If you could go through the Earth and end up in another country, where would you go?
Where would I go, if I could enter the Earth and emerge into another country, On the Other Side?
I live in Singapore, one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world, with one of the most efficient service industries found anywhere on this planet. It has its share of stressors, but I choose not to focus on them. I’ve been lucky enough to travel, but really can’t imagine a place I’d love to reach after digging across the breadth of Earth!
To be honest, the way we humans are treating this planet, each other, and all non-humans, I’d say let me off this planet.
Send me to a place with more compassion and less fear, more love and less judgment, more serenity and less anger, more greenery and less buildings, more beauty and less hate, more joy and less suffering. Maybe more animals. Less people.
I sound like a misanthrope, but I’m not. Nor do I think I have the skills to survive in a jungle (a skill I should dearly love to build though).
I just wish there were a country I could move to where humans don’t see themselves as separate from (and superior than!) Nature.
Where humility rules the day, where humans respect each other, plants, animals, and their roles in Nature.
This country only exists in my dreams, but I imagine it could be built towards, one step at a time.
There are places like Norway and Bhutan, considered happier than many, but with their own set of problems.
So, for now, my utopia remains an utopia. The only escape is through the world of imagination, through books, the kind Sherry Ellis offers in her wonderful new book.
Where would you go to, if you could go through the Earth and emerge in another country? Which countries do you admire? What do you most admire about the country you live in? What do you wish you could change?
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