Government and Politics: I used to be proud to be born American. I am the first American born grandchild in my entire family. Growing up they used to ask me what I am to see if I'd mention any west indian roots, but my response was always "American!". What it means to be American back when you were naive, and believed we were about making dreams come true and the land of good honest work and opportunities is no longer today's reality. It's all about the paper, and who has more of it. Sure, the corruption has always been there yes that's true. I've just had enough of their shenanigans at this point. The radiation in Fukushima, Japan, the GMOs, Syria, it's all too much. I don't know how much more bad news about things that affect my kids future I will continue to learn. All because of what? Profits? I'm not gonna get further into politics, that's just a waste of time, but if I had the means to pick my family up and go live somewhere else I would. These books really do open up your eyes to why we're the most hated country in the world.
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If you've ever done this, you'd catch my drift about why it actually might be hotter =x...
Parenting: Another statement I viewed entirely differently after reading the books was:
"A boy becomes a man at the age of 14. He can take on a wife as it's natural to be interested in sex at the point of sexual maturity... In the U.S. you're not considered an adult until age 18, and even then marriage is discouraged until you're well into your mid to late 20's". Sometimes we're so caught up with what's logical in life but we forget about morals and values. In the U.S. we teach our children to abstain when the hunger for sex is so strong at that age. When they don't abstain we put them on birth control or teach them safe sex practices. By the time a youth is 25 years old, they have had a string of sexual partners and/or abortions/children before marriage, and that's all considered OK, its normal. I'm pro-choice, but maybe the character in the book is on to something here...Would I rather my daughters marry young, or have a slew of sexual relationships, abortions, and greater possibility of heartbreaks? We don't live in a country where women are cherished. If you've studied gender roles in modern society, deviant behavior, and the correlation between crime and single parent households in America, you'd probably agree with me when I answer yes; I'd rather them marry young if the intention is based on doing what's morally right and living a good life. Education and financial security shouldn't be the basis for marriage, truly. I know my great great grandparents married young and stayed together faithfully and happily. Today those days are long gone.
These books were definitely great reads. I recommend them all. If you've read "The Coldest Winter Ever", these are almost a continuation of the story if not a direct expansion of the characters. I enjoyed them thoroughly. Whether it's an accurate depiction of Sudanese life I'm not too sure, I hope to find out one day when we start traveling. If you happen to read them, please fill me in on your thoughts in the comment box below.
"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."-Neil Armstrong