This #MarkTwain #quote is true in a much broader sense than just #international travel. For many, all that is needed is to #TravelNextDoor to engage with their neighbors whom they've demonized out of ignorance. Study after study shows that the more personal connections one has with a marginalized group, the more likely (s)he is to stand up for them. You're more likely to support the #LGBT community if you know an LGBT person. You're less likely to be prejudiced against other races if you've been exposed to their culture directly. It is no coincidence that, with the rise of #SocialMedia allowing us to retreat into our self-made digital #EchoChambers, overt #racism and #bigotry has become more commonplace in our society. I am by no means saying we should all abandon social media, but I think we would all benefit from #CuriosityBeforeCriticism. Before you demonize a marginalized minority based on what you read on Facebook, maybe go next door and ask them if it's true. Most of the time it isn't, but even if it is, 9 times out of 10 it's much more productive to have a discussion in person instead of in a comment thread.