Our own culture is easy to overlook until we step out of it

“Culture is the sea we swim in — so pervasive, so all-consuming, that we fail to notice its existence until we stop out of it. It matters more than we think.”
–Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss (2008)

Posted by | Comments (5)  | June 8, 2009
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

5 Responses to “Our own culture is easy to overlook until we step out of it”

  1. Nabeel Says:

    Right said

  2. Christine Says:

    Yes, and stepping out of our culture, can help us see ourselves as grateful. ‘…most Americans born after World War Two have been encouraged to believe we can have everything. Of course, this sets us up for misery. If happiness depends on the ratio of fulfilled desires to total desires, no person whose desires are infinite can be satisfied. In fact long ago Tolstoy defined wealth as, “the number of things on can do without.”…The opposite of yearning is savoring the exquisite now….We yearn to stop time, to make our lives an endless Indian summer. But the message of autumn is to accept what is given.”’—Mary Pipher (2003), Letters to a Young Therapist.

  3. Miss Expatria Says:

    It should read, “Culture is the sea we swim in… so stop peeing in it.”

  4. Susan Fox Says:

    Getting to step out of one’s culture is one of the things that makes travel so wonderful.