Anthony Bourdain: The world is filled with decent people
March 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain is the host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," CNN's new showcase for coverage of food and travel. The series is shot entirely on location. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET

Before I set out to travel this world, 12 years ago, I used to believe that the human race as a whole was basically a few steps above wolves.

That given the slightest change in circumstances, we would all, sooner or later, tear each other to shreds. That we were, at root, self-interested, cowardly, envious and potentially dangerous in groups. I have since come to believe - after many meals with many different people in many, many different places - that though there is no shortage of people who would do us harm, we are essentially good.

That the world is, in fact, filled with mostly good and decent people who are simply doing the best they can. Everybody, it turns out, is proud of their food (when they have it). They enjoy sharing it with others (if they can). They love their children. They like a good joke. Sitting at the table has allowed me a privileged perspective and access that others, looking principally for "the story," do not, I believe, always get.

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  1. Melissa Hurley

    Dear Mr. Bourdain,
    Congratulations upon your new endeavor! I so enjoy your work and am looking forward to something other than the Food Network for Sunday evening entertainment..... Please be well and stay safe upon your travels. Blessings to you, and the ones you hold dear.

    Melissa Hurley

    April 1, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  2. Jokes_on-You

    And Anthony Bourdain AIN'T ONE of THEM!

    March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
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