It is only when the lion is sick that the antelope goes to him to ask for the repayment of an old debt. In our world today, it is the weak, poor, grossly depraved and unsecured countries that are tossed helter-shelter by stronger and richer ones.
This is why it will not be very easy for a country like the U. S of A to have a direct war with a country like China and Russia. They will jaw-jaw from January to December but will restrain themselves from going into combat in this modern world.
You may agree, that we were all born in the image of our Almighty God; but then we also know that people are diverse in so many ways.
Some people will tell you that variety is the spice of life. They also say that it is a stupid mouse that knows only one hole.
People should have alternatives in life, what other people call Plan B. When our great MBA returned from America, he was interviewed on The Night life by the Legendary DJ Base.
The program was very lively mainly because of the controversy that MBA almost always generates. Quite a lot of callers were upset with him, perhaps not very much for what he said but how he said what he said. But that is MBA, ever fearless and ever nakedly blunt. That is all part of rights and democracy. You see, we need to recognize that people have to exhibit differences from us. Definitely, we cannot all be the same; otherwise life will be awful dull. Don’t you feel so?
Just get all the controversial guys and send them to their own town, and you see how drab life really is. Do not just try to be holier than the Pope. You definitely may not get far enough; I believe it is all nature’s design. It is all about complementarity.
Some or even many of our compatriots take delight in being hypocritical and play the sycophantic game and in the process, commit the sin of omission, they cause more harm than good.
But of course, these are the good guys in the eyes of their benefactors and even the gullible populace.
Really, as they say, we do not need to worry about what we cannot change. Yes change! Everybody wants some change to occur.
The politician says so and the development worker also want changes in people’s lives.
At least, they all agree on that score. Although the truth is always bitter, the two categories of people I have just mentioned are two different sets of people. While, one relies on playing on the intelligence and gullibility of people, the other one tries to protect the dignity of people and build their capacities to be able to advocate, making things go right with them. Because we do not accept that we are different, our expectations of other people sometimes are very high. These days people like the word stakeholders.
I was at a workshop some time ago and jokingly told my colleagues that there are those who are stakeholders and there are those who hold the stakes. They never really asked me what I meant because they thought I was simply playing with words. No, what I really meant was that those who hold the stakes are the stakeholders who manipulate the other stakeholders and have the power to actually stifle and grossly minimize the importance of the others. Just in case you do not know what we mean by stakeholders, these are people amongst us who either affect the issues or are affected by the issues. Aha! now you are there. Take the issue of interpreting the laws that we have. Normally, lawyers, who often refer to themselves as ‘Learned Colleagues’, do give the final interpretations especially in the court of law.
The stakeholders discussing on a radio station during the last elections, were trying to see whether the political parties had a right to do parallel registration or was it rather notetaking, as others preferred to call their action. You see this is what I have been saying in my articles on the electioneering process. There is so much ambiguities in our laws that we are left wondering what is what. Of course, we do not expect everybody to agree. The interpretation of the recently proclaimed State of Emergency is a case in point of how official documents create confusion.
One thing you can always observe is that most people most times are not that courteous to others. Like I stated earlier, there will always be diversity in our approaches to life. This is the fact of life and perhaps we need to tolerate and live with it and be more understanding, as long as people do not spill over.
You see in life there is always a way out. There is no difficulty that cannot be surmounted. Those who have been trained in delta will tell you that if you cross the river in groups, the crocodiles won’t eat you. Our disagreements should be managed such that we all meet our common goal. At least the Politician and the Civil Society both agree that what they fight for is positive change in the lives of the people. Anything short of this should be resisted, so that no harm is done. We need to carve out our collective responsibility to bring about transformative leadership in our dear Mama Salone.
In Sierra Leone, being objective becomes very difficult especially for people who are political fanatics and diehard partisan loyalists and near none patriots.
People become so economical with saying the truth and aiding justice. This is what we are sometimes experiencing with the Ebola issue. People sometimes become too emotive over who went wrong that forget what went wrong.
In most cases, these are people who rush to the many radio stations and put enough spanners in the works of people who are connectors of society. Tell me, do will really have a choice in making this country worthy to live in? Why do we sometimes pretend that we can live anywhere else in the world? You need to travel the Globe a bit and you will love your little Sierra Leone, the head-shaped and big-eared Mama Salone.
By Ben Cambayma
Thursday August 28, 2014