Zachary Perry

Enumclaw, WA, United States

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Zachary Perry
Posted over 2 years ago
Africa does not need any more aid to develop, it needs moral support and guidance to harness her resources to develop
Interesting. I need to look into IC. One thing that I thing could also help poor African communities is to have conditional scholarships. I was thinking something akin to a military ROTC program where a student is given a scholarship to, for example become a doctor, but along with that education is required to spend a given set of years working in his community. I think this would prevent them from learning a skill and taking it elsewhere, merely sending money home instead of contributing that skill to the improvement of their entire home communities.
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Zachary Perry
Posted over 2 years ago
Africa does not need any more aid to develop, it needs moral support and guidance to harness her resources to develop
I think that the best outside help Africa could receive is from profitable enterprises rather than non-profit organizations. What if a large corporation were to outsource labor to Africa and set up "factory towns" that put locals to work and sold them needed goods and provided affordable housing? There would be microcosm economies that could be fairly stable unto themselves.
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Zachary Perry
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we use awkward pauses (which could be good) to generate creativity?
I think it's interesting that you referenced childhood and a culture of rigid guidelines for behavior. Personally I feel that our childhood education should stress adaptability. Confidence is a major factor in overcoming the fear of mistakes. But alone it cannot give us success. We can pat children on the back and hand them trophies for participation in order to instill confidence. Yet that merely creates a generation that will gladly march off a cliff with confidence. It almost defeats it's own purpose because if the fall doesn't obliterate that confidence, they will merely march off the next one. And if we instill that confidence with the rigid behavioral structure, we have a society that is so opposed to change that despite the potential good of any new idea, they cannot easily accept it. However if adaptability is encouraged (along with confidence and through a lens of critical thinking) then we will have a society not only more accepting of change, but also able to benefit from it. This general idea of adaptability is, after all, one of the main pillars of successful evolution. This broader concept trickles down to mistakes being turned into opportunity. And individuals more equipped to adapt have an easier time not only recovering from mistakes, but also creating a profitable outcome from those mistakes. I guess my point is that the individual incident isn't what's important. I could easily come up with a scenario and decide how it could be utilized for creativity or engaging my audience. Unfortunately that scenario will likely never repeat itself so having a backup script of ideas proves as useless as the original script. But having the skill to adapt to whatever happens in general allows me to change my entire presentation on the spot at anytime. Sometimes the entire speech becomes a totally new animal. But so long as the core points were made, who cares? This adaptability has saved my bacon countless times...
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Zachary Perry
Posted over 2 years ago
If/when same-sex marriage is legalised, should ALL religious bodies be required by law to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies?
The separation of church and state should be called into the equation. The problem is that everybody is thinking about the whole issue backwards. Same-sex marriage should be a non-issue because hetero marriages should be a church governed thing, not state. If the government were to step back and recognize only a civil union between two people, rather than the christian sacred marriage, then any persons could join into such a union with equal rights. But on the other side of the coin, the homosexual community also has to understand that they are not in a christian marriage. The government cannot and should not force a religion to participate in something that goes against the belief system that comprises that religion. Unless of course it actively infringes on the rights of others under that government's protection. A same sex couple demanding a religious organization to recognize a marriage is an infringement on that organization's rights to believe and practice freely. Also a religious leader should not have the ability to create a government recognized civil union. They should be separate. But as we all know, change like this is slow to becoming reality....