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The last two books I have read are: House in the Sky & Three Cups of Tea. Pair that with my recent viewing of the amazing movie, Lone Survivor (which, by the way was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time) and it leaves me thinking a LOT about international development and education for children in developing countries.
There is a quote that stood out to me in Three Cups of Tea. It was during a conversation between an American and a Pakistani about America and Osama Bin Laden:
“…As a military man, I know you can never fight and win against someone who can shoot at you once and then run off and hide while you have to remain eternally on guard. You have to attack the source of your enemy’s strength. In America’s case, that’s not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.”
House In the Sky is another amazing read (which I’m sure will be a movie soon enough). While the book doesn’t detail what happens after author (and Albertan) Amanda Lindhout survived 460 days as a hostage in war-torn Somalia, a quick google search will reveal that she founded the Global Enrichment Foundation. Lindhout firmly believes that her captors were products of their environment, and if they would have had the opportunity for education they might have made different choices in their lives.
And the final piece of my trail of thoughts comes to Lone Survivor; I don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you watch the movie, perhaps see if you can make the connection with what I am writing above.
My sister said today that one of the ways to start thinking about your life purpose is to consider the following question: “What would you do if money wasn’t a factor?” I really believe that if I had the money and the means, that I would start my own charitable foundation that would help to educate children around the world. I see truth in the quote that is listed above: The enemy is ignorance.
That is about as far as I have come with my reflections; the wheels are turning though…
On a side-note, if you have not checked out either of those books, or the movie, I would highly recommend it.
Until next time.