Foreigners Spoil Cultures

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Foreigners Spoil Cultures

I am a foreigner, as a world traveler I come as a visitor to foreign countries. I am American, it is manifest destiny, and it is our right to change the world by spreading the American Dream.

President Obama

“Can you accept people & cultures just the way they are? “
Kirt in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 23, 2000

I want to be a responsible tourist, I take responsibility for my actions, and the destruction of environments and cultures in my wake. I know they build Hotels in the jungle and it is my fault, and slowly and forever destroy the rain forest.

I am in Natitingou, Benin West Africa Today.
There is a man from France here in Benin, West Africa visiting, and he watches me make videos, just yesterday he said,
“The NGO should pay you to stop making videos about them.”
(Non Governmental Agencies.)

I truly enjoy making videos of them drinking, carousing, and driving their huge Toyota Land Rovers around as if they were special. I do my best to take photos of Peace Corps girls buying beer and liquor with their boyfriends.

Rio de Janiero, Brazil
I always remember the haunting words of Kirt, an American I met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Can you accept people & cultures just the way they are?”
Kirt in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 23, 2000

Wow, that was 13 years ago, maybe 50 countries back, I have come a long way, and Kirt’s words still are ringing in my brain. Thank you Kirt, you changed my life.

Kirt was an American, who just finished a two year stint as a Peace Corps worker in Ecuador. This man worked for two years believing he was helping people, which is noble. However, this quote from Kirt tells the story, after two years, he asked me,
“Andy, can you accept other cultures?”

Andy Graham is Opinionated
Now, the long-term readers know that I am, Andy Graham, an opinioned bastard that writes what I think in this travel Blog, and I have done so for over 14 years, and I will continue to do so.

So here is a Peace Corp worker who was promoting the idea, suggesting to me with a challenge,
“Andy, do you need to change cultures?”

“Andy, can you accept other cultures just the way they are?”

Of course, it is impossible to be a Saint, I am not delusional, and refuse to blow wind up your skirt. And, what can I do, I will never change the world, I also have to ask myself,
“Andy, can you accept the American culture, your culture just the way it is, or do you want to change it?”

Yes, I want to change my own culture for the better, and it would be nice to make life better for people of the world.

I suppose it is best to keep my cultural footprint small.

Please, do not send American Rappers to Africa, and President Obama, get your butt over here, be a face, a talking head, and stop being the normal American Black that is ashamed of Africa, come and celebrate the place; it is a great here, not something to deny or feel sorry for, I am in just another normal country on the planet.

My President, you can change Africa; give them pride, give the hope of being thought as equals, not lessors. I am quite sure you are destroying the USA at home.

Laughing out Loud
All a writer does is try to change the world; I spend every day of my life trying to change the masses. But, I also spend everyday of my life, remembering I am a foreigner here, I am a visitor, and I have no right to change the locals.

I think it is an inalienable right, that all men should be left in peace unless they request help, proactive social intervention is a violation of their rights as a humans. I have no right to enter their home, and tell them to change.

This is all fun stuff, things to think about, but I hope you never meet a man like Kirt, with ideas like that; it would change your life forever.

Thanks Kirt, I suspect your cultural wake is a good one, you left your footprints inside my head. Gee, what a foreign idea, to travel to foreign land, and accept them as they are, and not try to change people. America, where we are told every day of our lives we are special, and the American way is best, and it probably is, for America. Volunteers and Missionaries need castrated, so they cannot spread their seed.. LOL

Andy Graham
Africa 2013

WARNING: Recording these videos is extremely dangerous. Do not record this type of video naively. The locals driving these cars will protect their GREAT job violently, and the local politicians, and other players want the free money, status, and all the benefits. Please be warned, you are not in Kansas, this is international corruption I am filming, not do gooders.

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