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It's no big secret that I am a huge Anthony Bourdain fan. I have watched pretty much everything that he has done. There are three reasons that I enjoyed his shows.

One and the most obvious is the travel and learning about the world in which we live and more particularly the cultures in it. Number two is the wealth of knowledge that he imparted about world food. I am a big foodie and I garnered inspiration from his shows. And now the third and what I believe the most important was his writing. Yes he had a unique style to his writing. I enjoyed the sarcastic and somewhat cynical prose he offered in episode after episode. It spoke to me. But there was a more subtle and important undertone to his offering. He had a profound way of connecting humans through food. He focused on something that we all have in common, the love of food. He highlighted this gastronomic commonality to bridge cultural gaps. I watched him dine with polar opposite cultures and do so in perfect harmony. This was his genius. From him I learned that we can all find a way to get along in the world. We can all get along if we just put in a little effort and understanding.

With genius often times comes madness. Mr. Bourdain was not immune to this condition. I am saddened by his departure from this earth. I wish he could have found a way to silence the madness and move forward but alas I can't have everything I want.

I've been watching his show "Parts Unknown" from start to finish again trying to make sense of my feelings about his suicide and for me, I will try to take what he has taught me and implement it in my life. We can all find a way to get along and make peace. I will try to understand cultures that I have previously looked upon with trepidation and find and highlight the things we have in common. I think if we do this the differences will take care of themselves.

Also one more thing, if you feel alone and like there is no way out or know someone in this position please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 

1-800-273-8255

Thank you for taking the time to read.

 

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Scotty Cameron