I used to live on the road, so the idea of being out of the country and flying through it for a few hours a year is not uncommon. What changed this time is that I was away, being an immigrant to another land, sitting in one spot on the planet and having to learn the hard way about language, cultural differences and all things “non-native”
The next few posts will simply be random quick posts about whatever struck my mind upon re-entering the USA:
HOMELESS – the first thing I noticed the most was the homeless situation in NYC. It seemed wherever I went, there were the homeless or those just not fitting into the norm of society doing whatever they had to, to survive on the streets. I am not sure how one can help or make this problem go away, but it did jog my mind into why we want to bring Agrowbox into the USA. There are a lot of people that need some decent nutritious food – be they homeless or financially struggling. If someone has enough food in their body to take away the hunger pangs in their mind, perhaps some will change, and help others as well? I don’t think I have ever seen a homeless person in Switzerland. While it is a small country; the social services provide some place or space so that no one is camping out on the street. I am all for free choice, yet, I wonder how many of the homeless we have deeper issues than just a string of bad luck? At what point do you take away that choice?
CONVERSATION - as I waited in port authority for a bus to my folks, I found that I had more conversations and small chatter with complete strangers in one hour, than I had in Switzerland in many months. I miss this element of the USA. The barriers to socially engage with another human are very slight. In Europe you an go shopping in the same store with your neighbors for 10 years and never learn their first name. It is a game of politeness and a social protocol that a non-native simply doesn’t get – particularly when you come from a place where everyone talks about anything.
VARIETY – what can I say, the sheer diversity is shape, size, race, creed, color, ethnicity, muscularity, obesity, bald, coiffed, made-up, natural, fake, real, rich, poor, working man, blue collar, white collar, tradesman, businesswoman, and everything in between – is really what makes America unique. It is a melting pot from the world coming together into one country. It is not what I watched and experience in Europe where you had one predominant group allowing a few “others” in.
There are simply three quick things that struck me as I entered back into a country I love, and simply pray, that we do a bit better than we have