To reflect and… Act.

19 08 2007

I cannot take credit for the contents of this post but it is thought provoking…

“This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt, that are more than 2000 years old and are poor.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available
natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world.
In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year.
Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality.
It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order and labor, which made it the world’s strong safe.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the law and order.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for saving and investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.
We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us.
We are poor because we lack attitude.

We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich and developed societies.
If you do not forward this message nothing will happen to you. Your pet will not die, you will not be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven years and also you will not get sick.

If you love your country, let this message circulate for a major quantity of people could reflect about this & CHANGE, ACT!!”

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19 08 2007
davidvanwyk

Nossie the sentiment is good, the logic is flawed. Empires come and go. 6 thousand years ago Egypt was arguably the most advanced society on the planet… people in Europe and North America were still using flint. The Chinese empire similarly flowered and waned, and will probably be the next big thing on our planet. Economic history shows that the global economy became interlinked since the mercantilism of the 16th century. The fact that westerners absorbed the technologies of those they came into contact with and then used gun powder to aggressively subjugate and colonise has a lot to do with the current distribution of wealth and poverty on the planet. blaming poor countries for their poverty in an a-historical fashion is the same as blaming a rape victim for being raped – it is criminalising the victim in the situation.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, South Africa all acted as points for deflating tension in England in particular and Europe in general. Be reminded that Great Britain was the Imperial superpower of the 19th Century, it could call on the wealth, resources and raw materials of all continents, mobilising their populations to labour.
Familial affinity meant that those countries with the right climate and where large numbers of Brits and Europeans could settle shared in the spoils of Imperialism and Colonialism – and they had the added advantage of cheap native labour as well as land and resources appropriated by force.
By circulating your article as widely as possible you are simply demeaning the cultures, religions and humanity of non-westerners.
Interestingly those countries who were most able to resist colonial domination, i.e. China and Japan, where people were able to retain their culture and identity are the ones who have most successfully recovered from the effects of British domination of the 19th Century.
I remind you that British soldiers kicked around the heads of those who dared oppose them, Luka Jantje, Bambatha etc.

21 08 2007
Nossie

David…thanks for taking the time to comment. Your insight is invaluable. I am clearly not in your league but I’m learning from the master.

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