A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Memoirs... Is there something in the lessons I learned that makes sense of why an Arab Muslim boy who grew up in America came to understand himself (and the world) more fully in Central Africa?
"Before you get started, you own the journey.After you start, the journey owns you."-Malidoma Somé
hmmm... what to say? first, i remember really enjoying some of the parts of malidoma somé's book while in cameroon. other parts left me skeptical. it was "the healing wisdom of africa: finding life purpose through nature, ritual, and community" http://www.cultural-expressions.com/diaspora/msome.htmnot sure how i'd feel about it now, though. i have to admit that the skeptic in me keeps emerging as i browse through a lot of what i find on somé's website:http://www.malidoma.com/cms/but there's wisdom in the book. and though i now dislike making sweeping generalizations about "africa," i recall finding many parts of it relevant as i read it in cameroon. here's a review of the book that's also critical but positive: http://interculturalmemories.blogspot.com/2009/05/healing-wisdom-of-africa-review.htmlwith all that in mind, i'll share my comments from back in 2002 about the quote above:plan as you will, "Africa always wins." but you wouldn't want it any other way.honestly, i cringe as i read that. but it's there in my journal. so it must've felt real to me at the time. i now much prefer the nuance in this post, which i think gets at the same idea (both in somé's quote and my comment):http://namediso.blogspot.com/2008/02/not-wanting-to-be-there.html