Today the FedEx delivery man came into the office to drop off a package and asked why I always look so unhappy. To make a long story short, I ended up telling him about how I was unhappy at my job and I was planning on going to Thailand in 8 months. He just kind of stared me, his mouth dropping open.
“BUT THAILAND IS FULL OF HOOKERS AND DRUGS!” – his shocked reply.
“And so is LA….” I calmly replied.
He looked somewhat embarrassed, fumbled to get my signature and almost ran out of the office.
Why do we as Americans feel everywhere outside of the US is terrible and hooker/drug ridden? America is one of the biggest sex traffickers in the world, and the national crystal meth problem is growing. Yeah, sure, there aren’t any ping pong shows and prostitutes just openly on the streets here in America (at least none I have seen), but it is happening. It’s a way bigger problem in America than most people would like to know, and we just seem to turn a blind eye to what is happening in our own country. I don’t know how anyone else feels, but to me, having it hidden behind doors is way scarier and dangerous.
Now, this goes to say that I am well aware that there are parts of Thailand that cater to sex tourism and drug use. I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist, just saying that there are parts of the US that cater to the same things. Vegas, anyone?
I just wish we as Americans would make it a priority to learn about other countries and not just the “world history” we learn growing up. It’s the information age; there is more knowledge to be found than we know what to do with. With a click, we can find out who the popular pop stars are in Korea or what current events are happening in Croatia. We can learn about Japanese technology and the cuisine of India. We can watch movies and TV in other languages. We can learn Thailand is a country with a rich culture, awesome food, gorgeous temples and amazing beaches. With all of this information available to us, it’s really sad how misinformed a lot of people are. There is more in the world than hot dogs and Jersey Shore.