Madonna, having adopted a child from Malawi, appears to be taking steps to adopt the entire country, on condition that impoverished orphans be indoctrinated into her Kabbalah "faith".
One hopes that this is muck-raking, with no truth to it.
In blunt terms, if you are a good person and do good things you will have a nice life, and if you suffer misfortune, that's because you've been a bad person.
On Mrs Chapomba's desk is one belonging to one of the orphans. On one of the leaves, the child has written: "I had a bicycle accident because I did bad things"; on another: "When travelling I hit my foot on a stone because of the bad things I did."
Mrs Chapomba explains: "According to the teachings, because they have done bad things they must expect bad things to happen to them. When they do wrong they have a bad ending. When they do right they have a good ending." Simple.
There's an awful lot of that going around these days, playing into the Western predilection for blaming individuals for their circumstances, along with our force of will desperation to believe that merely wishing for something (and taking full credit) will bring it to magical fruition, a la, the obscenely popular, and Ebola like, The Secret - as evangelized by Oprah (of course).
I’m not exactly convinced that third world or developing nations have any use for these particular brands of weltanschauung.