This article hit home! And it hit hard…

Mind of Malaka

So I got this in my email this morning…


They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview; the sluggishly slothful and languorous prefecture. In this realm people are sleepy, dreamy, torpid, lethargic, and therefore indigent—totally penniless, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken, disfavored, and impoverished. In this demesne, as they call it, there are hardly any discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Africa is the trailblazer. Some still call it “the dark continent” for the light that flickers under the tunnel is not that of hope, but an approaching train. And because countless keep waiting in the way of the train, millions die and many more remain decapitated by the day.

“It’s amazing how you all sit there and watch yourselves die,” the man next to me said. “Get up and do something about it.”

Brawny, fully bald-headed, with intense, steely eyes, he was as cold as they come. When I first discovered…

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3 thoughts on “

  1. nqobani says:

    A riveting article, that gets me to think more. Could this be the reason we continue to languish in poverty while we have one of the highest literacy rate? Its high time we start to dream bigger and stop being (lazy) intellectuals.

  2. nqobani says:

    I cant seem to get this article out of my head, i am still poundering of it, it has really hit hard. i feel that white people work very hard and yet we labour very hard. We are failing to think as if there is no box at all,.

  3. Rachel Bea says:

    Very thought provoking indeed! However, as an african I have to say screw him. Here he goes again trying to stereotype all african intellectuals. That an african has to conquer western ideals to be called an intellectual is insulting enough but to insinuate or rather blatantly state that poverty in africa is caused by the africans disregard for the plight of our fellow brethern is appauling. The behaviour of intellectuals he postulates about is not only typical among africans and neither are innovative practical ideas born by non-africans only. I agree that we need to be our own solution and we need to stop looking at western culture, thought and philosophies as the be all and end all. I also agree that our time would be better spent trying to solve the many problems that cripple africa rather than indulging selfish lifestyles. But I do not agree with the manner in which this advice is given. As if many of these thoughts do not cross the minds of the african, as if many africans are not currently fighting to improve our home.

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