Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Some Food For Thought

Last year, through another blog, I discovered Matt Harper's video "Dancing Around the World". I started following his blog, here and there, about his travels. I really like his videos and I think that there's a good message to be had there. I hadn't read his blog in months, though, partly because I found him always trying to be funny and I also found him somewhat judgmental or sarcastic or smug or something. Not sure how to describe it, I just know that I didn't feel like reading his blog very often..

I decided to see what he was up to today and he had a link to an essay he wrote for NPR's "This I Believe" series. The essay is about his experiences and, ultimately, about globalization. He eventually made a statement about our brains and how, in the face of globalization, they may be changing. Anyway, I thought it was interesting enough that I thought I'd post the link to the essay here. What do you all think of his ideas?


Daria said...

I love the video ...

Barry said...

He makes an interesting point. Reminds me of a statement Desmond Morris made in the Naked Ape, that despite the current world population and the vast sizes of our Cities, we still live in small villages of about 100 people that we can genuinely call our family and friends.

Although if we add friends made through blogging that number may have to grow.

Liz Kreger said...

Actually, I think I caught one or two of his videos in the past. Funny for the most part. I haven't followed him enough to catch the rest of your impressions.

Dee said...

Hello Daria,
I love the video, too.

Hi Barry - I haven't read Naked Ape yet, but there's another article I use called "The Search for Community" that says something to the effect that our brains can only handle perhaps categories that include about 500 things - like 500 placenames, 500 friends, etc.

Hi Liz, Not sure how to describe it - just something about him rubs me the wrong way.

Hope you all have a great week-end!