TRAVEL IS BROADENING. Like most old sayings, this has some truth in it. Travel broadens the man who is ready for it. It does nothing for the man who is not ready. By that I mean that people who travel outside their own country with preconceived notions and locked minds aren't apt to see anything but the reflection of their own prejudices. I know that when I first traveled to Europe in 1923 I wasn't ready to be broadened. Across the Atlantic I saw only what I was looking for--proof that Americans were better than anyone else and that we had little to learn from Europe or Europeans. I was twenty-two years older in the summer of 1945 when I made my second trip to Europe, and in the years between I had learned a good deal about myself and the world in which I live. But I had even more to learn. I am learning today. I hope I can continue learning as long as I live.
In 1945, soon after V-J Day, I was sent with Howard Cowden, president and general manager of the Consumers Cooperative Association of Kansas City, to represent the Cooperative League of the U.S.A. at a planning meeting of the International Cooperative Alliance in London. It was the first such meeting since the beginning of World War II. I was to meet Harry Culbreth, one