February 21, 2008

Translation of the Day

“Numbers no longer shock people,” he said. Zimbabweans have learned to live in a hyperinflationary environment, he added, “but the question is, how long can this continue?”

Translation: There is a point well before the rate of inflation rises above 100,000 percent at which it just doesn't matter anymore.

This makes me very sad and I can't see how it is going to get better any time soon - there are large parts of the rural areas which are essentially operating wholly on a barter economy - and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much reason for optimism about the upcoming elections. I had the pleasure of spending a good bit of time in Zimbabwe while living in a neighboring country and it is a beautiful land full of beautiful, intelligent, optimistic people who deserve far more from their leaders than they have been receiving for quite some time.

No comments: