I have a theory about foreign countries:
The more hard working the immigrant, the more messed up their country of origin is likely to be.
Having lived in New York City all my life, I have been exposed to a wide spectrum of immigrants. In my experience there are many a hard working people in this city, but the three groups I most commonly see working their asses off at all types of ungodly hours of the night are Indians (from India), Mexicans, and Africans. This means, based on my theory, that India, Mexico, and Africa are the most messed up places on earth. This doesn’t have to mean the entire country (or continent in the case of Africa). It just means that there are some really jacked up parts.
Let’s examine a little further shall we.
I will admit that I am speculating based on limited information. I have never been to any of those places (and I don’t have plans on going anytime soon). Everything that I know of these places comes from the news and movies (two less than trustworthy sources). I will admit that I have a firmly negative view of these places, because much of what I have been told about them is pretty bad.
Let’s start with India. What do I know? I know that India is a country that is rich wih culture and has some beautiful sights. I would love to see the Taj Mahal in person. I also know that the country is dramatically overpopulated and horribly polluted. People are poor, people are starving, and people are forced to live in inadequate conditions. Plus they have monkeys that can give you herpes. NO LIE!!!
Mexico is up next. I know they have delicious food, fun parties (pinatas are the shit!), and a few gated spring break hotspots. However, let’s examine a little further. Mexico is the place where bad gus go when they want to escape the feds. It also is a country where kidnapping is an industry (like in Man on Fire with Denzel Washington). Not to mention that Mexico also has swine flu and Montezuma’s revenge (the water gives you explosive diarrhea). I’ll pass.
Lastly we have Africa. There is just so much messed up stuff the media has put forth about Africa. I don’t even know where to start. Famine, drought, genocide, Madonna, pirates, AIDS, Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, Brangelina, killer mosquitoes, blood diamonds, corrupt governments, coups, Bono.
This brings me to this question. Be honest.
With all the negativity that surrounds the continent, would you be scared to go to Africa?
I’ll leave you with something to hopefully lighten up the mood…
In case you can’t view it, here goes the link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9s3o1eeR2U