I came to Africa with one purpose: I wanted to see the
world outside the perspective of European egocentricity. I coule
have chosen Asia or South America. I ended up in Africa because
the plane ticket there was cheapest.
I came and I stayed. For nearly 25 years I have lived off and
on Mozambique. Time has passed, and I’m no longer young in (1)_____ fact, I’m approaching to old age. But my motive for living this (2)_____ straddled existence, with one foot in African sand and the another (3)_____ in European snow, in the melancholy region of Norrland in
Sweden that I grew up, has to do with wanting to see clearly, to Understand.
The simplest way to explain what I’ve learned from my life in
Africa is through a parable about why human beings have two ears
and only one tongue. Why is this? Probably so that we have to listen twice as much as we speak.
In Africa listening is a guided principle. It’s a principle that
has lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one
seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else.
from my own experience, I’ve noticed how much faster I have to
answer a question during a TV interview than what I did 10,
maybe even 5, years ago. It’s as if we have complete lost the
ability to listen. We taly and talk, and we end up frightening by
silence, the refuge of those who are at a loss for an answer. (4)_____ (5)______ (6)______ (7)______ (8)______ (9)______ (10)______