Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Primitive living is most often associated with living wildly, living a life as close to nature as can be seen. Historically man has been said to have graduated from primitive life to living what has come to be called a civilized life. It’s not know what cost exactly man has paid to make such a transition more so because describing or labelling a life is very subjective. By man, I refer here to both genders; man or woman.

Living in the wild which primitive life is known to be, is associated with savagery and one would say unpurposeful life. Yet those men that lived such a life enjoyed natural elements in the state that we now strive for, for instance seeking organic food which is from plants grown naturally. Primitive man had no worry of  finding natural food. All what he was able to find or grow was natural food with for all crops grown, using seeds preserved from one season to the other without any modification. The question is, do we desire such life in our pursuit of organic food?

Civilized life has made life more complicated to many at the same time it has simplified most things. Yet life as God purposefully made it, is designed to have things grow, things advancing from where they were to greater heights. Man has the power to discovering through universal wisdom new ways that will make him and his surroundings more advanced than they were before. So one would say that graduating from primitive life to civilized life was already ordained and that’s how things need to be. We will therefore as humans, continue to look for things to advance life. The only thing is that in certain cases man has gone more towards advancing things for destroying life than promoting more things for sustaining life.

The quotes this week is from a book that has a powerful statement on its fronts cover page saying, ‘A people that is alive is building its future.’  I am sure that the selected quotations below from this book which is a history one, will enlighten you to one or two life lessons. Read and enjoy:

A SHORT HISTORY OF MALAWI by B.R. Rafael

“They are called Mwandionerakuti because, according to the stories, they asked taller people whom they met: ‘From where did you see me?’ And when these people answered: ‘We saw you from afar.’ the short men laughed and danced shouting, ‘I am a big man after  all!’ This could happen only afterwards, when other, taller people had come in. Before the Kafula, as we shall name them, probably learned from the Bantu people how to smelt iron, they used weapons, knives, tools etc. made from stone. We therefore say that such people lived in the Stone Age.”

“Now that the Zambezi waterway had disappointed him, Livingstone began to look for another one. And this was the Shire river. This river too had falls, but smaller ones, and the travellers could carry their boats and goods overland from one fall to the other. It was here in Malawi therefore that the great explorer had found what he was looking for: healthy places for the Europeans-missionaries as well as traders and planters – to settle and a suitable waterway through which to reach them.”

“We hear also that here and there Muslim preachers were very active, and they were as a rule more intelligent than the average teacher resident in the villages. Often they were business men too. One of them was a well-known shaykh selling and buying goods at Karonga, Nkhata Bay etc. Meanwhile he made friends with the chiefs he met and spread books about Islam. He even took promising young men with him in his bout to instruct them.”

“The horrible and shameless slave-trade did not start in the East of Africa but in the West. So, not only are the Arabs and Africans to blame for it, but also the Europeans. After Columbus had discovered the New World, America, in 1492 lots of Spanish and, afterwards, Portuguese people began to migrate there. They wanted to open mines and start sugar and cotton plantations, especially in South and Central America.”

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – SEPTEMBER 17: Tanzanian people are seen at the entrance of their primitive house, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on September 17, 2016. (Photo by Ali Ihsan Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)