“I don’t know what your destiny will be,
but one thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those who will
have sought and found how to serve.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
Kingsolver Contemplates Schweitzer
“When Albert Schweitzer walked into the jungle, bless his heart, he carried antibacterials and a potent, altogether new conviction that no one should die young. He meant to save every child, thinking Africa would then learn to have fewer children. But when families have spent a million years making nine in the hope of saving one, they cannot stop making nine. Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past. When the strap lets go, what flies forward will not be family planning, it will be the small, hard head of a child. Overpopulation has deforested three-quarters of Africa, yielding drought, famine, and the probable extinction of all animals most beloved by children and zoos. The competition for resources intensifies, and burgeoning tribes itch to kill each other. For every life saved by vaccination or food relief, one is lost to starvation or war. Poor Africa. No other continent has endured such an unspeakably bizarre combination of foreign thievery and foreign goodwill.”
– Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible, p.528
This isn’t the end of the rabbit hole.
It was only a side-tunnel, remember?