This video is about my professor from Kwantlen Polytechnique University named, Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, partaking in the Global Sociological Imagination as from when he was a child to the point where he is now. Close to the age of five years old, Charles began planting cocoa beans with his aunt and uncle in a remote part of the eastern region in a village of Ghana. At that time, for more than ten years, Cocoa seed planting is the division of labour for Charles’ role on the farm world. The global sociological imagination as he describes is “based on the assumption that our individual biographies are not richen or created by us alone as individual. But, are also the collective products, actions and, indeed, in-actions of legions of people, many of whom live in far flung corners of our global landscape and whose paths may never cross ours in our life time.” These actions, seemingly insignificant, that we do from the past or presently will have ramifications going as far out as beyond our physical reach into even other nations or the hands of other people far beyond us of whom we will probably never see in our life time. For Charles, his pursuit for a high school and post secondary education was possible due to chocolate, cocoa drinks and other cocoa bean related products. Further explaining, it is the cocoa beans that were planted from around the world, including in his time when he was planting the cocoa beans, which provides for jobs and nourishment for people around the world. Cocoa beans and its market enable his country to have money set aside from cocoa bean farmers to help fund for scholarships to students for studies in a higher education. Now a professor in Canada, Charles is able to educate future leaders and his perspective of life. This can only be possible as seen in the perspective of the global sociological imagination that Canadians who made much of these purchases of Cocoa bean products allow for Charles’ being in a country such as Canada.
I feel very inspired after watching this video to work on the cocoa bean fields next to Charles so that I would be able to reach out to our global society in one way or another. Also, I feel very happy for Charles to be able to make it this far with the help of a simple plant like cocoa beans. Who would think the impact of a plant like cocoa beans would make a huge change for one person.
I think that the actions of what we make of now or for the future should be made aware. Through the global sociological imagination, this shows how far our actions can be reached to others, beyond our reach even. The thought of purchasing products from another country can help people from other countries to fulfill dreams they may never think of, which is a great thought.
I believe that everything we do can and will impact the people around us which can be possibly felt throughout the world. For example, by posting our blogs or videos on “YouTube”, people who have access to the internet can see what we say or do which would impact their opinions and views.
I know for sure that the actions I do take will affect the people that I see who surrounds me. Also, I know that if I were to make purchases of products made from other countries that it will have an impact financially or maybe even somehow possibly sponsoring another Charles Quist-Adade.