Nothing Is Simple

So I started this blog with the innocent idea of reading about every country in the world, in hopes of educating myself and gaining a broader understanding of my fellow humans (plus eating some excellent food along the way). Nothing wrong with that, right?

BUT. When you really start to think about what that means – not the act of reading and blogging about it, but the “every country in the world” part…that’s where it starts to get tricky. Borders are mostly a political act; artificial lines drawn for the convenience of tax collectors and map makers. They are only as real as people make them – and often that reality is delivered via the barrel of a gun.

I’m not really looking to debate the whole notion of the modern nation-state (at least not this very minute), but I’m becoming much more aware that the list of countries I’m working through does not represent everyone. And that the definition of a particular place, especially as it stands right now, might have come at a steep price for the people who were there before.

Imagine being a person who no one wants; that you don’t even have a country. With all of this in mind, I’m stating my intention to honor that. I will try to pay attention to what might be hidden behind the obvious and be mindful that the stories I’m reading don’t reveal the full picture.

Here’s a good place to start if you’d like to learn more: UNPO – Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization 

Flag of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation
(image from Wikimedia Commons)

14 thoughts on “Nothing Is Simple

  1. todd December 1, 2011 / 10:00 am

    very interesting. i had not idea such a thing existed!

  2. Larissa Tenorio December 1, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    Wow! Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you post! 😀

  3. food4five December 1, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    So glad to have found your blog – looking forward to learning with you as you continue your journey.

    • TheGlobalReader December 2, 2011 / 9:06 am

      Liz,

      A fellow food blogger! Thanks so much for checking out my blog – I appreciate it.

  4. Flora December 1, 2011 / 11:39 pm

    I’m looking forward to read your posts.

  5. Flora December 1, 2011 / 11:39 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Sorry about the double comment.

    • TheGlobalReader December 2, 2011 / 9:11 am

      Flora – no problem on the double comment! Love your blog – that cake you made recently looks amazing…I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, and now all I want is cake.

  6. Rachel (Totally Ovar It) December 1, 2011 / 11:56 pm

    Wow. I’m in awe. I have a silly ego-maniacal blog. You actually are going to make a difference! I’m looking forward to your posts.

    Visiting from NaBloPoMo

    • TheGlobalReader December 2, 2011 / 9:08 am

      Rachel,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. And I meant to comment on your blog…
      Please don’t think you aren’t making a difference! I really admire your honesty and bravery – that’s what writing is all about.

  7. Michelle W. December 7, 2011 / 11:33 pm

    Dude, you rock. I don’t read your blog every day, but I love learning what you’re learning. It is very gratifying that you are doing this.

    • TheGlobalReader December 8, 2011 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I really appreciate it.

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