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.
Having visited many countries and lived in a few one of the most important things I learned about rights when in another country is you have the right to be either intelligent or stupid.
Being intelligent is to learn what many call "menu language" which means to have a basic knowledge of the local culture, how to order food, count your money, a few well chosen words, phrases, etc. Carrying one of the many small travel translation books helps.
Doing a little research on line, smile, do not flash your ego, dress appropriately when necessary and at times knowing something of their laws, etc.
Common sense goes a long way in making friends, staying out of trouble and therefore enjoying life wherever you are.
I also discovered it is generally a good idea to avoid certain subjects such as politics, religion, cultural differences at least until you KNOW it is safe to do so. Part of common sense is to realize people of other nations generally are as patriotic and caring about their country as we are of ours and trying to convince them we are the greatest in the world is not the smartest thing you can do.
Missionaries as problems? What bothers you really Andy? Do your feel that they pressure you to make changes in your life? Do they challenge you to live life differently. Maybe this is a good thing. Or, are they just tireless in engaging you in conversation and you feel overwhelmed by their continuous flow into and out of your life. Do they remind you of your brother?
Why hate missionaries? They are attempting to do a good thing and to be of service to others. Cut the missionaries some slack - take a breather Andy.
For any who may reply directly or indirectly to whatever I may say, in general my right is to reply or not. I will basically ignore those who digress from the original subject and those I probably disagree with. I feel it is a waste of time to attempt to discuss any subject with someone who has mind set different from mine. Why bother as neither of us are going to change. Andy has written a couple things I disagree with so I do not bother to post anything about the subject and as for a few others I also will always ignore.
As for freedom of speech it is not always so in many other countries. I may disagree with various cultural and legal differences but I will do my best to respect their ways as I am the foreigner. I have often seen the worst of the "ugly American, Canadian, German, Japanese, etc" in my travels and I do my best to avoid them.
Free speech may be a right in this country but if anyone should visit my abode and use profanity, vulgar language around my family they would be asked to go away or worse.
Keep in mind those of other nations could care less about our rights they have their own laws and culture (many over 1,2 and 4 thousand years old).
Religion is good for those who want it, need it, believe in it but I do not want anyone telling me I need it or it is what is good for me.
I was brought up a Christian and attended a parochial elementary school and even a Jesuit University for 1 semester. I have studied the Bibles, Koran and other religions. Very interesting history lessons at best. I consider religion as an invention of man to explain that which is unexplainable based on faith.
I now and have for many years considered myself a "Philosophical Buddhist" not a religious one.
One more time, Nabashalam stay on topic or go somewhere else to post your comments.