And we marvel at the state of Ottoman
Then turn around and treat Ghana like a garbage can

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

We look at the decline of the Ottoman Empire, which lasted 700 years and was one of the most influential empires in history, and wonder why it happened. Yet we don’t even realize the consequences of our actions, like dumping our old electronics in Ghana, making it one of the world’s biggest dumping grounds

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