Saturday, June 30, 2007

Natural Air Conditioning

Oddly enough, one of the things that I most enjoy about Egypt is probably something that would drive other people nuts. People here do all sorts of things that would never be permitted in a more organised, regimented country where someone is looking out for everyone else's safety. You see people riding in the back of trucks (forget it in North America...would void your insurance) all the time. Is it dangerous? Sure. If someone is injured or killed, obviously people are upset, but there is a basic realisation that we are all going to die at some point, and that we have choices about how, when and where. Make a stupid choice and you can get a stupid death.

These men are probably more comfortable in the short run sitting on top of the load of their truck than they would be in the cab...and there probably isn't room in the cab anyway.


Anonymous said...

Rules. I like your attitude about laws. I think people should be smart enough to also govern themselves and not need a nut running the show like we have in office these days.

The idea of wearing seatbelts in America came about to protect auto insurance companies who spend too much money trying to fix injured people up. So the laws were created to help them out.

These are just two instances.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

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JOTA ENE ✔ said...

Beutiful photos and nice blog

Z said...

Here in Switzerland I see many things which shock me (safety-wise) at first since I'm in the US frame of mind. I think people are expected to take more personal responsibility in the little things (yeah, the coffee is probably going to be very hot, and I should be careful with it), and not expect Big Brother to protect them from themselves.

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