Magazine article New African

There Is No Place like Home

Magazine article New African

There Is No Place like Home

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If you think of the dream they call "the American dream" and think it is less than 300 years old and consider the earlier dreams that existed before it and the source of those dreams, you start thinking how trivial our day-to-day fantasies are next to reality.

If we look at ambition and the empires that come with it, what empire is there today that will not be gone tomorrow? As the lilies of the field, Solomon in all his glory, here today, gone tomorrow, burned as garbage. But still we hang on desperately to see what we can get out of it today.

Africans run to South Africa. They think it is better there. South Africa is Europe they say, and for as long as they allow the Europeans to have power there I suppose they are right. South Africans run to what they call "America" and "Australia". No doubt these places had other names before the Europeans "discovered" them.

Now, everyone wants to go back to Europe. They believe the source of the good life is there, the white life, the "West". Even those "Australians" who feel they cannot exist without being subject to the crown, feel the real dream is where they came from.

But the Europeans still living the dream feel it is no longer a dream but a nightmare. …

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