m_alonsoabout 1 year ago
Mcfsrn, I have also received goodness and generosity from people living in developing nations and I definitely appreciate your sentiments here. It's important to remember not to use others' poverty as a lesson, or travel to developing/underdeveloped nations specifically in order to open your eyes to the opulence found at home. I have heard from a few people in the global south that they feel "watched" or "observed" when wealthy tourists come to experience the "poor show" or as some like to call it, "poverty porn."
I think it's important not to romanticize poverty, especially when it is coupled with goodness and generosity. If, when we walk away from impoverished countries, all we do is say "wow, I have a lot, and I'm so lucky to live in the US" that doesn't serve anyone but ourselves, and we've simply used others to learn a lesson that should have been apparent all along.
For me, kinship is the goal. It's not easy when you're bouncing around from place to place, but it is possible to have a short conversation, ask questions, share knowledge, be vocally grateful to your hosts...I think these are opportunities for mutual learning, not just to observe and get a lesson out of someone else's misfortune.