travel to understand, to seek out firsthand what is happening in places
around the world. After being in all these troubled places don't you
feel pessimistic about the future of the planet? Do you see it just
getting worse or is there hope? The planet is pretty much a rat
cage. The lesson of history is that each great fat empire loses touch
with what made it strong and a hungry determined group will rise up
and destroy it. Right now we live in a global economy that requires
massive consumption and exploitation of cheap labor and resources. There
will come a point at which there will be too many needy clamoring at
the base of our ivory towers and we will be too scared to come down
and find out what they want.
Dangerous situations tend to bring out the true character of people, stripping them of their masks in normal day-to-day life. Does living in California and the contrast that it provides to the places you travel to help you better understand things? How long until the culture shock fades away?
the purity of dangerous areas. I also enjoy the intensity and purpose.
California is about as far away as you can get from that. If only everyone
was required to spend just a few days a year in the real world. We might
actually smile and wish each other good morning or talk about the weather!
you ever been to Brazil?