Thursday, September 15, 2016

Travelling According to Old Testament Book Sophia Sirach

Travelling the world is a very popular objective of many people, especially today where travel is assisted by modern technology. It is, however, interesting to see how the idea of travelling has been, historically, a positive thing, allowing for the traveller to learn about the world, about other cultures, religions, peoples, making him/her much wiser than a person who does not travel, does not venture out into the world. And as many people say: it is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

In the Old Testament Book Sophia Sirach (34: 9-12) we find an interesting paragraph on the positives of travelling. There we read:

‘9 A well-travelled[b] person with wide experience knows many things and talks sense. 10 You can't know much if you haven't experienced much, but travel can make you cleverer. 11 In my own travels I have seen many things and learned more than I can put into words. 12 I have been in danger of death many times, but I have always been able to escape by relying on past experience.’

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