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Why it is important to be informed.

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Yesterday I was involved in an international discussion( a 56 post discussion) on the social media about why we should care about what is happening in Egypt.

Someone in the United States argued that people are too busy with their lives and their own problems to care about what happens in Egypt. This comment came about as a response to the following post:

“52 percent of Americans report having heard little or nothing about the Egypt demonstrations according to Pew.”

This was my answer:

My father has a mortgage to pay, kids in school, lots of crap going on locally to deal with, and he’s looking for work. However, he’s very well aware, as I am, of what’s going in Egypt and the rest of the world because WE CARE about others… and because we think what happens to our brothers and sisters in Egypt and everywhere else will, in countless ways, affect us all.

My father and I are neither snobs nor cosmopolitan, however we know that being informed is part of being educated and concerned global citizens. He taught me so when growing up –in Colombia.

Some in the North complaint because they are having some rough time now, but the truth is that this is the reality for most around the globe.

Welcome to reality.

Some choose to be part of the world and other choose to be oblivious in theirs. At the end of the day those in their little worlds won’t be able to ignore the world– reality– just as they can’t choose to ignore the sun.

There’s not a valid argument against being informed.

If people care to read the news they would be better informed and thus they would stop thinking that what happens in other parts of the world don’t affect them at all…

Why should we care about Egypt.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-02-03-column03_ST1_N.htm

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Written by Alexander Acosta Osorio

February 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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