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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Mark Twain quotes: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness

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.
- Mark Twain

I have been very blessed in having been able to get a tiny peek into the nature of life in a few places around the world. Nothing else has ever brought me so face-to-face with the rigidity of my own thinking as an hour on a street in Cairo or Beijing or a walk through the countryside of Mexico or Peru. Travel opens my mind and my heart more than years of study and contemplation ever could.

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City, black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana, or roast guinea pig in Peru.

*** My good friend and excellent travel organizer Sheri Rosenthal leads Spiritual Journeys to Mexico, Peru, Egypt and other places of cultural and spiritual significance. Read about the wonderful trips Sheri leads at

Further reading: The Paradox Of Living In The Moment

Friedrich Nietzsche: There are no facts, only interpretations

Never Let Anyone Get Your Goat, Push Your Buttons, Get You Riled Up, or Annoy You - 6 Ways to Cope - jlh

Monastery Housekeeping (one of my Aha moments in traveling to other cultures)

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