|I was comparing British Columbia
and Baja California today. With British Columbia, I thought of words
like calm, tranquility, crisp, gentle, generous, vast, huge trucks,
huge road shoulders- room for everyone there. With Baja California,
I think of the words crazy, loud, dust, narrow roads, no shoulder,
exhaust, people, people, people, friendliness, curiosity, running,
yelling, laughter, smiles.
At first glance, it seems as though British Columbia is the better
of the two all around. And maybe technologically and infrastructurally,
it is. However, I keep coming back to the running, yelling, laughter,
and smiles part. That, to me, tells me a lot.
I feel as though we, in North America, with all of our money, materials,
technology, structure, and status isn't making us happy. In fact,
it might even be taking away from our quest for happiness. It seems
North America is getting richer and richer but, more and more people
are sedated, literally, by the world of anti-depressants and beta-blockers
for one reason or another. More so now, our laughter results from
cynicism or at the expense of another.
I agree wholeheartedly that conscientiousness and infrastructure needs
to be in place in any given country. But their laughter, their jokes,
their friendships and smiles come from pretty deep. They dream. They
dream for the things that we have while we dream for happiness as
deep as theirs.
| When I can capture this happiness
in a photo, I will be sure to pass it on.