Having the great opportunity to travel the world and be in contact with a variety of different people I came to realize something that would have not struck me if I was limited to the same community. I lived in Bucharest. There I attended an international school and I met people from all around the world. Then I moved to Switzerland, where I attended a prestigious boarding school (Le Rosey). Now I live in America, attending Princeton Day School.
Difference. Whether it is cultural, social, economic or religious, I was exposed to all sorts of different people and saw how they cope with it from different parts of the world. From a cultural point of view, there are vast differences stretching from South America to Africa but without these differences the world would be boring and uninteresting. We tend to think of the world in segments: countries, people, languages, cities etc however, when we think of it as a whole, it is a very fascinating place.
Cultural: There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world today, many of which are spoken by fewer that a few hundred people. The top 10 languages however make up the vast majority of all the speakers in the word.
Social: Developed countries have people who use technology as part of their daily lives and can be in touch with people from all over the world through swiping their finger on a screen whereas in several developing countries, technology is present only in schools or for educational purposes or sometimes not present at all.
Economic: Countries all around the world measure wealth and poverty by analyzing the difference in average income by using the usual exchange rates. Price differences between countries are due to differing prices for services. According to data collected in 2005, the number of people in the world defined as poor increased from 0.9 to 1.75 billion.
Religious: Every religion has sects with differing beliefs. Hinduism; infinite manifestations of God, New Age; believes we ourselves are God, Buddhism; no god or gods exist, Islam, devoted to one transcendent God, Christianity; an infinite and personal God.
Seeing all of these differences and being in contact with people from so many places in the world, I spent a couple of days thinking that there must be something that everybody in the world has in common. I came to the conclusion that it was education. As I discovered that education was the guideline to being happy, free and autonomic, my passion for education struck me. All my questions about differences and why people behave and think in different ways had finally been answered. Education.
For a person to be fulfilled one needs education and because I understand this message I know how important it is to send it across and would like everybody to be aware of it.