South Africa: People, Places and Problems

South Africa: People, Places and Problems

South Africa: People, Places and Problems

South Africa: People, Places and Problems

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A distinguished philosopher, happily still with us, who throughout a long and fruitful career has touched nothing without adorning it, has written that "A reasonable and controlled selfishness is in its consequences often the surest way of serving others." In the travels of which this book is the outcome pleasure was combined with study: to my readers belongs the right to decide how far, if at all, I have been able to serve the public good.

The narrative will be found to consist in part of impressions--the things that one writes down hesitantly and tentatively, and that can be erased by an india-rubber-- but still more of considered conclusions, based on a due weighing of observed facts. Whatever value such a book may have, therefore, it can claim to be a record of actual experiences.

In discussions both of people and problems I have invariably spoken with the candour which honesty requires; yet if anything said should disappoint or offend my South African fellow-subjects of either race, I would ask them to remember that saying of the Wise Man, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend." The kindness which I experienced everywhere left me under a debt of gratitude which it would have been dishonourable even to attempt to pay in the false coin of flattery.

If at the end of my task I cherish one hope more strongly than any other, it is that what I have written may contribute in some measure to the fuller reconciliation of the European races in South Africa, and therewith to the achievement of that true unity of heart, will, and purpose of which political union is a symbol, The need for such unity is imperious, since without it Western civilization in that country can hardly count upon an assured future.

The question which confronts every life, that of the nation just as much as that of the individual, is the pivotal . . .

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