...believing their country was the biggest and therefore most important one!
Oh, NOW I get it. Funny, I come from a country that is very small (the size of Massachusets) but still plays, well, B league. As Dutch, we have a vested interest in not caring about the size of our country. Instead, we are proud of how such a small area of land still accomplishes that much.
As an attitde, I recommend it to whomever shares the feeling quoted in the OP. " Damn, we're one third the size of Africa. Now look at their acccomplishments, and then at ours. 'nuff said. "
Of course, an even better attitude would be: "Damn, Africa is that big and apparently so underdeveloped and badly organized? Hmm, lets look at the opportunities and possibilities..."
For me personally, Africa is where the hungy little kids live that make me feel guilty all the time. I don't like that Africa was even bigger then I thought, mainly because that means that there are even more of those starving little kids. Yes, I'm irrational and I don't know much about the contemporary demographic trends