“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”
— Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell
While speaking to politics, Mitchell’s quote speaks to any life changing experience where those who have not experienced something just don’t get it. Peace Corps can be like that.