Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Little Economic Rant

I may come from a country where little sons and daughters of doormen learn to walk in front of their buildings half naked. And I also come from a country where you see the same thing at public hospitals, you see patients sitting on the (filthy) corridor floors, or even on the streets. I have seen a woman in labour wait for her turn outside the hospital.
Yes, this is the country I call home.
The country where not everyone is educated, where people live in informal settlements and are fine with it.

But isn't that how it is everywhere? Even in "developed" countries, there are the poor, the sick and the ignorant, there are also the illiterate. And people still refer to them as the more developed country because of a larger per capita income.

But whatever happened to equity? Equity and accessibility...
Whatever happened to equitable distribution of income? Why do people forget that the poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer EVERYWHERE?

Don't blame developing countries for post-colonialism, because that is just unfair. It was unfair then and it is unfair today to have "other" decide for "developing" countries what they need to do to be developed, because laundry lists will not work. They never did.

You could even see it with globalisation, which has worked best for everyone, I agree, but people from developing countries don't benefit from the great mobility that others from 1st world countries do, and as countries, they are faced by 1st world non-tariff barriers to trade. How fair is that?

How fair are restrictions on technology transfer...

I am having a hard time being a student of economics in international development in a class full of MBA's depressing. It is depressing that everything is about more sales and shareholder's profit..there are people involved; human beings - not just cheap labour, you see.

Because at the end of the day, I see the poor and I see the insanely rich here, too. Duality is everywhere, people just choose to point the duality of developing countries.

God bless the middle class.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Those Yellow Roman Candles

One of my favorite quotes of all time is one by Jack Kerouac (who I'd totally marry if he were still alive)
I mean, look at him!!

It's from "On the Road" (which I need to read again), the fiancĂ© bought the original scroll version, and that, I want to read as well.

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!""
It is late summer and I want to make this month memorable. I want something to associate with the September of 2011. It's our first anniversary this month (the mister and I)
But that's not just it. I want September to be the blue centerlight of this year. I want to make it personal.

I want to daydream again, I want to be by the sea and close my eyes and listen to the waves talk to me. I want to fly, like a kite; free.

I want to fly and have people look at me and go "Awww!" a spider across the stars...spreading, everywhere, like fairy-dust

which to some might only seem like a cloud of talcum powder

But all it takes is a little imagination for the extraordinary to fairy-dust.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

No Title

There is a post in my drafts that I am too lazy to complete and edit.
So I am writing a new one.

Here's to new beginnings. Since I am now twenty-four (as of the 26th of August)
Here's to old, old friends, since I am talking to my old school friends more often.
Here's to people who will always be there for you.
Here's to the one who got away, and the one that never was.
Here's to the one that is.

Here's to you, country.

I need hugs and inspiration and love sent my way.