Like so many highly trained comedians these days, Kenan Thompson has choices. He could be working in a Manhattan office tower… oh wait, he does. This clip from last night’s Saturday Night Live captures what’s wrong with the rampant idealism put forward in D.I.Y. foreign aid.
I’m all for idealism, within reason. Can we make the world a better place? Absolutely. But only when we start recognizing realities. One reality is that aid and development are more than one person’s good intentions or just positive thinking. Others are outlined in these two superb responses to the D.I.Y. piece. “Don’t Try This Abroad” and “Why Kristof’s Endorsement of ‘D.I.Y. Aid’ is Poorly Informed“