[HOT] Idle curiosity

Tajalli Spencer tajalli_spencer at mindspring.com
Sun Oct 11 23:14:02 UTC 2015

What you trivialize as a "whim" is quite likely a decision 
based a deeply held values applied in a very personal, 
local, small scale fashion.  The choice may be informed by a 
vastly different world view with an aesthetic expression 
that can be quite confounding when taken out of context.  
How a consensus is arrived at elsewhere can be very 
different from what you're accustomed to.

You only see the position of a communication tower on a map, 
but you don't understand why that spot was chosen because 
you don't understand the local culture or have the physical 
experience of the environment at small scale.  If the local 
citizenry wishes to educate their government and 
engage/develop governmental services, they will.  And if 
they wish to operate in a fashion that seems to you 
independent of their government, they will.  It is simply 
their own business how they accomplish their goals.

If I want an educated civil service, I will educate my own 
local civil service.  Help given elsewhere is according to 
the wish to receive it, independent of my opinion of what 
they should have. Otherwise, I would be setting myself up as 
better than those whom I'm aiding.


On 10/11/15 12:38 PM, john whelan wrote:
> So what you're saying essentially is no centralised 
> planning as we know it and the presence of schools is more 
> at the whim of the locals rather than government 
> responding to needs.  In the short term NGOs work but I 
> think in the longer term it sounds as if we should be 
> trying to create a reasonably educated civil service.
> Thanks
> Cheerio John
> On 11 October 2015 at 14:35, Tajalli Spencer 
> <tajalli_spencer at mindspring.com 
> <mailto:tajalli_spencer at mindspring.com>> wrote:
>     Factors for locating a school would be similar for
>     selecting a site for a homestead:  is the land
>     available?  are there some nice trees or other
>     features to moderate weather extremes?  perhaps water
>     availability as well as protection from flooding?
>     where's the bulk of the existing population? where
>     does the person or church/mosque/temple etc that
>     sponsors the education exist/reside?
>     Similarly for communications towers:  land
>     availability, road access for building it, adjacency
>     to population and other towers, protection from
>     flooding, absence of hills/mountains that would block
>     transmission, not on a sacred site.
>     On 10/11/15 10:11 AM, john whelan wrote:
>>     When mapping I stumble across communication towers
>>     from time to time.  I assume these are for mobile
>>     phones.  After we map you can see the rough size of
>>     towns and villages etc. but before then how do people
>>     decide where to locate these and other such things as
>>     schools?
>>     In other words how do you plan without maps?
>>     Thanks John

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