IN MY EARLY TWENTIES, I was quick with my opinions about many things I didn’t know, understand, or have any experience with. My conclusions about the world were based, primarily, on what I felt to be right and wrong — sometimes with the aid of a timely book, article, or comments from friends.
Many years and 100 countries later, I’ve learned that you have to earn, not assume, an opinion. The earning is accompanied by learning — on the ground, with actual people, who live and breathe the very thing you might have spent 15 minutes reading about.
Child labor is a terrible, outdated practice. Yet in the slums of Managua, I visited an NGO that takes kids off the streets and teaches them to read, write, and support themselves by making arts and crafts that are sold to gift shops.
Is this “child labor,” the terrible, outdated practice? Not when there’s a benefit to all parties concerned. Which brings us to these 7 myths about the Calgary Stampede rodeo.