Traveling internationally affords me the opportunity to rub shoulders with the four corners of the world. That is one reason when I get the itch to get going, going is the only salve. The perspective gained and culture learned are impossible to glean from a mountain of text books. Get me out there where the people are. Let me try to say their words and taste their foods in my mouth. Let the scent of their streets fill my nose. Let me feel their skin in my hands. Let the rhythm of their music caress my soul. Let my foot tread where their heroes of past ages walked, marched, led, fought, and died for the truth they believed in. Let me be influenced and changed.
Internationality (that is an invented word; if you know a word that means what I am looking for please inform me) is one of the best parts of living in the age we do. To be instantly connected to the minds of others from around the globe through the internet is miraculous to say the least. To be able to hop on an airplane and get to where you are going in lightning speed is a privilege not known to generations gone before. That a tiny cord and some pulses allow us to hear the voice of someone thousands of kilometers away even across oceans and spanning continents is amazing. The brainiacs that know how to create these marvels are continually developing new advances to connect people.
On any given day my e-mail inbox is extremely international. Here is an example of what I woke up to the other day: England, Bolivia, The U.S., New Zealand, Zambia, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. And there were other countries that showed up throughout the day. Look at that list; that is so phenomenal to me.
Must one be intentionally international? Or is it an unavoidable phenomenon? What does this mean for us as we move towards the future? Am I thinking this is the trend only because I have taken up residency on another soil than that of my birth? What are other people thinking about internationality? These and many other questions are what I am thinking about today. What do you think about it?