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“The farther you go, the less you know.”

 When Lao-Tzu wrote that line some 2500 years ago, he meant that the essential truths of existence can be found within; looking outside of ourselves for answers only leads us astray. To my unenlightened mind, however, his words say something else, something both contradictory and complementary: The more you explore a place, the less you realize you know about it. The easy stereotypes and labels and narratives start to break down as you delve deeper beneath the surface.