My biggest disappointment: Africa



Africa: the birth-land of creation.
The continent of warm people; of good food; of excellent fruit; of unforgettable sunsets; of beautiful landscapes; of diversity and of magnificent artists.

However, I feel deeply disappointed at the Motherland as a whole, why (you may ask)? Because of what it has become:

A: the world’s number one beggar
Africa is happy with the handouts kindly given by Western countries; so happy that they just lay back, do nothing, knowing that we (suffering from the guilt complex) we’ll be there to throw them crumbs and financial aid whenever they need it.
Instead of waiting for the fish to eat for a day, Africa should ensure a peaceful and safe environment so that its people could learn how to fish and eat forever.

B: the stage of violence and wars
Long gone are the days when one could walk freely in most African countries without being mugged: nowadays one cannot walk in the streets wearing Nike’s (and alike), golden chains, rings, earrings or even a good shirt without being targeted as a possible mug victim.
When people think of Africa, the first two words that come to their mind are “war” and “hunger” (even though there are plenty of peaceful and stable African countries), and I can’t blame them for that is the image that is transmitted to all over the world – thanks to African leaders.

C: a Bacchanalia
Africans drink till they drop; they fornicate to exhaustion with no protection (if a man has five women, he can be sure that these five women have each 2 or 3 other men; which in turn will have 5 or more women and so on so forth); they contract diseases, they spread them like butter; and they seem to have lost their traditional values.
Even when at war, they find ways to rape women and children. I was under the impression that African wars were being fought to achieve ideological liberation but now I see they are an excuse to obtain sexual gratification by force.

D: China’s lollipop
China sucks, sucks, sucks, and sucks Africa’s natural resources (to ship them to the PRC).
Africa has stigmatised Europeans due to the colonisation period, but now it allows the Chinese to colonise them in an appalling way: the People’s Republic of China retrieves from Africa whatever it needs, it does not build anything, it does not transform the raw materials in African territory, and it does not employ African workers (in fact, it brings Chinese workers from back home). The PRC unethically exploits & explores with permission.
At least, the Europeans viewed Africa as something more than a mere lollipop or Chiclets.

E: the nasty nest of corruption
Corruption is everywhere in the world, and it will always exist as long as there’s a human being on earth.
When corruption occurs yet the infrastructures, schools and hospitals are there, it may be viewed as being human. However, when corruption occurs but there’s no potable water for all, no sewage system, no water treatment stations; no schools, no hospitals, no electricity for everyone; no properly equipped and trained police officers, no fire fighters etc – this is utterly unacceptable.

F: the safe haven for Islamists
Africa has this annoying feature of welcoming criminals into its territory. In the past, criminals would live their lives and mind their own business; but Islamists do not wish to mind their own business: they set their mind into converting the African youth into junior terrorists and future suicide bombers; only to serve their one and sole purpose – a Zorka free Africa. Look what was happening in Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique: children were being kidnapped, by the hundreds, in order to be placed in madrassas in order to be brainwashed into becoming martyrs.
And to think that all this is happening on the African Union’s watch. One may wonder: who’s paying whom?

Whenever I hear that a westerner has been kidnapped in the Middle East, or in Latin America, I ask myself “But why don’t this people go to Africa on vacations/backpacking?”...Then I wake up, smell the coffee and reply “But how? Africa doesn’t offer any ethical or moral security". For example: who can savour succulent and tasty game meat, knowing that outside 50 hungry children wait for a handout? Only a diplomat; since he/she was exhaustively trained to ignore other people’s misery.


Image: African Warrior [detail of a postcard] by Lombe (a Zambian female artist)

Comments

  1. I have had bits and pieces of that picture in my mind for awhile, but you are the first to assemble it this way. We would be sent to PC retraining camp here in the US if we said such a thing. It is sad, but we wonder what can plausibly be done to help constructively.

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  2. Hi Looney :D!

