Mine has lasted for almost 45 years. But from the very start, my experiences in Africa began conflicting with my hopes, indicating trouble afoot, foretelling that our utopian dreams were going to lead to crushing disappointments.
We give, they take. We're active and entrepreneurial, they're passive and dependent. We help, they're helpless. There is in this neat equation more than a hint of centuries-old racist attitudes toward Africans, our era's version of the white man's burden.