There are times when social media is fun and lighthearted and there are times when it is, NOT. Today (Sunday) is one of those days. I try not to be political since I like to write about travel, but I need to say a few things. No country is perfect, therefore every country has flaws. I strongly dislike the declaration and attitude that one country is better than all others in the world, especially when it comes people who have never left their country and maybe not even their region of the country. And yes, I am talking about my own country, the USA. I particularly dislike that way of thinking when it is followed up with statements like "anyone who doesn't believe that can get out!" As if it were so easy. I also find it strange that the same people who are saying that if you disagree, then get out, are usually the ones who want to keep anyone from coming here by building a wall or banning all people from certain countries.
I don't think travel is the answer to anyone's problems. But I think it sparks conversation because a traveler is curious about the world. I used to be a very shy person. I am still quite the introvert, but I don't have roommates, I travel alone, I have a cute and friendly dog who people want to pet and ask about, and I will talk to nearly anyone now. It has become second nature to me to be curious and I definitely think that getting out and exploring the world as much as I have been able to so far in my 36 years has contributed to my own personal evolution. I think that it makes me a better person to be curious and ask about other people's days, feelings, lives, and goals. I talk to friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Was I like this at 20? No, but over the past 16 years, I've become a much more compassionate person. I live in a large metro area and I've lived in many different neighborhoods in the Chicago and the suburbs. I've seen and heard SO MUCH first and second hand about people suffering and being treated differently in our own country. I've visited poor and rich countries and I try to have conversations with everyone everywhere. We all have flaws but the only way to work through them is to discuss, not call names, and show respect and understanding.
I wish that I were more eloquent and could speak with more authority, but this is just me, wishing that people would try to see a situation through less privileged eyes. The discussion is good. Let's talk about our differences and how they are beautiful. Let's show more love towards one another.