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  • We sometimes act arrogant here in the U.S, and perceive other less fortunate countries as inferior to us, economically, politically, socially, and even as uneducated, or backwards. We see them as "outsiders". This couldn't be any farther from the truth. With the internet, making acquaintances with people in far-off places has become as easy as breathing, and can be as beneficial to our brains and hearts as the oxygen we take in when we breathe.

    Children, petty change, and ice cream in the summertime... these such things are levelers of all societies... Perhaps a formula for peace?

    The photograph above is from a friend I have made in Hungary; A. Farkas György (Фаркас Дьердь) on facebook, aka 'altrev' on tumblr, and courtesy of IQ-light on facebook, in Budapest, Hungary. (www.facebook.com/IQlight.IQlight) The caption for this photograph is somewhat familiar to us here in the U.S., as there has been a proliferation of such 'share-if-you-remember' posts lately on almost all social media venues. It reads;

    "Oszd meg, ha emlékszel még arra az időre, amikor egy ilyennel nyaranta fagyizni mentünk!
    Lájk, ha sosem tartottál még ilyet a kezedben..." - "Share it if you remember the time that one is a summer ice cream when we went! Like, if you ever held this before in your hands ..." The image may as well have been a U.S. nickel.

    No matter how much real estate lies between us, we are all basically the same... We should all become friends. When we share our lives openly, and honestly, we enrich all our lives.

    Altrev found a post of mine earlier, a photo album; "Vietnam Collection" (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.454807671208372.97655.100000374294032&type=3&l=8dfaf7d5da), a collection of Vietnam era zippo lighters by Bradford Edwards, and 'liked' the album. Only one of the photos, did he 'share' though, one with the engraved epithet "BLACK CATS" - FUCK COMMUNISM.

    It said so much about him, and says so much about us all, when a simple image can communicate our commonality, and enlighten us as to who we are...who we share this planet with.

    Simple images may be the formula for peace. I can't travel to the places that the internet affords me, but my pictures can, and so can theirs. The exchange of images has become my greatest teacher, and puts me on a level with such diverse peoples. They have shown me my likeness in all others.
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