Today, we visited the village that Cheikh lived before coming to the states. When we got to the village at around 5, his brother were waiting with four horse carriages. When we arrived at the village, we were greeted by the whole village. All of us formed a big circle and the women started dancing to the drumbeats. After the long welcoming celebration, the cheif of the viallge showed us around. There is no electricity in the village so it was really dark as it got late. It was strange and sad to accept the difference between us and the villagers. We are from the world where we are so used to having electricity that we can't live a second without it, whereas the villagers are used to live in darkness at night. We want to have smart phones when we have access to internet everywhere as long as there's a laptop and some people even can't stand still without their cellphones. They just can't get away from the modern technology for a second. We always want something better although we have the same thing that's still in good condition.
Why are we so greedy? Is it a problem with people or the society and how it creates the pressure to follow the trend?
It was really hard to accept the fact that we live in the same world because I felt like I time-travelled to the past. I don't even know why I once pitied African villagers for not having electricity when they don't seem to mind their life style at all. Having more doesn't necessarily means happier and better life because to me the people at the village were enjoying their life much better than we do back in the states. I guess always wanting more when we have enough is the problem with the non-villagers in other continents.
|The only school in the village|
|They have French grading system|
|The traditional healer in the village|
|Dinner at the village ( this is how Senegalese eat food - sharing from a big plate)|