Is it normal to research 3rd world countries?

Sometimes I like to research 3rd world countries and get an idea of what daily life is like there. It makes me feel blessed and grateful for everything that I have even when things are going pretty terribly. It also makes me really admire the perseverance and tenacity of people living in those countries as well as want to take part in volunteer opportunities to help, if not those people specifically, at least others who are in need

Is It Normal?
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  • Finally, something wholesome.

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  • Sounds like me with North Korea.

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  • I was commenting that we do not have a choice until I realise that my country is not part of the third world (do we still use that term??). But those people do not really have a choice except continue living and sometimes those situations that makes you sad is what their normal looks like. I'm not referring to places where there are wars or famine but maybe where there is a scarcity of water and you see people walking miles to fetch water. It might seem cruel but they're used to it and it's only when you question them about it that they begin to tell that it's not easy.

    But at the same time those people might own their house, have no loans, have no fear of being homeless because they can no longer afford rents.

    I do agree that the basics should be available for everyone no matter where one lives.

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    • That's what I meant by tenacity and perseverance. Whether by choice or out of necessity, they keep going. I think a lot of people in 1st world countries wouldn't survive a full week without modern conveniences, myself included

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      • You would be surprised to discover the things that you can endure to survive. But it's more difficult to adapt to modern life than the other way I believe. I live in a remote island and here we have good internet connection and everything that makes life 'easy' but there are no such things as big cities of even three-lane roads. I visited Sao Paulo, the city one day and everything stressed me out: all the cars, the busy roads, too many people and too many buildings. I felt confused and lost despite being with a group. And I felt so unsafe.

        On my part I think that I would have much difficulty adapting to such a fast-paced life. On the other side, I see lots of Westerners coming here for the peace and staying for good.

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  • I'd recomend looking up the african airforce on youtube.

    Like they try with what they have but it's so sad. Like you see airplane ideas from the late 1800s.

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    • In some ways, I feel like some African countries are further ahead than the rest of the world. The story of Rwanda and the practice of "Radical Forgiveness" following the conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus is so inspiring to me. They were able to reconcile 25 years of unrest and move forward as a country because it was the only way to heal. Other countries might've collapsed or turned to civil war. I have such respect for the Rwandan people

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      • Africans are racist motherfuckers you know that right? Cant blame it all on colonialism.

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        • First of all, I mentioned Rwanda specifically, not Africa as a continent. Secondly, you don't think it's a little unfair to deem each of the billion Africans on the continent a racist motherfucker?

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          • No I think it's completely fair. What is the race difference between a tutsis and the hutus? A feud that has been ongoing for hundreds of years between petty tribes.

            The races of africa are so diverse, that if it was in america it's like being apart of all the people in your counties and you hate your neighboring counties and it goes on for thousands of miles.

            Like nationalism is mostly bad but some of these countries need to be unified as a people not as races.

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