So I am reading though this book on understanding globalization by Thomas L. Friedman, it is called The Lexus and the Olive Tree , when he puts to words something I have been trying to articulate for some time now.
My ears perked up when he mentioned that the labels, First World, Second World, and Third World, were no longer applicable in the new system of globalization that we seem to have now. Friedman suggested two new labels, Fast World and Slow World.
I started to think of Kenya and the U.S. Kenya is slow. The U.S. is fast. The new terms seem to fit.
Here in the U.S. (we are here till the end of August then we will be back in Kenya) almost every aspect of life is fast. Hungry? You can have a complete dinner in less than 5 minutes. Thirsty? Water, soda, tea, a host of beverages can be yours in a matter of moments. Ignorant? Information can be downloaded at ridiculous speeds from the internet. Want to visit Grandma? You can reach her quickly by train, plane, or automobile.
In Kenya the opposite is true. Hungry? You will have to go and buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and or meat, and then cook it without using a microwave. Thirsty? You will have to find water, then boil it to make sure it is safe to drink. Ignorant? If you have the ability to surf the internet for the knowledge it will take you hours to download it. Want to visit Grandma? It can take a whole day to go a hundred miles or even less.
Fast and slow, good words to use to compare our two nations. Not that fast is necessarily good or vice versa with slow. I do enjoy some of the slow aspects of Kenyan life. It gives me time to get to know people and do a good job on whatever I am doing.
O.K. just some thoughts from my reading. May not make much sense but they are offered here for whatever they may be worth.