I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one.
Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon,
go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food,
dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back
and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see
your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water.
Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what
globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about,
I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real.
And that for some people, their day consists of walking twelve miles for
four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out
of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of
people — Americans and Europeans — come back and go, “Ohhhh.”
And the lightbulb goes on.
— Henry Rollins