working in Hanoi
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October 14th, 2009 – by: apsara
Too often it seems we are driven by short-term profits. Why is it human nature to have such short-term thoughts? Is it because we are programmed on survival-mode? maybe we are storing up for the winter? I think it is probably greed. Greed for money and power. We have created a society where materialistic possessions are the goal and people are simply in the way.
During the past few days, I have spoken to government officials, the world bank, several businesses and developers all working to promote renewable energy in Vietnam. We have spoken about the demand, the resources, the economy and political structure. Vietnam is a fascinating country from what I can see. It struggles to provide basic needs to its people while doing so sustainably and profitably. All while they continue to grow, grow and grow!
I wonder what would happen if we did not grow. I think we need to redefine growth as a rebirth of sorts. Perhaps we can continue to grow if we shed layers like a phoenix. Maybe then, through imagination and innovation we can continue to change and improve life around us.
Things to remember
St. John's cathedral - mysterious in a good way
Riding around on the back of a motorbike - I'm not scared anymore!
Yummy Cha Ca La Vong - ate with a friendly Malaysian lady
Saw the Opera House featuring NY Philharmonic Symphony
Hang Ma Street selling all the paper goods you can imagine
Don Xuan Market - looking behind the curtain of consumerism
Couples in love at Hoan Kiem Lake, beautiful contrast of architecture and nature
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