Despite our constant reminders that the world is globalised, fully integrated & getting ever closer to homogeneity, we are still far from that. Wealth is still narrowly dispersed across countries, with Western Europe & the USA taking the lion’s share, Asia hot on their heels & South America struggling to maximise it’s enormous potential under the spectre of widespread corruption.
Leaving your country & going to explore others is a fantastic way of understanding what you have or do not have, & how others manage or prosper compared to how you do. By ‘explore’ I do mean more than going on a package holiday, of which there is nothing wrong with at times. If you simply need a way to relax, package holidays are a superb invention. Everything is taken care of & you don’t have to engage your brain at all; something I think we should all do on a regular basis. But this isn’t going to help much in understanding other cultures better & in turn, understanding yourself better. To see how others manage the challenges of creating the reasonable expectations of a roof over their head, enough safely to raise a family & the opportunities to earn some money can be very enlightening, particularly to those who live within a life of privilege.
I have travelled extensively & as I write this, am currently passing through a North American country by bus, observing the variety of variety of businesses & ventures that industrious people create by the side of the roads in order to try to create a better life. It has been a common theme within my observations & discoveries, that those of any current status in life but whom had to endure in order to get their not only appreciate far more what they currently have, but are also immensely more interesting. While they may utilise their current position in order to enjoy or participate in certain activities that were previously inaccessible to them, they tend to understand that a lot of these formality based activities have little meaning & instead the value they note, is that from their families, their relationships (not only romantic) & the journeys which led them to where they stand today.
I’ve spent considerable amounts of time with people who’ve never really had to endure struggle in their lives & while a minority do understand the importance of acquainting themselves with how others less privileged than themselves conduct themselves, the majority are just blindly going about in their own little bubble, utterly oblivious to anything that’s going on & frankly, crushingly dull. I’d honestly rather not converse at all than rotate through the same tired old polite conversations. It surprises me that these people don’t realise how boring they are & take action to address it. Perhaps they’ve been traumatised is the only explanation I can think of, but to traverse failure & pain is the only way to know oneself & grow.
Any time travelling is mentioned these days, it’s often painted as a predominantly female pastime or right of passage. A man can be content with simple things & be happy to embrace isolation. Sexism has now become so commonplace that a man is assumed to be a sex pest should he decide to visit a country that may in parts have a reputation for sex tourism, irrespective of whatever his intentions may be.
Lay waste to normalised sexism, feel free to go forth & visit countries that may have previously concerned by how it may be perceived by others. While I personally have never paid for sex, in much the same way as I at least understand some criminal activity to feed his family; one must find means that work for him or herself. I have visited countries after chatting with a girl online & been invited, which honestly was one of the best ways to visit somewhere, for obvious reasons (although I normally maintained a level of control by booking a well known, central hotel).
One last note on why certain activities are frowned upon; much in the same way the old establishments are threatened by the internet revolutionizing business models, the availability of options for the modern man in search of quality females for whatever purpose he wishes threatens the entitled female. Although a woman should never be your primary motivation to do anything, a man should travel. And a man who can go abroad has the possibility to meet friendlier, less demanding, more feminine & more attractive women than what he might have on offer back home. Give that most Western women are offering little more than the prospect of what’s between their legs as an incentive for a man to endure all the rest of their bullshit, once a man realises the true range of possibilities out there he immediately loses interest in the cattle back home & so they lose the only level of power they had.
Freedom through knowledge brothers.