Monday, April 04, 2011
Travel Writing at Ground Level
At Ground Level, nothing is 'foreign' or 'exotic' or 'virtuous' or 'pure'. People are just people. Place is just place. When we 'make more' of it (or less), when we appropriate others' struggles or culture as our own, when we reduce people and places into symbols or abstractions or commodities, when we pretend to speak for others, we disrespect those whose lands and homes and cultures we're fortunate enough to pass through. Writing at Ground Level is a way of showing respect.