    "I have had bits and pieces of that picture in my mind for awhile, but you are the first to assemble it this way. We would be sent to PC retraining camp here in the US if we said such a thing."

    LOL LOL "PC retraining camp" LOL...that was a good one!
    You know, Looney...sometimes I just say "the hell with PC" cause we have been so caught up in the whole politically correctness affair that the world is losing its ground bit by bit right before our eyes.
    Africa is my birth continent, I love it with all my heart, but I am sick and tired of being embarrassed by and disappointed at it *nodding*.

    "It is sad, but we wonder what can plausibly be done to help constructively."

    It is sad indeed. That is a great question, Looney...and I have a couple of answers, but if I disclose them here people will say that I want to start a revolution in that continent lol *nodding*. Although I deeply believe that it needs one *nodding*.

    Looney, thank you ever so much for your input (always a pleasure talking to you) :D!

    Cheers

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  3. I wish Looney weren't so well spoken and I might have written the same comment. ;) You really hit the nail on the head Max. And it's not about predjudice...which many people would try to claim. It's sad to see though because the people I have met from Africa were great people...of royal demeanor and elegant. Too bad they don't have the leadership worthy of them.

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  4. Another way to view humanity as a whole is to step back and view interconnectedness with everyone everywhere. What does this imply?

    When you express disappointment or emotions other than unconditional love toward another human being, then you are expressing the same thing to some part of yourself. This may initially seem hard to see. You may not like to think you have anything in common with other humans who behave in ways that seem incompatible with your core values. And yet, a closer look reveals how you react to people with anger, dismay, sadness or anything less than pure love is a mirror of how you reject parts of your authentic self.

    This is not to say you would necessarily choose to behave like individuals who mistreat others. Yet, think about it. If you allow people to teach you hate, then you are giving up an opportunity to show them another way. Everyone behaves based on ingrained conditioning until they reconnect with soul and peel away layers of illusion. People often repeat what they are taught. In this way, people who evoke negative thoughts within you are also valuable teachers. They draw your attention to the fact you can feel many kinds of emotions. This is a way you grow more discerning of what feels right or good and what you outgrow.

    One very useful exercise is to choose to find some blessing in everyone, some advantage to knowing them or about them. This shifts your energy vibration in the direction of love evern if you do not feel ready to love everyone equally yet. That time is near.

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  5. Hi D!

    :D

    "I wish Looney weren't so well spoken and I might have written the same comment. ;)"

    LOL I know what you mean...

    "You really hit the nail on the head Max. And it's not about predjudice...which many people would try to claim."

    I know what you mean (people, when they are afraid of calling things by their names immediately throw the word "prejudice" into the air....it's sad).

    "It's sad to see though because the people I have met from Africa were great people...of royal demeanor and elegant. Too bad they don't have the leadership worthy of them."

    *nodding in agreement* unfortunately that is the state of things, D. But it is time for Africans to stand up and fight.

    D, thanks a million for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  6. Hello Liara :D!

    "When you express disappointment or emotions other than unconditional love toward another human being, then you are expressing the same thing to some part of yourself."

    Unconditional love doesn't mean to have to accept what is wrong & unethical in that continent (and many things are wrong there, I just presented a very tiny list).
    You are right, I am disappointed to some part of myself: a part of my African family who still lives there and takes part on the misery that goes on in that Continent (they help perpetuating the lack of social ethics by siding with the government).

    "You may not like to think you have anything in common with other humans who behave in ways that seem incompatible with your core values. And yet, a closer look reveals how you react to people with anger, dismay, sadness or anything less than pure love is a mirror of how you reject parts of your authentic self."

    I have things in common with everybody I come across with, all over the world (even with you) - that is why we are humans, right? Despite our individuality we are all similar, since our soul have the same genesis.

    "One very useful exercise is to choose to find some blessing in everyone, some advantage to knowing them or about them. This shifts your energy vibration in the direction of love evern if you do not feel ready to love everyone equally yet. That time is near."

