over the past year and a half, i have started driving around town for uber and lyft. it's a great opportunity for me to get away from the house since both my wife and i work from home, and has also been great for me personally as i have become more exposed to all people and all walks of life much more than i was before
some of my greatest trips lately have been the folks that are interning for the Biltmore estate. now, these aren't folks that are just being poached from the local colleges, but are individuals that are being poached from a school in Switzerland, and all of them are originally from other countries. the best part about these rides are that these folks jump straight into political conversations right off the bat - so far, my greatest conversations are from three different folks, one from eastern Europe (i unfortunately can't remember the exact country), one from India and one from Trinidad.
the sad thing about the conversation - with all three, this is their first time in the states and their first first-hand exposure to our country and politics. however, with the little bit of knowledge that they have had before entering the country, all three have expressed that they were ABSOLUTELY SCARED about what they were entering into. not because of some longstanding idea of what our country is, but because of what the idea of our country has been over our immediate past
the idea that our country's standing worldwide has somehow improved over the course of this administration is absolutely absurd