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Do you sometimes watch programs made by travellers or follow travel blogs? Do you sometimes get so jealous that travelers stay in certain places, you want it too, but at the same time you would fear to visit the places?
I mean, for example, the image of the towns and cities of South America: the people, clothing, condition of buildings, streets and crowds.
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And now straight ahead: domination of non-white race in cheap t-shirts, dingy, shabby buildings, that you do not know who or what pops out, all those suspicious looking people on the streets between fighting their way though and sometimes broken-down cars and motor scooters…
Even more straight ahead: in the subtext, what you expect of such people and circumstances is: theft, kidnapping, attempt to extort, deceive, getting lost, getting poisoned by street food, being attacked, and other even worse things you imagine.
For example, such area:
What impressions? Would you fear?
But much or just a little?
And now, A LITTLE EXCERCISE
Do it today. Try to look at your place of residence with an eye of people from the outside – with the described fears and patterns of thinking.
Standing on the red light, look, what kind of people go through zebra crossing. Maybe sometimes ragged garbage collector, loud group of young men or single young, skinny, sloppily dressed, slightly hunched men.
Imagine that you have just come here from the other side of the world. What do you expect from these people, how do you feel about them? You are afraid of?
You have fear of the unknown, am I right?
And now back to your self. Are you afraid of these people? No. Have you ever been a victim of something bad like direct theft on the street, teasing or provoking by a stranger, assault …? Probably not.
The NEXT PART OF THE EXERCISE
How does the area look like? It does not necessarily have to be shabby. In every area besides the well-kept buildings you can find a very dilapidated one, with no windows or with a neglected yard that make you frightened. And now look with a look of a frightened lady from a very western world, such elegant that she even does not go grocery shopping on her ow. It turns out that even on those well-looking buildings you can see graffiti. It may indicate bands of youth, perhaps even criminal groups or potential revolts in society.
And so on.
As animals we have defence mechanisms: we scan the environment for danger to avoid it. But our reactions described above are largely a matter of programming the society by the authorities and the media – programming to fear.
We live in a culture of fear. The states and big companies benefit from our fear of the unknown.
EXAMPLES: You could get sick – vaccinate, soap may end up – buy more, a branch may fall on your car – buy an insurance. And so now we are a fear-based society.
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Somewhere in the world that you never have seen – but we will show you on the tv – there are such people, such infrastructure and such things … – do not go there.
Do you understand?
And the photos placed above I made in Chełm – a completely safe and normal silent town in completely safe Poland, in European Union. The town that unexpectedly charmed me.
So let’s open our minds and go anywhere 🙂
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