It's only when I check into a hotel room after days on the road, camping in national forest or playing music in beautiful spaces that I realize why the world view is so negative. Yes, there's a tv in every hotel room and sometimes I put it on. Blood, bitching and booing is all you hear and a lot of advertisements. Fear is a great way to herd the cattle and make em fall in line and buy what you're selling.
If you watch enough of this, these messages start becoming reality and your world view starts to change. You start to believe there's no good in the world and that you're just this one little speck of a person trying to make a difference. But, I know better because I have the great luxury of traveling around the country and seeing a different side of things. I'm always amazed by the beauty of our country and the views, but the people, they are amazing.
Meet Georges and Joline Meyers. After a hot day of traveling from Richmond to Baltimore, I stopped at a rest area to cool off with my ice bucket of Florida water. It was the hottest day in Baltimore since 1920.
I couldn't help but notice the huge Fiat camper next to me. It had a nice design and knew it was shipped here because I'd never seen one. I didn't want to bother them but was dying to meet them but I decided to leave them alone. I could tell they were from France by their plates as I got back into my van to leave and just then they waved with a big inviting smile as if to say, "don't leave"!
I hopped out of the van and before long I'm sitting in their van/house sharing stories and looking at a huge map of their travels from Vancouver and all through the states. They were well traveled people. One of their other maps was of their road trips through Russia and farther east. I asked if it were intimidating going through there with all the terrorism going on and they smiled and said No! The people are beautiful everywhere! I smiled really big right back at them and they at me saying nothing. It's a feeling you only know if you travel. We bonded on such a deep level barely being able to communicate, but we spoke with our hearts.