Until today, with the re-awakening of my traveler's spirit by the inspirational keynote speaker Wade Davis, I had forgotten how my human journey was influenced by the ethnosphere I have experienced in many different countries. I have been reminded of my threads woven in the world and how they are creating a tapestry of the life of Jones (Hmm... maybe a book title. Oh wait, too close to the "Life of Pi").
My escape out of Africa, as it were, was gilded with gold embossed tattoos of middle eastern culture and people. Over the past 10 years, as tattoos sometimes do, those cultural lessons and connections to people have faded in colour but permanently embedded certain filters from which my lens views the world. I was reminded today how truly paramount those filters are. The layers of filters thrust in front of your world view need to be deep and plentiful. We need to collect as many filters as possible, knowing that the world bank of filters is infinite.