When traveling, we are somehow completely oblivious of the happenings around us. Some of us will be busy scrolling on Twitter hashtags and grin while reading about celebrities causing storms in a teacup. Nobody cares about the other person seated next to them, and the journey will halt without them speaking a word to each other. Our politicians, on the other hand, will be popping a vein over irrelevant issues and will digress when the real disputes are raised. The media will also avoid the topics on national crisis because they are uninteresting, and their audience considers them banal.
We all overlook the rot and debaucheries surrounding us.We have abandoned compassion, a piece that highlights humanity itself. However, one man, Doug Levitt, resisted the path taken by many and decided to do something about the struggling Americans. He did not give hand-outs or use their suffering for public relations. Instead, he embarked on a seven years bus journey to bring attention to the real issue that forgotten American societies face. Born in D.C, Doug is the son of a former council member, Carol Schwartz. He attended D.C public schools where he developed an interest in sports and music.
Growing up in D.C exposed him to different strata of society and also exposed him to politics. It is during an election period that he developed an interest to know more about the overlooked in the society. He chose to travel by Greyhound buses because they reach more than 2000 tiny towns in America. He also settled on bus travel because it is the only place where one can interact with poverty, addiction, and mental illness. Throughout his travels, Doug has interacted with countless people, and shares their stories in the ‘Greyhound Diaries.’How does he make people share their experiences? Human beings want to know that you care, and Doug has proved that he intends to make the lives of forgotten societies better. For this reason, riders find it easy to entrust him with their stories. His website, images, videos, and songs have brought significant attention to the struggling of American societies and have elevated hopes towards a greater America.