Pedro Mexia went to Japan and has written some beautiful texts in Expresso about the trip he made. Even I, who don’t like flying, thought I could also feel the emotions that Pedro described there. Japan seems like a more different world than the world already is when we leave our country. I calculate that visiting a place like this can really change us, as we understand that the earth, despite being completely mapped, is still much bigger than we are used to it.
When he writes about Japan, Pedro makes no secret of the fact that he was a tourist. After all, he took the same easily predictable turns that anyone takes when involved in the thankless task of “getting to know new countries” (I have already told you how modern tourism is a continuation of the curse given by God to Cain: “a fugitive and a wanderer you will be in the Earth”). This foreshadowing of the banality of traveling today is valuable in these texts (I don’t know if he thought about this when he was writing them but I did).
But when he writes about Japan, Pedro doesn’t hide his amazement either. If it is true that a wanderer makes mistakes, he also gets it right. In the pages of Scripture there are two opposing flows in not staying where one belongs: the negative, with Cain (if we want, even before with his parents Adam and Eve, expelled from Eden), and the positive with Abraham (who discovers that he can trust God by not staying in the land of his fathers). Therefore, traveling is a curse but it can also be a blessing.
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