No. 1 Tourism
Invariably interested in the places we aren’t, transience has become today’s norm. It is rare now to find someone that is content to simply live and die in the same town. Whatever the reason people find to get on a plane, a boat, or in a car, we are a people of tourism. There are global icons, famous places and objects, that are widely known and can be easily called to mind. Such destinations have an aura about them, if for no other reason than people are going there, seeing it, and talking about it. Countless magazines, books, and TV shows are dedicated to documenting the world for the people at home to see. Those who are lucky enough have the opportunity to go out and see those places in person. The entire economy of some countries relies solely on the income of tourism, and here in the United States, many people depend on the roughly $100 billion that the industry brings in annually.
All of this traveling results, hopefully, in a population that is more educated and aware of the world around them. More often however, big city folk will argue that it just clogs their streets with people who can’t walk in a logical manner. A seasoned New Yorker will avoid Times Square at all cost, one of the largest tourist attractions in the most heavily visited American city. The real irony here is that they had to go to Times Square to know they don’t want to be there. And they have. And they definitely stopped to look.
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