Diescho’s Dictum: If the world was a village of just 100 inhabitantsMy


The earth is old. According to Hebrew orthodoxy this year is 5776 after the earth was created. Christian Scientists hold it is over 4.5 billion years old. Followers of Islam would say it Rabi Al-Akbar 1437. Geological scientists suggest the earth is 5. 5 billion years old. Some book claims that Namibia started to appear some 2500 million years ago.

Afrikans would say the earth is older than their known kings.The world is big. As we get to know about this world wherein we live it gets either bigger or smaller, depending on our knowledge about it, our role and significance in it. Or who we think we are. Yet it gets bigger, wider, greater, more dangerous, more bizarre, and certainly more interesting. With so much technological innovations this world gets safer and more fascinating. It gets more and more unsafe as we realize that we are no longer as private as we used to be when we could hide in caves and no one would dare to get too close to the mouth of the cave because they were too scared of the dark which protected the cave’s tenants.

Now there is light to banish the dark and leave us all bare and unsafe. Information, good and bad, travels faster than our fear. All the time. At the same time. Information gets more and more – yet poorer and poorer in every respect. And as information becomes more it gets more unhelpful to help us negotiate our human existence. Our world shrinks all the time, not in size, but in power to intimidate us. We intimidate it, do we?

The world is safely unsafe

The world is ours

The word is itself

A world of contradictions:There are more people and fewer relationships

There are more educated people but fewer solutions

More information yet less understanding

More knowledge yet less wisdom

More stories yet more ignorance

More medicines yet less wellness

More food yet more hungry people

Safer to go to the moon yet unsafe to cross the road to visit neighbours

More expensive weddings yet more costly divorces

More safety weapons yet more rage and aggression

More love songs yet more family-based violence

More music yet less melody

Wider streets yet narrower viewpoints

More beauty yet less elegance

More healthy diets yet more illnesses

Taller buildings yet shorter temperaments

Bigger homes yet smaller families

High expectations yet low tolerance

More politicians yet fewer leaders

Parents make fewer children who make more children as children

More curiosity yet less generosity

More goods yet less God

Powerful people are more insecure

Those who produce more eat less

Those who eat more produce less

The weak protect the powerful

There is more politics yet less politeness

More courts of law yet less courtesy to love

More people to trample on and fewer to count on

Sleep is to escape the day’s memories than to rest from good labour

The powerful fear the weak

We speak more yet hear less

Greed informs our steps and monitors our stops.

World statistics challenge us to imagine that the world is a village of only 100 inhabitants. How and who would they be, and how would they carry themselves? This is how they would be and interact:

52 females

48 males

13 Africans

61 Asians

12 Europeans

14 Americans (North and South)

75 Non-White

25 Whites

33 Christians

22 Muslims

14 Hindus

7 Budhists

16 cannot read and write

50 do not have enough food

1 is near death due to starvation

1 is a university graduate

89 are heterosexual11 are homosexual

1 is HIV positive

21 are overweight

87 have access to safe drinking water

1 of 2 children live in poverty

51 live in towns

49 are rural dwellers

8 with no access to internet

39 have access to sanitation

24 have electricity

6 of them control

32% of the village wealth and all

6 are American citizens

26 are under

14 years of age

66 are between 15 and 648 are 65 and older

12 speak Chinese

5 speak Spanish

5 speak English

3 speak Arabic

3 speak Portuguese

3 speak Hindi

3 speak Bengali

2 speak Russian

2 speak Japanese

62 speak other languages, including Oshiwambo and Namlish.

If we take the top 11 most populated Afrikan countries as the only ones in the group, out of the 13 Africans 6 would be Nigerians; 2 Ethiopians; 2 Egyptians, 1 Congolese, 1 South African and maybe 1 Tanzanian.No wonder we have such inequalities.

Where are we? What do we eat? What do we wear? What do we speak? It’s time to learn to speak OshiAfrika!To Find Our Place In This Village.


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