What the world has to eradicate is fear and ignorance. – Jan Masaryk
Fear and ignorance are at the heart of many personal problems as well as society’s problems. I’ve found that traveling to different and unusual places has greatly helped to reduce fear and diminish ignorance.
Meeting new people of new cultures or even a neighboring region or state can go a long way in increasing our awareness of different perspectives, thoughts and beliefs. It’s important to keep an open mind; i.e. no judging allowed. Judgment tends to keep one in ignorance. This exercise is not to change your beliefs but to increase your understanding.
I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled to several countries both in Europe and the Far East. I’m always surprised but never bored by the people I meet. I find their beliefs fascinating and really enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of their thought processes.
I think I’m a better person for traveling as much as I do. As my knowledge and experience increases with different cultures, my fear becomes less. But, frankly, you don’t have to go to another country. Another part of your own country would work also. For example, the U.S. has many distinct regions with a variety of differing beliefs. You might not have to go that far. A guiding factor is to go somewhere that is a little bit out of your comfort zone. That will bring many more positive changes.
We all have a responsibility in decreasing fear and eliminating ignorance. You could help by simply traveling to a new place.
Have a great day!