The comments below were based on the following links (the last three are videos):
Would that more places in America would learn to compromise the past with the future! We’re pretty good at combining various cultures and adding their distinction to our own, but we often forget to incorporate the charm and assets of the past with advances into the future.
I found it ironic that English is to India what Spanish is to America – without it, finding a job is getting harder and harder. As things currently stand, Spanish is still not quite an absolute necessity here, yet, but it is definitely past the point of being merely “nice to have.”
I was struck by the comment regarding the poor becoming immune to disease due to their constant exposure. This fact may very well assure their place in the future evolution of humanity. I wonder if the rich and powerful ever think about that? Maybe it’s better for everyone if they don’t!
I was fascinated and encouraged by the story about the children’s bank. I have often thought that America does its youth a disservice by denying them accountability until the age of 18. If more of our pre-teens and “tweens” were responsible for making and managing their own money, perhaps they would avoid deadly temptations such as drugs, violence, crime, gang-membership and casual promiscuity. I know my family’s financial problems helped keep me away from such things.
Finally, I was not as shocked and dismayed by the babies-off-the-roof story as other may be. So long as there have been no injuries from the practice, why ban it? If it ain’t broke… A little risk is good for everyone – perhaps this ritual lays a foundation for future risk-taking that may lead to a better life. Maybe the fear and excitement is good for the heart. Certainly, studies have shown that gravitational forces are good for the development of infantile brains – that’s why babies LOVE being thrown in the air and toddlers twirl around and around until they get sick. Most primitive habits have beneficial motives and science has surprisingly backed these up. Still, if it were MY baby they were throwing off the roof… I think I’d need a doctor!