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We could all agree that national borders are as defined and contested as ever. We also know that every science fiction story ever told (most anyway) talk about a time in the distant future where the entire population of Earth acts as one nation, that being "Earth." At least, if there are still nations, the idea is quite downplayed. Any chance we ever actually arrive at such a place?
Is it true that if you don't use it you lose it?
OT: We had one of those "Sexual Education" talks in the dorm my freshman year, complete with a question box. I submitted that classic line and the lady actually tried to answer it. Some nonsense about how the penis can't undergo muscle atrophy or something. It was great. She also tried to make an analogy between sizing up your soon-to-be-bed-buddy and buying a car. She asked, "What's the first thing you do before buying a car?" The answer she was looking for was, "You research it."
From the back of the room, to a chorus of raucous applause, I shouted, "You test drive it!"
I don't see it happening. Ever.
I was thinking more optimistic, like Star Trek. But maybe that's just because I'd rather be in another galaxy someday.
You research it? Wtf? I always thought you checked under the hood before buying a car. Test drive?
Well played, sir.
Nations aren't really defined by borders, states are. Today's degree of economic integration and cooperation between states is unprecedented, and many multinational, multiethnic states have been quite successful. If things continue to move in the same direction I could definitely see the world ruled by some type of singular state but do not see national or ethnic identities dissolving very rapidly.
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