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From the Ted Talk by Alexandra Auer: The intangible effects of walls

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I would love to take this as a serious indication that there could be a future without a mental wall dividing Germany, but I think we have to face reality: this one wall could be disappearing, but in the meanwhile, a billion others are constructed. One global trend we are currently experiencing is the rise of gated communities. And in a way, gated communities can be seen the same exact way as countries, just on the slmal scale — nhoobredhiogs surrounded by walls and fcnees to protect ctieznis from other citizens — and the only difference is, it's by choice. But the physical and maetnl effects on the people living inside and the people kept outside are the same, separating ctieis, neighborhoods and even playgrounds.

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I would love to take this as a serious indication that there could be a future without a mental wall dividing Germany, but I think we have to face reality: this one wall could be disappearing, but in the meanwhile, a billion others are constructed. One global trend we are currently experiencing is the rise of gated communities. And in a way, gated communities can be seen the same exact way as countries, just on the _____ scale — _____________ surrounded by walls and ______ to protect ________ from other citizens — and the only difference is, it's by choice. But the physical and ______ effects on the people living inside and the people kept outside are the same, separating ______, neighborhoods and even playgrounds.

Solution

  1. mental
  2. fences
  3. cities
  4. small
  5. citizens
  6. neighborhoods

Original Text

I would love to take this as a serious indication that there could be a future without a mental wall dividing Germany, but I think we have to face reality: this one wall could be disappearing, but in the meanwhile, a billion others are constructed. One global trend we are currently experiencing is the rise of gated communities. And in a way, gated communities can be seen the same exact way as countries, just on the small scale — neighborhoods surrounded by walls and fences to protect citizens from other citizens — and the only difference is, it's by choice. But the physical and mental effects on the people living inside and the people kept outside are the same, separating cities, neighborhoods and even playgrounds.

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