Observation Makes Change Happen Atakpame, Togo West Africa Thursday, April 26, 2007
I have a problem, when I think of Africa, I instantly think problems. I suspect I am more opens than most, as I have people say to me, - Why would I go to Africa? - I am here, they are not… an observation.
Like, why would I go and have problems, AIDS - SIDA - Poverty, Crime, Warlords, Desert, and Black People.
I say the Black People because in the real world people pay attention to color. I do not, but they do.
In Thailand; they put cream on their skin that makes them whiter. I like their brown color and it really annoys me. Then in reverse, I have black people here, which think because I am from the USA or White, I am smarter, nothing make sense. I really do not care what color a person skin is. Or if for some stupid reason, I wanted to be around White People, I guess I would go to some Russian Country, I was going to say Sweden, however I think it is invaded now by Palestine people.
I am slowly understanding, there are not big problems in West Africa. Thailand or the USA has more AIDS or at least a better chance of getting it, as they think they do not have it, and this is the dangerous.
However, being here, somehow, for some reason, my free time for enjoyment is optimized in West Africa, I find I think, and the problem is I think of problems to solve… aagh, I really do not care about all these people on the planet, I just want to enjoy life, yet, by nature, I am a problem solver.
I am having trouble finding any real problems to solve here in West Africa and everyone keeps tell me there are problems. I am starting to say, - Can you be more specific, where, the exact city, the place, the persons, I want to go and see. -
The Togo people and West Africa people can go into a long story on why they are suffering, it is like a canned speech with the hope of free money. Like the lies a person tells he unemployment office to keep them checks coming.
This is why I say, - Observation Makes Change Happen. - The more I observer, the clearer I am on the realties, and the easier to accept, I do not want people to have unsolved problems, I know I am not responsible, but I am good problem solver.
I went and looked up the Scientific Method in the Encarta Encyclopedia, and is seems confused.
I decided to go to Wikipedia.org is anyone can grind and issue into the ground and cover every inch, they can.
Scientific method - is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena and acquiring new knowledge, as well as for correcting and integrating previous knowledge. It is based on gathering observable, empirical, measurable evidence, subject to specific principles of reasoning.
The scientific method involves the following basic facets: 1. Observation. A constant feature of scientific inquiry. 2. Description 3. Prediction 4. Control 5. Falsifiability, or the elimination of plausible alternatives. 6. Causal explanation 7. Identification of causes 8. Covariation of events 9. Time-order relationship
Boring, yet essential for a person to work on a problem, I need a game plan.
Number 1 is observation.
I have many suggestions sent to me, posted on the comments of the blog, on pages, and drilled at me.
HOW THIS STARTED I started on this vein of thinking this morning, and then was refocused on it later today for a funny reason. I was walking back from the Truck Stop area, after eating a Gateau, and making sure to flirt with Bernadette in the Telephone Cabine.
A man that I just said hello to, starts to wave at me, and wants me to look back, at another man, I said hello to about 50 meters back. I looked back before I knew what to think, and then said to myself, - They got me again. -
I ignored them both, and kept walking, I know they are way too lazy to run 50 meters for the stupid reason they want to talk. I have OBSERVED that 99 percent of conversations are of soap opera value, and from a person I do not know, then there is a 1 in 999 chance of benefit, and about 1 in 10 chance of the start of an entangling problem, the problem is to talk with people who want to talk. I find I need to talk with the people who do not want to talk with me.
On a web page we deal a lot with Permissions, how to grant permissions and edit, delete, and ban. It is annoying, and for sure, India and Nigeria are on the list of countries where just a whole country ban would be easier. They are very creative, and come up with ways of being sneaky and corrupt faster than we can change or alter the permissions and filters.
Observation Makes Change Happen
I need to change, I am from Indiana, we say hello, I say hello to everyone it is my nature. The men and sometimes the women here in West Africa can be outrageously Nigeria and India in nature… Hehehe
I need to set up rules of permission to talk with me, and this is difficult, my Yee Boh - White Man culture says, everyone when coming with respect has a right to talk or I will listen.
Nevertheless, I have OBSERVED and maybe this is why New York people can get cold as ice. When you have a never-ending queue of people trying to get your attention, the easy solution is to ignore all of them.
However, this cold as ice, is not me.
Respect and manners, this does NOT have anything to do with educations and for sure, the most well mannered people I meet in West Africa have the least amount of education. Also probably have the lowest caste of West Africa and nobody listens to them.
I have been observing how Togo people try to get my attention.
Yee Bow is the most common, which means White Man in the local language.
Yee Bow said by children, and I listen and pay attention, Yee Bow said by children above the age of 10 and above to 80 and dead, I ignore. Permissions set.
Vra or Va is come here in the local language, I have heard it so many times, and I am able to separate the Ghana from the Togo and Benin versions.
What I have observed, and I am in the Beta Testing of this, is that if I ignore them, they do not get angry, they just think, the White Man did not hear. However, even if I hear, ignoring is a macho thing, and to be more macho, I stare at them and ignore. Second phase.
What they say to get my attention:
Yeh bow VA Spsssst sound Cadeau Donnez moi Horn Call Andre Stare at me Rastas Speak English Master Follow you Grab you Patron Salut Blanc Holler until I turn around, then demand I come Tell someone else to holler at me, which is closer.
This is my list of observations, or I have observed and paided attention, there is this many ways of trying to get my attention and I will continue to add to the list.
I could also list the lead-in for the people who want to ask for money.
- I am a Catholic Priest - Fame - Sufrir - Hands are out to take from me. - I work for ONG or NGO or this and that. - Any preacher - People that want to look at my cell phone
I want to set the enjoyment level of my day; I want to set the standards of how to have an enjoyable day. Well, to do this, I have to first ignore the list of comments, and then my day is wonderful. Funny thing about nice people, they are shy, smile a lot, and do not holler at me.
West Africa is a wonderful place, and I have observed that only about 1 in 30 people I am walking by will demand I come and talk, the normal in the world, is about 1 in 100 in other countries or 1 in 200. Demanding you come and talk is the operative word, I think this is a class system thing, and there is this domination by men, I am going to be get your attention, and you are going to listen to me, like some police in the USA, same kind of crap.
However, part of being Macho is to ignore the small pups, not my nature, but I have observed I need to change and do this, however keep the door open to enjoy the cultures I like here. Truthfully, just to never talk with the men of Africa is a reasonable set of permissions to apply.
Cities do something to the minds of people.
Fun and games in Togo, I am having a great day, because I do more things in a day that make me happy, then things that make me sad. I think the first thing in happiness is the ability to say no, what is left over is great. Note, these people are amateurs compared to India.
I sometimes call this all my, - Lead us not into Temptation Theory. -
What is operative here in this, I can see that many judgments or thoughts can be overwhelmed to the point of veracity. I hear about the problems of Africa so long, I assume they are correct. I sometimes pay attention to the bad mannered people of West Africa until I forget to notice the majority of nice people.
I observe, then I change, however I need to apply some reasoning, and I am not sure reasoning can be taught. Can I evaluate correctly, there is always self-doubt.
When making an observation, when I finally observe and understand, there is a path to change opened. Life is very good here in West Africa for the people, how long do I have to be here, until I can forget how many people have told me it bad. Life is very good here, it is obvious.
I was thinking, when I hope, it is not important I observe my environment, I have continually adjusted it until it works. This day in day out adapting to changing environments make the powers of observation more keen and sharp.
An observations, I have many people tell me the USA world policy is causing problems. I ask, - Tell me specifically which ones. -
Normally they have trouble with one, they are just being Parrots, if you want to know how well a person observed something, ask them to list out specifics.