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  • Writer's pictureKirk

People and Governments

One of my big life's lessons is people are people. We are all the same at our core. Sure, we look different, we have different religions, mostly based on where we are born, and we have different socioeconomic backgrounds, but most people are good people.

When we see the news of other countries that are hostile, it's not the people who are hostile, but the governments. That's not the same. I have visited several communist countries and have loved meeting the people in all of them. Especially communist China.

If the people of the world had their way we wouldn't have hostilities with one another. Everybody in the world wants to get along. But government gets in the way.

Most of the government issues have to do with power and greed. People in power want more control and more power. Russian invasion of Ukraine and the China power grab in the South China Sea and Taiwan are examples. Even the USA was based on a huge land grab from the natives.

Power corrupts. But people are still people. That's why I don't fear going to lands that are strange to me. I know people are mostly good. I'm aware I can get into trouble with government law or government corruption (bad police) but I feel I can navigate through that.

But most people want fellowship with others. No matter your nationality.

These of the Islamic faith enjoyed fellowship with me.

So did these.

Children in India certainly don't care what country you're from (that's my face top center)

The only thing that stands in the way of people is:


The power and prestige of being memorialized. Whether they were popular or not.

When I travel to a place, my biggest fear is I'll offend someone unknowingly. That happens though. But what I've found that even when it does happen, people are understanding and usually won't take offense. They know the act is done from ignorance, such as the time I raised my foot in a restaurant in Chiang Rai (or Mai, I forget), the first time I entered a Buddhist temple and didn't remove my shoes, or took a selfie with a statue of Buddha in Sri Lanka. Governments may be less forgiving of acts of ignorance, but people usually are.

I recently met a new friend during my visit to South Korea. He was born in the USA but now lives in Hong Kong. He is Asian. I asked him why he doesn't move back to the USA and he informed me he was concerned of the stories of how Asians are abused in our country.

I was deeply dismayed to hear that. I told him I do not know anyone personally who dislikes Asians. I further informed him the US news tends to sensationalize things for ratings. They take the one off events that happen and portray as an everyday event. But this is not the norm in our country. In a nation of 350 million, of course there are bad people doing bad things. But they are not representative of who we are as a nation. Our media does a poor job of framing these events in context.

People are understanding and mostly kind. Even in the USA. Armed with that knowledge there is no need to fear the people of any other country.

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