The Necessity of Travel

Despite post-9/11 jitters, we need to get around more to shed our prejudices

The images, of course, will not go away: the planes exploding in flames, bodies falling through the air. And in their wake, more mundane but still disquieting pictures--endless lines in the airports, armed guards watching as shoeless innocents empty their pockets (while across the world people clamor for America's humiliation). To many of us, as the peak vacation season draws near, travel may seem a less appealing prospect than it has ever been.

And yet, I would argue, travel has never been so urgent, even necessary, as it is today. To at least a small extent, the horrors of last fall...

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