1. Seeing how differently violence is perceived in the world when it happens to a Western country
After the recent Paris tragedy, many expressed their feelings by adding the French flag to their profile shots and shared nostalgic pictures from their last trip to the Eiffel Tower or enjoying a croissant at a café on the Champs-Élysées. It’s a Western country. Familiar. We understand it. But the media doesn’t support that same wave of solidarity for the bombings in Beirut a week earlier, or an explosion in Turkey a month prior. We don’t understand the issues of non-Western countries in the same way. Visiting other countries, like Colombia, has opened my eyes to issues such as drug war violence in the 80s and 90s. You can’t get the nuances of a situation through the media.