Fans of Theodore Dalrymple
December 24, 2017
Dalrymple writes that there is nothing like mass travel for
destroying the value—educational, spiritual, æsthetic—of travel.
He notes also that there is no reason to suppose
that other cultures, when found, will necessarily meet with travellers’ approval rather than with, say, disgust.
He points out that when Sayyid Quṭb went to the USA,
it closed his mind forever.
And when Dalrymple visited North Korea,
it did not cause me to respect North Korean culture, which is a permanent mixture of Nuremberg Rally and Busby Berkeley, but to view it with horror and detestation.
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