SUMMARY: A look at maximizing our freedom by freeing us from our cultural assumptions so that we might pick and choose which aspects of our culture are of value to us and which aspects are not. Life experiences (including travel), education, love, and mystical experiences are all considered as means of freeing us.
(About a 6 minute read)
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ―
My first wife, Jana, was born in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia under the Soviet occupation. At age 9, she escaped with her family to West Germany. Two years later, they immigrated to the US.
Her mother and father, both being doctors, were able to send her back to Europe to attend a private Swiss boarding school for her high school education. After high school, she lived in England for awhile, before returning to the US to attend university, where I met her.
By the time I met her, she was a confirmed traveler. But travel was much more to her than an exciting adventure. It was a way of learning new things, new ways of doing and thinking. Or, as Proust might have it, travel was Jana’s way of gaining “new eyes”.