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Návrat mozků

DUBAJ – V roce 1968, když jsem studoval na důstojnické škole Mons Officer Cadet School v Británii, jsem musel do nemocnice. Tam jsem se setkal s lékařem, který k mému překvapení mluvil plynně arabsky. Dozvěděl jsem se, že je v Británii krátce, a tak jsem se ho dotázal, jestli má v plánu zůstat, nebo se vrátit domů. Odpověděl mi arabským rčením, které v překladu říká: „Domov mám, kde se najím.“

Slova onoho lékaře mne provázela mnoho let, protože podtrhávala rozpor mezi idealizovaným pohledem na „domov“ a nemilosrdnou realitou života, která nutí talentované lidi k odchodu z domova.

Můj lékař byl klasickým případem jevu zvaného „odliv mozků,“ který už desítky let postihuje rozvojové země. Ty vynakládají cenné zdroje na vzdělávání lékařů, techniků a vědců v naději, že se stanou hybateli prosperity. Pak se zděšením sledujeme, jak odcházejí na Západ a příslib svého nadání si berou s sebou.

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