blog 03 - research project millenium development goals
ok so today during class ozayr said to browse through blogs to perhaps get some inspiration for our own blogs and so when i was about to login today i looked at the "recently updated" blogs and spent like, 2 hrs reading random people's blogs that have nothing to do with architecture but were still fascinating to me. i think i read someones "consumer" journal (writing everything they use/buy/throw out/make/etc) for like 45 min. eek! worse than facebook, seriously.
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so we haven't officially been assigned our millenium goal in my section, but i really hope i get the reducing child mortality goal because i think that with the technology that we have for curing/treating diseases, disinfection, sanitation, prevention of diseases, and food production, the global mortality rates for children are unacceptable. even not including incurable diseases and starvation... "In our world today nearly 11 million children under the age of 5 die in the world every year - well over 1,200 every hour most from easily preventable or treatable causes." (UNICEF website)
01 marvin gaye - what's goin on
i find the idea of ending child mortality extremely daunting, terrifying, and i almost have a sense of apathy about it. i think thats how most people approach monumental, global problems like AIDS, poverty, etc. there isn't much of a hopeful attitude in taking on a task like this - and i really want to remain hopeful but at the same time i'm intimidated.
02 pictures of success - rilo kiley
"If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that's in it" - [rudyard kipling]
besides being one of my favorite quotes, i think that this statement by kipling intends to emphasize that time waits for nobody. your life is going by you & you better fill every second with progress, success, effort, and meaning - make your time on this earth count.
in the past decade or so, global child mortality is going down, but subsaharan africa and other extremely poor areas in the world still have about a 1 in 6 mortality rate before the age of 5.
i don't even really know what is being done to combat this besides research and disease prevention - i hope i'll learn more as the project progresses (assuming i get this topic :-) hint hint!)
“a dream you dream alone is only a dream. a dream you dream together is reality." - [john lennon]
i think this statement is extremely applicable to such a global disaster. one country working towards solving this massive and heartbreaking problem won't make the same impact that a united global effort will.
03 the world that he sees - trans-siberian orchestra
"and he wants us to believe in this world that he sees."
- [trans siberian orchestra "the world that he sees"]
even though this is technically a christmas song, & i'm a massive nerd for liking the trans-siberian orchestra, i think this song has a really important message - that children have a beautiful image of the world and everyone would be happier if they saw the beauty of this world.
i love children. i love helping children. i can't believe we still have such a massive problem with this considering all the astounding and awe-inspiring technology/research that is happening today, & i really hope that i can help. if it's one more child or a thousand children that get a chance at life, i will be happy with my work. i'm really curious & excited to start on this project.
04 new soul - yael naim
"i'm a young soul in this very strange world hoping I could learn a bit about what is true and fake
but why all this hate?
try to communicate.
finding trust and love is not always easy to make" - [yaem naim "new soul"]
A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH BUT A SINGLE STEP.
- [chinese proverb]