Monday, June 6, 2016
Security and travel
Sometimes we don't realize how good we have it. There have been few times in History when people have been able to travel great distances in relative safety.
We like to think that's possible because of all the roads, trains, and airlines. That's what makes travel quicker and easier. The thing that really makes long distance travel possible is security. At one time a person took their chances going to the next town. Bandits lurked along what passed for roads. Now we can travel thousands of miles in relative safety.
Yes, there are places that are more dangerous than others, but overall the average person is safe. It's amazing that someone can travel across the vast distances of the US. In addition, a US passport allows one to enter almost every country in the world without a Visa. Many other countries have similar arrangements. That's simply amazing.
We can even travel to countries that we consider our rivals, like Russia and China. There may be some political tension, but the average person can still travel to those places.
The world has many conflicts, but we aren't in a world war. Count your blessings. Borders would shut pretty quickly.
It's bad enough that the Syrian refugee crisis has caused enough turmoil that Europe is considering closing its borders once again. That would be a great loss of freedom. Europeans love their travel.
I only wish I could travel more than I already do. Who knows how much longer these historically unique times will last? I hope to get a few more stamps in my passport in case the dark days ever come again.