One of the most uncomfortable elements of my relationships with Taborans is the fact that people constantly ask me for things. African Friends and Money Matters, a book in our 2Seeds library, discusses this in great detail. It says that people in many African cultures see wealth inequality in a very different way than we do. It is expected that those who have more will give their wealth away to those who have less. This way everyone is taken care of and if you ever encounter hard times, you have many friends that you have helped out over the years that you can ask for help from.
Unfortunately for us, this assumes that people’s relative income values will fluctuate and that people live in the same community for a long time. Being outsiders…
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