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Google is ok with unequal benefits

Yellow Star, similar to the ones required to b...

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What I think is interesting in this story from Gizmodo is the fact that they wear a yellow badge. Wasn’t Germany famous for making its Jewish citizens wear a yellow star? Did someone skip their history class?

Without hope you can not start the day

I wanna hold your hand

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Every day I get up I have hope that things will get better. Certainly there are always reasons to fear and good reasons we should fear them, but ultimately things do improve. Why do I believe this optimistic attitude? It has been my reality and that of others that I have seen.

Yes, life is hard and unfair. Yes, people die everyday and others have lives that are full of unnamable horror. However it is also true that taken as a whole, life has gotten better for many people in the world and we need to recognize that as well. Many countries like India that have tragic poverty are becoming economic and cultural powerhouses that even challenge the United States at times. It isn’t just the standard of living that is improving around the world, but also our ability to solve those problems.

We have more technology and money being spent on research than any other time in the past. It isn’t a matter of technology that prevents us from solving our problems but lifestyle. For example, the health obesity problem in the US experts say is caused by the lifestyle of US Citizens. Clearly we can change our lifestyle, it just is easier not to. I wonder why we can be so willfully ignorant of the consequences of our long-term actions?

Most importantly what is the point of living if we can’t enjoy and have help others? So I choose to start the day with hope.

Has anyone seen the Documentary called The Listening Project?

Potentially so rich, practically extremely poor

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It is featured on Netflix and talks about how other countries perceive the United States. Many things they say make sense. It is strange that so many people both hate and love the US. I have had the good fortune to travel to Mexico in the past and loved it. I look forward to traveling more in the future.

As an US citizen what can we do to affect the world in a positive way? It is easy to feel hopeless. I think the only thing we can do to make things better is to examine ourselves and ask if our actions on a daily basis are kind and loving towards others. The passion of the people in this documentary is deep. You see examples in their life about how the US has both helped and harmed them.

I wanted to share something from my past experience in Mexico. I found poor people to be the most generous people I ever met. One time in Mexico I had run low on money and due to a complex back story, found myself with very little money. Not even enough to rent a hotel room. I had a poor friend ask another poor friend to take me in their crowded house. You should have seen the surprise of the family when they were told a poor American needed to stay with them. The kids came over and looked at me to see if I was really white. I gave them some of the candy I had and slept on a very crude grass mat.

The next day I got a transfer of money and went back to that house and explained that I was given money and that I was ok now. I offered the owner some money and he didn’t want to take it. It wasn’t pride but just recognition that doing a good deed is its own reward. I insisted that he take it because I saw their kitchen and we all went to bed without dinner that night. When you see people live like that, you really see how spoiled we are. It’s not bad that we have money, but it’s often anti-social the way that we choose to spend it.

How Education Impacts Your Income Graphic

How Education Impacts Your Income Graphic. Interesting statistics of how education affects income.  Interesting that the highest level of education doesn’t mean the lowest rate of joblessness.  I wonder if that means there is such a thing as being “overqualified”?

Technology Vs Poverty « Photos 2 Analyse / Imagine

Technology Vs Poverty « Photos 2 Analyse / Imagine.

For Hungry Kids, Summer Vacation From School Is No Break From Hunger

mother and children

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For Hungry Kids, Summer Vacation From School Is No Break From Hunger.  How can this happen?  How can 16 million kids have hunger/food insecurity in a nation where we spend so much money on things that don’t make us happy?

Book Review: Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.

I really liked this book.  It had great stories and facts.  It really opened your eyes to the multiple causes of Hunger in the world.  If you are concerned about issues of Justice and fairness, you will want to read this.  It can be hard at times to read this because of the reality of the situation for so many millions in the world.  Click here to read the Amazon reviews.