Just spent a couple of weeks vacationing in Panama and doing the Canal. What a major engineering feat. I read The Path Between the Seas a couple of years ago then again for this trip. The book really helps in understanding the accomplishment. I stayed in a jungle cabin in a very catholic and superstitious community. Ten children and no birth control. They are very proud of their organic farming techniques. It is just a reminder to me of how far the third world has to go before they can even fathom an non-superstitious outlook. The schools here, while government funded, are full of religious symbols and information. The Catholic Church seems to have a strangle hold on education. I am sure many of you have had far more experience in third world countries than I. Even with the problem of religious creep into our schools in the US. It is nothing like what they have in Panama.

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