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Travel Narrows the Mind

From: Nathan Callahan
Series: The SoCal Byte
Length: 05:31

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"They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea," said Horace, the Roman lyric poet. Think about where you are right now, he might have added.   Do you want to leave?  Do you want to see more of the macro-geographic world, and less of where you call home?  Do you think that travel broadens your perspective?  Don’t. Travel narrows the mind. 

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"They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea," said Horace, the Roman lyric poet. Think about where you are right now, he might have added.   Do you want to leave?  Do you want to see more of the macro-geographic world, and less of where you call home?  Do you think that travel broadens your perspective?  Don’t. Travel narrows the mind. 

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Travel Narrows the Mind
From Here to There

"They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea," said Horace, the Roman lyric poet. Think about where you are right now, he might have added. Do you want to leave? Do you want to see more of the macro-geographic world, and less of where you call home? Do you think that travel broadens your perspective? Don’t. Travel narrows the mind.

"Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home," Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, knowing that travel is a great distraction. It seduces you to believe you’re experienced, but it gets you nowhere except there.

“I got a flat tire,” is nothing to brag about. Now say, “I got a flat tire in Istanbul.” See the difference? It’s the mawkish inflation of space that travel provides — the distance between you, home, and a shared social deception.

That’s not to say that travel is bad fo...
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