A Map of Your World (continued)

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

by Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

(Please read “A Map of Your World” first.)

Warren Buffett started out, as a boy, on his path to becoming a multi-billionaire, by memorizing the names of all 48 state capitals. (Alaska and Hawaii did not become states until 1959, when I was eight years old, and Buffett was, of course, older than that.) He was studying what we have been taught to call “geography”. I doubt if he called it that. He had already decided, by the time he was nine years old, that he wanted to become rich. Knowing the map of his world was an important first step.

A map is made using a map projection, which is any method of representing a globe on a plane. All projections distort distances and directions, and each projection distributes those distortions differently. Perhaps the most well known projection is the Mercator Projection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_map#Map_projections).

A world map using the Mercator Projection:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Mercator_projection_SW.jpg

Here’s another projection, called an “Equirectangular Projection“:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Equirectangular_projection_SW.jpg

Here’s a map of the world with the nations labeled:

http://www.mapsofworld.com/images2008/world-map-country-dialing.jpg

Most projections, having been made by Europeans, exaggerate the size of northern regions, where the Europeans live.

If you want to be free and prosperous, it helps to have a map of your world in your head. Otherwise, you might just want to be a happy slave in someone else’s world.

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