Given that the Cold War has become more of a completed chapter of world history, I propose that we do away with the previous classifications of countries into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd worlds. Instead I suggest splitting countries up into two separate categories: those who send young people with guitars to Africa and those that don't. The membership application comprises a portfolio of photos of said young people with "the village children". Welcome, Taiwan, to the global upperclass.
As I grow older, the less and less I understand about pop culture so UrbanDictionary is a necessary resource. Though, it's also a disturbing window into the sexist and racist minds of Americans. I cannot believe that this was the highest voted definition of "racist." I didn't know Urban Dictionary could be a soapbox. OK, I do believe it.
Today's emotional roller coaster:
Bittersweet Victory -- Today I purchased 400 tampons because they were $1.50 off. That shit is expensive and it's not like you're not going to use it up. I cannot think of a similar expense that men have.
Shock and Dismay!! Upon texting my girlfriend about this $50 investment in our future, I was dismayed to discover that "tampon" is not in the T9 dictionary! Apparently it is in the same class of other naughty words such as "fuck."
Relief... Quickly I investigated and at least "viagra" is also not in T9.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Further investigation has revealed that T9 does have: "menstrual," "erection," and "condom." Additionally, no one will be shocked that I have also confirmed that "policeman" is in T9 but "policewoman" is not.
I saw X-men: First Class last night and found the film more complex than the action film that I expected. I noticed that there were several moments in the film that I found myself rooting for the villains and I realized that it was because I identified with their anger and skepticism towards the majority group. However misguided Kevin Bacon's character was (a nuclear war is unlikely to create more mutants, only cancer), Magneto's character, having been given the history of Holocaust survivor, is compelling.
It made me revisit the delicate balance between the importance of personal accountability and forgiveness. History has shown that humans fall pray to culture. The atrocities that occur during events such as the Holocaust, Vietnam, and more recently, at Abu Ghraib occur with such consistency that it makes me worry that under the same circumstances, I also would have fallen in line. My third year of medical school has only accentuated that. I've come to realize that though it's horrendous, it's one of the flaws of human nature. In some ways it occurs to me that while we all must be held individually accountable, it's also a systems error.
Ultimately, Magneto falls short of a true hero because while he appropriately holds individuals responsible, he lacks one of the most beautiful qualities of human nature which is compassion. Ultimately, he reminds me of the trap that is all too easy to fall into when we focus on our anger: revenge. The oppressed must not become the oppressor. Paulo Freire would not approve.