Aparna in Mozambique

Thursday, March 20, 2008

This is not deep thoughts, right?

Friends, Family, Loved Ones....

I must post more, I know. But, I get so caught up in wanting to create some deep big time discussions, that I just never get around to it! So, ok, I am warning you in advance, please don't expect deep thoughts from me today. And really not in the near future. I haven't had enough coffee yet today and I have a meeting in a few hours, which is kind of a big deal, and a friend coming to visit from Malawi, who loves to plan, and who I have made no plans for.....well, yet!

First of all, here is very interesting and innovative blog: http://tworque.blogspot.com/. My friend Victoria (who has also done a video, which you can get through this link: http://develop.blip.tv/) who did all that amazing and crazy in a good way traveling around the world to get good development images told me about her friend Pragnya, who is a wonderful engineer phd person from UCLA/MIT. Geez, well her blog is clearly going to be more savvy than mine, because well, I'm a am not the type to be up to date on the latest and greatest, let's be honest. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but just know that my friend asked me to put up Mozambican music weeks ago and I still haven't done it because I'm too scared of the high techness of it, even though she gave me all the instructions. Silly, I know.

Also, I am sitting at my "consultancy" right now in air conditioning and reading National Human Development Report 2007 for Mozambique as well as the new report just put out on global TB control. Why do I feel like I read the same things over and over again? To remotivate myself, I looked for inspiration elsewhere.

So naturally, I read Obama's speech this morning. Wow, I was blown away. If you haven't read it, please take 10 minutes to do so, it is seriously worth it: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/us/politics/18text-obama.html?em&ex=1205985600&en=06a539b9d149224f&ei=5087%0A

I've read his 2 books and I just like the way he writes. It is motivating. And I like the way he speaks. I wish I had actually seen him say this. He makes you think things can be different, huh? It struck me as very Sartre with his brother's keeper theme as usual. And like good old Sartre (and as he points out, the good old bible) said, I'll never be free while other people are slaves in this world. Our man from Illinois gets that, doesn't he?

And I like how he always points out that no matter what your color and experience, that doesn't take away from the fact that you can still care about the quality of other peoples'lives because it still affects you. And you can still understand where they are coming from, because something once happened to you that made you change the way you think.

So, why I bring this up? This helped me remember why, in fact I am here. I talk about this all the time, but if you guys could check out the speech and let me know if it motivated you in same way, no matter how, I'd love to hear it. And also, now that I have renewed my spirits, let me get back to the work to be done....

Lots of good thoughts,


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Blogger The Bear Maiden said...

You always make me think, whether you think your thoughts are "deep" or not. Don't forget about that music :)

And... you've been tagged. Hope you don't mind!

7:17 AM  

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