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- Poor And Rich People
- are born into money and thats why they are rich, but most people have to earn it themselves. People can become poor in numerous ways, such as losing their job...
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- Hind Swarag
- Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule By : M. K. Gandhi Printed & Published by : Jitendra T Desai Navajivan Publishing House...
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- India Of My Dream
- Navajivan Mudranalaya Ahmedabad 380 014 (INDIA) India of My Dreams FOREWORD It is a happy idea to place before the world and the country at the present moment...
- Words: 89962 — Pages: 360
- Brazil, a Rich Country Full Of Poor People
- poor friends from Brazil who are beneficiated by the Bolsa Familia, people who are beneficiated from this social program are very happy ... have seen a lot of rich people...
- Words: 2309 — Pages: 10
- Why The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get Poorer
- the rich and the poor 2.1 Who are the poor and who are the rich The poor are defined ... and hypocritical; their victims were happy, innocent, weakwaiting victims...
- Words: 2474 — Pages: 10
- The Rich And The Poor
- terms of simply happiness, it means absolutely nothing. The rich may have the money but what really counts is your happiness. The poor thinks that the rich has the...
- Words: 2284 — Pages: 10
- Growing Gap Btw Rich And Poor
- the rich in the poor is bad because it allows the rich to use the lower class to make money and grow richer and richer while the poor are stuck being poor and...
- Words: 1589 — Pages: 7
- Rich Vs Poor
- it is not so much the school and poor teaching that causes such an increase in the achievement gap between the rich and the poor over the last few decades, but the...
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- Secret Of Happiness
- of Happiness Chapter 2 Understanding Happiness And Unhappiness Chapter 3 Fulfillment of Desires Is Not The Real Cause of Happiness Chapter 4 Dacoits of Happiness...
- Words: 26519 — Pages: 107
- Why Happiness Is Of Marginal Value In Ethical Decision-Making
- some evolutionary advantage to being happy, in the sense that most people want to live and reproduce with happy rather than unhappy people, if they have a choice...
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- Multigenre Paper. Happiness Is Not Material
- unhappiness, but no amount of money can buy us happiness. Sometimes more money, and status can rob us of happiness. Think of many very rich...
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- Unhappiness In Transition
- Unhappy Are People in Transition Countries? ....................................................................2 The Happiness ... satisfaction. How Unhappy Are People...
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- Pursuit Of Happiness
- lead to their unhappiness. An interesting question that may be raised is how does happiness differ in one rich family compared to the happiness of a richer family...
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- a Poor Essay For My Poor People
- Happiness & Sadness just like you do. Is there any reasons why people with money look down upon those people who don't have money? Why Rich disrespects the poor...
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- Poor Today, Poor For Life
- to do better, they could. In the past, I thought that the lower class and very poor were lazy and that they do nothing but drain the money out of the hard working...
- Words: 2668 — Pages: 11
- Essay - The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber
- it is the opposite, he goes from being a poor little rich boy, who scared of everything; ... that his life might not be has happy as the title suggest. This is also...
- Words: 816 — Pages: 4
- Pro Poor Development
- between rich and poor is very high. Poor are becoming poor and rich are becoming rich. The ... people will be very happy. Writer BHOLA SHARMA NEPAL...
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- happy or youre not. You are not born either unhappy or happy. This is untrue as being happy is in your genetics. You are all born with happiness...
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- The Pursuit Of Happiness
- sights on the poor, largely because Chriss pursuit of happiness was built on the ... that Christopher in some sense went from riches to rags. Willie D. Burton and his...
- Words: 3045 — Pages: 13
- Great Gatsby, The Idolization Of The Rich
- poor, but if he was rich he would just spend it on obnoxious things. McCartney and Mathers are talking about the same thing. Money is not the key to lifes happiness...
- Words: 2072 — Pages: 9
- Some People Are So Poor, All They Have Is Money
- buy happiness. Money can't buy love. Money can't buy friends either. I'd rather be poor but my life is complete with love and happiness than to be as rich as Steve...
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- Hector And The Search For Happiness
- happiness in all of us. As Hector stated avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness...
- Words: 1012 — Pages: 5
- Reaction To The Short Story, ?Happy Endings?
- I were judging (A), I would say happy. I would portray (B) as unhappy, because Mary was always unhappy, someone else might say happy because Marys miserable life is...
- Words: 700 — Pages: 3
- Should Poor Families Receive Subsidies For Their c
- the poor and rich. Reasonably is that, the children in the rich might have more chances to have activities besides school, vice versa, the children in the poor might...
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- Apa Paper On The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
- set point, which determines how naturally happy you are. Unhappy people have a brain mechanism that interprets situations as problems. Happy people on the other hand...
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- How The Poor And Homeless Are Repersented
- us this kind of a life too. According to ( Diana Kendall) (108), Being poor or rich is a master status that influences many other areas such as, health, education...
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- Job Happiness
- who aspire to this ideal or even those near achieving it do not experience the happiness or feelings of success for which they long. People are still wondering, What...
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- them to be unhappy; that they must be able to be open minded and free thinking to be happy. However, a person chooses whether or not to be happy with the situation...
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- Measuring Happiness
- in happiness. The perception of fairness needs to match the enjoyable feelings experienced in ourselves otherwise dissonance will predispose us to unhappiness (Young...
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- Money Vs Happiness
- being married to a man, happier than ever. * Foreign mans story about happiness a. Poor man that carted people around, had a tarp and brush house, he...
- Words: 508 — Pages: 3
It’s been another stellar week in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos. I am constantly impressed by the delicious cuisine and the friendliness in my interactions. And this week, I had the opportunity to see more of the dramatic Laotian countryside.
