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Peru Trip

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  • business and economics and travel
  • July 26th, 2004

    Just got back yesterday from Peru, so i don’t have all the pictures
    scanned in yet. Peru is considered a third world country. We went to a
    city call Lima, then to the highland called Cusco, took a 4 day hike to
    the Sacret Valley and Macchu Piccuh. The locals were very proud of their
    inca heritage. The ruins were amazing. They are built not that long ago,
    only maybe 400 years. But considering they are an isolated civilization
    it is pretty amazing. The stone work for the temples were fabulous. They
    developed a locking system with gold holding rings so they can withstand
    large earthquakes. Being an agricultural community they worship the sun,
    the water and the earth, and they developed quite a few instrumet to
    measure things like first frost, sunrise and sunset time. They also
    developed an extensive array of wall sized mirrors made of gold to reflect
    the sun all around and into the temple. Unfortunately the governmet don’t
    have the resource to reconstruct the stone work the same way the Incas
    did, so you can clearly tell where the original stone were and where the
    new one starts.

    Come to think of it we kinda take for granted some of the social system
    avaliable to the first world countries. A week before we were in Cuzco
    there was a snow storm which distroy $7MM worth of crops. For some
    farmers that’s half of their yield for the year. With their living
    standard I can’t imagine they have much saved up for rainy days. In the
    cities the people try very hard to make a living, mostly due to fiece
    competition. Unlike in the States people are poor not because they don’t
    want to do the work, but the lack of opportunities for advancement. In
    many cases there is a simply a lack of capital. And there isn’t a well
    established social safty net to help the poor. But the main problem I
    think is the diffcult access to role models in a society with over 50% of
    people in proverty. This particular problem has influence the social
    economical advancement of some ethnic groups in the US. Everyone is so
    busy making a living little attention is paid to investing in the future.
    Which kinda makes me want to do something about it.

    It is not that there is not enough resource for everyone in the world,
    it’s just the distribution of it is skewed. I think eventually, no matter
    have much first world countries doesn’t want, as logistics gets better,
    there will be a redistribution of wealth in forms of agriculture and
    manufacturing. Of course I always want more, but if I consider cutting my
    salary in half, I can still live very comfortablly. But living standard
    aside, I think the more importantly is the economic freedom that the third
    world don’t have. The freedom to choose what we want to do, where we want
    to live, which is much more than just the monetary value itself. Most of
    the time first world countries tries to trade economic aid with issues
    like conservations and human right. But in reality it is not that the
    gov’t doesn’t want to do it, it’s just that they have to feed everyone
    first. Which makes me thinks that with the modenization of China, a lot
    of heritage will be gone in favor of the new found wealth. That’s
    unfortunately inedvitable.

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