Cyrus Glanzer’s Reflection on Service Learning Jordan Trip

Over spring break I went along with several of my classmates to Jordan. During our trip we spent several days learning about the scarcity of water throughout the region and how the political issues involving Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Jordan affect the ability to make regional arrangements and agreements. We spent a lot of time reviewing how any efforts made on either side were impractical and self-serving.

I feel like i have a better sense of how politics and inflated ego affect the progression of worthy causes and the allocation of necessities. Sometimes it is not just about understanding what the right thing to do is or what the necessary thing to do is. Often, the realities of the world interfere with our better intentions and the false divisions we place between ourselves only serve to lead to mutual destruction. Both sides are harmed by a lack of cooperation and are incapable of tackling their issues independently. i learned from this experience that the world is more complicated than some Friends utopia where everyone loves each other and theres a perpetual drum circle.

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  1. Cyrus, this is a very thoughtful comment. I can tell that you used your time on the Jordan trip not only to see and enjoy a different part of the world, but to reflect seriously on some painful aspects of the human condition. It is by facing these entrenched real world realities that we can begin to create real solutions. Thank you for posting this.

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