Friday, July 27, 2018

Cultures, Poverty, & Transportation



Some nations are gifted with a variety of cultures.  In this mix there are identifiable characteristics in languages, ethnicity, social classes, status, and rank.  But one commonality with these cultures is that they worship the same God.  These diverse groups share common characteristics.  John Thune (b. 1961), a U.S. Republican senator from South Dakota wrote,” I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink.  It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom.  It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”  Although America is a predominantly Christian nation with diverse groups - some in distinctly ethnic areas do rally under its flag.

Different Faces

American culture that’s exported around the world reaches a community of nations.  One way is through the mass media that not only presents news and information 24/7, but sports, and Christian programs.  This fare via print and electronic media is carried by satellites, radio, TV, and the Internet.
Through media America is able to share and exchange her values about serving God worldwide.  Because of these phenomena tourism is flourishing and citizens are able to interact globally.  They experience the beauty of religious and historic sites, worship, enjoy beaches, while giving thanks to God.  

Leslie Jamison (b. 1983), a novelist said, “Armchair poverty tourism has been around as long as authors have written about class.  As an author, I have struggled myself with the nuances of writing about poverty without reducing any community to a catalog of its difficulties.”  This is true.  Some may see poverty stricken communities and rattle off statistics as though they know what poverty is all about.  But many poor people have going for them their love of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Travel

Saint Augustine (354 AD430 AD), an early Christian theologian and philosopher wrote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  It’s also true that if people live in one place they have lived in all places.  Some that do so are the religious -  monks, nuns, and hermits, who enjoy austere lives locked away in monasteries, worshiping, and serving God.  Blessed by the Holy Spirit these individuals do experience life to the fullest. 

In many nations travel is encouraged and citizens take advantage of it.  There are however constraints on more than 7.3 billion people living worldwide in villages, and shanty towns.  These poor people are more concerned about having the basics, like a place to live, food to eat, and clean water to drink. 

Public Transportation

With adequate transportation poor people are able to travel from one place to another.  In the modern world - even in America, some lack transportation because they are unable to pay the fare.  Corrine Brown (b. 1946), a U.S. representative for Florida said, “States get to improve transportation infrastructure; that creates economic development, puts people back to work and, most importantly, enhances safety and improves local communities.”  Everyone benefits from having a good infrastructure.  Adequate public transportation goes a long way in helping poor people and the unemployed.  Such an improvement may well mean that the poor will have work opportunities in places other than their neighborhoods where they live.                     

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