"If You Don't Trust People You Know, It's Over."


11 Responses to “"If You Don't Trust People You Know, It's Over."”

  1. GuidoDavid says:

    “. The lies were imported from Europe along with the Guns.”

    Even chimpanzees lie.

    Africa is a beautiful place, but please, let’s make no idealizations.

    Indeed we (not only Caucasians, since this is not an issue of ethnicity) have many things to learn from a lot of places. But phrases like yours only make this learning process more difficult, as with such obvious bull people won’t believe anything else.

  2. BlindKarma says:

    My Father always told me, “Don’t trust nobody but your mama and then cut the deck.” He was from South Bend and not Benin.

  3. fltndboat says:

    This is a test and only a test. Please cower anywhere you like. The Pope is after witches. He has nothing to worry about because his Popemobile is equipped with witch proof glass. Step back and slowly reach for your gonads. They are shrinking as you read. As is your brain.

  4. fltndboat says:

    I forgot. I am on board for #1 and agree completely.

  5. Anonymous says:


    Aggregate outcomes for high trust communities are better than those for low trust ones, or noncommunities; but there are, unfortunately, plenty of circumstances where starkly antisocial means are quite advantageous in individual cases.

  6. GuidoDavid says:

    I cannot speak for anybody else, but I think your posts on Benin are beautiful and insightful. They are exactly what I like: A window to alien realities and odd social mores, a tale of cultural fusion that has remained out of the mainstream, but that is starting to emerge.

    How will it blend with our global society?
    What memes are there for my own personal culture?
    How do my opinions have to change according to what you tell us? How does Benin proves right and wrong?

    I cannot travel, but I can try to read and understand.

    Thank you, Xeni. It is refreshing to see that people in weird places count.

  7. Xeni Jardin says:

    GuidoDavid, thank you for your comment.

  8. urshrew says:

    Community is about the only way for people to survive. All those angry white male stockpile survivalists ought to remember that fact. We could, here in the US, easily end up like some poor, chaotic African nation if give up on our shared responsibilities.

  9. fltndboat says:

    Without trust the dance of Leadership, Followship, and Serviceship breaks down to Self-Serving Mefirstmenship. The first self serving lie that brings more power to one’s self destroys trust. Africa is a mosaic of beautiful Cultures and People. The lies were imported from Europe along with the Guns. I wish some of the countries suffering from the disease of” War Lords” {Cowards} would ask us to invade them. We are trying to put trust of leadership back on the table as a point for Global dialogue. Simply put. I trust our new leadership with the power of Annihilation a lot more than the last one. Please conceder the notion that we Caucasians have a lot to learn about the power of trust. Africa can teach us.

  10. Decio says:

    “You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” – Anton Chekhov

  11. uknowbetter says:

    Lump sum payments in the form of ‘aid’ from the West to Africa can be detrimental to building trust as they increase corruption and rent-seeking.

    Micro-finance is a much better way to go. Trade for Africa, not aid.

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