Grappling effectively with US
Tonight, I will tell you two unusual experiences of traveling in the future.
You just need to be a good believer to accept the first one.
While I was wandering in the desert, for some description, suddenly the whole sky was lit up and I couldn't recognize what was going on.
All what I remember is that I felt I was traveling so fast. Then I joined a group of people who had put on some electronic hats . To my surprise, they were able to contact one another, chat and laugh without using languages.
Can you believe it? When anyone of them wants to travel across the planet, all he needs to do is to specify vividly the place where he wants to go and he is there in less then a jiffy.
If you find it difficult to believe this, then do not blame my people here in Africa when they failed to believe the second one, which was an actual reality.
They would never imagine what I told them about life in North America, no matter how wild their imagination can run.
How does life in the west look like? You probably know.
But have you ever tried to take a look to your own life through eyes of an alien? Well, as a Saharan person, I can tell you what I told the Mauritanians about you.
First,I resorted to the dimension of time to show the disparity between those locations. I told them: We are lingering behind the west by centuries.So, i have been to the futur.
I told them about the ideal organized system there, how the business works, loans and credit cards,etc.
Electricity is ubiquitous and constant. Everyone has access to the Internet. People are truly independent ; they have the audacity to express themselves and say what they really like. They don not care about the others' reactions like people in the tribal societies, who are not allowed even to think out of the common opinion in the society. Simply, they live the freedom.
Even pastors and preachers there tend to seek a logical common ground with non-religious people during their interviews on national televisions.
I told them: The experience I got there can not be taught or found in books. It must be lived and practiced.
I told them about the metro and how people get in and out in less then a minute. And about those who read while the train is moving.
I told them that I never met an illiterate in the US. Everyone there can read, use the computer, etc. All of that was very amazing to all of them but probably couldn't get it.
I also, told them about the other side of that system.
People work hard and study hard, but they mess up knowledge with professionalism. They do not know much besides their majors. Vis. They are studying to get a job rather than to form a broad view of the world.
It happened to ask one of my colleagues from Kentucky whether she liked to go abroad." My friends and I have been saving money to spend one week in California" she answered.
Another friend asked me whether Iraq is in Africa. A third asked me why the plethora of Arab countries didn't help them defeat Israel, etc. I noticed that the average person doesn't need and doesn't have time to think outside the US. Those who are old enough have probably heard about Soviet Union and China but calling the world map to mind is pretty rare.
The third question was logic, however it indicated clearly that the questioner was not aware of the role his government played and continues to play in that region.
I can not deny the contributions that most celebrities make in the poor countries. However, the affluent and fast life there kept the normal people busy with their own schedules.
This absorption enables the lobbies to use money, manipulate the media, and influence negatively voters' opinions to keep the selfish politicians at the helm of the nation.
Bill Clinton now, for example, is doing a great job in fighting HIV. But he could have done probably better on that issue while he was in office and even forced other nations to join him in good causes.
But the lobbies was hindering him, as they are doing now with Obama who seemed to be so determined to do many promises including two-state solution in the middle east.
And look at him now. He doesn't give a toss to any of those issues.
Without that busyness of the crowd and their fast lane life, the politicians wouldn't persuade people to spend their money on unnecessary wars instead of fighting diseases, illiteracy and hunger.
The selfish politicians consider dictators around the world stalwart allies while their citizens are chafing under their fist.
People there do not have time to think seriously about their priorities as human beings. Homeless people there, for example, need help more than the dogs.
But the coarse individualism and the interference of the government, through regulations, to protect children, for example, has caused a flaw in relationship across the family and consequently the lack of confidence amongst people. That is why people, in my opinion, unconsciously seek compensation by resorting to pets.
A dog in The US enjoys many rights that most African population would kill for it.
Sure, animals also have their own rights under the modern inclusive power, but luckily, they don't know about it. Vis. Your dog wouldn't take you to court for any misconduct from you. That is why people like them. They give you a chance to be nice without an outside scrutiny.
Now as always my home work.
1-PROPLE was a misspelling of propel.
2-coming up marriage , I meant her up- coming marriage.
So, are these two ok now?
3- there are a number of social traditions here.
4- One more very strange tradition which is more common now in rural areas, is that the bride close female friends try their best to kidnap her at any time during the wedding party which usually goes on for seven consecutive nights. When they succeed, they hide her away from the groom friends. Sometimes even take her outside the neighborhood and make sure to limit the number of people who know her whereabouts.
Socially, the bride must conspire with them and abide by the plot instructions, otherwise she will be considered a bad girl.
Then the groom and his friends have to embark on searching the whole area, house-by-house, looking for her until they find her.
And even then, the mission is far from over, they have to fight the bride female friends until they free her completely and bring her back to the groom. Sometimes she manages to stay for several days in her hideout.
In some areas, failing to get her means that the groom has failed to live up to his responsibilities and consequently loses his bride.
Thank you very much for your time.
I do not write long entries to give you a hard time.
But, with the lack of command on the language, I have to write much to say little.
This is not an understatement. It is the truth.
Do you have Thanksgiving in UK?
Thank you all for reading.
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