Monday, October 23, 2006

Fiel Trip Library of Congress

I really enjoyed that field trip to the Library of Congress.
That building is huge. It is amazing in every sense.
“Everything that looks like gold ….is gold!” …
The phrase above made me think about all that gold that comes from Latin America to Europe and the U.S. It is a lot of money. Sorry raise this sort of analyses but I can’t understand why we still need to pay an incredible mount of money to the World Bank?! If I look through an economic perspective, I’ll find answers to this question. But if I look through the history perspective, which gives me a different lent to look the results of years and years of exploration by rich countries, I’ll confirm my nausea and uncomfortable feeling when I was there (in the Library). When I remember each details and think about I realized that we work a lot, but we don’t see the results only the rich countries can build beautiful “castles”, modern labs, modern and perfect universities, etc. The American people are not guilt. The Library of Congress isn’t guilt. This inequality is a result of a cumulative history of steal and non-respect for other people. I just want to tell you guys and teacher about the “butterfly in my stomach”, because we need to think about the future. Think about how we can change this way, this bad destiny. How we can stop the beast of inequality and exploration by human abusing others human. I loved every thing that I saw and I am enjoying be in America. However, I want to offer the same facilities to my people in Brazil. It’s my dream.


At 4:05 PM, Blogger Felipe Saboya said...

My dear Mercia!!! Nice to hear from you!!! What a PERFECT english, ahn? I hope you're enjoying this adventure at most! Guess where I am? Germany! Remember that master course that I was applying for? So, I'm here! A little break on the language... Então, vê se manda notícias pelo e-mail! Quero falar com vc! Saber as suas novidades e contar as minhas! Ah, tenho um blog tbm:
Saudades Mercita, sucesso!!! Bjossss!

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Nina Liakos said...

Your post forced me to remember where that gold came from. At the NMAI (National Museum of the American Indian), there is a very impressive exhibit about the horrible way the Europeans plundered gold statues, objets d'art, and other items and melted them down into ugly bars to take away. You should go and see this. People who visit this museum come away with a better understanding of the rape of South America.

Your idea that this thievery justifies South American nations' not paying back their debt to the World Bank is an interesting one. It makes sense, but I doubt that the bankers would agree!

There are people (like economists and Nobel laureates Mohammed Yunus and Amartya Sen) who believe that we can end poverty in the world. Then the people of Brazil could enjoy the same quality of life as the people in the U.S. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Jenniferho said...

You always have a great idea in something!! I think you are a very creative girl !!

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Jenniferho said...

Hello Merica,
Please give me a idea about steak souse. I remembered that a souse from Southern American. This souse can use in steak and need to cook with oil before use for steak. One of the clues that I can give you is that souse like a vegetable and need to cook with oil. Sorry !! I give you a big question!!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Hiromi said...

Your comment about the field trip makes me want to go there, too! Also, I've learned a lot about inequalities and what's happening in developing countries since my major is international politics. I always feel sad because there's a huge gap between ideal and reality...but we definitely have to do something, don't we?

At 12:26 AM, Blogger John said...

Hi Mercia,
I think you make some good points about the world bank, and the relationship between rich and poor countries. You might be interested in reading the author George Monbiot. He's a writer for the British newspaper The Guardian, and have written books on that topic. He has a website too:

Anyway, I enjoyed reading your blog.


At 5:19 PM, Blogger Jenniferho said...

Are you still busy in school? Hopefully everything goes smoothly with you. By the way, this semester is almost over, I will miss you.


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