On Fixed and Fluid Worldviews: Were You Hoping to Catch a Bullet?
With Omani paratrooper instructor Abdul in Al Hamra, Oman
“I heard you got back from traveling,” a local man in New Hampshire said the other day, before explaining about how he’s heard Europe has a bunch of great hiking trails. He seemed to assume that we visited Europe because, after all, could there possibly be any other foreign place that would be safe to explore our there in the big, bad world?
“Sure did,” I replied. “It’s good to be back, but it was an amazing journey. We didn’t go to Europe, but we did go to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.” His eyes widened after I mentioned traveling in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
“What?! Were you hoping to catch a bullet!?” he exclaimed in disbelief.
I mustered up a forced chuckle and told him that by embracing basic vigilance, we felt quite in those places…
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