Annoyances to Travelers and Tourists, and the need to accept some, tolerate a few, and move when needed.
There are people who are so annoyed with the USA, that anger seeps, leaks, and spills from every word they say, their anger at the USA defines them. They are known by what they hate, despise, and attack, it is what they aspire to be in life. It is common for many of these people, I would guess that 50-70 percent of the people who live abroad, to leave the USA because they are angry. Please do not think this was some type of noble anger, most of them are probably wanted by the law in the USA.
I apply this rule to situations:
"I need to accept the things I cannot change."
When they are just naive, or stupid,
I say to myself,
"Forgive them, they do not know what they are doing."
Unfortunately, I am human, and have a few angers that define me, and acceptance is always a challenge. The better option, it I will avoid annoyances when I am incapable of tolerance, or acceptance. But always, I am Andy Lee Graham, perpetual world traveler of 14 years, and 90 countries, and imperfect human.
Yet, after visiting 90 countries on the planet, what I dream of most is what is best found inside the USA and fading fast away because of the PC people.
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
- The phrase is meant to exemplify the "inalienable rights" with which all human beings are endowed by their Creator and for the protection of which they institute governments. Wikipedia.org
This phrase by Thomas Jefferson has changed the world, for example, the word "Rights," is a constant, people in all countries demand their rights. Whether it is a right, or not, they make things a right, they use the words for marketing, it in a way, the word right challenges the words "Eco Tourism," as the leader in over-used marketing words.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
I am in Guatemala presently, and just the other day, I read this about Santiago de Atitlan here on Lake Atitlan.
"In the indigenous village of Santiago Atitlan, Internet access has been declared “a human right” by both inhabitants and local authorities."
I instantly keyed in on the words "a human rights," this to me is an abuse of the word "Rights," it sounds as a bad as an American in Guatemala screaming,
"I have rights, I am American."
American really do this when abroad, even though they are in Guatemala, where they have no rights as an American, too funny.
I went over to Santiago, de Atitlan, they have one open signal in the parks... oops Woo Woo's with an agenda...
Church Noise and Dogs Annoy me on Lake Atitlan
I was discovered yesterday, a woman from the USA said,
"You are angry at missionaries."
"Yes, I hate them, they believe they have the right to do anything they want."
I probably should avoid this woman.
It is impossible to avoid tribes, or clubs, or groups of like minded people who believe they have the right to annoy me with noise. I would love to have Thomas Jefferson around to debate this issue for kicks, for laughs.
I believe all people have the right to respect, this means bums, drunks, girls of the night, loud, quiet, small, missionaries, NGO's, and fat Americans waddling around in pompous glory, oops, I forgot homosexuals.
Everyone deserves respect, and I demand they have respect for me... hehehe, even when they have not respect for me, I call this having boundaries. And the people who do not do this, I call wimps.
I am not going to keep my mouth shut, I will complain, I hope Tom J would agree with me, they did say also I have the right to freedom of speech also. I am sad, of all the cultures on the planet that deny me freedom to have an opinion, it is the American people who refuse to grant me the respect to think as I want, I am supposed to keep my mouth shut, and my opinions to myself.
What I truly enjoy about the Guatemalan people is their ability to tolerate, ignore, and shut out other people, they just go do what they do, and they do not attack.
I am a lucky man, I have a mobile household, if the dogs start to bark too much, or the church, and missionaries fail to respect me, and make too much noise, I can just move to another location.
There is nothing noble about wanting to change the world, it just means someone is angry, they need to change locations, or maybe try to accept people, and love people as they are, not as they want them to be. I am surrounded by people who came to Guatemala to change the people I love, please do not destroy this country. They are not poor people, when you want to change people, you believe you are superior to them.
Please do not destroy paradise.