Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Road Trip Adventures Mark Twain 0 2 Lexi GoForth March 19, 2016
Everyone should travel and, more importantly talk to locals. While one has to be of a certain age and inclination, there are few better places than hanging out in a bar to strike up a conversation and gain a new view. We have lived in many different cities, but it is disheartening to see how most people, regardless of education, culture, or experience will happily dismiss and abuse an entire region that they have barely experienced, if at all. Angelinos poo poo New York, Oregonians look down on Californians, Texans loom large and independent and most other states seem to willingly return the sentiment of desired distance. But travel can be such a potent reminder that, statistics, commentary, and common opinion is hardly a comprehensive metric of any region and for every rule there is an exception. Rather than casting aspersions at some location, perhaps try visiting instead.*
*We all have our limits, of course. I have no intention of traveling anywhere where what I am is a punishable offense. But most places are far better than they are perceived.
So true! Loved this piece.