I've had the privilege to have my mind expanded over the last few months. My friends at Illinois State University had a foreign exchange student live with them for the 2nd semester. Not only was he a baller, but he also brought along a bunch of other foreigners to parties, gatherings, etc, who were fun too! The roomy, who's from France, is now the closest international person to me. Having met him, and hung with him since January, has been life changing.
I had so many REAL TALKS with him, and a couple other exchange students from Japan, Germany, and elsewhere. Talks that went until 4:00 in the morning. Not only is it fascinating to hear how other parts of the world operate (btw, I'm with the rest of the world, the concept of tipping is STUPID!!!) But I get this overwhelming sense of wonderment and enjoyment, talking to people from other lands. Various topics transcend across the globe, in which ANY HUMAN BEING can relate to. It was refreshing to hear that someone from thousands of miles away, in a totally different part of the world, can relate to you on so many levels!
In a nutshell, we really are all humans, floating on a giant rock in space, all in this together! And for me personally, I want as many allies from as many parts of the world as i can obtain! You just never know what knowledge you can gain, what opportunities can present themselves, and who can make your life better in this world.
^Stream of consciousness over*