Why I Travel (and You Should Too)

I travel

…because we live in a scary world. A world where lack of understanding between groups of people who are “different” is leading to mindless killing. Women, children, people. Dying in boats, on planes, in airports, in cafes, in clubs, and crossing the street. Destroying their own country and others; killing each other over their differences.

It is OK to be scared of things you don’t understand: that is your survival instinct. All humans are born with one. It keeps us alive when we are too young to defend ourselves.

It is not OK to stay scared your whole life, and never try to understand anything that you’re afraid of.

I travel

…because I believe that our generation, and the generations who are currently growing up behind us, have a responsibility to leave this world better than we found it.

If you don’t know where to begin, then go somewhere. Outside your comfort zone, outside your country. Go meet people, in person, face to face, who believe and look and eat and sing and dance and pray differently than you do. Differently than anyone you have ever known.

Go spend time learning their stories, and then form an opinion on whether or not you deserve better than they do. Form your own opinion, based on your own experience, about why your country or your belief system or your race is better than theirs.

Or better yet, form the opinion that you are not better than them in any way.

I travel

…because despite our differences, we¬†are actually, beautifully, equal.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

-Human Family, Maya Angelou

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