I quite like traveling. Though it sounds cliche, it’s lovely to learn more about different cultures and ways of life, and it can be quite humbling to see how good we have it compared to some people in the world. But I also think that there’s something, dare I say, pretentious about this seeming obsession with traveling among Millenials. Like we’re somehow better or cooler if we explore the world. Like you have some virtue or goodness bestowed upon you if you are blessed with the means to travel. We’ve all seen tons of articles with headlines like “15 reasons to Travel while You’re Young,” or seen “explore 30 countries before you’re 30” on some Buzzfeed bucket-list.
Not meaning to insult anyone. I’ve been to Fiji and Central America and am gearing up for a South American adventure soon! But what ya’ll think? Do we over emphasize traveling? Have we made it a sport to compare how cool of experiences we’ve had in different parts of the world? And are some people perhaps just looking for a rockin’ photo op?
I’d love to know your thoughts. Won’t be offended if you think I’m (totally) wrong.
Are we obsessed with traveling?
(and is it perhaps a tad overrated and pretentious?)
“A [wo]man filled with the love of God is not content to blessing [her] family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”
~Joseph Smith Jr.
And holy freakin’ cow, does she embody it! Her money is TOTEZ where her mouth is…
Even I can’t find the words to express how I feel about this girl.
Help me out, Natasha:
Can’t think of a better way. That’s all I have to say. I love you!
PS. In case you’re wanting some sort of count, she’s been to Uganda (TWICE!), the Phillippines, Fiji, France, and probably a million other places I don’t even know about. Jet-lagged much?
can’t save you from concubine makeup.
PS. I left that green scarf in the Chicago O’Hare airport once. Darnie
15% of me wants to see “The Book of Mormon” musical,
while 85% of me does NOT:
Pretty simple which one will win out.
People have strong feelings about “The Book of Mormon” musical. A ton has been written about it. Here are (in my intelligent opinion) 3 of the best insights:
Michael Otterson’s article.
Official LDS spokesperson. I simultaneously admire and envy this man (and his career) so much.
Plus I could listen to him read the phone-book.
The writers of the musical (South Park guys) said they researched the faith for 7 years. Brother Otterson talks about all the things the Mormons actually DID in Africa in those 7 years. Cool!
David Brook’s article.
He is a Jewish writer for the NY Times whom I admire very much. He talks about how only strict doctrinal religions (like Mormonism!) can survive. All other half-heartedly, generic attempts don’t really do any good.
Alaska Dispatch article
This piece points out that it shouldn’t be acceptable to ridicule Mormonism.
#we’re all a little curious
#the percentages might change a little bit if someone paid for my theater ticket, airfare, and lodging to NY. I could write a review of it and put it on this blog. just sayin’