When we see a globe of the world we might be reminded of school geography or history classes, those classes when we were introduced to a version of the history and geography of countries in what seemed like far away places.
As we get older we might begin to question some of the assumptions made in those classes or we might discover an interest in going there ourselves to find out more about them.
With the advent of the Internet we no longer have to take one version of events and history as truth. We can find many versions and become closer to the country itself without actually going there. We still may wish to travel and have the real experience though.
As we see images of people in other countries experiencing war, poverty and effects of climate change, we might feel empowered to act and contribute in some ways to make the world a better place. We need to find ways to manage the influx of sad stories and images that come our way once we open our eyes to it.
Finding a way to make sense of our own life experience and how it compares to others can force us to think about what our responsibility might be as a citizen of the world, of how we can embrace our humanity more fully. We might even find ourselves feeling guilty about our privilege, for no reason other than luck in relation to where we happened to be born. We will each find our own way to respond and engage with the world.