    This is beautiful, Liara!
    However I do not get your point exactly (in relation to the political situation in Africa).

    Darling, thank you so much for having shared your thoughts with us :D!

    Cheers

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  7. Wow, I never viewed Africa in this light before, very interesting and very sad.

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  8. Max, I really don't know what to say after reading this post. You describe everything what is happening in Africa, and many things you've written looks like I've already read and seen in Brasil and third world countries other than African Continent.
    It's really sad indeed!

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  9. I agree with all your issues raise max....somehow I have there should be some enlightenment to the perhaps oldest civilization on earth and have a proper critical analysis on its on-going...I'm really worried as you have mention some hostile countries may attempt for a takeover off these African republics by giving some lollipops...the African world does need to connect more with today's modern world and come out of its inhibitions, so that they could not be manipulated for narrow self interests...lovely reading!

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  10. Hi Max,

    Africa is aching because their leaders (most of them educated in Europe or Americas) refuse to learn from history: Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Congo, Uganda, Darfur & Somalia are no different from Kosovo or Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict; all of them did, in fact, disservice their own people.

    Begging: it is a strategy planned by the West for it's less aggravating to throw crumbs at them, than to lend them funds which would end up being forgiven.

    Bacchanalia: contrary to the rumour, not every African man knows how to deal with his own sexuality. They are as rogue and sexual offenders as their Serbian fellows.

    Corruption nest: African leaders are pathological thieves for no one with common sense would rip its people off so abjectly.

    Islamist safe haven: radical Islam can well be compared to communism (i.e. if one is destitute, angry, hateful, idle, lesser thinker and mentally comatose: one will easily be allured therefore Africa, right now, fits like a glove).

    African Union reminds us of the Afrikaners who were absolutely convinced that no harm was inflicted upon black South Africans.
    When an organization celebrates members such as Mugabe & Bashir...it says the following: our people is doing just fine without education, clean water, sewage, hospital, roads, agriculture, industries etc; because Mugabe and alike gave them the most important thing - liberation from the white man yoke.

    Max, great article, girl: thank you!

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  11. Hey Mark :D!

    "Wow, I never viewed Africa in this light before, very interesting and very sad."

    It is sad indeed *nodding*...

    Mark, thanks for having dropped by and shared your opinion with us :D.

    Cheers

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  12. Hey Cidão :D!

    "Max, I really don't know what to say after reading this post."

    I know the feeling...

    "You describe everything what is happening in Africa, and many things you've written looks like I've already read and seen in Brasil and third world countries other than African Continent."

    This is only a small list of what is really going on (you should have seen my notes: I had to actually select which items to include in the post).
    I know what you mean; but at least Brazil is evolving and developing itself (Africa is not even near of what Brazil has accomplished) - for which I congratulate your country, my friend *bowing*.

    "It's really sad indeed!"

    It is...

    Cidão, meu lindo, thank you so much for having shared your thoughts with us (I loved it) :D!

    Cheers

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  13. Hi Kalyan :D!

    "I agree with all your issues raise max....somehow I have there should be some enlightenment to the perhaps oldest civilization on earth and have a proper critical analysis on its on-going..."

    *Bowing*! I agree with you...

    "I'm really worried as you have mention some hostile countries may attempt for a takeover off these African republics by giving some lollipops...the African world does need to connect more with today's modern world and come out of its inhibitions, so that they could not be manipulated for narrow self interests...lovely reading!"

    *nodding in utter agreement*! Absolutely; I couldn't agree more with you, Kalyan...well said!
    Thanks, my friend :)!

    Kalyan, I would like to thank you for this awesome comment so...thank you :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hey Circulus Ciceronis :D!

    "Africa is aching because their leaders (most of them educated in Europe or Americas) refuse to learn from history: Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Congo, Uganda, Darfur & Somalia are no different from Kosovo or Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict; all of them did, in fact, disservice their own people."

