Afrocast Productions
ATTITUDINAL CHANGES by G.A.Johnson (US Correspondence)

The difference between poor and rich countries has absolutely nothing to do with the age of the country, the country’s wealth, or the availability of natural resources. Take Japan for example. The country has limited territory – almost 80% mountainous and inadequate for agriculture - but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material and exporting manufactured products.
China, was until the recent past considered a developing country. The world’s most populated country has turned things around and has all of a sudden become an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing industries are booming, the country’s export has seen a significant increase, and the housing industry is on the rise as well. Matter of fact, it would appear that houses are not being built fast enough to meet growing demands.
Switzerland is another example. The country does not grow cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. They also produce some of the best quality dairy products in the world. These are just a handful of examples of people overcoming all odds in order to succeed as a nation.
There are also no significant intellectual differences between executives from rich countries and their counterparts in poor countries. Fact is, immigrants form the core of the productive labor force in rich western countries – working twice as hard as the nationals. What then is the difference?
The difference lies in the general attitude of the people, framed by years of education and culture. An in-depth study of the behavior of people in rich and developed countries reveals that the majority of them follow these basic guiding principles in their lives:
1. Ethics – awareness of moral duties and obligations;
2. Integrity – upright and honest;
3. Responsibility – high level of accountability;
4. Respect for the rules of law and order;
5. Respect for the rights of fellow citizens;
6. Hardwork – diligence in duty;
7. Strive for saving and investment;
8. Punctuality – on time all of the time.
In countries considered poor, only a minority follow these basic guiding principles in their daily life. We are not poor because we lack immense natural resources, wealth, or because we think nature was cruel to us. We are poor because we lack the attitude and the will to teach and comply with these functional principles inculcated into the fabrics of rich and developed societies. People need to reflect on these, then act and inevitably change.

Proud to be an African

We’ve got streams, rivers, stand pipes……….
enough for us to at least take a daily bath…..
with soap manufactured from natural ingredients
in our own homes and kitchens………..

In the ‘Civilized World’, they have bathrooms
filled with showers, whirl-pool tubs, Jacuzzis……..
Bath soap and Body wash of varying aroma……..
Yet one can’t help but wonder……
In their daily encounters ………..
with some folks in the ‘developed world’.

In our primitive state, we have our ‘chewing sticks’
to take care of our dental hygiene…….

There are tooth-brushes in different styles and shapes….
Tooth-pastes in all kinds of flavor………….
But a very serious problem abounds with dental hygiene
In the ‘developed world’……………..

We may not like each other, but we sure got along well
in our own style of democracy that was good for all.

You want us to adopt your style of democracy……..
filled with so much hatred, back-stabbing, corruption and bribery

And they have the audacity to call us “Under-developed”.

Gabriel Adolphus Johnson
October 15, 2002