Lessons from TravelVolume I

Lesson 1: Ask people for directions.

Lesson 2: Don’t generalize.

Sólo los individuos existen, si es que existe alguien.²

Lesson 3: Consume less media and have more conversations.

Lesson 4: Avoid discussing religion and politics.

Lesson 5: Find common ground.

Lesson 6: A government is not its people.

Lesson 7: When in Rome…

Lesson 8: Be a citizen of the world.

But Socrates expressed it better, when he said, he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world (just as a man calls himself a citizen of Rhodes or Corinth), because he did not enclose himself within the limits of Sunium, Taenarum, or the Ceraunian mountains.⁵

Many know Socrates as one of the alleged creators of the concept of world citizenship. Few know, however, that he was also quite suspicious at airport checkpoints: “What is your citizenship, Mr. Socrates?” “The world.” “Ah, I see…security!” This photo is a mugshot of Socrates taken after he was detained for suspicious activity at the Miami International Airport in 412 B.C.

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