    That is what is shocking: African leaders receive their education in the Western world yet they learn nothing positive.
    I totally agree with you.

    "Begging: it is a strategy planned by the West for it's less aggravating to throw crumbs at them, than to lend them funds which would end up being forgiven."

    It's either that or a more devious reason...

    "Bacchanalia: contrary to the rumour, not every African man knows how to deal with his own sexuality. They are as rogue and sexual offenders as their Serbian fellows."

    LOL LOL I hear you. Now you said it all: they are as sexual offenders as the Serbians (appalling what they did to women during the conflict, isn't it? When I learnt about it I nearly threw up).

    "Corruption nest: African leaders are pathological thieves for no one with common sense would rip its people off so abjectly."

    Hear! Hear!

    "Islamist safe haven: radical Islam can well be compared to communism (i.e. if one is destitute, angry, hateful, idle, lesser thinker and mentally comatose: one will easily be allured therefore Africa, right now, fits like a glove)."

    Islamism Vs Communism...indeed, they are cousins.

    "African Union reminds us of the Afrikaners who were absolutely convinced that no harm was inflicted upon black South Africans.
    When an organization celebrates members such as Mugabe & Bashir...it says the following: our people is doing just fine without education, clean water, sewage, hospital, roads, agriculture, industries etc; because Mugabe and alike gave them the most important thing - liberation from the white man yoke."

    Afrikaners are pitiful; Mugabe is a ridiculous little Hitler; Bashir is a Saddam Hussein wannabe and the African Union (with the exception of Kenya and Botswana - the only two countries condemning Mugabe and Bashir) can be compared to those withing the German people who knew, saw, what those nazis did, stood still, and in the end stated that they knew not what was really going on (they had no idea)...they convinced themselves they were not as criminal as the nazis.

    "Max, great article, girl: thank you!"

    Thank you, guys *bowing*! Ah, you are most welcome :D!

    C.C, thank ever so much for this outstanding comment :D!

    Cheers

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  15. Ciao Max,

    The problem with Africans is that some white lefty bureaucrats (the very same who work for various aid organizations) have convinced them that as long as the former colonial powers would feel guilty they should milk them for money.
    Guess what? We have been feeling guilty for the last 40 years: so depressing!

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  16. Hi Max,

    It is a sad state of affairs.

    During the 1950’s, Africa was a continent awakening to the prospects of Independence.

    In the 1960’s, Africa was a continent in transition for during the decade 31 African countries South of the Sahara became independence, 17 of them in 1960 alone. Notable progress was school enrollment and some industrialization.

    In the 1970’s, Africa was a continent in Limbo. Development proved difficult, and regional and ethnic conflicts became rampant. The cold war placed African countries between the USA and Russia. Increases in oil prices by OPEC in 1973 affected the economic development of the African countries. The 1970’s were also periods of Sahelian drought and famine.

    During the 1980’s, it became clear that Africa was a continent in decline. Hunger and starvation in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Civil wars in Angola, Sudan, Mozambique and Southern Africa.

    In the 1990’s, Africa was a continent in Crisis. Economic stagnation continued to deteriorate. Rapid spread of AIDS threatens families and general societies.

    In the 2000's, Africa's record for corruption and political unrest further increased it's degeneration.

    "The continent of warm people; of good food; of excellent fruit; of unforgettable sunsets; of beautiful landscapes; of diversity and of magnificent artists."

    For all of Africa's ills, it's a shame that these things get lost in the shuffle for power.

    Do you think that Africa is still in the process of discovering itself or bottoming out before their reawakening?

    I'd like to share a couple of quotes.

    “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”

    ~Anonymous

    “The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.”

    ~George Kimble

    Excellent and heart-wrenching post my dear. I will never look at Africa the same.

    Liberation Cheers!

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  17. Excellent post... I can feel your anger my dear.

