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In order to be better global citizens, do we need to start traveling less?

In order to be better global citizens, do we need to start traveling less?

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For decades, global citizens — those of us who believe humanity is something that transcends nation, race, and creed — have seen travel as a force for good. Travel, we reason, takes us out of our bubbles and comfort zones, it confronts us with other cultures and other ways of living. It forces us to recognize the common humanity we share with groups of people that our culture otherwise depicts as caricatures and stereotypes.

It is, as our favorite Mark Twain quote says, “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” “The world is a book,” we say, quoting St. Augustine, “and those who don’t travel only read one page.”

We have a lot of quotes to back us up, and a lot of good science, as well. We know travel makes people more creative . It makes them less racist , more trusting , more humble , and so on and so […]

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