Introduction by Katrina Cason
Alexander Pope wrote "a little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again." In his allusion to the Pierian spring, Pope discusses a spring from which knowledge flows. Much like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, this conclusion must be arrived at by man's own decision; no one can be forced to learn. Some choose not to learn or read about the horrors and the joys which occur all over the world; the misery that some people live in, and the troubles which encompass their lives. However, as Pope wrote so eloquently, it is necessary to either plunge oneself into a world of knowledge, or stay completely away from it.
One makes themself a better person when they give their life to knowledge. People can be divided into two separate categories; those who care to improve their minds no matter how painful it can be, and those who remain with the frame of mind that "ignorance is bliss." In many ways, this site, The Global Relations of the Many Nations, is much like the Pierian spring. It is hoped that people will use this site as a resource of knowledge, and drink from it deeply; to improve themselves and their minds, by learning about what their fellow man has to face everyday, and learning what they can do to help.
This site, created by three students on the East Coast of the United States, is a doorway into worlds that cannot be fathomed by many. Imagine children growing up surrounded by war and destruction, their lives permeated with poverty. For many, war, death, poverty, and destruction are a part of life. They are all many people know. For many, there is nothing that can be done. Some say that learning about problems they will not help, but others think that knowledge is key. By learning about the different cultures and histories of people around the globe, perhaps the world will become a better place. If people learn, things can eventually change. This change would be slow and difficult, but it is possible. Many people now stand on the cusp between knowledge and ignorance; by considering what this site has to offer, a better understanding of many aspects of the world will arise.