As countries wish to emulate the American way of life, which entails vast consumption of goods and energy (and who wouldn’t envy an 8500 square foot home, multiple cars, plenty of food and water, as a friend of mine just bought in Albuquerque), that population growth you note is a parallel to the desire to be like us. Not only do people want what we have, but as they do, they lose their cultural identity trying to emulate the West. Languages, native clothing and tribal identities are lost as kids want to look like Rappers, be rich like Beyonce, or whatever. The more I travel the harder it is to see people living as they did, continuing traditions. While I may find this sad because I hate to see the Micky D-ing of the world (to coin a phrase), others may not be so bothered. I love our uniqueness. I love what makes each country, tribe, culture different. The more we all try to look alike, be alike and act alike which homogenizes the world precisely the way tract housing dehumanizes a country side and the way a Walmart wipes out all the neat, different shops on a town’s main street, the less we will learn from each other. Differences teach. They force us to grow. When we export media that implies that everyone here is rich, everyone wants that. I hear that when I travel. The grass is always greener but we (and other rich nations) have a much larger water bill, to the cost of the rest of the world. I don’t have the answer. I just ponder.

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