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Warning: the following rant has nothing to do with my outfit!

It's nearly midnight and I've spent the entire day working on another assignment; this one's about South Sudan's (torturous) path to independence. Honestly, the Middle East and Africa must be the most fascinating region to learn about, there's just so much history, so much bloody conflict, it simply never ends. I know I've said this before, but I feel cheated that all I ever got in school was a (very narrow) history of the US and Europe. Year after year, that's all we studied in history. I remember one particular world history class, we started in Ancient Egypt, skipped several thousand years to the Enlightenment, then right to the World Wars, and then oh what? Cold War's over! An entire semester, and that was literally it.

Another big thing that sticks in my mind was the fact that we only ever really learned events in isolation; it was like, X happened in 1843, Y happened in 1856. No sense of causality, continuity, connection. I suppose that was why so many people found history boring; nobody ever bothered to tell it like a story, like the way it actually happened. Sure we learned that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand set off World War I, but we never learned why. It was just, this happened, then this other thing happened, they're somehow connected, but really, they're just two facts that you need to memorize for the test.

I guess I can sympathize with the fact that educators just don't have the time to teach everything that has ever happened in the world, but the bias against the Global South is absolutely mindboggling. You know, spend a couple weeks out of thirteen years of education to teach about South America, the Middle East, and Africa, maybe? I'm sure I can survivor without the second, third, and fourth times studying the Enlightenment. Maybe the continued influence of the Enlightment in the West is reason enough to study it, and because of that, it's more relevant to us than, say, the Islamization of Southern Sudan. That whole idea of 'out of sight, out of mind' just rubs me the wrong way, though; it's like an excuse to remain ignorant.

Did you know that South Sudan became the world's newest state in 2011? Very well-deserved, I'd say, considering all the crap it's had to put up with from the North: two civil wars and a mess-load of oppression. All right, I'm off to bed now, hopefully my next entry will be more cheerful in content, haha. :)

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