Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who Knew?

Africa goes cell.
The latest issue of The Rotarian Magazine (March 2012) has a nifty feature by Frank Bures about the amazing increase in cell phone use in sub-Saharan countries.  Despite a litany of near perpetual problems in the various countries, the upsurge in access and use of cell phones and associated applications heralds, in my mind, a significant movement towards freedom and prosperity.  There’s no downside, really, to communication.  And the more instant (and low cost) the better.  Here’s a table Bures cites:

Percentage of adults who own cell phones:

South Africa               84%
Nigeria                       71%
Botswana                    62%
Ghana                          59%
Kenya                          56%
Uganda                        52%
Senegal                       46%
Zimbabwe                   44%
Cameroun                   43%
Sierra Leone               37%
Tanzania                      35%
Chad                          32%
Liberia                        22%
Mali                            21%
Burkina Faso              19%
Niger                          18%
Central African
Republic                     16%

Communication is more than “reading” “speaking” and language.  I think of a remark made the other day by an amazed great-grandmother at her great-grandtodler’s  preference for “playing” with his parent’s cell phone rather than the assortment of toys provided.  “I know he can’t read,” she noted, “but he can sure tell what  the buttons and things mean on the phone, he can go back and forth on the internet, find games…”  In a word:  Hardwired.  The new arrivals are fully prepared for a new era of communication.  And, as is shown here, even the older folks are catching up.

C’est bon.

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