The ability to accept that all countries and all people are equal is a vital aspect of living in other countries. It’s traveling without assumptions. We are all of us human beings, and just because one country has gone a certain direction socially while another country has gone somewhere else does not make one of those countries inferior to the other. Yes, there are still crimes against humanity to consider, and there are certainly countries with human rights issues that are frowned upon by the global community, but that’s the important thing to remember: we are a global community, not merely “My Country versus Everyone Else”. There is no one country that has the right to dictate terms and policy to the rest of the world.
Just because you can legally drink a beer at the age of 14 in Bulgaria, marry at the age of puberty in Sudan, smoke pot legally in Amsterdam, carry cocaine on you legally in Mexico or have multiple wives in Islamic nations, does not make any of these countries inferior or superior to another. They have merely gone a different evolutionary path on the social scale, and just as much as black skin is no different than white skin or worshiping Jesus is no different than worshiping Allah. The countries that you choose to live in are full of other human beings, just like you and I, equally deserving of respect. Read More