How we talk

This is a quote from a journal. I really liked what was said and it forced me into a reflective mood; our own culture used to be like the one the person is talking about .. now things are changing .. this will perhaps be, the greatest of the changes modernity has brought with it – often not understood or given any importance.

“One of the most fundamental aspects of our culture (African or Black) is the importance we attach to man. Ours has always been a man-centred society. Westerners have on many occasions been surprised at the capacity we have for talking to each other – not for the sake of arriving at particular conclusions but merely to enjoy the communication for its own sake. Intimacy is a term not exclusive for particular friends but applying to a whole group of people….
These things are never done in the Westerner’s culture….We are not a suspicious race. We believe in the inherent goodness of man. We enjoy man for himself….Hence in all we do we always place man first and hence all our action is usually joint community-oriented action rather than the individualism which is the hallmark of the capitalist approach. We always refrain from using people as stepping-stones.”
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One Response to How we talk

  1. completelyreversed says:

    No doubt it used to be, the first image that came to my mind is of early winter nights in the “Bathak” at our village around an “inghiti” with huqqa getting passed from one individual to another while the young and old conversing over really mundane things. The sense of community that came with it is still so fresh and refreshing.

    Its been a long time since I have been back but its been conveyed to me that I can pretty much forget about those days, popular media culture has invaded the remotest of the regions and community structures are westernized.

    What a shame though, I have very fond memories of those times. 😦

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