Thoughts on Morocco
by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: November 23, 2013 | Last Updated: November 23, 2013
A Trip to Morocco
To make up some banked time from the start of the school year (those that work in orientation programs, know how quickly September can consume your personal schedule. In return, I got a few days off in Movember/November. In mid-October, I was researching various flights around Europe. I found a few cheap flights from London. The cheapest return flight I could find, believe it or not, was to Morocco. As I love Africa, and her diversity of people, food, culture, and hope, I thought what a fantastic opportunity to travel to a country high on my to-see list.
Below are some thoughts I had based on my trip to Morocco.
See Things For Your Own Eyes
See things with your own eyes, or at least (sometimes this is impossible or just not an effective use of time/resources).
A little deeper than this is, see things with your own mind. Don’t let others cloud your perceptions/ideas/views. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t learn from others and travel to broaden and gain new perspectives. This is one of the purposes of life: to keep going. What I mean, if I say Morocco is horrible and sucks, you may listen and never visit. Yet, this could be a country you develop a deep love with. See things with your own mind – make up your own mind and ideas based on the perspectives and knowledge you have gained from others and your experiences.
For the continent of Africa, Morocco is a relatively rich and safe country. Still, there is much poverty in the country. It makes me think, how can one human let another human live like this? This is a very complicated and complex answer that touches on more factors and areas of civilization than I can learn about in a lifetime. It is important to remember, that after all the research, politics, media stories, and photos, humans are allowing other humans to live in poverty.
Walk The Talk
I think there has been much talk about the need to ‘do something about’ Africa. We now need to start walking the talk. We have talked, and talked, and talked. Today, we must now act. The action is using some magic wand. It is sitting down with the various nations, groups, and communities of Africa and helping build capacity within their communities to help themselves. We won’t be able to do this all at once. We must help one individual and one community at a time to reach the much larger vision we hope to make reality for the people of Africa.
We (as in, Westerners) must be willing to share what we have with the people of Africa. If we expect to be able to eat at fancy restaurants to impress our friends, have 2 or 3 mobile devices to stay ‘connected,’ and drive cars designed to go faster than what most race tracks can handle, then why can’t those living on the continent of Africa expect the same privilieges and luxuries?
Many university students I speak to about Africa, think that the answer is foreign governments, and/or the United Nations. Why? Why does it have to be a political machine that helps Africa develop into a first-world continent? Won’t we just get a politically designed new system? Why can’t it be one person that does all this? Not part of a government or the UN. The system would then be designed around and for indiviudals. Every indiviudal. Not just a few attached to political organizations or parties. Every and each individual human being. The answer is in persons, not governments or organizations.
For all the organizations, individuals, communities, families, governments, and intra-governmental organizations (e.g., the United Nations) doing work on the continent of Africa and trying to help Africans escape poverty, war, instability, fear, killings, death, and the list goes on, all decisions should be made on a human- and humanity-centred principles. Not economic. Not trade. Based on the needs and wants of as many individual human beings, as possible.
Your Call to Action
Agree? Disagree? Have anything to add from your visit to Morocco? Traveling to Morocco and have questions? Comment below or connect on social media.
Here are links to other blog posts I have published from my trip to Morocco.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.