ASAN is a blog of Adrian's adventures! (Formerly a Peace Corps Blog) "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
This article from NPR.org is very true! Something I have learned being in PY in my small town/pueblo!
“We need to recognize that digital connections should enhance but never replace the real-life connections. I don’t think we all should throw out digital devices and move back to the village. I’m not romanticizing village life but using it as a metaphor as what is disappearing: deep social ties and the in-person contact we all need to survive.
The village effect is a metaphor for the social contacts we all need as humans in order to thrive. These are the strong social ties that develop naturally in a village, where by necessity you cross paths with each other repeatedly every day. When you think of most villages, there is a central square, a public area where everyone converges or passes by going to the grocer or the post office or city hall or to sit at a cafe. And that is something we have less and less of today in our era of online connections. Commerce is moving online, everything is moving online, and these traditional village spaces are disappearing.”
Neighbors and relatives share food, drink and conversation in Northern Uganda.