it was interesting getting on a train to go to the airport today and seeing all the commuters that were heading into Zurich to go to their job. in a sense, it was like the trains into Manhattan, where one rarely sees people smiling. as a visitor, ex-pat, or immigrant to another country, you have to follow the adage, “when in Rome, do as the Romans.”
when a female passenger was pulled out of the American passport after you showed your passport at security and the passport checks at the check-in line. (yes, it is getting really goofy and has me wondering if the game now is about security? or is international air travel a political football?”)
I digress, but when I heard the woman using what I call the attitude tonality of her voice and say, “what do you mean I have to answer questions, I am a us citizen!” it was a moment I stopped in line and looked at her and blurted out, “Ma'am, you don’t get it…you aren’t in the united states, you are in a different country.”
it was not meant to be mean or cruel, rather, it was the realization that this is what a lot of Americans who don’t travel out of the country think and say. I am not sure to the exact reason why, nor do I know if other cultures and countries people feel the same with a sort of entitlement of, “hey, do you known I am from (insert country name)?”
it comes across like the “do you know who I am?” that I have seen several entertainers and celebrities try to pull.
so watching this all play out was not a shock, I have seen it many times around the planet. what is a surprise is that you never get used to it and have a quizzical look upon ones face to understand the “why?” or people actions and behaviors.
I will write more about the idea of if you want to change, have those that make the rules actually go and do the work for a bit of the rules they make. you would find a far better solution if a few people in charge humbled themselves to the holistic view of the business – and not just next quarters numbers or budgets.
I say the same thing about war – let the family of the people going to war be put on the front lines. my wager would be that it would prevent conflicts in having leaders that aren’t narcissistic psychopaths stop and think for a bit before they pulled any trigger.
ok…not a fun travel day…bus, train, plane, plane, plane, shuttle…..truck, drive drive drive. ick