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1. Posted by ctf123 (Inactive 2 posts) 9y

“If I could be useful to another human being, even for a day that would be a great thing. It would be greater than all the big thoughts I could have at the university.” Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

First ever Bangladeshi
Novel Prize Winner in Peace 2006

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting ctf123

“If I could be useful to another human being, even for a day that would be a great thing. It would be greater than all the big thoughts I could have at the university.” Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

First ever Bangladeshi
Novel Prize Winner in Peace 2006

Well he could come over to my place one Saturday and mow the lawns. Next up he could clean the cars, then I'm sure my wife would have something for him to do.

What does this genius do at the university, make sandwiches?

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

maybe he ment something a little more profound than being your buttler

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting Brendan

maybe he ment something a little more profound than being your buttler

"If I could be useful to another human being, even for a day..." Seems pretty clear to me.

Sheez, when I was at university there was no chance to talk to my exam marker to say, "Hey, I actually meant something else rather than what I wrote. Please search for the profound meaning in my essay".

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Good point, haha

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting james

What does this genius do at the university, make sandwiches?

Actually, he teaches physics and is founder of Grameen Bank which specializes in "microcredit" - small loans to the impoverished.
Dr. Yunus

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If you pay for the airfare and supply the lawnmower, I'll come and mow your lawn.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Microcredit to the impoverished?

"Righto, so here's ten cents. Go plant a field of wheat"

Sorry, can't help taking the piss

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Actually, he teaches physics and is founder of Grameen Bank which specializes in "microcredit" - small loans to the impoverished.

Small loans to the impoverished - maybe l should contact his bank (Grameen is it!!!!!!) and just how small are the loans!

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting james

Microcredit to the impoverished?

"Righto, so here's ten cents. Go plant a field of wheat"

Sorry, can't help taking the piss

That's why I asked for airfare and a lawnmower!!!

Quoting Purdy

Small loans to the impoverished - maybe l should contact his bank (Grameen is it!!!!!!) and just how small are the loans!

First one was $27USD - I'd be happy with that!

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

"More than 96% of Grameen loans have gone to women, who suffer disproportionately from poverty and who are more likely than men to devote their earnings to their families."

That's sexist nonsense. When I finish up at work today, I'm off to the pub

Seriously, when you think about what this guy did, there are question marks over a lot of things in society which we just accept. For instance, look at the supply of money. By it's nature, it's a scarce commodity (hence it has value), but who controls it? In fact, what is money? It's not just notes and coins; it's credits to your bank account on pay day. It's debits to your bank account when you deposit money in someone else's bank account (and credits to their account). It's credits and debits on your credit card statement. Think of all the money you spend, then think of all the cash that you spend. Very little I'm sure. So where does it come from? What are these debits and credits, and who controls them?

Who is Visa? Go look them up in the phone book. Can you find them? Where is their office? Can I go there? Why not? I spend a fortune with them.

Why does the interest rate on my mortgage change? When it goes up and I pay more, who gets it? Why does it go up? Who determines it?

Who determines inflation? Some economies suffer from hyper-inflation. Why does it happen? In this situation, the money that you hold loses value very quickly. It's value can halve in a few days. Why? For those that can convert that depreciating money to another currency (euro, USD, STG), you can maintain your wealth. Other people lose and their money doesn't buy what it once did. Why not? Why is it only the rich that can safeguard their money by converting it? The poor can't. The rich remain rich, the poor remain poor. Why?

Why can't the rules change so that these people simply have some credits appear on a piece of paper?

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 20, 2006, at 8:12 PM by james ]