We’ve been around this block how many times now?




It is important to remember that we are covering the same ground we’ve covered countless times in our ancestors’ days. With that in mind, I found a Rudyard Kipling bit that strikes me as significant as I think about my time in the Third World:

Take up the White Man’s burden / The savage wars of peace-
Fill full the mouth of Famine / And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest / The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly / Bring all your hope to nought.

He wrote this on the occasion of the US taking possession of the Philippines. To fully appreciate the joke requires a dash of Philippine historical knowledge, a pinch of first-hand experience in the Third World and a little understanding of Rudyard Kipling’s perspective on things.

This is some of the best comedy the world never seemed to get.

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