Go Fish


Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.

Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.

Or so the saying goes.

Ok, but I don’t know how to fish. I don’t really have any skill that will help a man eat for a lifetime. And now that you mention it, if he was born by water, and thus eats fish to stay alive, I am pretty sure he knows how to fish better than I do. I know how to roll sushi, but I just don’t think that is too relevant to survival. Where are the women? Waiting to cook the fish, barefoot and pregnant, I suppose? But we are seeing that teaching women skills is helping elevate families and communities faster than teaching men skills. And is eating for a lifetime really all we should be shooting for? Is that really enough? Who owns the lake? Who owns the fishing industry? Who is dumping perch into the lake without asking about the ecological consequences? And how does it help that he can fish if huge planes come and take perfect fillets back to Europe leaving the maggot-infested scales to be picked at by the man?

I am not trying to be a snotty. These are actually the questions I want to talk about. I think we need new development myths. This one is not working for me.