American poet and writer Maya Angelou once said:
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) p. 12.
By focusing on commonalities, rather than differences, people inherently become more tolerant. Though there are beliefs, opinions, values and traditions that separate us – and we are entitled to these – travel opens up a new world.
How can one appreciate differences? What attributes or experiences do all humans share?