    I work with a lot of people from Africa, mostly Western Africa. They tend to share your feelings: whenever they talk about it (most of them moved to Canada late in their life), they miss yet, and they are almost angry with the political system (or lack thereof!), the corruption etc.

    As a European, I feel bad because we certainly &?% up the place. Colonization... what a big shame on us!

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  18. And like you say, Max, "the hell with PC!".

    If we were acknowledging the issues once in a while instead of coating them with PC, maybe we could think and see clearly.

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  19. Dear Max,

    I love you but I completely disagree with some of what you have said here... I am very passionate about these issues so I hope you will forgive me being honest...

    "A: the world’s number one beggar
    Africa is happy with the handouts kindly given by Western countries; so happy that they just lay back, do nothing, knowing that we (suffering from the guilt complex) we’ll be there to throw them crumbs and financial aid whenever they need it.
    Instead of waiting for the fish to eat for a day, Africa should ensure a peaceful and safe environment so that its people could learn how to fish and eat forever. "

    I have seen so many people so sick and so poor in Southern Africa that they could never hold a fishing pole, much less learn to fish...

    THis is the reason so many 'westerners' use not to give to Africa... .that Africans are 'lazy' or 'ungrateful'...

    The people whom I serve in Africa have always, always been grateful for anything which has been given them...

    I completely disagree that western countries give 'too much' to Africa...

    1% of the worlds military expenditure would provide clean water for the entire world....It is reprehensible to me that we continue to clench our fists in greed when so much of our world dies around us...

    Many African governments are indeed corrupt.....But why should we turn our backs on the African people because of government crony's?

    We are citizens of the world.

    Every 3.6 seconds a child dies of extreme poverty... The vast majority of these being African Children...

    The tragedy is that western countries, continue to turn their backs while a casual holocaust occurs in Africa every single day.

    May we all learn to love each other,

    Maithri

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  20. Max, I want to say that I love and appreciate you... I just needed to share how I feel about that part of your post...

    Sending love and light to you my friend, M

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  21. Max:

    It's a scary picture you paint, and it's one I know only too well. Not from personal experience, but through my son. Several years ago he decided that Africa was where he wanted to be. So without so much as a "father may I" he was gone to the dark continent. He was tall, white and blond and broke, and his parting words to me were, "Money isn't everything. Don't worry." I was speechless.

    Six months went by without a single word---no letter---no phone call. I worried to exhaustion, but I couldn't sleep. Then, one day out of the blue he called to say he was home---waiting at the airport for me to pick him up. Like I said, that was several years ago. He still hasn't told me anything about his adventure.

    Happy trails.

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  22. I learned so much about Africa today. Thanks for sharing. It's sad that the citizens had to let this happen to them.

    It's great to hear you had a relaxing weekend. Me too. :)

    Take care sweetie! *hugs*

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  23. My dear Maximus why don’t you tell us what you really think? ;)

    First…tantalizing title and evocative image…nicely done…however from your commentary it seems the warrior of the image should be running with a massive erection prepared to spear the enemy…after a nap under a savannah tree.. ;)

    Africa is starving from lack of common consensus…It has not transcended its tribal affiliations to the degree which is needed for healthy stable states.

    Africa sees no hope so it lives in despair….

    Almost every season of the Amazing Race reality TV show the players travel in a part of Africa and EVERY time they are ripped off by locals. Everybody that watches the show knows that when the season starts somebody will be ripped off in Africa and other players with cry at the poverty of India…the thing is this happens on camera…the people doing this could care less that they are captured in digital media…the increasing corruption problem in Mexico means fewer Canadians are traveling there…

    Of course there are also larger geopolitical reasons for these issues and to some degree the inhabitants of Africa are paying a price for their geography. A large north south axis as opposed to a longer east west challenges agriculture along with the proximity to the equator etc…

    I recommend the book by Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collapse_(book)

    It is easy to point fingers at China however at least they are doing something constructive with the resources. One cannot get around the racism typical of China towards blacks….(similar to that in Japan)…

