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African Musings

Well, as the title may have suggested, I am studying abroad in Africa this summer. I’m in Botswana at the moment. It’s been absolutely beautiful and an amazing experience. Here for a while so that may play a role in my next few posts, such as these. Enjoy.

Equality. It’s amazing how, cross-continents, a smile is a smile. Just as, from one culture tossed into another, a clown is a clown. Interacting with kids always brings me to the same state, just wanting to make them smile. The real difference between America and Africa is that here in Africa, it’s easier.

There is a wide separation between two aspects of learning; the direct/real and the distant/factual. In a real experience you can easily see what is happening in this world. When you stand in a Tswana ghetto, you see what poverty really means, what it actually is to do what you need to survive, and how it truly affect’s your fellow man. But that is there. It is impossibly difficult to imagine that scene in all the areas where it is all too common. In factual learning you see the¬†breadth¬†of the issue. The scene hides behind graphs and figures that allow you to see the problem in it’s exact entirety. The figures may seem unreasonable but they are have the ability to be factual. Without both of these you lose half of the equation to grasping a concept. And in that loss, you can lose everything.

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She Becomes

We lie there, in the dark, simply holding each other. In that state she becomes more than I could imagine. Her form changes from the fixed person next to me to the collection of abstract concepts she truly is. There she lies, a multitude of intangible aspects: beauty, intimacy, closeness, compassion, everything. The lights go up, and I barely recognize her. This is certainly not for a negative reason, simply for the reason that she was all of these things in the purest incarnation. And to me, it is hard to even imagine all of this in a single person.