Blanket Race or Religious castigating remarks always feed off the wilful, ugly actions of the misguided among us in society.
These actions earn names and virulent comments from those who perfect the act of positing themselves as armchair judges, pointing fingers, pontificating and lumping people under labels.
In fairness to others, we should learn to stop herding and lumping people into categories to suit our lack of open-mindedness and to satisfy our cravings for ”I told you so’s” as is the case of an African proverb that says “when one finger picks palm oil, it spreads to the rest.”
It is a given and natural phenomenon that the influence of one’s upbringing and society will not only rub off on them, but will dictate and shape their views, behavioral tendencies and if this is the case, then it stands to reason that the individual is not necessarily to blame for how they turn out, but the society at large and their upbringing.
Who are society? We! We form society and not aliens from Mars.
What have we done as a society to improve these situations that we find ugly, which keeps perpetuating itself until they are fast replacing the normal with the abnormal?
Since we are too busy being politically correct, we are all to blame.
If we truly love and want to change our World as much as we claim, is this not then the time to stop playing Possum and to stop hiding our heads in the sand?
Is it not yet time for Muslim leaders to stand as one voice and castigate the bad eggs who perpetrate evil in the name of Islam?
Is it not yet time for the people to question the status-quo and raise eyebrows at those who do these so-called brainwashing?
Is it not yet time for Christians to open their hearts and express that love that we profess?
Is it not yet time for every Religious leader worth his salt to speak up and condemn these inhumane practices and other behavioural tendencies that hurts the society at large?
Or, have they lost their essence as the salt of the Earth?
Is it not time for the arm-chair pontificators to get off their butts and do something more useful other than to be judgmental?
Let us steadfastly attempt in seeking positive ways to do better things for the benefit of our society and not by the spate of ugly words spouting off peoples mouth all over the place.
Today, I will share these African proverbs with you, which should help us realize that our little works can have ripple effects since we are not in isolation and that:
”It takes a village to raise a child.’‘
”If your child is dancing clumsily, tell him, my child you are dancing clumsily. Don’t not tell him “darling, do as you please.”
”A child is what you put inside him.”
”One should shout when a child comes home with a stolen egg, otherwise the day he comes with a stolen ox, it will be too late.”
We are society. Let us stand for the truth.
Thank you Chape for providing the opportunity to enjoy ruminating over these proverbs. I would encourage you to visit his blog. You will find lots of useful fitness tips and neighbourliness.
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