New Readers Note: My Weekend Wandering series is a time I take to wander off the main focus of this blog and discuss any other topic. Usually including videos that I found inspirational, informative or controversial. But if you'd like to talk about money read about how we obliterated debt in just 3 years.
Work has gotten crazy busy in the new year and if you read my first Weekend Wandering post then you know that Fridays is the day I set aside some time to be inspired and engaged. With the crazyness at work I had no time. Until last Friday!
The videos I watched did not disappoint. Not me at least.
The first video that caught my eye had the words tolerance and tourism in the title.
hmm that sounds interesting.
Check it out.
Yes! that is the kind of travel that I want to do. It’s the whole reason that I want to travel. To meet new people to expand my horizons my understanding. To be immersed in the local culture not just to see it, but to feel it, to taste it.
In case you didn’t catch it he said he started a company call Medji Tours.
Have you used this service? Please tell me about your experience in the comments.
To me its an amazing goal to position travel as a way to break down those cultural barriers.
To hear stories of people letting go of ingrained beliefs, to open the doors to these strangers, these”enemies”. I think this in honorable work.
On the topic of taring down walls and barriers the following video shows us how we don’t have to travel anywhere else to experience other cultures. To confront ingrained biases. That we can have the experiences talked about in the first video, where we connect with others right here at home.
Watch the following video.
Did you watch it all the way through? Or did you stop when you noticed her main topic was black men?
I’m not black and I’m not a man, but that didn’t stop me from associating with the message. I take great pride in knowing myself and as she spoke I identified with many things. My biases… my weakness.
She focused on black men but its not just about black people
It’s about Latinos
It’s about Asians
It’s about Religions
It’s about Gender
It’s about your sexual preferences
It’s about admitting that we do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. Unfortunately most of us aren’t objective all the time. We need to admit it.
I know I have some biases I need to work on. I admit I suffer from them and yes they were scripted into me. My parents surely suffered from it, likely it was scripted into them as well. For being Latina and a minority for having biases nailed on me I don’t want to do that to others.
So you don’t have to travel to break down those barrier. In America (specially California) we have a multitude of cultures available to us right at our door step, we just have to walk towards them. I was really touched by this talk. I would have cried if I wasn’t at work that is how intensely I felt it. I felt the tightness in my chest and back when I’m holding emotions back.
Yes, I have been on the receiving end and I could relate and though its hard to admit I have been on the delivering end also.
I don’t want to teach that to my children.
I want my children to have a different script… one of understanding.
I honestly believe travel is a great way to do it. I completely agree with the first talk.
In my about me page I tell you I want to ask you questions that cause you to think. I hope this wandering has done that, made you pause and question the “norm”.