29 August 2007

Simplify, simplify

This was the first time I heard the suggestion that flying abroad should be rationed, or worse still, banned. The denunciation of material comfort is so widespread in the West that even schoolchildren seem to think affluence is an evil. Many people I met in Britain told me that there is less happiness and laughter in British society due to economic development. Some said that Africans are happier than Brits even though they are poorer. […]

If Westerners are not happy with such great things, perhaps they should swap with us Africans.

I would be more than happy to swap those Westerners out as well.

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