What if the world you know, as represented on a map, was totally wrong?
When it comes to importance, human psychology responds with, “Size matters.” What if gross misrepresentations made historical conquerors seem bigger… even to this day so that Africa was belittled by Western egos, affecting true status in the world.
As a lover of the West Wing television series, one of the cleverest ever created, i tended to give them credit before being dismissive. One such occasion involved Peter’s Map. Thanks to Upworthy.com, i was reminded of it now and consider the contrast to be a metaphor for the political parties racing for power in our forthcoming, South African elections i.e. everything is not as it seems. Outside of that, it’s something cool to make your mind tick.
The Peter Map represents the world by actual size. The most common example of discrepancy is the enormity of Alaska on the maps we were shown in school. Alaska seems, more or less, to be the size of Africa when, in fact, Africa is 14 times bigger. Africa is 3 times larger than China or the USA and 5 times bigger than Western Europe. The UK equates to Madagascar. And the Southern hemisphere has more than double the area of the Northern Hemisphere.
Russia is the world’s largest country (out of 249) and South Africa is high on that list at #25 (ahead of Colombia, Venezuela and Nigeria).
In the picture below, you can see how the other countries can be squeezed into our vast continent).
Not to mention that the world is a ball so countries could be totally repositioned too… even ‘upside down’ – no, you won’t fall off:)
I hope this inspires you to never accept what you’re told but to rather validate everything – think for yourself.
PS: You’re missing out BIG time if you fail to watch that video clip at the start of this blog!