What I do intend to put to rest is this myth that the world is a dangerous place.
I happen to have been born and raised in the U.S., and still reside here (for now). Most people that surround me have not even been to half of the destinations I have been too. But yet they seem to think the world I have seen is dangerous...very dangerous...like hostel steal your organs and murder you at night dangerous ( Damn Hollywood movies!!).
Now I am fully aware that these skeptics have good intentions but they cannot be faulted for what they have been indoctrinated into. Before I even begin this let's do an experiment together!
Experiment: In 30 minutes or less, turn on your TV ( or use your computer)switch it to any news station. Now for the next 30 minutes or less count how many stories you view that involve something negative. They can include but are not limited to death, crimes, some sort of economic dilemma and so on.
Not to leave myself out, I've already participated here are the results....
Setup : 2 minutes of TV TIME - From the initial turning on of the TV I switched from one major news station to another.
My set was initially on ABC news which aired a story of a woman involved in embezzling taxpayer money.
I then switched to Fox news and they were covering a police standoff with a renegade police officer in some cabin ( I mean these things couldn't write themselves any better!)
RESULTS: Negativity is commonplace in the news, viewer beware !!
I mean if all you have seen in your lifetime is news stations broadcasting, mass murder this, genocide that, civil war in far away country, rape, murder etc etc. And repeat this over and over and over again, I could begin to formulate why one would think the world is scary. The news operates by fear mongering its audience. They operate off ratings and let's be honest, sadly someone dispersing medical aid to refugees doesn't get nearly as much ratings as a police chase in downtown Los Angeles.
So just to add a little fact aside from the experiment, I bring you this..
Crime Statistics Facts : Total crimes (most recent) by country
1. U.S.A - 11,877,218
2. U.K - 6,523,706
3. Germany - 6,507,394
4. France - 3,771,850
full view of list here --> Total crime by country
No I didn't list all of them but let's take something into account just with these four. From an American perspective you might have assumed nations in Africa, Asia or the Middle East would have the highest crime, isn't it quite surprising that the U.S ranks numero uno and the countries that follow happen to be top western European tourist destinations!?!
Believe me when I tell you don't believe everything you see on TV. Go out and enjoy the world. It is full of amazing, inspiring, humble, people that want the same things as you.
The world is only as scary as you make it out to be : )
Go find out for yourself !