    The African system of tribal affiliation, lack of coherence on major issues, lack of moral compass, influx of destabilizing funds, deficiency of forward thinking, rejection of western creativity etc….have bogged it down in a system (‘s) that are not sustainable in civilized fulfillment (however there are some areas that they are showing positive growth so there are some possible movements that could be positive in moving forward medium term)…

    Africa needs to retool its popular metanarrative and look to the future instead of sinking in the past…stop blaming colonization and creating inbred-mini-cultures…they must receive an enlightenment of sorts…however as the current system is bankrupt they must stop trying to find their future in their past!

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  24. Hi! We're a fairly ignorant lot Downunder when it comes to Africa. The images we see in the media, are of a people plagued with AIDS/HIV, countless children without parents and American movie stars going over there to adopt children. Again you have opened my eyes, to things I know little about, thank you.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  25. Hi Dux :D!

    "The problem with Africans is that some white lefty bureaucrats (the very same who work for various aid organizations) have convinced them that as long as the former colonial powers would feel guilty they should milk them for money."

    Unfortunately this is also true *nodding*.

    "Guess what? We have been feeling guilty for the last 40 years: so depressing!"

    It is depressing, because our guilt generates nothing positive for that continent - it seems like it is clouding our minds.

    Dux, thank you so much for having complemented this article :D!

    Cheers

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  26. Hi Lady A :D!

    "It is a sad state of affairs."

    Indeed..

    "In the 1970’s, Africa was a continent in Limbo. Development proved difficult, and regional and ethnic conflicts became rampant. The cold war placed African countries between the USA and Russia. Increases in oil prices by OPEC in 1973 affected the economic development of the African countries. The 1970’s were also periods of Sahelian drought and famine."

    Those are the facts, girl.
    Communism destroyed Africa. Let me share something with you (by offering a Mozambican example): many Mozambican students defended the Independence (being one of them Joana Simeão); and after it was accomplished they rejoiced; nevertheless they asked prudence. They suggested that Mozambican leaders (from the communist party - Frelimo) would join hands with Portugal so that the new administration would be trained by the Portuguese in order to guarantee a smooth transition (since many of the Frelimo members were not fit to rule a nation). She'd campaign for this, and the Frelimo arrested, tortured, raped and eventually killed her (in the concentration camps they had set up in the North of the country) - her group's plans went down the drain and Mozambique became what it became...
    Now draw your conclusions...

    "During the 1980’s, it became clear that Africa was a continent in decline. Hunger and starvation in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Civil wars in Angola, Sudan, Mozambique and Southern Africa.
    In the 1990’s, Africa was a continent in Crisis. Economic stagnation continued to deteriorate. Rapid spread of AIDS threatens families and general societies.
    In the 2000's, Africa's record for corruption and political unrest further increased it's degeneration."

    Absolutely true and sad.
    And yesterday I heard that a quiet country like Uganda is experiencing uprisings and chaos as well - shocking.

    "For all of Africa's ills, it's a shame that these things get lost in the shuffle for power."

    Isn't it?

    "Do you think that Africa is still in the process of discovering itself or bottoming out before their reawakening?"

    I'd like to think that they are bottoming out before their reawakening. Africa doesn't need to discover itself, it needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

    Alexys, thank you so much for these beautiful quotes *bowing*!

    "Excellent and heart-wrenching post my dear. I will never look at Africa the same."

    Thank you, darling *bowing*! Hopefully, one day you, and all of us, will look at Africa with new eyes.

    My darling, thank you ever so much for your input: you have added a lot to this article :D!

    Liberation Cheers

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  27. Hey Zhu :D!

    "Excellent post... I can feel your anger my dear."

    Thank you *bowing*! Anger would only blur my mind...no, it is something else that made me open my eyes and see things clearly.

