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~Random Thoughts~

Here is my haven of random and useless thoughts. I can guarantee you that this page will be updated sporadically, and contain no useful knowledge whatsoever.

And here is this week's wonderful wonderful anecdote:

4/1/00 - Have you ever thought about what the world would be like without pencil erasers? Nothing to erase errors...nothing to rub away the mistakes that we make, though the mistakes be written in an easily removable, everything that we write; create; would be permanent and indelibly marked in our lives...the only way to rid ourselves of these errors would be to either destroy the paper they are written on, or pour layers of white-out all over the page. Kind of like our lives today. We live without erasers. Mistakes we make; they stay there forever. The only way to get rid of them would be to destroy their memory, or messily try to cover them up with a thick layer of goo to hide them and pretend they never existed. We are destined to plod on through our lives, suffering under the knowledge that we can never reverse, never go back upon what we have done. We can only look forward, to the future; to what we hope for, and what we want to be.

8/8/99 - Recently, there was an article published in the New York Times that was really interesting. It really put things in perspective. A Dr. Philip Harter of Stanford University said,
"If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of 100 people, with existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like the following: There would be 57 Asians; 21 Europeans;14 from the Western Hemisphere; 8 Africans; 52 females; 48 males; 70 would be nonwhite; 30 would be white; 70 would be non-Christian; 30 would be Christian; 89 would be heterosexual; 11 would be homosexual; six people would own 59 percent of the entire world's wealth; 80 would live in substandard housing; 70 would be unable to read; 50 would suffer from malnutrition; one would be near death; one would be near birth; one would have a college education; one would own a computer."


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