Books can take you places you may never be able to visit in person. Limit finances--not to mention the space-time continuum--make it impossible for you to travel to certain destinations. But a good book will "take you there" for a couple of bucks and a few hours of reading.
Sonlight is packed full of such books. My mom gave a few examples in a presentation back in October. (She starts talking about this subject at 4:40.)
By experiencing different people throughout the world and history, we develop a greater perspective on life. This helps us grow a heart for the world--a fundamental part of Sonlight's educational philosophy.
It's possible that this greater perspective I received from my Sonlight education is what has helped me avoid culture shock. I've traveled to several countries and have yet to feel like I'm in a truly foreign place. Sure, it's not home, but for all it's differences, it's not that unfamiliar. Could it be that all the "travel" I did as a child via the literature we read as a family prepared me for cross-cultural experiences?
I think so.
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