• I never knew that “under God” wasn’t in the original pledge. I wonder why “under God” was added in the 50’s. Could be something to look up for later.

  • Very eye-opening. It’s interesting to think how an activity we use for leisure and down-time could potentially cause us more stress and sadness in the long-run.

  • When relearning the American Independence story, I began thinking about the story of independence of my home country Democratic Republic of Congo. I was disheartened to find that the little I did know about

    • I didn’t know the connection between the DRC’s battle for a true democracy and the Cold War or the USA’s role within the country. I wonder if more former colonized nations in Africa have struggled in similar ways and what the impact of developed nations on the developing nations has been, whether direct or indirect.

    • Erica replied 4 days ago

      Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, “Understanding how political corruption has been built into the Congo’s history starting months after its independence gives me a new perspective on events in Congo today. ” resonated with me because I had the exact same thought after reading your piece. Well done!
      -erica

    • Erica replied 4 days ago

      Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, “Understanding how political corruption has been built into the Congo’s history starting months after its independence gives me a new perspective on events in Congo today. ” resonated with me because I had the exact same thought after reading your piece. Well done!
      -erica

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