Life Bush People
posted by December 19 at 9:47 AMon
This is a sad situation. The bushmen of Botswana have feelings for the desert; they want to go back to it, back to a way of life that has not changed in thousands of years. But how can this be possible? How can any man in this day and age honestly live in the desert, honestly chase wild animals for food, honestly preserve water in ostrich eggs? The urge for this sort of nonsense must not be encouraged. Enough is enough. It’s time for bushmen to wake up and smell Starbucks coffee: They live inside of history (not outside of it, as their idiotic ancestors did—“idiotic” in the original sense of word: to be sustained by the land) and are connected to a complex and computerized network of human societies. This desert business just wont do. Animals live in reserves (wildlife parks), not people.
Here’s where things get a little complicated: Kalahari Bushmen, like the ones pictured, have for two decades rejected every effort the democratic government of Botswana has made to modernize them. So passionate are they about this bush type of existence, they took their cause, by jet plane, all they way to the UK, where, of course, they found sympathy and political support. It was easy for the whites in Europe to understand why a black man would desire nothing more than to live barely better than a beast in the bleak back of nowhere. Bolstered by the British, the bushmen sued the Botswana government and won. They are now free to return to the deep past and sleep for another thousand years.
Before naming me an arrogant bantu, think of this: Botswana is one of the few African countries that can afford to offer free health and education to its citizens. Just go next door to Zimbabwe and ask President Mugabe for a physician—you’ll be lucky to even get a witch doctor. So it’s arrogance on the bushmen’s part to believe he/she can live without others, live like wax cavemen in a museum, and discard “like it ain’t no thang” the kind of social welfare most Africans are daily dying for.
The humans must be crazy.