By Ken Gire
[b]Revere existence, and provides yours away for the sake of serving others.[/b]
As a tender guy, Albert Schweitzer appeared destined for greatness. His titanic expertise and fortitude propelled him to a spot as one in all Europe’s most famed philosophers, theologians, and musicians within the early 20th century. but Schweitzer stunned his contemporaries via leaving behind worldly luck and embarking on an epic trip into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to function a lifelong health care provider to “the least of these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, disease, and superstition.[b]<b>[i]<b><b>
Enduring worry, clash, and private struggles, he and his loved spouse, Hélène, turned French prisoners of struggle in the course of WWI, and Hélène later battled power health problems.
Ken Gire’s page-turning, novelesque narrative sheds new mild on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his dedication to honor God by way of celebrating the sacredness of all life.
The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures within the thriving African sanatorium neighborhood that begun in a humble fowl coop, within the thousands who've drawn thought from his instance, and within the problem that emanates from his existence tale into our day.
Albert Schweitzer appeared destined for greatness—and he accomplished it by way of making his lifestyles his maximum sermon to an international in determined desire of desire and therapeutic.
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The political changes in modern Africa, however impressive, are exceeded by the physical change which Africa has undergone in the last century. Africans now travel not only on foot but in cars and airplanes; they ship goods by truck rather than by head porterage. Radio reaches everywhere, and most Prologue 21 tools are now machine-produced. The ecology of Africa has changed dramatically, though often for the worse. Great dams and hydroelectric projects provide electric power for millions, but the growth of population and shortsighted use of resources have caused the loss of much of Africa’s forest, and the loss of much valuable grassland to desert.
So while the story of transformation in social and economic life must include an emphasis on the rise of new cities and new conditions in cities, most of the transformation of African life has taken place in the countryside. For instance, cities have grown rapidly in population during the past century, but most of Africa’s population growth has taken place in the countryside. African populations have ﬂuctuated widely in size and composition during the past century. West African populations were growing as the French took over, and continued to grow at modest rates.
Thus, the relatively eﬃcient administration of Governor Brevie´ brought population growth and prosperity to Niger during the 1920s. Then the heavy collection of taxes compounded the eﬀects of drought to bring about a major famine in western Niger in 1931. The family was and is the basic unit of African social life. Most families in francophone Africa deﬁned themselves as lineages: patrilineages or matrilineages. Patrilineages consist of all male and female persons descended from a single male ancestor through the male line; matrilineages consist of all male and female persons descended from a female ancestor through the female line.