Making Bad Travel Decisions

Making Bad Travel Decisions
A man I met, NOT me… not me… Said last night here in Pana.
“I am a racist, I hate Obama.”
“He is ten times better than Hillary or McCain.”

A very funny comment and this guy logically proved he was not racist continually in the conversation, maybe uses the wrong words to express his lack of love for black culture of the USA.

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Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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In the end he said, this has nothing to do with Black or White, it has to do with who would make the best President.

His whole comments revolved around one profoundly accurate observation. When a person says one person is bad, they then suddenly increase the other candidate’s status to almost love status. Saying Obama sucks, but better than Hillary, but the silly people when they say Hillary is bad, somehow make Obama or McCain good, all three are bad.

I deal with this reasoning daily, incredibly difficult to convince a person not to fully commit, to keep all decisions a maybe. I will say things like,
“I trust the hotel 70 percent.”
(Keep your brain functioning, do not stop being cautious.)

A person will get angry, like I do not like the hotel, I say, this is a lot better than most where I trust 30 percent.

I would estimate this 1 and 0 thinking, all or nothing is prevalent in about 90 percent of the travelers I meet. 1 in 10 has the ability to say, this is the best of the three bad decisions. Instead, they feel obligated, destined to say this is best.

Comments on the blog are normal a 1 or 0, and off or on, the middle balanced decisions seem to evade people. There are so many exceptions to a rule; the rule is hard to obey. People naturally want to search for the 100 percent solution, that 100 percent of the time does not exist.

All decisions need to be held in a filing category.
“Maybe I am right.”

To say 100 percent, is difficult, but then gain, there are 100 percents, maybe the saying, or the filing system.
Maybe, a person should use maybe 100 percent of the time….

A circular argument, and if you can see this, then you can maybe, make that maybe decisions. A calculate to optimize your chances.

I say things like all, and every, and everybody, etc, I know this is not possible, but so what, I am talking, I am not 100 percent perfect, and do not want to be.

Sadly, in the election, there is no good choice, one person will win and he or she will be the best of three bad choices….

I wonder, can I say,
“I quit.”

I ask Europeans continually, what would you do if you was President Bush, they say,
“I do not have to make the decisions.”

I say,
“If you will not make a decision, then please keep your mouth shut, you are only complaining and part of the problem.”

Terrorist, there is no clear answers, except to kill 100 percent of the people in a country who harbor them… not a good one, but possible and would solve the problem.

Increase the heat until these countries burp out terrorist.

Funny man last night, he was the least Racist man I have met, he was just saying he did not like many of the cultural aspects of the Black people in the USA…

Example: Playing the race card, I do not like to listen to people feeling sorry for themselves in a country where even a Black person can run for President, it just seems stupid.

Come on down, to the rest of the planet, the 90 percent outside the USA and see some truly bad racism…. Try to live the life of a Mayan person who does not speak Spanish.

If you want a real 1 and 0 experience, try to talk to coders or techie make software, lost in the on, off switch, no middles, no abstract thoughts allowed… what fun.

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To take just one part of your post, Racism. Although, it touches on the 100% vs 70%. And as usual, my post will be much longer than necessary.

My father is racist against blacks (and many others). Much more so now that he is 85 than when he was younger. Yet, he does not hate blacks and others at all (well, OK, he hates lawyers). When he talks about when he was younger and what the black culture that he saw and perceived, you can understand why he may think the way he does. He grew up in a poor neighborhood where there were many ethnic groups. When he was young, many very poor blacks from the south were moving north for the good paying jobs. He saw uneducated people getting their first taste of *big* money and they spent much of it in the liquor store. They behaved more lively than the extremely conservative European immigrants he was used to. His mother used to sit on the back porch watching the blacks for entertainment. At least that is what my dad remembers. He saw blacks etc, to some extent, as a little funny, a little inferior. It's just sad that he never completely let that go and that now that he is getting older it is coming back.

I was sitting with some co-workers having a few beers when I was in my 20's. These were people I consider friends. They were blacks who worked in my office who came from a highly varied background. Some grew up middle class, some in very poor neighborhoods, one was a deacon in his church etc... I mentioned that I thought I was a little racist, partly because of my upbringing. The example I used was that if I was in a less than desirable neighborhood (we worked near Bridgeport, CT) I felt much more nervous if I saw a group of young black men coming towards me than if I saw a bunch of young white men. I thought this was bad of me. My friends explained to me that they felt the same way. That this was not racist, that it was good survival skills. They explained that in the particular area we were in, the biggest problems were caused by the young black men. Most of the crime and danger could be attributed to them. I like to think that that is why I felt that way back then, but I think there was a small amount of racism in there too. But it showed me that many things are not 100%. Not black and white.

I will say though, that I have been in areas that a group of young black men would not have made me nervous at all, but a group of young white men would. I wonder if that makes me racist against whites. ^_^ (I am of Polish heritage)

Bob L

There are cultural behaviors.
- Example; Macho men who beat women.

Some cultures accept this more than others.

I really despise some parts of a culture to the point it is better to avoid some cultures.

I love Black people in Africa, I love the cultures.

I do not love the inner city Black Culture in the USA and do my best to avoid.

I avoid older people with Rastas, I do not avoid younger people.

Not that I really avoid, however I do my best to opitimize my friendship and happiness.

I guarantee I walk away from some cultures.

However, as most realize, I have met 10 time more cultures than the average person and do not stay surrounded by some culture I love. I do reach out to meet other cultures.

A person that is surrounded by only his or her culture to me, refuses to talk or encounter the other unless in perfect controlled eviroments worry me.

Give everyone a chance that enter my world with respect.

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