Mar 3rd 2011 12:32AMI have traveled to India on four different occasions two to four weeks at a time using trains, planes, taxis, motorized "rickshaws" and even driving myself. The country is amazing, with a wonderful people, culture, history, and heritage. The fact that their definition of a five star hotel might differ from our definition, or that their standard of living might differ from our own does NOT make them inferior, dirty, or less than civil. It merely means that we should be grateful that we are more materially blessed than most of the remaining 95% of the population of the world.
Yes, the population of the entire country of the USA is only 5% of that of the remaining world population, with the population of India more than three times that of the USA, all of these people living in a country within a total land area smaller than the USA. [It is the second most populous country in the world (over 1.18 billion people), more than a sixth of the world's population (which currently comes to 17.31% of the world's population). India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2025, surpassing China.]
I said all of that to say that it is unfair to say the least to judge the culture or norms of one country based solely upon a limited understanding of one's own. One should never listen to the negative opinions of others and pass judgment on anything without having experienced it themselves. You really should visit India and decide for yourself. I think you would love it!
Feb 28th 2011 5:13AMGluttony. It used to be called a sin. Now you can't call anything a sin because it might "make someone feel bad."
If the issue is merely one of preference, then who's to criticize? If it is a matter of moralty, then the issue is her wrong belief, and it IS up to society to at least try to educate her on matters of morality regarding health and responsibility.
Beyond that, the reality is you can teach a thief that stealing is wrong till you are blue in the face, but until he decides to stop stealing, there is not much you can do (other than catch him and put him in prison for it) to keep him from it.
Feb 8th 2011 2:54AMIt really can be a good idea if one sufficiently plans ahead, and definitely cheaper than paying for excess baggage of $50 (although not usually $25), but these double positive posts rouse sneaky suspicions of UPS employee involvement. Just sayin'. :-)
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