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April 24, 2005

Ramblings on Development

Honour is important in many cultures. To a lot of people, even if they dont verbally acknowledge it, however, honour is equated with pride.
If you want to help people that own less economic resources than you, you have to be humble. People wont appreciate your help (or at least not as much) both in monetary and education terms if you treat them like children that cannot fend for themselves. If you take a paternalistic approach to their problem and treat them like individuals of a value of a lower standard than yours, they will abhor your aid. They will dislike your kind. You are not one of them, therefore, you cannot understand them.
People wont change unless they want to change. And, they wont take your help if they dont think they truly need it. Sometimes just being there and supporting them and letting them know that you will help them once they need your help is enough.

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