Employment ensures Peace and a Happy Society

Couple days ago, a gunman opened fire at a Market in Florence, Italy, killing two Senegalese Street Vendors, before turning the gun on himself.

Since then, friends have been sending me notes asking if I had heard of it. This morning, I got tagged on Facebook by a friend called Zachary Caceres, wondering if I had seen the news. Zac is extremely intelligent and thoughtful and hit the nail on the head when he wrote this:

"Extremely sad attack in Italy on Senegalese Street Traders. One of the unintended consequences of protectionism and government intervention is the (justified) feeling that the economy is becoming a zero-sum game. Ironically, worldwide Street Trading is a major growth and employment sector, which the Italian formal economy could only hope to rival.

Instead of growth and opportunity, you have a set number of jobs -- many of which are patronage jobs like civil service or in government protected unions -- which everyone has to fight over. Instead of the arrival of foreigners being an opportunity for cultural enrichment and trade, they are instead just another competitor fighting over the fixed economic pie. 

This brings out the worst of our tribal heritage. Advocates that believe in peace and equality and also Government interventionism should consider this."

I agree with him. Let's also add that with or without immigrants, Europe will be completely screwed if they do not manage to create more jobs & opportunities. And their current trend for protectionism and nationalism is really counter productive for that. For now they gang up against those who do not look like them, next it will be those who are not from the town, then those who is not from the traditional ruling families of the town... I said it before: "Well jobs to me are to any sustainable society what water is to Life! Lose them and watch everything die around us, including us humans" and "employment ensures peace and a happy society. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS are critical, everywhere". More here.

Sufi Love

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKAylJYBNb4] Youssou Ndour is a friend, fellow countryman, and one of the best ambassadors of Senegal, at least on the artistic front.  One of the things that it is important to understand about my country is that we are a deeply religious country, committed to our Sufism, which has allowed us to be one of only two African nations never to have experienced a coup or civil war since Independence.

What do I love so much about the man? He is serious about Peace, real Peace, Love, real Love, and a Better World For Women. I love the fact he decided to stay home, in Senegal and prove that it is definitely possible to be a gigantic international star, straight from Africa! Most of us in Senegal feel that we are blessed with a "gene" of Peace, Tolerance and Love, that preserved us throughout times.

This is one my favorite songs from him, and you guessed it, it is all about  LOVE. Part of the song goes like this:

"Love is so good

Trust Us

I love you, and no one can extinguish that fire

Love, Love, O Love

Love is the making of God

Love comes out of a heart and goes into another heart

Love: no one can sell it and no one can buy at the market

Any two people you see, love binds them and God puts its blessing on it

Love has no religion

Love has no color for in the world of Love, there is no black person, and no white person"

We Senegalese Sufis are consumed with Peace, Tolerance and Love, when it is all said and done.

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