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INSIGHT: So Now What?

Peter Nicholson

Island Diaries-Postscript: Find the Right Resolution
I tell stories. Returning from Caohagan Island wasn’t as surreal as I thought it might be. I’ve crossed enough culture chasms to know the drill. Only a small proportion of the full experience can ever be conveyed. Everyone to whom I show pictures and share anecdotes eventually asks the same question, What’s next? There is a plan for an English language exchange program that could have important positive impacts, but that’s the easy answer. The deeper question is, How did the experience change you, and what are you going to do in response? I had my first experience with the profound economic inequity between emerging and over-developed countries in my teens. The systems at work are large, multifaceted, powerful and ingrained. On a macro scale, there is no hope. But on a smaller one, there is a world of possibility. I believe in the collective power of discreet subversions, formed, supported and implemented around individual relationships. I am motivated not out of a desire to save the world, an impossible feat, but out of the mutual call and response of human connection. What happens on a 13 acre island in the Philippines doesn’t matter in the larger scheme, except that it could change everything, starting with my own view of the world.