Travels with Herodotus Essay

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Travels with Herodotus By: Ryszard Kapuscinski By studying cultural interaction and collision we can learn lessons that will broaden our knowledge of the world’s ever changing and diverse cauldron of life. In Ryszard Kapuscinski’s book, Travels with Herodotus, we not only are able to look into his journey as a reporter in the 20th century, but he also shares parts of The Histories, by Herodotus, written 2,500 years earlier in order to show that his duty as a reporter is much the same as Herodotus’. We cannot define ourselves until we have confronted others as comparison, because every other culture has something to teach us about ourselves. No matter where you go you should be ready to be humble and observe, learn, and embrace the culture around you in order to broaden your knowledge of the world and in turn it will change your view of yourself. Kapuscinski learns much about the world through his travels and he realizes that as you learn about the world it acts as a mirror so one can learn about one’s self. Herodotus was the first to want to record the history of the world he knew and he did it through many years of journeys so he could tell the stories only as he thought they were to be true. According to Kapuscinski, Herodotus learns about the world with the enthusiasm of a small child- always wanting to know more about why things are the way they are. Herodotus’ most important discovery was that there are many worlds and each is different (Kapuscinski 264). Kapuscinski’s first discovery of a “New World” is very different from his own European culture was on his trip to India. Kapuscinski had no choice but to embrace everything around him while he was there or else he would have been lost and trapped in his mind. In the plane on the way there he sees the vast expanse of our world for the first time from high above the ground and it brought thoughts of
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