The Five Worlds
6:35 PM Tuesday September 20, 2005
I have been working on a project for a maybe five years, I cannot remember when I started so a long time, more than three years for sure.
The HDI Human Development Index has really spurred on my thinking and I have added a lot to the database. It is a collection of specific small characteristics of levels of development.
The idea is this, you can choose a category, and then if you are very knowledgeable about the country, traveled by local transport and stayed in the cockroach level hotels you probably could answer most of the questions.
I have become aware recently that not many people, and I do not care how educated they are can really observe cultures with any level of clarity, they have too many cultural prejudices, incapable of seeing what is in front of them, over stimulated and just miss the trees for all the woods.
I was going to try to type in some examples, not matter what I do there is so many variable to questions, hard to see.
Here is simple question:
Are there speed bumps or large concrete mounds the cars need to cross in the roads? Are they in the countryside also?
As I was traveling around or in the cities of Niger, the bus or taxis would have to slow to go over these large bumps in the road, specially created to slow down the traffic.
In Mexico they can have these bumps or topes in the middle of nowhere outside the cities also, very annoying as cars going 60 miles per hour can wreck their front ends.
When there are no police or not enough, countries install these speed bumps to slow down traffic. In some countries like Thailand they do not really care how fast you go and there are no bump, however even more dangerous because then more people die.
Nonetheless, in the developed countries, the law is enough or fear of the law is enough to slow down traffic, no mechanical devices needed.
I would like to say that a person riding in a car, or bus, a traveler in the country would notice this type of thing, however I comment on them and most travelers do not even notice. It is hard for me to not notice the bus going fast, slowing down, going up, and over, and then taking off again, then repeating this sudden braking.
The problem is the over-stimulation of the senses, especially for person that only occasionally leave the country, or only have been in a few countries. There mind is racing with all the new information, they cannot think, categorize, analyze, process, put to memory, and deal with what they see. I believe the mind shuts off, so they cannot see the country, or more correctly, they cannot be annoyed by the country. Some people have the ability to feel the country and others have minds that need to gloss over the country, therefore all they remember is the good. In some cases, they can only remember the bad, however the ability to ignore small nuance of the culture is amazing to me, how can a person not see the hands of a person are dirty that is serving the food.
It was extremely difficult to figure out personal hygiene in Niger, as the skin is black, I cannot just look at their hands and see ground in dirt, and however I could look at the clothing and go from this.
Nonetheless, I have a large list of over 400 specific characteristics of development or clues to the level of development, and am working to make it a check off sheet. However, I believe very few people would be capable of completing this correctly because there is too much crap in their brains.
Everyone first tends to see the world as they read about it, or as they believe it should be, not as it is.
I have divided the world into five levels of development and then each culture has area where it goes into the top level and others where it goes into the bottom. However, you could see how some culture stay in an area for the most part. What this is good for is the idea where you are in a country that seems very modern, however thinking on a tribal level. Many countries appear primitive and have modern thinking, while others have modern countries and thinking primitive or deal with the world in uncivilized manners. Hard to see, maybe I can eventually explain.
6:28 PM Tuesday September 20, 2005
I am happy to be back in Cairo, a few old friends, familiar places, and I know how to get something accomplished here. I somehow lost my plastic coffee cup and had to go and purchase one, strange how this can take an hour of walking to just buy a plastic cup. I am in the Tourist / Center of Cairo and not much good on normal type items, I am not sure what is good, maybe electronics is easy to buy here.
Nonetheless, I purchased a cup, now life is good, I can drink my coffee and enjoy the day.
I have two extra days in Cairo, I am really tired after my 22 hour trip from Niamey to Cairo, hard to believe such a short distance by plane could take so long, there is just no plane traffic really from West Africa to East Africa, so I have to go North, then to East, in reality if I would have know this, I would have flown from Frankfurt to Niamey, then to Frankfurt then to Israel.
Better almost to stage trip to Africa from Europe as that is where all the flights are coming from. France has really put a loop around these countries, hard to imagine France as any headquarters for Airplane however all the expensive flights to Africa are staged from France.
The Human development Index
I have been laughing and trying to interpret my new source of comparisons for the planet. The combination of words Human Development are difficult to get my mind around, I suppose the word Development is always the problem word, it starts me to think about what, when I look at the Index, it to me is mostly a comparison of female to male status around the world. At its very best it is just a guide, nothing more and I suspect the countries submitted their own reports. This is saying too that the very lowest are even capable of collecting these statistics, the one thing that is always lacking on the bottom rungs of civilization is any stats or reports on the civilization as they really do not collect taxes, therefore zero data to analysis, so on the bottom just guesses, or if they are asking for money high or problem, and if they want to look good, then they look good, as needed.
