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So, if you follow my blog you’ll know that I love challenges. I love travelling. I love meeting new people, new cultures, and everything that comes with it.
In previous posts like this; Born to be a wanderluster or this; My tips on how to approach the unknown, I comment on some of the things that I like about travelling and the mentality behind it. Also, I just commented on how the World Cup in football bring togetherness and diversity in to this world of ours.
Take a tour on the blog, I’m sure something will catch your attention 😉
Be Curious, Not Judgmental
“Be Curious, Not Judgmental” is a quite by Walt Whitman.
I actually have this exact quote as my screensaver on my phone to remind myself of it.
This is what it all comes down to, isn’t it? Having an open mind towards new and unfamiliar stuff, people, environments etc? Being able to be curious and not judgmental at the same time is an art – especially in a World of so much hate, crime and discrimination.
I’m not an angel. Of course, I have stereotypical thoughts once in a while but I like to think that I have an open mind towards pretty much anything. And I try to visit as many places, talk to as many different people and explore as many different environments I can.
Share similarities, celebrate differences
“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences”, M. Scott Peck.
I must admit that while searching for a picture to use for this post I stumbled upon this quote from Scott Peck – a New York psychiatrist and best-selling author. He wrote the book “The Road Less Travelled”. I book I actually read back when I went to school.
Any who, Mr Peck had everything figured out. He lived in a time (read: born 1936 and passed in 2005) where discrimination and hate towards differences was higher than ever. Back then, when the gap between different races where sickeningly large.
Despite living in this time, he had a mentality that I’ll give him credit for. Obviously, he was interested in all people being equal and said that we should celebrate our differences – WHAT A MAN, right?
Imagine, if we could bring that mentality into our World today. Imagine, what a place this would be. We might actually be able to get along.
“I have a dream…”
This is going to sound SO cliché but I do have a dream. Even though we like to tell ourselves that we live in a World where all races are equal – it’s not, is it?
I’m a white dude, so some of you will probably think: “He doesn’t know anything abou t this” – I can tell you, that I read, see and hear the news on a daily basis. This isn’t just about the color of your skin. I watch the “breaking” news on Facebook where black kids get killed for nothing. I see gangs killing each other, I see bombs, I see sick people attacking other people.
I don’t know why some idiot would shoot up a school, a concert, or bomb some place – and I really don’t know why, but I guess it has something to do with them not celebrating our differences – THAT, is a mentality I cannot understand.
This post got a bit more personal than I imagined when I sat down an hour ago. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t think when writing. You let your feelings flow and say what’s on your mind.
That’s why I call this blog “Every Day Thoughts and Struggles” – because this is something to think about, it is something I think about every day and I can’t imagine I’m the only one.
Guys, if you have any comments on this subject, feel free to let me know – I’m all up for a discussion or a chat about it.
Take care of each other,