Monday, November 21, 2005

"today you have to say hello"

interestingly i found out that today it is the "hello"-day!! (=a day that we are supposed to say hello to 10 strangers).

That we have a hello day is sad i believe. Is this a proof of how shallow our interpersonal relations have become? Some may argue that it is just a lame marketing strategy- everyday of the year is "the worldwide day of...". While it may sound akward to go in the streets and start "hello-ing" randomly, it is equally sad if not shocking, to see how on a daily basis we seem to forget the many common things we share as human beings while we accentuate a few minor differences ...right?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Today I learned that...(1)

awareness and knowledge are not enough when it comes to dealing with serious problems (like malnutrition ). While it is important that people are aware of the reasoning behing a recommendation, it is equally important that the social, economical and cultural conditions allow for such goals to materialize.

Simply put:
if you don't have money, does it matter that fish is nutritious?
if the religious/ideological/influential group where you live does not believe in (and hence allow) western medecine, does it matter that you believe in polio shots?
if your country is experiencing instability/strife/upheavals, does it matter that you want your children to attend school since this is not possible?

Sunday, November 13, 2005


This is the first time, the first day I have ever tried to write on a blog, but as the old saying goes there is a first time for everything.. even for blogs.. When i was younger, I used to hate diaries.. Let's see whether the online version of the diary will be doomed to failure or is spared from permanent silence...

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