Great op-ed from Theroux over at the New York Times that echoes many of the things we’ve come across while traveling or thinking about the way the world is changing:
Travel, except in almost inaccessible places, is no longer the answer to finding solitude. And this contraction of space on a shrinking planet suggests a time, not far off, when there will be no remoteness: nowhere to become lost, nothing to be discovered, no escape, no palpable concept of distance, no peculiarity of dress â€” frightening thoughts for a traveler.
But, it’s not just a good article meditating on travel; it cuts far deeper:
We are passing through a confused period of aggression and fear, characterized by our confrontational government, the decline of diplomacy, a pugnacious foreign policy and a settled belief that the surest way to get people to tell the truth is to torture them. (And by the way, â€œwater boardingâ€ was a torture technique at the worst of the Khmer Rouge prisons.) It is no wonder we have begun to squint at strangers.
It’s a quick and poignant read.