Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quotation!



The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.  ~G.K. Chesterton



I love this one (and as a collector of quotations -- seriously, I collect them -- that means a lot)!  The way I see America, and Boston, is absolutely affected by the variety of places I've been able to get to know.  I don't think that people who travel a lot know more, or have any special access to truth -- because quite frankly that's obnoxious and untrue.  I do, however, have a particular context for my homeland, shaped by the places I have been.  I analyze the United States now the same way that I analyze other places I visit, and this has helped me clarify what I love, what I don't love, and why; I'm not sure that I would think so deeply about the places I am from if I hadn't been to so many that I am not from.

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