    "I work with a lot of people from Africa, mostly Western Africa. They tend to share your feelings: whenever they talk about it (most of them moved to Canada late in their life), they miss yet, and they are almost angry with the political system (or lack thereof!), the corruption etc."

    And they are right! Because of the poor political system and corruption they are forced to leave their beloved country and move into a strange nation to suffer God knows what.

    "As a European, I feel bad because we certainly &?% up the place. Colonization... what a big shame on us!"

    Don't. Colonisation happened [there's nothing we can do about it], not all of it was bad (hell, I am a product of colonisation); plus it is time to move on.

    Zhu, my dear, thank you ever so much for your input: loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  28. Zhu,

    "And like you say, Max, "the hell with PC!"."

    *High 5*....

    "If we were acknowledging the issues once in a while instead of coating them with PC, maybe we could think and see clearly."

    Absolutely, girl!

    Cheers

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  29. Hi Maithri :D!

    "I love you but I completely disagree with some of what you have said here... I am very passionate about these issues so I hope you will forgive me being honest..."

    Darling, please do disagree and honesty is much appreciated in here...

    "I have seen so many people so sick and so poor in Southern Africa that they could never hold a fishing pole, much less learn to fish..."

    Maithri, it was a metaphor (Confucius said "give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever") meaning that if African governments insist on not creating the proper environment for people to grow their own food, the African people is condemned to a despicable fatum (of eating the food that aid organisations provide today without knowing if he/she will have another meal tomorrow or any time soon). And this image is a campaign made by corrupt leaders to [and I am going to quote one of my readers] "milk money" from the west.

    "THis is the reason so many 'westerners' use not to give to Africa... .that Africans are 'lazy' or 'ungrateful'..."

    Africans are not lazy nor ungrateful; but their leaders are rascals who abuse the funds given by westerners.

    "I completely disagree that western countries give 'too much' to Africa..."

    This article doesn't say that the West gives "too much" to Africa...

    "1% of the worlds military expenditure would provide clean water for the entire world....It is reprehensible to me that we continue to clench our fists in greed when so much of our world dies around us..."

    This is not an argument, Maithri...for military expenditure is also needed. Let's not forget that the military provide jobs, education, technology etc. It seems to me that it has an important place in the world economy (not to mention its importance to keep us all safe).
    The problem with the lack of clean water in Africa is not the military expenditure around the world; the problem is negatively corrupt political leaders.

    "Many African governments are indeed corrupt.....But why should we turn our backs on the African people because of government crony's?"

    Did this article support aid abandonment? No.
    This article focused on criticising what is wrong with that continent (and I lacked space to add some other huge political problems that are damaging Africa from within).

    "The tragedy is that western countries, continue to turn their backs while a casual holocaust occurs in Africa every single day."

    I can surely understand this position...but Africa must not expect western countries to do what it can do for itself (after all it does have the resources; all it has to do is to make use of the proceeds of its business to benefit the people ).

    "May we all learn to love each other"

    Amen!

    Maithri, my friend, thank you so so much for your contribution to this article: it is most valuable :D!

    Cheers

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  30. Maithri,

    "Max, I want to say that I love and appreciate you... I just needed to share how I feel about that part of your post..."

    Aww, my friend...the sentiment is mutual :D! It's ok, man...here at the MAX you can express whatever you wish...total freedom of expression :D!

    "Sending love and light to you my friend, M"

    Thank you so much! Much love to you too!

    Cheers

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  31. Hey LSus :D!

    "My dear Maximus why don’t you tell us what you really think? ;)"

    LOL ;)....

    "First…tantalizing title and evocative image…nicely done…however from your commentary it seems the warrior of the image should be running with a massive erection prepared to spear the enemy…after a nap under a savannah tree.. ;)"

    Thank you *bowing*! LOL LOL LOL provocative...I like that in you...

    "Africa is starving from lack of common consensus…It has not transcended its tribal affiliations to the degree which is needed for healthy stable states."

