For a majority of people, the word “progress” is related to science and technological advancement.
The word is however invented by a poet. The same poet invented the word Renaissance. His name is Petrarch.
Among a sea of poverty, diseases, dirtiness, illiteracy, mysticism and fatalism in Europe, a band of Italian humanists were loud telling their fellow Europeans that their collective salvation would come from the past.
The humanists wanted to move Europe out of the “Dark age” by reconnecting it to the glorious past of their ancestors, the Greeks, and the Romans.
They were ridiculed, and mocked for the past has gone, and the past was of little use to their current issues.
They were also accused of being backward and stuck in the past.
To those accusations, Petrarch replied. Like the bees we are going to the past to collect pollen, and with the pollen we make something better: the honey. We will learn the best of our past, not merely to replicate it but to surpass it. The future will be better than the past. That’s progress.
Petrarch named the humanist movement ” Rinascimento ” or rebirth.
The humanists went on to change a fatalist European society into a creative one, confident that mastery of knowledge is the key to human progress.
At the dawn of the African Renaissance, we are witnessing the same events. The African humanists are calling their fellows to reconnect to Africa glorious past, and find there the path and knowledge for the continent Renaissance.
Well, among so much poverty, dirtiness, diseases, illiteracy, mysticism and fatalism, doubt is an understandable reaction to any call of rebirth through our ancestors.
Fortunately, like earlier in Europe, Japan, China, … Nothing, absolutely nothing could stop Africa Renaissance.
(On my way home)