The news today is off the charts. Man’s inhumanity to man is blasted from the front pages and TV headlines.
Every day we hear about things happening “over there” that are so atrocious, we can’t even believe someone would actually do them to another living being and yet, they seem to happen more and more.
And the same newspapers and tv anchors are desperately trying to make us believe that this is all the “new normal”, that it is somehow understandable that someone kidnaps another living being and uses them for sex slavery or beheads them in front of their family or sends bombers to their villages to bomb them into eternity.
Looking at all this, one could easily start to think that there is no hope for mankind and that it is only a matter of time until we all end up like characters in a Greek tragedy, just one big, red lump on the stage when the curtain comes down.
If you believe the news, this is where we are headed and there is nothing you or anyone can do about it.
However for every problem, no matter how thorny, there is at least one solution.
And when the problem comes down to international relations, the only thing that resolves anything is communication.
Why travel will save the world
Before my husband and I bought our place in Southern Italy, I had no idea who the people were who populated those regions.
I never noticed their disasters, their troubles, their upsets as I had no idea who they were.
But now I have been there many times and have grown to know and love my Italian neighbors.
Their loves are my loves.
Their losses are my losses.
And their hopes and dreams for a great life are mine as well.
I feel this way about all of the places in the world I have visited. One cannot go to a place and submerge into the beauty of its culture without falling in love with the people who have created it.
And this is why travel will save us.
Suddenly we are not ok with some politician dropping bombs on our friends. When someone threatens them, we cannot turn our backs.
And the more places we visit, the more we must be involved in the care and handling of these places by our governments.
We the people of our countries have all the power. Our politicians only have what we give them.
When enough people befriend each other from other countries and cultures, our politicians and the bad news, lapdog media will be brought to heel and atrocities will end.
So if I have not yet convinced you that it is your duty as a citizen of our planet to go out and visit all the other citizens of our planet, let this article gently guilt you into planning a trip.
If you don’t know where to start contact me. We can plan your dream trip.