NYT: Why We Travel or the Quest of the Self in Today’s World Turmoil

NYT: Why We Travel or the Quest of the Self in Today’s World Turmoil
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A nice article of the New York Times on the journey and its significance in the current global context. The search for the self through other places and a deep rebirth desire, remain the essential components of this existential quest that drives us all.

“In the bungling and bellicosity that constitute the back and forth of history, worsened by natural disasters and unprovoked cruelty,  humble citizens pay the highest price. To be a traveler in such circumstances can be inconvenient at best, fatal at worst. But if the traveler manages to breeze past such unpleasantness on tiny feet, he or she is able to return home to report: “I was there. I saw it all.” The traveler’s boast, sometimes couched as a complaint, is that of having been an eyewitness, and invariably this experience — shocking though it may seem at the time — is an enrichment, even a blessing, one of the life-altering trophies of the road.”

Read the full Article:
http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/travel/03Cover.html?hpw