Monday, November 07, 2005
For the past year, I have spent my time as an American amidst nationalities. Presented with a minority situation, something strange happens - the ears open wider and gather more of what is said than typical majority situations. When I think about the world after another year abroad, it seems more international (and less American) than before. What is such a phenomenon?
In the grand scheme of things, there is a subtle rhyme and reason for the things that we feel and the ideas that we think. Experience counts for a lot, as well as introspection and general analytical skills. But after another year abroad, the differences apparent in the world draw out from the similarities - and new ideas form. That is perspective for you.