I sit and think of the beauties that the worlds cultures are able to offer us. It’s always on my mind. It’s not even just taking in the ”good” and looking past the ”bad”, I try to go deeper than that, taking in the good, whilst seeing not what is bad or what I view as inappropriate in other cultures but instead trying to understand why I would view it as such, while someone else would view it as completely appropriate. The way we were molded by our own societies, our needs for survival and the way we are brought up, must all play a main role, why do we think the way we do and act the way we do?
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
I cringe when I hear people, complete strangers making negative remarks in regards to others cultures, traditions and religions. I dream of a world where we will learn to not only tolerate each other, but accept each other and understand each other. If a dog is trained to attack trespassers, he will attack and protect, so why can we not see that if children are brought up in hatred they will hate?
In my perfect world, I would be able to eat a variety of foods from around the world anywhere on this planet. I would see children and adults alike interacting with everyone instead of forming mini societies within their neighbourhoods because everyone would feel welcome everywhere. In my perfect world, there would be no such thing as judgements and stereotypes based on skin color because we would all come from multi-cultural families and we would be proud. We would celebrate all holidays, not just a designated few, we would understand the meaning of sacred land and we would respect it. In my perfect world we would be educated on the significance of the Native American Headdresses, Japanese Kimonos, Turbans, Tibetan Hada and the Bolivian Bowler hats, instead of making a complete joke out of them at Halloween.
We would learn from our history instead of allowing ourselves to repeat the same mistakes we made in the past. We would have open borders and when asked where I was from, I could answer with ”planet Earth”. In my perfect world I would have the opportunity to learn any language I wanted to in school instead of choosing from a selection of 3 or less. I could work, study and live anywhere I wanted to and feel welcome.
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
I dream of a morning stroll on a beach in Goa, just before I head off to Kazan for an afternoon drink with friends, followed by a dinner in the majestic Constanta. In my perfect world, we would all be given the same opportunities for education, we would all have water, food and shelter, equal access to medicine, equal rights and freedom of speech.
”World peace can be achieved when, in each person, the power of love, replaces the love of power.” – Sri Chinmoy
Many may think it’s silly, but I think we all need to have dreams, and this one is mine. I am not naive, nor ignorant to the reality of our planet, but without dreams nothing would get accomplished.
I love my life of travel, I am thankful for every opportunity I have been given to learn and understand the cultures around the globe. I continue to be amazed with the immense beauty around the world and the endless hospitality I have been shown. Just a few more months before I will be off to explore Central America and I simply just can’t wait!!!!
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