Dr. Albert Schweitzer, winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize for peace, in his
1961 book, From My African Notebook.
Interesting...........if you wrote anything like that now you would be
branded a racist, Nazi..............or even a *one nation supporter*
So, a man who gave most of his life to others, all along viewed them as his
inferiors. How many of those who view others as their equals do nothing for
them at all (or feel that it's not necessary, since they're "your equals",
and *you* are doing fine)? Would *you* rather have your life saved by
someone who thought of you as an inferior lifeform (hmm, how do you know your
own doctor doesn't see you this way?) or would you rather die?
Schweitzer's views are not inconsistent with his time, either. The majority
of white Europeans, Americans and Australians would have agreed. Very, very
few served their fellow human beings as well as Schweitzer. If he was a
white racist, then he was a white racist who left a stable job, in a
comfortable nation, to study for several years to become a doctor, sold up
his possessions, was baulked numerous times by ignorant authorities, and
served decades in Africa as a medical missionary (undoubtedly suffering many
of the local diseases, weather, bad food, and other privations), specifically
in order to benefit black Africans, whom he felt deserved this action on his
behalf. Pick another target.
Just my opinion.
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when this story was produced in a docu-drama several years back; my immediate
thopughts were shaken by the reminder of Sweitzer's conduct in west africa.
and i suppose this sort of genocidial activity and method always justifies the
means . . .
pretty sick if you tell me . . .
The "pretty sick" comment should more correctly be applied to Mthakati's
It is apparent that he/it has not the slightest idea what Dr Schweitzer did
at Lambarene. The attempt to connect his medical and missionary work to the
Tuskegee Experiment is quite despicable.
Someone else has made passing reference to Dr Schweitzer's achievements and
dedication. Perhaps it might be as well to just summarise briefly what
He was awarded doctorates of Philosophy, Music, Theology and later he
added to these doctorates in Medicine and Surgery. These last in order to
give up what could have been a glittering career in Europe to become a
medical missionary. He went to Lambarene in 1913 and stayed there, with
breaks for fund raising until 1949. His aim was to serve his fellow man and
to encourage others, by his example, to do likewise.
The main thrust of the medical mission was to combat leprosy. Nowadays this
is not something that holds out too many terrors for us. At the beginning
of this century it was still a word to chill the blood and people who
voluntarily went out to place themselves in contact with sufferers were
considered to be placing themselves at very serious risk of contracting the
disease. In other words it took courage and selfless dedication.
If one had to make a choice of individual worth to humanity between Dr
Schweitzer and the anonymous Mthakati I doubt that there would be any
>The "pretty sick" comment should more correctly
>be applied to Mthakati's post.
>It is apparent that he/it has not the slightest idea
>what Dr Schweitzer did at Lambarene. The attempt
>to connect his medical and missionary work to the
>Tuskegee Experiment is quite despicable.
Pretty clear that "racist" is the appropriate label for Mthakat's post.
yes; we studied schweitzers accomplishments at school but juxtaposed with so
much that has come out and been written about him in the past 15 years or so;
makes one wonder and question just a little . . .
so typical when one fails to comprehend what is actually being said -- jump to
accusations of racism.
care to tell me how you come to this conclusion . . .???
In their original form, they are:
1. "If he/she wouldn't have been treated like this if he/she were white!" and
2) "When in doubt, cry 'Racism!'".
I will not respond on the racism accusation since I did not make it. I
simply accused you of making a despicable accusation and suggested that you
knew nothing of what Dr. Schweitzer did.
Care to explain how you came to compare his work to the Tuskegee