Everything in Africa goes in cycles. Rain and drought, night and day, eating and being eaten, living and dying. The course of nature is everything, nothing can be changed; swim with the flow, survive for as long as you can, take what’s offered—that’s all you can do. Because your forefathers’ lives are your life, you cannot make a change, development is not possible. That’s not African philosophy, just the experience of generations. And it is the experience that has to change. It is experience that changes mind-sets, not the other way around.
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life; every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.[Wenn aber gleich alle unsere Erkenntnis mit der Erfahrung anhebt, so entspringt sie darum doch nicht eben alle aus der Erfahrung.]
All our knowledge is contained within this whole of possible experience.[In dem Ganzen aller möglichen Erfahrung liegen aber alle unsere Erkenntnisse.]
Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.