“I will therefore not allow myself to be trapped in Western thinking, which has presided over thought and ideas and has dictated to the world what to think.”
Wally Serote’s article in the Thinker 31 poses serious questions:
“We can no longer be professional students of the west.”
I hope that magazines like the Thinker will help in the debate on the path forward. We need to change the “terms of trade” as Best would say and we need to develop solutions that fit our reality.
The crisis in the Caribbean economy finds little debate within the region and all that is proffered is the failed mantra from the IMF and other Western sources.
Can we not do better?
Is it that the we allow CNN and Fox to fracture our thinking and believe all that is offered by them as gospel?
Where are the critical thinkers? All we are hearing is the voice of the right trying to prop up a failed model.
We must and can do better.
Godfrey J. Martin
We Hope to be in Time for Dialogue
by Wally Serote
The issue here is, since I believe that the Western sun is setting, most of the answers we seek for the 21st century exist outside of the West and among people of the South. Wherever we are, although belatedly, we have to search for a paradigm shift to survive during this century and set the basis for the survival of future generations.
“We have, from an African perspective, to make a decision that we can no longer be professional students of the West.”
Africa is in a position to play this role, given its cultural diversity, historical experiences and continental resources, human and natural. It will therefore be necessary to think outside of boxes, but not re-invent wheels. I will therefore not allow myself to be trapped in Western thinking, which has presided over thought and ideas and has dictated to the world what to think. Continue reading