Geopolitical Cultural Traveler General Santos Philippines Southeast Asia Wednesday, December 13, 2006
There are arrogant people on the planet, that believes they understand better than others do, they know, they somehow have learned about the geopolitical situation of the planet better than other people have.
I received a nasty email a few years ago, attacking me personally as an American; I suppose I should say, as a citizen of the United States of America. This person keyed in on the book or movie the Ugly American and went off on me, trying to explain that I have no understanding of the geopolitical situation of the planet.
The inference was, he did, and I did not, he was living and teaching English in Otavalo, Ecuador.
It was an interesting hate mail, as normal hate mail gives me zero way to track them down, this one was more transparent. I think about hate mail, as these are dangerous people living on the planet. A person, who will go to great lengths to attack a person, is maybe crazy.
However, I suppose I should thank him for in a sad way, he induced me to focus on the term Geopolitical. I never used this term, before he wrote his hate mail.
The question he posed or stated, was an assertion that I have never made, that I understand the Geopolitical situation of the world, although I by sheer countries visited believe I may know better than most.
Geopolitical is I believe, a subcategory of study of Geography, it takes forever to slice and dice these terms. Yet is interesting how Geography influences Politics.
But to have an understanding of the geopolitical situation of the planet, it appears to me, you also need to understand the culture. I see or feel this is one of the major shortcoming of the USA, we are blindsided, sometimes because we do not think in terms of culture, we are politically correct anal. Europe has a long-term experience in being racist and act racist without appearing racist.
An example of this is the European Unions denial of Turkey into the European Union. Half of this is just pure racism and illogical, than the rest is observance or knowledge that all culture are not presently compatible.
I guess, what is needed it a cultural imperialism whereby nations learn tolerance and respect of other cultures. When they learn this, then maybe there is a possibility of being compatible.
I have almost no desire to learn, or understand the inner city Afro-American Rap or Gang culture of the USA.
I then go to Africa and live with black people for three months, when I leave Africa, I hear and listen to anti-black comments by friends and what I thought were not racist persons. I will tell you what I like or do not like about a culture, I on the other hand will not enforce or pre-judge normally, I do give the person a chance. I can travel to Africa and live with black people with no problem.
I find many of my friends do not give Africa a chance, strange.
However, I see there is a possibility of a new traveler on the planet, the cost of travel has become cheaper, it is possible now for a person to know enough about three to four continents, Know enough about the Geography, Politics and Culture to be more aware, it possible to travel to over 100 countries and hang around.
I do not see gas visiting a country as important, I see hanging around long enough to nullify the first impressions as being valuable.
Darwin and Ferdinand Magellan and all these men, were maybe the same, they hung around enough to understand, it was the only way to be safe, they needed to understand the cultural motivations.
However, as the world has become safer, the need to know or understand a country has become less.