    True. I do not think that the problem is the tribal affiliations (in fact, tribes are the solution to African issues [white people convinced black Africans that tribes were something bad and that dismantling them would be positive - this was an utter disruption of the African society and its form of organisation] only when they restore the King and chiefs to their proper place, for they are the only ones capable of guiding their own people; since their success implies the success of their kingdoms...it is this simple).

    "Everybody that watches the show knows that when the season starts somebody will be ripped off in Africa and other players with cry at the poverty of India…the thing is this happens on camera…the people doing this could care less that they are captured in digital media…the increasing corruption problem in Mexico means fewer Canadians are traveling there…"

    It is all part of the campaign to "milk" the west. Cause I have been in Africa and I was never ripped off; ask Madonna if she has ever been ripped off there.
    India...India cannot be compared to Africa - they are a success case.
    Mexico - *no comments*...

    "Of course there are also larger geopolitical reasons for these issues and to some degree the inhabitants of Africa are paying a price for their geography. A large north south axis as opposed to a longer east west challenges agriculture along with the proximity to the equator etc…"

    Is this what we, in the west, try to convince ourselves of?

    "I recommend the book by Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed…"

    Thanks for the recommendation, my friend...I will look into it :D!

    "It is easy to point fingers at China however at least they are doing something constructive with the resources. One cannot get around the racism typical of China towards blacks….(similar to that in Japan)…"

    I agree. *nodding*....

    "The African system of tribal affiliation, lack of coherence on major issues, lack of moral compass, influx of destabilizing funds, deficiency of forward thinking, rejection of western creativity etc….have bogged it down in a system (‘s) that are not sustainable in civilized fulfillment (however there are some areas that they are showing positive growth so there are some possible movements that could be positive in moving forward medium term)…"

    Tribal disorganisation and everything else you mentioned of: I totally agree.

    "Africa needs to retool its popular metanarrative and look to the future instead of sinking in the past…stop blaming colonization and creating inbred-mini-cultures…they must receive an enlightenment of sorts…however as the current system is bankrupt they must stop trying to find their future in their past!"

    Well said!
    I couldn't agree more with you in number, gender and degree!

    LSus, wonderful comment: thank you, thank you! :D

    Cheers

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  32. Hi Peter :D!

    "The images we see in the media, are of a people plagued with AIDS/HIV, countless children without parents and American movie stars going over there to adopt children."

    Oh yes, those images are part of the massive campaign of victimisation to keep obtaining funds from the west *nodding*. I am not saying that these things do not happen, they do...but Africa is much more than that (you wouldn't even believe it) yet that is the image African leaders inject in our minds.

    "Again you have opened my eyes, to things I know little about, thank you."

    Oh, my friend...this is only a fraction of what is going on...but you are welcome *bowing*!

    Peter, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  33. Hey Liz,

    It is sad indeed, girl.

    That is great that you had a great weekend! :D

    Thanks for having dropped by, darling! *hug*

    Have a great week!

    Cheers

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  34. Hey Swu :D!

    I nearly missed this comment *nodding*...

    "It's a scary picture you paint, and it's one I know only too well. Not from personal experience, but through my son. Several years ago he decided that Africa was where he wanted to be. So without so much as a "father may I" he was gone to the dark continent. He was tall, white and blond and broke, and his parting words to me were, "Money isn't everything. Don't worry." I was speechless."

    Well, there are white Africans there...but it is dark when it comes to the cloud of corruption that hovers over it.
    :O...he went just like that?

    "Six months went by without a single word---no letter---no phone call. I worried to exhaustion, but I couldn't sleep. Then, one day out of the blue he called to say he was home---waiting at the airport for me to pick him up. Like I said, that was several years ago. He still hasn't told me anything about his adventure."

    Man, he saw Evil incarnated! It is best to let him be....

    Swu, thanks for having shared this personal experience (it is scary); I appreciated it :D!

    Cheers

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