Last week I was re-reading Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. This was one of the first books that I read on development back when I was in my teens. It was so worthwhile to re-read! There were many eye-opening, underlining moments as I read, but this one stood out to me the most:
How could a just God permit great misery?
The Haitian peasants answered with a proverb, "Bondyekonn bay, men li pa konn separe," in the literal translation "God gives but doesn't share."
This meant, as (Doctor) Farmer would later explain it, "God gives us humans everything we need to flourish, but he's not the one who's supposed to divvy up the loot. That charge was laid upon us.”