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QuestionWhat can we learn from Africa? santini297
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Irina Yasina: You know there are such places on the Earth that teach by their own example how not to do, e.g. Russia. Great Russian philosopher Chaadaev wrote at the beginning of the 19th century that Russia exists to be for other nations the example how they have not to do. As I have grown up and live in Russia I realize that all our experiments on ourselves should have been examples not to be followed. Africa is sometimes like that. Many African countries had a lot and put a lot at risk and lost a lot, and they are examples of how not to do. But of course there are some positive aspects. For example I have bought special shoes for my parents because my mother has troubles with her feet and my father is not young any more too. These shoes are created according to a technology that they have learned by the Massai tribe. These tall, strong and beautiful people walk on the very hard ground their whole life. And they have such a special feet form that scientists have studied this phenomenon and created very comfortable shoes for people who have problems with their feet. But it is only one little example. I think it is possible to learn a lot of things if studying carefully African culture and traditions. I have been only in few places in Africa. I have been to Egypt and this is still Africa even if only according to its geographical location on this continent. But however the whole European civilisation started there. So you decide it.