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“Travel is fatal…

 

…to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. ”

So said Mark Twain, and I agree.  I think that there are other agents for the fatality of negative human attributes, like education and education.  And I should be clear – some people can travel the world looking for McDonald’s restaurants and Macy’s stores and Holiday Inn hotels.  They can avoid all the culture and ethnicity and find North America everywhere they go, complaining that no one speaks English.  Sadly, I’ve been around some of those people as I’ve traveled around South Asia.

I’ve also had the pleasure of traveling with and around people who are looking for a better understanding of the world and its people.  It may be, though, that it’s the attitude of the traveler that will determine whether prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness are fatally eradicated.  Mark Twain, from what I’ve read, seemed to be the kind of man who was willing to challenge himself as well as others.  Some people, sad people, do not have any desire to upend their tiny understanding of the world.

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2 responses

  1. Ah, yes…we too have found the people who want the American way in foreign countries, sad, as they miss out on the beauty or the people, country and language…..

    November 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  2. Bev Klassen

    Well put Mark and so true.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm