|California Delta Fence - 041211|
If you didn't grow up in agriculture/livestock regions, you may not know the main purpose of barbwire fences. You would think they are there to keep predators away from your livestock. That is a part of it. The main purpose of barbwire fences is to keep your livestock in a controlled area and prevent them from running away, getting hit by a vehicle, or mingling with your neighbors herd. The invention of barbwire transformed the West from wild openness to closed agriculture empires.
|Joshua Tree National Park - 041211|
There are so many barbwire fences in our lives - things meant to keep us in. Seat belts, social norms, sidewalks (to keep us from wandering into the streets), offices, cubicles, etc. Our houses are our places to live our lives without intruding into the public. I can get naked, dress, eat, read, watch tv, view porn, make love, scratch, belch, go to the bathroom, yell, listen to music, and do my personal stuff at home without it escaping into the world.
I am neither a fence builder nor a fence wrecker. We need them for safety and privacy. They also hinder us from exploring out of bounds - like kids learning to use crayons in coloring book and told "stay in the lines". Barbwire is designed to scratch and cut both ways... those trying to get in and those trying to get out. Nobody ever straddles or sits on barbwire fence due to indecisiveness due to the rusty barbs. Either you are in or out. The question becomes, when is it right to get out?