Let Me Ask You A Question – 3/25/17

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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.”

Let me ask you a question:

Can one truly have an open mind without traveling the world?  

 

52 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 3/25/17

  1. I think it just depends on the person’s beliefs and values. Traveling would probably help though. I wish I could travel all the time! I wish I was a travel writer sometimes. I like to see and experience new things.

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  2. I think traveling the world would certainly help, but not be the only way to have an open mind. And I do not think surfing the Internet would be very helpful. We have to see people face-to-face to truly understand their cultures and traditions. While there are pockets of very homogeneous groups in the United States, I think in the year 2017 they’re probably fairly rare. Just going to the grocery store can be a an exercise in opening our minds. But the most important issue is that someone has to be willing to have their mind opened. I think that is the key.

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  3. Open or closed, curious or not, it is not the location that sets the character of a mind. Sam Clemons traveled widely, curious and observant, and profited thereby both intellectually and as an author. Some others travel and only manage to confirm their prejudices and eat Big Macs in Paris or Bangkok.

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  4. Yes, I think so. I believe open-mindedness is a nurture vs nature thing. We aren’t born with prejudice, it’s a learned behavior. Conversely, being open minded and accepting is enhanced by nurturing. That starts at home. That said, being well-travelled and introduced to various cultures, races, religions, and customs certainly helps.

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      • That’s a great question. One I don’t know the answer to. But, I think at some point, some just come to realize that bigotry and prejudice are just wrong. Some never even try to change it. It’s sad, but I think once it’s ingrained, it’s very difficult to change. Then they have kids of their own and the cycle continues. If you get any good answer to how to change an adults’ mindset, I’d love to hear it. 😕

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      • One would think, but entering into new environments with a closed mind may not allow for any room for growth. I don’t understand why hate is easier to perpetuate than love and peace. It’s like it’s just part of the human condition or something. Maybe it’s gods way of testing us as a species. Wish I knew the answers.

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      • Experience is relative though. You can be there … somewhere different and not experience a thing. The mind is quite unique and all powerful. Thoughts are not confined to a geographic location.

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      • I can agree with that. Travel and exposure to other cultures can open one’s mind. I think other things can do the same though. That’s the beauty of life. And the power of thoughts. Travel by itself is not an absolute in my opinion. I hate to think I’m close minded simply because I don’t have the means to travel.

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      • Things that make you go hmmm! Excellent question. Every day is a chance to experience something new. You can have those new experiences in your own backyard. How do you know you’re open minded by traveling? The exact same way I know I’m open minded or can be open minded as again nothing is absolute. Too simplistic? Maybe. But it’s all I’ve got 😀.

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      • No, I totally agree. Though I don’t just use technology. I know people from many cultures and have lived through them. Here in Canada, much of the world has come to see and/or live with us! 😉

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      • The other point I would make is living through others is not your experience. I think it is liken to someone explaining how pudding tastes of which you never tasted. But then saying pudding is your favorite food.

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      • Okay, I agree. But I didn’t/don’t actually live through them. I grew up with a punjabi family and were friends with all their kids. I was eating butter chicken and drinking chai tea and loving it. These have both become part of my life now. I lived in a dorm with girls from Hong Kong. Again, I ate their food, and even participated in a few of their customs – I ate pig’s foot soup as part of a baby shower for my friend’s sister. I got the soy soaked hard boiled egg and had troubles but ate it as it was to bring me luck. I helped a young Korean woman with her ESL and through the process learned some of her language. Yes, it is still not the full experience and maybe it doesn’t open my mind fully, but it is personal experience none the less. Anyway, let’s agree to disagree here! 😉

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  5. Opened minded of seeing to travel, well in my case I don’t have the money so instead when I get a chance I see beautiful scenery on horse back on nature trails and I imagine what other places look like when I get a chance to visit my aunt it’s all country and I’m in love.

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  6. No, I don’t believe you can. I think that’s why Americans, in general, are less accepting of anything they don’t understand. Our minds are not raised to be open to differences in morality or lifestyle. Unfortunately, in every study I’ve seen about ability to travel, Americans, when compared to other “first world” countries have the least passports percentage wise. Even if you travel over the nearest border, they’re lives are different enough to learn something valuable. I just wish I made more money so I could travel more than I do now.

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  7. May be..May be not..!
    I believe seeing it right from your own eyes helps and travelling is essential for that.
    But then there are those who have substitutes in form of books! And they too help in developing minds..open minds! 🙂

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  8. I think it’s possible to open it to a degree without the travel. there are plenty of vids and books and such that you can view/read and there are lots of people from all over the world that are on WP. but I think it’s hard to describe what a Bavarian chocolate cake tastes like without actually tasting it. I think I can show you a sunset on the Kuwait desert but it’s another experience to witness first hand.

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      • I have to both agree & disagree with that. I agree that those things done from an outsider perspective are not necessarily that accurate. However there are numerous first hand accounts & documentaries that do provide great amounts of relatively accurate information. I must also point out that the human brain cannot distinguish the difference between an experience gained while awake & an experience gained through dream. Mostly I note the last bit because immersing oneself into reading, watching & honestly trying to understand another culture’s perspective may not be the same as first hand culture shock, it can be similarly equated to dreams & therefore represents a certain reality of experience.

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      • Both none of those things are your experience. They are the experience of someone else who is showing you their experience. You can never replace the eye-opening, mind opening revelation of experience.

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  9. I think it depends on whether your mind is open to begin with. I know of someone that has traveled extensively and is still close minded. They cared nothing for the local culture of their travels. So I do not think travel is the answer. I think being open minded and having a desire to learn about other cultures is the answer.

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  10. I don’t think travel is a prerequisite for having an open mind. I do, however, think that getting the most out of traveling the world requires an open mind. If you go to other countries expecting them to cater to or conform to your own culture, you will not have a good experience.

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