Before we work
for development, we should ask ourselves where the development should
lead to, where does our own development leads to, where does the traditional
development of the other country leads to, and which values has their
development different to ours?
People from other
cultures have completely different values than we have, which we
do not know, and because they also think completely different to
us, we cannot understand their values at all. First we must learn
to see things in the way they see them, before we know, which parts
of their culture we destroy by our work, which are perhaps much better
than ours. So for example the hospitality that goes in many countries
much further, which has no limits, which is often an expression of
the consciousness, that we all live together in this world, and that
life on this earth is only possible, if we live it in a global community.
Often an egoism and a consumption is created through our development
work in these countries, that have no experience with this, and are
fundamentally destroyed by it, at least from the view of these countries,
which as I think is more real than ours.
Then it should
also become clear to us, that in a society that does not know school
education, we can not change anything with intellectual work. To
build schools in all remote areas of the country is a beautiful intention,
but if people do not know by their own experience, what school is
good for, they will never go there, or send their children there.
The education they know, is usually shaped by family, tradition and
attention for the older ones, which we lost completely. All intellectual
knowledge leads to nothing, if they do not have an emotional experience
of deciding something on their own differently to their traditions
and changing it. Otherwise they will only become slaves of the western
culture, which they can not form, because they do not understand
The only possibility
to help for development in a country, is to go as a human with other
experiences into this country, and to live there in the same way
as the locals do. To forget all requirements of the western one.
However not to forget ones own experience, because with this we know
then, equipped with the same possibilities as the locals, how to
find the way to change something, to construct something in the society,
change values create new possibilities that correspond with their
interest. And because we do not bring anything material, we will
know that this is something, an example which is possible for everyone
in this country, since it develops independently of the west. It
will create on the people a much more positive impression, and will
not lead as unfortunately all too often, to dependence and consumer
Real change becomes
only possible if we clearly visibly connect our fate with the fate
of other people. Only then confidence on both sides develops, and
only then unplannned beautiful changes will happen, which will create
completely new possibilities.