Just watched this documentary called "Living on one dollar". Now not to be one to spoil the ending of a movie for anyone, I decided to give my take on what questions I had after watching it.
If you watch the movie, it is inspiring to see how eager people living in absolute poverty are to learn new information. People toiling a piece of land, no bigger the space that most people living in a city apartment, have this dream of learning languages, skills and sharing ideas. Can you image what a person living on less than a dollar a day and so eager to learn something new, would do if they had access to the Google, Twitters and Yahoo’s of the world? But now the question is, have these very technologies that have allowed us to have the world’s information in the palm of our hands numbed us to the excitement of learning something new?
In the video one of the students that are going through the experience of living on a dollar a day made a interesting comment. He talks about that it is the situation these people find themselves in that's holding them back, not who they are. Isn’t the exact opposite true for most people living in developed and first world environment? Why does someone living on a dollar a day seem to have the world better figured out than someone that has access to the world of information?
Numbed us to the excitement of learning something new?