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The Global Community of Blogging

I love to connect with people from all around the world. I’m curious about different cultures and enjoy speaking to people who are from different backgrounds than I am. It’s fascinating. And I feel that the better we know each other, and the more we understand that many of us have the same feelings and thoughts, the better the world will be.

Blogging has allowed me to talk to people from different countries. Of course, I live in Japan, and most of the visitors to this blog are American, Canadian, British, and Australian, but there are many representatives of India, Singapore, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Nigeria. But there are more from many other countries who drop by here.

So, I’d like to ask you where you’re from. Which country are you from, and where do you live now? Also, where have you been and made friends? Let’s see how global we are. Answer in the comments below.

Let’s Have Fun Discussions: Ask the Readers

I feel as if we have a nice little community here now, and we often see many of the same people in the comments. I’d like to begin a regular Ask the Readers feature where I pose a question, answer it, then hand it over to all of you to answer in the comments.  Maybe we can have some lively discussions. Some will be fun, some serious, some silly, some controversial.

The topics could be anything from writing, blogging, world events, food, science, books, parenting, politics, religion (yes, I’m going there), history, and more. Really, the sky’s the limit.  But I’m not going to be the one asking the questions. You are.

So, in the comments below, please ask your questions. But please don’t answer the questions below, only ask them. Once I start getting questions in, I’m going to post them once a week. So, let’s have fun!

Helping the World in Our Own Way

After watching the Malala video last night, I felt a strong desire to do something for the world.  She’s a great inspiration.  If you haven’t read that blog post yet, I strongly encourage you to do so now.

There are so many things we can do to improve the world.  Even little things can make a difference when it’s all added up.  I see it around me in Japan, such as entire communities getting together to clean up the streets (saw this yesterday). But there are so many more things that can be done.

At the moment, I’m unable to do much in Japan in the way of influencing policy or society.  I’m “just a guest” in this country, even though I’ve spent a quarter of my life here.  My opinion is not worth much at all, although this is my daughter’s home country.  What I can do is quite local.  I can reduce garbage, use less electricity and gas, and through my job, help many people improve their ability to speak English and give them a more global perspective on things.  You see, most people in Japan don’t know much about the world, and as such are prone to believe stereotypes.  There’s also an attitude of uniqueness here that people have, which I would like to break.  The longer I live here, the more I notice that people are just the same as anywhere else.  I want to show people that every place is unique in a way, but this does not mean they are the superior culture.

We’ll be moving to Canada in 2016.  That’s where I can make a bigger difference.  I want to get involved in the community, attend the occasional town hall meeting where public opinion is asked for, and even getting politically involved.  I will vote, definitely.  I also want to get involved in my children’s education, and help them realise that they too can work to improve the world around them.

I also want to do my share of helping online.  Through my blogs, I want to help educate people, give them another perspective on things, and encourage an interest in science and the world.  I also want to use my writing to make people think and also to entertain them.  Reading is a great way to relax and help the mind grow.

There are so many ways to help.  I found this blog, which is attempting to provide 1000 ways to improve the world.  It’s only on #67. What do you want to do to help?  What do you do already?

Colonising a World: Sex

Simply put, sex is one of the most important things to ensure that a colony is successful.  No, I’m not going to describe sex.  This post is safe for work.  What I’m talking about is maintaining a healthy population and sustainable population growth.

Let’s assume that the initial population of a colony is 15,000 people.  That’s not a lot of people to populate a planet.  But over time, it can result in millions.  In the beginning, everyone will be busy with setting up the colony, construction, establishing farms, and getting everything up to a comfortable standard of living.  But what about sex?  Of course, they’ll do it.  They need children.  But how many children per family?

My answer is however many they want.  Two children are required to maintain a population.  However, if they want the population to grow, and for people to spread around the planet, they need to have more than that.  It wasn’t so long ago that industrialised countries had a high birth rate, especially in the baby boom after World War II.  This contributed to a big boost in population.  A colony world needs a baby boom.  The population could easily double in a very short amount of time if every couple had two children.  But the death rate would be extremely low, as it’s unlikely that there would be many elderly people in the early stages of the colony.  As new communities are established, more children are needed to ensure future generations are able to maintain their towns and cities.

But what if people have ten children?  Is that too much?  They’d be spending so much time raising the children that it may be difficult for people to work.  Would this mean a return to more traditional stay-at-home parental roles?  I don’t mean women staying home.  Either the mother or father could stay home.  This would decrease the productivity of the population.  This would need to be resolved.  However, it’s unlikely that many families will have ten children.  In any case, it’s quite possible to have childcare specialists to take care of the young children until they’re old enough for school.

In today’s society, many parents are afraid of their children getting hurt or abducted by a stranger.  This is highly unlikely in the case of the colony.  It’s a close-knit community that is working together to take care of everyone.  Children are likely to have more freedoms, and so develop a healthy independence.  Older children can help taking care of the younger children, whether their own siblings or their neighbours’.

In the centuries after colonisation, this kind of population growth is unlikely to be maintained.  Societies should understand the impact of overpopulation, and try to maintain healthy population levels.  It’s essential in keeping the world’s environment healthy.

My question for you is this: How many children do you think each family should have?