a window to understanding

My friend Tom recently said that “traveling is a window to understanding.” That’s so true.

The more I’m immersed into another language and culture the more I gain or lose understanding of my own. A person’s culture in many ways is his reality, and getting outside of this reality often sharpens some convictions and raises some questions. A recently sharpened conviction: “languages are worth learning.” A recently raised question: “why are there so many stinkin’ McDonalds in the world?”

Through which windows have you looked?

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