There is only one way to earn chittim: by gaining knowledge and wisdom. The smarter you become, the better you process knowledge into wisdom, the more chittim will fall and thus the richer you will be. –From “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor
This quote is about valuing the process of learning and gaining wisdom. Chittim is the currency used by the Leopard People in Okorafor’s YA fantasy novel, “Akata Witch”. When I read this, the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
In today’s world, meanness, cheating, and scamming seem to bring material success. If you’re honest, empathetic, and believe in justice… people who are only concerned with their own, personal, interests can take advantage. Just look at who is in control in the US? Congress voting to make the rich richer at the expense of the poor.
We need a world where value is placed on wisdom and doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. We should value ethical behavior, reward sound and reasonable judgement, and promote those who who can think about the ‘big picture’ to bring about fairness for all.
Before something can become reality, it must first be imagined. Perhaps that is one of the greatest gifts of fiction: to present a world of truth and fairness so that we can imagine, and thus build, a better world.