I'm so sorry about all these links and articles. Somehow it seems like a cop-out to writing a blog about your experiences, but there is a spat of great articles on the DRC right now.
The article Reflections on relative poverty in North America and Africa from the Economist on Adamash.blogspot.com, compares a North American unemployed man and a Congolese Doctor in Kinshasa. It seems like happiness is a difficult concept to define after all. Who would have thunk it?
Keep an eye out for the classic conclusion:
First, if poor Americans were to compare their standard of living with what is normal elsewhere in the world, let alone in Congo, they would see they have little cause for discontent. Then again, were Americans not so incurably discontented with their lot, their great country would not be half as dynamic as it is.
I can't figure out whether to find it clichéd, insightful, funny, or sober.