Most and Least Livable Countries: UN Human Development Index, 2004
I was just walking back from the India Embassy here in Cairo, I went there before I left to guarantee I could get my visa quickly. I was told by the man up returning, I pay the balance of 360 Egypt Pounds and I will receive the Visa. It takes one week for them to process the Visa they have now had 19 days, so I went today to the office to pick it up.
The say I must come back between 8:30 and 11:30 tomorrow, I was told this after I waited 20 minutes. There is a sign that says, pick up documents between 12:30 and 1:30, so I thought I was one-half hour early for picking up the documents.
He says, I have to pay the money, they fax, then I come back the day after that, so minimum I have two more days in the country waiting for India.
I am thinking about the HDI on the way back.
It could be interpreted to mean.
Human Dumbness Index
I decide to go check to see how low India is, now my Techie is very high and I tell him, out of one billion you are the top. However do not think all are there with you. The India mind is similar to the German Mind, they have a better aptitude for math on other things... go fish.
I went and checked, this is fun, I can now get an idea of the chances of problems, or the hope of less problems. So India is ranked:
108 out of 164
To me the more under-developed the country the more likely the Manama Syndrome will take into effect. On the other hand at the top of the levels you can also expect the Manama syndrome to take effect as everyone is making a CYA - Cover Your A#@ File as the Index shows also accountability, so in Norway they may have five reports to allow you to do one report. Many of the Scandinavian People complain it is impossible to start a business.
India has a class problem mostly, anyone applying for an application and not having if fixed is of low class so they may not need service.
What to me is the stupid of the planet is the idea of making it hard to enter a country.
Europe is very easy to enter from any of the same level countries. Lower going to upper is always hard because the people do not leave. However the goal of Economic Development is to have the Upper come and invest in the lower, therefore I should be one of the quickest countries to Enter Niger or India. However I can enter Europe with a wave of the passport, and for countries like Niger and India I have to beg, a business must know it is possible, not a lot time to achieve results.
I am going to now call it the Human Dumbness Index, only between me and you, we will not take this serious, however it is up there with the Jerk Quotients.
Note for the anals of the world, I am not on a English type computer and off the French so the spell checker in blogger.com works. It does not like the French, makes sense.
It will not help me care if the grammar is correct, I think I need to pay for that, as I really cannot be bothered. It is my log.
I am in Cairo for two more day thanks to India.
Newsletter from Cairo Egypt
Photos of the Pyramids of Egypt
Ok, Mom and Dad gave me the word, go take photos of the Pyramids, we are waiting...
Maybe there is a window that allows us to look back in time.
There is a gate or fence that keeps a person from the best photo locations of the Sphinx and I got in trouble once for climbing.
This is Charlie Brown the Camel, for 20 pounds you must take a ride I have decided or fight with the driver all day, I gave up finally, this is about 5 dollars U.S., and my Camel Driver was nice.
I asked, will it bite, I was trying to get close enough.
My camel driver.
Camels, Donkeys, and Carts are available.
I think this is about twice as tall as Tikal in Guatemala, however the Mayans would also build on the top of a mountain, for sure this is wonder of the world.
This is the size of the stones.
Camel Caravan, actually it the drivers taking many Camels back to the barns.
Very large stones, this is directly in front of the Sphinx.
This is fight, a very big argument, my driver says this is over money or how both the Pyramid Guard and the Boys are wanting money. For sure you may as well pay for a tour, or ride a Camel or you life will be very difficult.
This is a great place, amazing.
Did you know, it rains every day in downtown Cairo, I am walking down the street and find I am often in shower or water everyday in downtown Cairo.
I have learned though, the shower is because there are so many air conditioners on the outside of building, it is constantly raining as I walk down the sidewalks of Cairo, Egypt.
You can now post or edit on this page and add to the collective knowledge about the Famine in Niger, plus I hope help me to find information on my trip there in about three days.
Interesting photos of water cooler on the street behind the Niger Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
This is about the third of these street water fountains or water dispensers I have seen in Cairo, I am in the tourist area so they make us pay, however I do drink the water.
This is almost the same as the ones I saw in Iraq, now if they would stop sharing the same cup, they may slow down transfer of diseases.
Water is supposed to be a major problem of notice for the United Nations, I think the major problem with clean water is that normally the government officials own the purified water companies and water sales is big business.
This dispenser of water is a great sign for Egypt, I would say a sign of a more honest government, maybe, I hope.