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  • "An untidy yard was the sign of a woman who no longer bothered with the traditional Botswana virtues and such people were almost always unreliable or rude. The had no idea of botho, which meant respect or good manners. Botho set Botswana apart from other places; it was what made it a special place. There were people who mocked it, of course, but what precisely did they want instead? Did they want people to be selfish? Did they want them to treat others unkindly? Because if you forgot about botho, then that was surely what would happen; Mma Ramotswe was sure of that."

    - 'The Full Cupboard of Life', Alexander McCall Smith.

    March 18, 2008