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Words. But what do they actually mean?

Write. Write. Write.

What to write about?

I guess I could write about something that inspired me the other day.

A conversation had in the car park of The Bliss, Chiang Mai.

That really made me think and question.

Sometimes we think we know ‘the answers’ or are onto something because of things we’ve read or heard from others.

But thinking alone is never the answer.

It’s so easy to get lost in one’s thoughts, overthink, complicate, and come out feeling philosophical.

I do it all the time.

But that doesn’t mean I’m really onto something.

A perspective change helps.

And that usually comes from conversations with others.

It rarely comes in isolation.

Anyway, I’m going off topic.

I guess I kind of lost the thread I thought I was on.

But it will come back.

I think it’s coming back right now.

Okay, so back to this conversation.

The guy was interesting, experienced, and has worked in developmental economics for the last 45 years.

He knows so much more than I ever could, from his on-the-ground experience in countries all around the world.

What impressed upon me was sometimes we think we’re asking the right questions, but just changing the angle from which you’re looking at it, can change the question entirely.

For example,

Poverty and Hunger.

We use these words often, but what exactly do they mean?

When we talk about Poverty, by which metric are we measuring it – and how do we measure the improvement?

When we talk about Hunger, are we talking about just feeding people – or ensuring that everybody has good nutrition.

We use words so easily, and think we understand what they mean, but maybe it’s time to start questioning the words we use.

Ask ourselves internally, what does it mean?

What are they trying to say?

Do we fully understand the word in that context?

I think I’m going off on a tangent.

But those are my thoughts.

Till next time!


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