I realize that this is my second post today. However, I feel particularly passionate about this topic.
As you probably have seen, for the past six months I have been participating in a global postcard project called Postcrossing.
Over time, I have received Postcards from many countries such as Egypt, United States, Australia, Russia, Turkey, and more.
The other day, after watching a particularly stressful news hour. I got to thinking. How lucky am I to be learning about all these countries through their people?
Without getting too political, it appears we live in an age of close-mindedness and discrimination against other cultures.
However, if there is anything that I have learned through the 300+ postcards that I have accumulated. It is that we as humans are essentially the same.
From Canada to Israel, from New Zealand to Egypt, humans all do the same mundane things. We have jobs to go to, families we love, pets to cuddle with, groceries to buy, and meals to plan.
Obviously, some countries may have better than situations than others, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we are all human; We all bleed red.
By participating in Postcrossing, I have learned about many countries and cultures through the words of their inhabitants. As a result, I feel that I have become all the more empathetic for it.
As citizens of the same earth, we have a duty to each other to keep the lines of communication open to each other. I feel that we are already seeing the effects of a world closing its lines. It is my sincere wish that that doesn’t continue.
It is for these reasons that I believe projects such as Postcrossing (or even PostcardUnited) have become more important than ever.
My readers can learn more about Postcrossing on their website (https://www.postcrossing.com/). I urge you to check it out. I have had a great time opening up my mailbox and seeing where my cards came from that day.
To close this post, I will offer up a piece of advice. Take time to learn about the world and cultures that surround you. I promise that you will not regret a second of the time. It may sound cheesy, but Postcrossing has been one of the most rewarding hobbies that I have had to date; It is utterly fascinating.
“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
― Joseph Fort Newton