Travel as an Antidote
Travel as an antidote for some malaise
What is the root of the wrong in our life? In my mind, it is ignorance, prejudice, and bigotry. How does this state of mind manifest in our own self? It does so by making us insular, lacking in empathy, and allowing ourselves to be familiar only with just our own little corner of the world. Thus, the logical question is that what is the antidote for this malaise? Travel is the answer to this perplexing query.
Sipping at the antidote
When you push yourself out of your comfort zone and take the time to really see a different culture, you begin sipping at the antidote of the poisonous attitudes of life. Travel exposes you to different perspectives, experiences, history, culture, religions and ultimately, a better self. For me, there are three vital narratives that travel teaches us. These are the will to really feel alive, the ability to become open-minded, and the dynamics to find a better self. I have visited many places for pleasure and work-related purposes and hope to continue to add to my list of soirees. I have always considered travel as an antidote.
Mark Twain’s quote
I want to share with you the following quote by Mark Twain:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It
by Severino Ricci
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