Comparing Danger of USA and Africa Lome, Togo West Africa Sunday, June 24, 2007
There are two type of danger in my mind, or at least big categories.
Danger of getting robbed. Danger of being killed.
I have been conversing with a nice American couple around age 30 who are going to Kpalime to Volunteer in an orphanage. When an American has an opinion I am more critical, I expect more from my own culture, as does the world in a way, however, I compare them to Europeans.
I keep hearing myself say, - Compare -
I said last night, - What is poor? -
They will go a work in an orphanage in Kpalime, and I said, - What is an orphan? -
Everything is a… Compared to what or where?
Poverty I would say Togo is rich compared to most of India, South America, and a lot of Mexico, life is very good here however poor compared to the USA and Europe. But in India they have more consumer items, and Togo has few radios.
Robbery Danger - I AM
Less likely to have my room robbed in Togo than in Thailand. I am five times more likely to have my room robbed in Europe than in Thailand. Central America is more dangerous for robbery than South America. The USA inner city ghetto is more dangerous than about anywhere on the planet.
Togo is safer than Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.
Danger of dying
The USA ghetto is the most dangerous place I know. The Mexican police are the second most dangerous. Belize City is dangerous, but the Islands are not so dangerous.
West Africa does not have guns, and they also do not have police, therefore nobody is around me with a gun. The Military in Mexico and Bolivia or many countries get drunk, kill, and rape people. It is hard to see a gun in Togo, just at the banks, and they are relaxed.
Asia is safer than Togo for violence; I am less likely to be killed by people in Asia, than in Togo, however more likely to die in Thailand because of getting hit by the too many cars.
Anyway I do it, I need to make some bad decisions to be killed or robbed Togo as it is safer than most places, however the groups of men are more dangerous. A person makes bad decisions when they feel too safe.
Americans are robbed all the time in Europe because they think petty crime or mugging in Europe is less than the USA or somehow safer, it is not. USA is more dangerous in the ghetto, however safer outside the ghetto, and for sure places like New York City and Miami can be nuts. Europe has a constant robbery thing going on in the cities, while in the USA it is parts of the city.
Driving a car to me the most dangerous thing to do on the planet, I can drive right into the ghetto and I also can get in a car accident, there is nothing more dangerous than driving a car. I am thinking about buying a car in Africa to travel around because it is so safe. I will not drive a car in Central America or South America and in Asia; I would get in too many car accidents, as I cannot understand the traffic signs.
The normal way I see people being killed is by riding motorcycles in Thailand, being hit by cars in Asia or South America.
The girl who spends all night with a man, then does not have sex is the most dangerous situation on the planet. Drinking, talking, flirting and not putting out are the most dangerous activity on the planet, but for sure, a car is more dangerous than this, but the one is a choice and the other is hard to avoid.
Walking down the street to me is extreme dangerous, I would say bike in Africa is much more dangerous than a motorcycle; if I am in a car here in Togo I am extremely safe. There are very few cars, and the do not go fast, speed kills.
To go more than 35 miles per hour here in Togo on a motorcycle is difficult.
I am rambling to explain all the comparisons, there is not yes and no a person is always in danger and not in danger, but when I feel safe is when I start to worry.
Want a comparison between two areas, comment and I will try to compare countries for you.
The USA is safer than Africa, but the USA is 10 times more dangerous if you went to an inner city hood as they say.