No Trespassing! Private Property!
Whenever I see those four words in a sign board, I often wonder how land ownership came about. History books taught me about indigenous people, colonization, slavery, wars and independence. One way or another, these topics described how the shaping of our present day boundaries came to be.
There are even countries who not only claim land but the seas as well. If we follow their logic based on historical records they produced, a large part of the planet is theirs. Otherwise, like any country within the United Nations’ organization, every member nation should adhere to international law and settle for arbitration if need be.
Currently there are conflicts in many parts of the world where the question of land ownership is indirectly associated. There are several peripheral reasons that are hyped in the media but I think it all boils down to securing control of a particular spot in the contested zone.
Of course, the control of land (or sea) means control of natural resources underneath it. So every claim is based on economic agenda. Other than that are but smokescreens to hide the real motive.
And if we want to have an out of this world example, news agencies reported that some countries are trying to go to another planet and stake claim to it before others beat them to the race.
What if an alien race arrives to our world and stake their claim to our planet citing much older universal records? Should we bow down and surrender our rights?