Hitchhiking opens you to the kindness of strangers, teaches you trust and patience, and exposes you to surprise. And since kindness comes suddenly and out of the blue, hitchhiking – to borrow from Mark Twain – is “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.“
…if only to relieve your own suffering.
According to Matthieu Ricard, the Institut Pasteur-biologist-turned-Buddhist-monk, “Researchers studying the brains of monks discovered that the act of meditating on compassion (“the readiness to act…for the benefit of others”) increases activity in the part of the brain associated with joy and enthusiasm, while decreasing activity in the part associated with depression, rumination, excessive self-concern, and negative affect.“
It turns out Kafka was right: