Matt Damon believes going and seeing others' problems can end America's ills

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Washington, Aug 11 : American actor Matt Damon strongly believes that most problems would be solved if people started visiting other countries, and personally experience the conditions there.

He says that being internationally focused is all that America needs to solve its own problems.

"I think many of our problems as a country would be solved if people had thick passports," Us magazine quoted 37-year-old Damon as telling Conde Nast Traveler in its September issue.

"There's just no substitute for actually going and seeing things," he added.

The actor also highlighted the fact that only 21 percent of Americans had passports.

He also revealed that becoming famous has made him want to do good for others.

"You start to feel a level of responsibility to direct attention to things that actually matter more than to silly things like who you're dating," he said.

"For a lot of actors, our biggest fear is that we're going to start talking about things we don't fully understand and sound like idiots.

"In the long run, I'll do much more good if, when I open my mouth, I have something worth saying," he added.

Damon described a trip to Tanzania, where he visited a clinic and witnessed children receiving anti-malarial medicine.

"I realized that because of President Bush's malaria initiative, this baby had survived," he said.

"American taxpayer money saved this baby's life," he added.

He has encouraged both presidential candidates to increase aid to Africa.

"When you go to a country and see your fellow Americans feeding people or getting clean water or saving their lives, you are really seeing the best of us. We are exporting the best of who we are - and who we should be," he said.

ANI

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