Thursday, 2 December 1999

From "Aid or Development?"

By Willem Gustaaf Zeylstra, p. 135.

It is true that in practically every developing country one finds a greater or smaller group of people who have been educated, and sometimes have attained high intellectual qualifications, to Western standards, and who are intent on modelling their thoughts and behaviour after the Western example. It is another matter whether these people are indeed truly spokesmen for their own nation when conveying its needs and desires in terms that are familiar to Westerners. In their zeal to plead their country's cause, they may well -- without being insincere -- attempt to translate the untranslatable. All too often, moreover, alienation from the world of thought and feeling of their copatriots has been the price they have had to pay for allowing themselves to be westernized. In many cases, what Mikesell calls "the urge for development", refers to needs and aspirations that are sui generis.

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