Discrimination by Low Expectations
There are undercurrents of prejudices that exist, difficult to put my finger on it; however, I keep running into the feeling that people do not know how they discriminate against people.
If for instance, I say a culture steal a lot, many consider this a bad comment; however, to me when questioning the person further I find they have all these excuses. They do not have the money, they do not know better, they blah blah blah.
To me, the same happens with language, I am from the USA and Europeans often are surprised I travel, I am can speak Spanish, however worst is they tend to believe or think we cannot learn a language. Then there is this passport stupidity, somehow you are smarter if you have a passport of travel the world.
This is when you do not expect a person, people or culture to perform to the same levels as yourself or friends. Often a person will consider themselves superior to the level as if the people of the planet cannot learn.
I expect any person next to me to be able to do common, normal things in life.
There is this trendy new subject to study by the youth, it somehow related or called - Human Developmental Studies. - I am not sure exactly.
The mix up in perspective to me is they believe they will go and give nations food, shelter, and medicine as a form of development. This is the superiority coming forth to me, why do so many people want to donate, why are they not pushing to educate.
On hindsight, my thoughts on Niger and their problem with malnutrition are becoming harsh. Why is there so much money going into this country and nobody appears to be trucking in large irrigation equipment.
The problem in many ways is the whole system is being controlled by the youth on the planet, people under 30 years of age, who have a need still to be appreciated. They do not have the skills to see they need to let a person fail. Failure is part of learning, you give them some equipment, plants, seeds and say go figure it out, give them the sources of information to learn. The idea is often, they cannot learn, there is this undercurrent of low expectations, as if the world cannot learn how to grow vegetables.
The problem is often many cultures are lazy or cruel, they do not see babies dying as a big problem.
A person that does not expect much of a person will not say, get up and get this done. You are responsible for your fate, I am glad to help, but it is up to you. If on the other hand in a prejudicial manner, the person truly believes they are superior, they will endless listen to excuses, because they do not believe the person they think they want to help is smart enough.
Personally, I have found brilliant people to cause many problems, they are too opportunistic and looking for a gap for their advantage, it is not the super smart that build the planet. The normal Joe Blow gets up every morning and goes to work even though they have no desire to work. The constant plugging away.
I have a web site; many think it is some type of super computer technical knowledge. It is as Edison said,
- Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.-
Thomas Alva Edison
I wish this was NOT true, I really do, then I would not have to work 99 percent of my time and just have a good inspiration and I would be done.
Good Ideas are a dime a dozen, they are grown on every corner. Give me a person that can start, work, implement and complete this great idea.
If you show a person something enough times they do learn, however if you do not expect them to learn, they will never learn.
Discrimination by Low Expectations
hmm... 2 things..
1) in Nepal i became aware of my own prejudices. When I met (continental) Europeans and Australians, I was not suprised. When I met people from the US and from my country, I was suprised. I assumed that USA/UK people do not want to go to a country that their government says is unsafe. We trust our governments. And I assume that Europeans and Aussies don't care much what their government says.
On the whole, I met noone else at all from the UK in nepal, and about 5 Americans (although 2 had an accent which might have been West Coast Canada) and everyone else was either Australian or European. Or Asian/ oriental, but I figure people are always inclined to visit the countries near their own. Most british people go to Europe for holidays. It's cheap flights and similar culture.
This challenged me again. I was not suprised to meet British and American people in India. I was a bit suprised to meet Australians in Goa, because Australia offers very similar, if not nicer, beaches. The Australians agreed, but they wanted the more laid-back culture. figures.
2) development. I think you are right in many ways. I live in the UK, which is an ancient-macro-society. Europe has been living in cities and having elections and building sewers for at least 3,000 years. We began building machines a few hundred years ago, and so now we're quite good at it.
Africa is a new-macro-society. It wasn't until we collonised it that the people started to live in cities and cultivate large areas of land. They were more tribal, more localised; lotas of small communities with lots of small needs.
America is a young society compared to Europe, but caught up really quick. in 2-300 years America has arguably excelled us. Maybe the speed was upped because the collonising immigrants were Europeans, and thus already had ideas about building cities and having a constitution and a senate... because the ideas existed, it doesn't take long to create the physical infrastructure needed to live in that way.
I think we forget this when we rush countries up. In Iraq, people are upset that the democracy isn't perfect. Well, it's very good for how new it is. It took us about 2800 years to let poor people vote in Europe. About 2940 to let women vote, and about 2970 to let Black people vote. The American Constitution and it's laws and ammendments have been refined over time, added to, alterred, bettered maybe sometimes worsened. It takes time. It is still not perfect, and future governments and peoples will vote to change it again. The same is true in all the old societies.
We shouldn't expect and require all these ancient-micro-societies to go macro overnight. We couldn't do it, they will do it quicker than us because they have models to look at. But they still can't do it overnight. And we shouldn't try to rush them, and we shouldn't deny them the possibility of error. Europe has had it's bloody slaughters. So has the USA. We've had our famines, our drouts, our revolutions, our Coups, our genocides. From what we have learnt, we want to spare the developing world these errors, and humanely, we probably are right to.
But if we step in every time they fall over, they'll never learn to walk without holding our hands.