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The original world nomad "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius.

Travel broadens the mind. Really?

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 24 May 2006 | Views [6078]

Having travelled widely, I have firm beliefs in the positives of the travel experience in getting people to be a little more compassionate towards one another. Racism, intollerance and war are all harder to propigate when you have experienced local hospitality and friendship first hand.

But then we have to confront alternative vierws such as thos expressed by Round Eye in Asia ... it makes you wonder.

I was in Cambodia on Christmas Day 2000. We were wandering around those same dusty streets. A man with no legs was shuffling along through the traffic ... closely followed by his 6 year old son whose legs were just fine but who was copying his Dad.

That image has haunted me ever since.

Now try reading about Children for sale and sex in Cambodia and walk away unshaken. (Warning to those of you with children: this is a pretty tough read ...)

Tags: children, culture, ignorance, philosophy of travel, racism

 

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