Michelle Dill

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Michelle Dill
Posted over 1 year ago
If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?
I realize I'm probably totally ignorant of what it really is like. I know how the media shapes my perceptions and how warped the perception can be as a result. But yeah, without direct experience I take myself with a grain of salt lol O http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_ring Didn't realize until I looked it up that it was an Asian practice too. I really would like to see the pyramids some day. I'm glad female circumcision is so low. It came up in discussion at a class I took in college and freaked me out. I know there are a lot of shots to take if touring Africa from acquaintances that have gone. Lots of prep I understand if you're to go there.
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Michelle Dill
Posted over 1 year ago
If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?
Poor, starving people, half of which are infected with AIDS, fighting and killing, rape, female circumcision, neck modification, and if I'm in an optimistic mood, pyramids. But then I remember all the drama in the North and malaria and I resolve that I probably will never visit them. O and the Nile being disgustingly polluted like the Ganges. Oh and the wildlife, lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes etc. And then of course poaching.
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Michelle Dill
Posted over 1 year ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
I find most human behaviors which promote balance, sustainability, fairness etc are not sustainable. Humans tend to forget to do the right things until reminded by an atrocity. Humans like being comfortable and will often sacrifice common sense and dissemination of equal treatment and rights to maintain their own comfort. Humans believe protecting their own is paramount and so do not truly care for or about others or will hurt others on purpose to preserve their own. And while there are many humans that resist this sort of selfish and evil nature, none of us are capable of eradicating it from out nature completely. Therefore, when systems are introduced that try to enforce behaviors that are not geared for survival of the fittest, they are torn down or worse, continue to operate in horrible and abusive ways. So the question is not so much about sustainability. It becomes more about what we actively want to fight and work towards as a people. For different countries, there are different answers. The problem in the U.S., I think, is that we are at a critical point where we will either evolve or fall apart. I don't know if enough time has passed for us to evolve. I don't think as a society we are educated enough. So if we continue to poke at it, we will fall.