Optimism in Niger

Optimism in Niger
Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:07 AM

I am laying outside the internet café on the bench in the very safe country of Niger. There is nobody here until one PM, so I must read my book and allow time to pass.

It suddenly hit me, I am in the SECOND WORST COUNTRY on the planet after Sierra Leone. This is wonderful, if this is as bad as it gets, this mean the whole world is in great shape.

This place is boring as hell, nobody has any motivation, however what do you expect. This is the HDI - United Nations Index or Human Development Index next to last place contender of Nation. It is a nation losing, however it is really just a country who is not motivated to accomplish much on their own, like your cousin Harold, a great guy, sits around watching “I love Lucy” runs, comments on everything, however never seems to keep a job. A good guy, does not cause trouble, however you are not going to call him when you need to borrow ten dollars until pay day. A dollar short and a day late, this is Niger in a nutshell. The NGOs can have the place, they will eventually run of bleeding hearts and non-issues to make into issues.

I am very happy.
I did not find anyone in Niger Starving to Death.

I hope my reasoning is sound…
- If I cannot find it here, then it don’t exist. -

I have never seen starvation in eight years, I have seen many a country in my middle class, made in American eyes, people living in a place I would never consider and fortunately not have to consider home.

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