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Archive for August 30th, 2007

De Roy Kwesi Andrew on Western Luddism

Posted by rantingkraut on August 30, 2007

“The denunciation of material comfort is so widespread in the West that even schoolchildren seem to think affluence is an evil. (…) If Westerners are not happy with such great things, perhaps they should swap with us Africans. We would love to have what these people seem to hate. You see, we believe in the material progress of mankind; the vast majority of Ghanaians I spoke to while making Damned by Debt Relief said they want more from life: more goods, more products, more choice. We hate being constantly subdued by nature; we are tired of dying early; we are tired of sleeping in mud huts; we are tired of walking long distances for water, food and fuel; we are tired of doing our washing by hand; we are tired of farming with hoes and cutlasses and waiting for nature to be merciful unto us. You think this way of life is ‘natural’ and happiness-inducing? Then you should try it out.” (source)

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