your bank account to be able to convince an embassy that you are okay to cross their boarders.
A friend of a friend went to the American embassy with a million dollar in his bank account and his own business but that was not even enough to grant him a visa! the consular told him; I have no proof that you will come back. Therefore your visa request has been rejected.
This guy was able to prove that he is actually a millionaire but still the authority did not grant him a visa! Why? because he is a third world citizen and he is not welcomed PERIOD 

As a traveler, boarders are your great enemy, you have the complete right to hate them. Unless your passport is a reason for the authorities to treat you differently than let's say a citizen from Syria.

What is a passport? It is no more than a proof of identity document that you might need to show in case you needed to prove who you are.
Then why the complications and restrictions? Do we have to label those passports?
Why don't we create a world wide organization maybe a branch of the UN to issue those passports for everyone on this planet and start treating us all the same?

Do you think a World Passport is achievable?

God created this world without boarders. Why do we insist on building them?
Aren't we all Citizens of The World?

Can't we just become one nation so that every single one of us is concerned about what is happening in the far east, west, north or south as much as we are concerned about our own neighborhood or country?
I am 100% sure that if everyone of us acted like that, if we cared about the other 7 billion humans living on this planet and we treated them as we treat our selves, we will achieve world peace and we will be able to build a better tomorrow for those who will occupy this planet after us.

Keep in mind that the world passport is hardly recognized and traveling with such passport might lead you to prison.

"Many countries and territories have stated that they do not recognize the World Passport because it is not issued by a competent government authority, and thus does not meet the definition of a passport. As a result, travelling on a World Passport has never been easy. By 1975, Garry Davis had already been imprisoned 20 times for his attempts to cross international borders with nothing but a World Passport.[28]"

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