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    South Africa: Hurricane Helen - When Heavy Words Are Lightly Thrown


    The popular "three gates" test of communication refers to a triple test that any statement must pass before it should be uttered. One, is it true? Two, is it kind? Three, is it necessary? I'd add a fourth, and say pick any three: does it build or destroy?

    Take up the White Man's burden -

    Send forth the best ye breed -

    Go bind your sons to exile

    To serve your captives' need;

    To wait in heavy harness

    On fluttered folk and wild -

    Your new-caught sullen peoples,

    Half devil and half child.

    Take up the White Man's burden -

    In patience to abide

    To veil the threat of terror

    And check the show of pride;

    By open speech and simple,

    An hundred times made plain,

    To seek another's profit,

    Take up the White Man's burden -

    The savage wars of peace -

    Fill full the mouth of famine

    And bid the sickness cease;

    And when your goal is nearest

    The end for others sought,

    Watch Sloth and heathen Folly

    Bring all your hopes to nought.

    Take up the White Man's burden -

    And reap his old reward,

    The blame of those ye better,

    The hate...

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