We know that weather systems, economies, cultures, and life itself are examples of complex systems

meaning interconnected (think of the story about the butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo

and causing a hurricane in New York)…and yet

we continue to argue (and apparently to believe)

that we can change, alter, redefine, rewrite, redraw, and/or recreate

categorical boundaries

identities, relationships, defining characteristics…boundaries in general

and yet nothing will change.

Why do we believe this?

This is my governing concept: that boundaries matter

that every time we change a boundary, we change the world

that boundary changes can be good or bad – depending on whether

the change is in accordance with the realities of

honesty, ethics, and integrity.