Yes, this is my first journey to a foreign country (I went to India when I was 3 years old and I’ve been to Canada, but I don’t count those). I totally agree that I need to travel more — my observation that I was so inexperienced on a global level was a big part of why I started traveling. And that’s also why I will continue traveling for the foreseeable future, both to third, second, and first world countries.
Regardless of the back story for each country, suffering is suffering. Children don’t deserve to go hungry and mothers don’t deserve to beg. It doesn’t matter if they’re in New York City or New Delhi. I’ve seen poverty in the United States, but seeing it on the scale of India took it to a whole new level. A few poor people here and there is one thing, but billions of people? We’re better than that. This Earth already has the abundance to avoid that.
I also agree 100% that education is key, and that’s why I’ve mentioned it several times in my previous posts/comments on sustainable abundance. Drop shipping food or supplies isn’t going to solve the problem. We need to be treating people as equals, not poor people as poor people and rich people as rich people. Most policies that are designed to assist poor people indirectly insure that there are poor people to be assisted.
Like yourself, I want to work on obtaining the skills necessary to help others (which I’m doing in part by traveling), but I also want to use a strategy that will have the greatest effect. I think that the Internet is key to making that happen. If we bring like-minded people together and combine our energies, ideas, and resources, we can make a real impact.
As cliché as it may sound, the only way we’re going to change the world is if we’re doing it together. There are a lot more good people in the world than there are bad people. I think we just need them to connect. With the Internet, the potential for such a global movement is greater now than at any point in history.