Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Cups of Tea

When George Bush decided to bomb and invade Afghanistan in search of Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban and all those behind the attack on the Twin Towers, Greg Mortenson shuddered, thinking of the pain would live so many families and friends. Also, the real risk where were the roughly 80 schools that had arisen at that time in Pakistan, mainly to educate girls.

Eight years before, Greg was about to die in these lands, but not because of any war. His passion for mountaineering had led him to collect dollar for dollar, saving his small salary as a nurse in a public hospital in California to be part of an expedition that set out to reach the summit of K2 in northern Pakistan on the border with China. However, besides failing in the attempt, ​​a storm caused broke up the group and lose several days trying to find his way back through the snow and cold.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Education makes Happiness

Despite what is said, the money is not enough to explain the happiness, or at least not just money. Data from the Global Wellbeing Surveys implemented by Gallup, allow the classification of countries according to Thriving, defined as the opinion of the inhabitants about their present and future life, that is, their satisfaction and expectations. Thus, the first three places in prosperity are occupied Denmark, Finland and Norway. In the closest, Costa Rica is in 6 th place, Panama at 12º, Brazil is 13º and Mexico 18º.

As can be seen, several developing countries are more advanced, while the U.S. is 14º and the UAE are at 20º. However, there is some relationship to the economy. Among the 25 least prosperous countries, twenty two are poor countries in Africa, and Haiti is sadly our continent.

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