After ten days in Luang Prabang, I was ready to experience more of this nation. I had bumped into a friendly Australian woman named Devarni at the Luang Prabang Wine Bar (my chosen drinking hole) and she gushed about the wonders of a small town in the north called Nong Khiaw — dramatic mountains, a lazily flowing river and friendly people.
I was sold.
So on Tuesday morning I tucked myself into the back corner of a twelve-passenger van and enjoyed/tolerated a three-hour bumpy ride northward to the recommended village in the mountains.
I stayed for five nights in a little bungalow that had a hammock and a sliver view of the river. I ate at nearly every restaurant in town, sampling local specialties such as laap (stew) and lao lao (a type of rice whiskey). I explored a cave and climbed a mountain. But perhaps the highlight for me was a one-day trek to a remote village where I got to witness, first hand, what life is like in rural Laos.
Many readers have inquired into Laos culture, and to this point I’ve struggled to respond with accurate statements. After having visited for only two weeks, it’s difficult to reach any hard conclusions on a culture.
But travellers are often fielded questions about culture and people and other complex entities. And many of us like to share our experiences. I love to share mine.
But we have to be careful with what we say.
On my mind this week was the actual meaning of sentiments that I hear frequently from other travellers. And I’ve been reflecting upon the best way to communicate experiences. I think HOW we talk about things is equally as important as the content of what we are sharing. As a reader you may or may not have noticed that I’m a big fan of using provisional language when talking about my experiences and beliefs. I think this approach makes my statements more malleable to interpretation and encourages people to form their own thoughts.
Perhaps an example would be most helpful at this moment. Let us compare two phrases that we might hear from a recent visitor to Laos. The sentences basically communicate the same ideas:
“The Laos people are super sweet and everybody has a mobile phone!”
“In my experience, the Laos people that I met were very kind to me. And I don’t know what it’s like in other villages, but in Luang Prabang it seemed like most people had mobile phones.”
The content of the messages are essentially the same (nice people & lots of mobile phones), but the delivery is much different. I much prefer being in conversations where the second style is used. I think that how we communicate our messages is so vital to interpretation and the depth of interaction with our listeners.
As mentioned, this week I was dissecting the actual meaning of sentiments that I hear frequently from other travellers. This was catalyzed by my visit to the rural Laos village where I witnessed a certain amount of scarcity, but also the friendliness of children. Essentially, there was poverty and happiness together.
Frequently I hear a problematic statement from travellers in response to a rural village or lower socioeconomic region of a developing nation. Perhaps you have also heard this proclamation before?
The statement is usually shared after an inquiry into the people of any given nation.
Question: “How did you find the people when you visited that village in India?”
Response: “They’re poor, but they’re happy.”
This type of response triggers me. If I take a diplomatic approach, and interpret “They’re poor, but they’re happy” in the most positive way possible, the subtext communicates a theory that I personally agree with: one does not need money for contentedness. And, if I stretch the analysis even further, that the western emphasis of financial acquisition is not necessarily a humanistic value. I agree with this. In her famous song, Coat of Many Colors, American country icon Dolly Parton communicates the same idea of not equating personal economics with personal levels of success: “Although we had no money, I was rich as I could be.” I think we all want to believe in this sentiment.
And sure, money can’t buy me love (or happiness). But money works wonders to sidestep suffering. Let us not romanticize poverty.
It’s problematic for any foreign traveller to state, “They’re poor, but they’re happy” and subsequently administer a conclusion on the emotional state of a body of people. As a tourist or traveller, are we actually able to make a sweeping generalization about the level of contentedness of a community or a nation after only visiting for an hour, a week or even a month? Absolutely not. How do we know that the folks in the village are smiling because it’s part of a cultural value to “save face” or display pride? Or because they know that smiling faces are an important component in bringing tourist dollars?
To reach any sort of conclusion on the level of happiness of a community or nation, one would need months and months of widespread social investigation, and even then would need to examine the biases of their research methodology. Obtaining the emotional psyche of a nation is a complex, if not impossible, process.
Secondly, as a listener, how do I know that the statement is not serving to alleviate one’s guilt of his own privilege? Is it not simpler to quickly label a group of people as “happy” than to actually address economic inequities that exist in “poorer” communities? Is it not easier for a westerner to relieve any responsibility to his or her fellow citizens by labeling them happy and gleefully skipping back to a cushy life of big screen TVs, low-cost-foreign-produced box stores and affordable maid-service (from immigrants who incidentally have immigrated from nations where they had little access to healthcare and education, but were really, really “happy”). Think about the liberation from accountability! My life is wonderfully blissful if I can believe that everybody else is happy.
If only it were that simple.
So, how do we fairly communicate that which we witness? If we actually go to a rural village and have a positive experience because we were surrounded by people who had no money but were still smiling, what do we say? I suppose it starts with choosing our words very carefully.
Here are some examples of how to reword the “They’re poor, but they’re happy” paradigm while still communicating the essence of an experience:
“I don’t know what it’s like in all Brazilian villages, but when I was in the northern regions, I found the people to be exceedingly friendly.”
“After visiting several hospitals in Zimbabwe, I was concerned by the limited access to modern healthcare options. But I also noticed that there was a strong feel of community that perhaps was a medicine in its own regard.”
“I laughed a lot when I visited a remote Russian village. It’s amazing how we could have fun with just a football and a bit of positive energy.”
As mentioned, I think it is helpful to use provisional or tentative language when describing statements that summarize large concepts or groups of people. It also could be beneficial to “own” the statements that I make: “In my experience…” or “From what I saw…”
When we take ownership over a statement, nobody can dismantle or argue what we are sharing. This hopefully leads to conversations that evade defensiveness or large-sweeping, problematic generalizations. And, if we’re lucky, helps to bring people closer together.
And, as a traveller, that’s just what I aim to do.
(This article was first published in 2011.)