Our maps are deceptive, they do not allow us to compare correctly.
I need a map… I now need the People Size Map.
If you had a conversation in person with me, I would say comments like, - Why is everyone listening to a dinky country like France it only has 60 million people. - Or - Holland or the Netherlands is amazing; they really make a big noise for 16 million people. -
Eric has clarified the mystery in my brain, and a reason I got hate mail about 7 years ago. I was in Europe and I commented that Europe was dinky, about the size of the Eastern half of the USA. Some European person, they have this myth, which is false, they believe Europeans know Geography better than American, just not true. Both are equally ignorant, however the man wrote a hate mail to me tell me how stupid I was, and I continue to try to measure distances across Europe and the USA.
NOT a good perception! This is our traditional map, and takes a ROUND world and put into a box, making adjustments that helps sailboats and planes and navigation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercator_projection
This is a true size map, as I understand this, sort of in a hurry as I am riding the motorcycle from Lome to Kpalime, Togo today.
Whatever the case, you can see the sizes when shown compared to what correctly show the world in a different way. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall-Peters_projection
Ironically, I was having a conversation yesterday about Togo, and was commenting that the many Volunteer Agencies are very naïve.
I hear comments from Volunteers, and I think, - You are F -king nuts. - I do not think, they could be wrong, I think 99 percent they are wrong, but to give notice to myself, it is hard to want to jump up and down when there is still the 1 percent chance they are right and I am wrong.
The world is a comparison, compared to what? Togo compared to the USA is poor, compared to Bolivia it is rich.
The roads in West Africa are excellent, I mean these roads are great, when I hear comments about the roads of West Africa I do come un-glued. There is a road from the bottom of Togo to the top of Togo that is outstanding, and then Benin has the same. Ghana has people in the way… hehehe
However, compare to what, compared to the USA, the road sucks. However, the roads in Europe are horrible compared to the USA. The USA is small, compared to the world because the road system is great.
I need a map of people. The people make cities, the cities get in the way of a bus, they slow the bus down and it takes longer to travel.
I keep trying to figure out a map of the planet according to travel time in a bus, this is the real map a traveler needs. If they have a helicopter they can ignore the bus, the trains are jokes, just some anal, I want to be European Colonial way of thinking that prevails, the world does not have trains, I will admit England did a great job for India and that country should be kissing the Butt of England and saying thank you forever for those trains. Nevertheless, Africa does not have Trains, South America and Central America does not have trains. Asia has trains, but the Buse are winning.
The bottom line, a bus is the way the world travels; you want to judge true what the size of the planet is then figure out how long to travel from coast to coast with a bus, this is the size of the country. If you want to know what a pothole looks like, then figure out the number of people. The travel pothole are the cities, the cities get in the way of transportation. This is Europe, every small city is in the way, nothing is just simple, and you need a train to get through the mess of people.
To quote a very astute observation of a fellow traveler, - Buses enter places from the front door, while trains come in through the back.- http://canciondelvagabundo.blogspot.com/2007/07/way-to-boston.html
A good read, he is trapped in the USA, earning money to hit the road and leave the West behind. The World Compared to What To touch the planets surface, get into a bus, to know the people enter the front door, not the back door. The world is best measured by taking a bus from coast to coast.
I was speculating, the Volunteers in Africa make could get their heads of their A … ss faster, if they took the bus, car, truck on an overland trip from Europe to their Volunteer country. They need to learn about what they want to fix, before, not after the fact.
What they do now is they Volunteer, knowing nothing, and then after they are done, the go travel around Africa. After they think they fixed something they know nothing about. Better to go travel around before, so when they tell me about Togo, I do not want to say, - Compared to what country? -
Thanks Eric, the world is making more sense today.
You want to fix the planet, I want to know the 20 plus countries you know, and Europe does not count, if you want to fix a poor country, I want to know the 20 similar countries you have visited. If you want to tell me about Geography, I want you to tell me where Indiana is, in the USA first, then I may listen. It is bigger than the Netherlands.
It is starting to rain, another travelers transportation pothole.