David Cherry, a reader, responded to Dr Yusuf Edward Mitole’s rebuttal of Helen Zille’s continued claims that colonialism benefitted Africans “There can be no Greatness in a species that Innovates itself into Destruction https://wp.me/p7OMJc-2uo.
Colonialism had no merits. Cultural contact, without colonialism, has a long and honorable history. As for the other issue, what Dr. Mitole calls “Western civilization,” is misrepresented here. First of all because his attack is not on Western civilization but on any civilization.
Paper and printing were first invented in Eastern civilization. The ability to perform (by calculation) addition, multiplication, and division was first developed by the Sanskrit-speaking people of South Asia (in other words, they developed the concept of the zero as a place-holder). It was not adopted in Europe for hundreds of years! The human species is the only species we know of, which is capable of imagining a future for itself and of working toward that vision.
The adventure solves problems, creates new problems, and solves those problems. If we do it right, we end up with greater mastery of nature so that (1) we are less and less just beasts of burden, but exert our power (our “muscle”) through our thought processes applied to technologies, (2) what we consider “resources” gets redefined as our technologies advance (we move from burning wood to coal to petroleum products to nuclear fission to nuclear fusion), and (3) we, who are a part of nature, protect the rest of nature, because we produce a surplus beyond human needs.
There is no possibility of a static or “balanced” planet. Either we advance, or we die. If we go back to wood burning, we will use up every living thing faster than it can reproduce itself. The idea that we must return to a planet of a lower technological level and, as a corollary, less than a billion people, is promoted today by the super-rich Europeans – that is, the old oligarchical families, including especially the British royal family, but also the Rockefellers, Oppenheimers, Ruperts, Herr Schellnhuber, Bill Gates, and Al Gore.
Africans, being relatively politically weak in the world, will be killed off first, by various indirect means. The world needs many more Africans, not less.
Dr Mitole’s Rejoinder
All in all, very insightful comments. Sherry has gone the extra mile to give us a bit of history. But it is the same history written by our enemies. It contains so many half-truths, fabrications, concoctions and lies.