“When you’re rich, they think you really know.” a line from “If I were a Rich Man” by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, a song from the 1964 Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
My father never finished high school, but he was a wealth of information. Whenever I was aiming for a particular city or town, he would tell me which route to take to get there. When I would suggest a global destination, he would tell me about the destination’s location and any notable geographic features (mountain ranges, large bodies of water, volcanoes, etc.) He would know of any major disasters in that area. If the political landscape had changed, he would tell me what country used to be in that location. If he didn’t know the current head of state, he would know a story about a prior head of state. He would talk about what nearby military conflicts were escalating or de-escalating. Nowadays, I wish he had run for president.
This is a link to photos from Namibia, a country which borders Zambia like Maryland borders West Virginia. Fortunately, the people of Namibia seem primarily level-headed and pragmatic folks. I feel sure the congregation at the Four Gospel Evangelical Church (Volle Evangelik Kurk) has forgiven the slight already.
Local Proverbs from Namibia:
“Even a weak lion is not bitten by a dog.”
“If you want to give God a good laugh, tell him of your future plans.”
“To the white horse, the zebra said: ‘I am white too,’ and to the black horse: ‘I am really black.”
“When a tiny toe is hurting, the whole body stoops down to attend to it.”
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