‘The nature intelligence and great feeling for the living world around them.
They’re very humble in their debts to nature’ The poison wood bible, Barbare Kingsover
Taking off from the hectic of preparation, last weekend I spent evening with backpackers from Europe and America. They have been hitchhike, walk, and use local transport for the last 6 months in the southern Africa. Like other travelers stories, they are stories of comparisons exotic and modern; such us How Africa is different from media and other source of info, how many people here seem to be happy not matter how difficult the life might be,find a fresh veggies, fruits etc in open sky market occupied by happy mamas. They wonder what if the development move such fast replace this local way of life with supper market where will all this mamas go, will they remain happy and satisfied as they are now.
Seattleite TV, computer, cell phone, huge air planes, are just among of unimaginable technology success of modern human being. This helps to make life more ease but it seem like this kind of technology development goes together with life system. All this have remove human being to its roots, nature connect, we are working hard to become machine! I have a feeling that we failed to balance our development.
In the area I grew up there have never been industry, life have been in a perfect balance which give us a good foundation but most us loose it as we grow up educated in the different path which never teach us how worth our world is, very useful human power lost as they can get more confused. About 60 to 70 % of Tanzania still depends direct on natural environment, fertile soil and natural rain for food production and dwindling fresh water. Without industrial development for exchange government get it foregone money from natural resources mining and tourism which based in the wealth of natural flora and fauna. Since the inter world develop through the same path regard less time and place. My concerning on this situation is most of people involved due to lack of awareness can’t make choice of their future in the early stage of this progress. It is very depressing to find out the country like Brazil which ‘international economic rank’ running high to the infinity sky while the ‘Favelas’ (slums), growing apart from rule of law out of government control. What looks like not sustainable production the country is under high demand of energy with few option to maintain it rank now it plan to clear thousands hectors of Amazon to create hydro power electric dam at the same time displacing thousands who have co-exist with this environment for centuries. What to expect more favelos? Social illness? Same stories with poor Tibetans, temples replaced by shopping centers! What a lost of our heritage.
The preparations are becoming to harder as it approach the time to start, there are few things still keep me on hold such as visa and insurance, budget for the first 6 months on the way and equipments. Thanks a millions for all of you who have already support and still supporting, nothing could be completely without you. Special thanks to Penny’s family, Erick Loy, Conserventure Foundation, Alias Msuya (Mwananchi), Arusha Times, Brooks England, Mountain Smith, Mt. Boar, Perfect Printer, and many more others who have provide invaluable support till this point.
Also special thanks for those who don’t passive what I want to accomplish, bureaucracy for making even simple thing to be hard; you make me stronger.