“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.” Jesus Christ
Zimbabweans are living in a trying time, no doubt. We are a sieve and a lot of our shortcomings are seeping through the cracks, exposing our inabilities and inadequacies. We are suddenly aware who we are, and the picture is unbecoming.
As we near the half mark of the year, 2016 has been very revealing. Curious cash shortages, political despondeny, the lack of quality leadership, corruption, a worrisome education system, poor health care, drought, an amoral social construct, the bearer cheque comeback, to name a few. The list is endless.
All these problems have revealed a blatant lack of patriotism among the people to nation and a huge lie has been exposed- that we are one of the most educated people in the world. Ha!
With education comes positive results. We churn out graduates from universities, colleges and polytechnics every year in their thousands. And yet we make the most ludicrous policies!
When reserve bank governor ‘Dr’ John Mangugya announced the bearer cheque comeback, I was baffled. Its a ridiculous idea and even the most ignorant person can see this will not end well for the nation. I assume the governor works with advisors. Did anyone actually take pause and think ‘This one dumb idea!’ Did anyone actually not think, ‘Wait, Zambia was in the same financial quagmire, why can we not emulate their economic comeback. Just copy. It has been tried and tested and it has worked.’ Instead of bringing back the one thing that made the country the laughing stock of the world.
We have ZimAsset that has petered into thin air.
We have a National pledge that makes no sense. We already have an anthem, why the repetition?
We have self serving laws that have existed since the Rhodesian era, and no one is opposing them(AIPPA/POSA/OSA).
We have parliamentarians who are enjoying buying cars and building grand mansions instead of helping those who voted them into their cushy lifestyles.
Speaking good English is not a prerequisite to making good policies. We will speak it with all the twangs and accents imaginable, but if we do not have have clever, plausible ideas to get us out of the muck, we are a nation of peacocks, admirable with no substance.
A Chinese businessman once said the reason why black people will always be looked upon with disdain is because they enjoy trod-ding on one another. A Chinese man with the ability to uplift his struggling brother will do so. A black man will rather stomp you further into the ground, feeding into his hero complex-‘look at me, I made it. Now worship me!’
This is evident in our society now.
We have greedy members in parliament with self serving ambitions and do not see beyond the dollar sign.
We have a corrupt justice system, where no one is held accountable for anything. So many officials are being exposed for stealing millions of dollars in companies and institutions yet not one has been prosecuted.
Patriotism is relative. People are patriotic to a party. People are patriotic to themselves. Few patriotic to the nation.
We have been exposed as a passionless people. We have, for the longest time, called ourselves resilient. We have admired our tough, thick skin and our aversion to confrontation . We suffer through and wait for the law of averages to catch up.
Resilience is a prelude to victimization. What lioness will not attack a gazelle when it is prancing near its liar? It sees its idiocy and weakness and feeds on it.
We have called ourselves victims for far too long. We complain and moan about the problems we have. We have been subdued into submission, our backs evident as we flee.
How long are we to live with this victim mentality? We cry ‘Why God why? When God when?!’
I admire the LGBT community in America. They did not sit back and allow themselves to be persecuted. They did not beg for acceptance. They did not weep in public when they were abhorred by the people. They got up and said ‘This is who we are, take it or get out of our faces!”
The point is, they acted.
I am not inciting people to violence. I am saying, why are we content to struggle and talk about our problems behind closed doors instead of actually getting up and coming up with solutions to help our struggling leadership?
We need an abolitionist mentality. Abolitionists in old America where African American men and women who fought for the eradication of slavery and equal rights for all races. We need to have that passion for our country. We need to stop selling ourselves to whoever just to annoy the West. We need to stop this selfishism, and adopt patriotism. From the head to the roots.
Most of us are not in love with our country. We have little to be proud of. I mean, even the Victoria Falls is shifting towards Zambia, tectonic shifts are taking it away from us!
At some point memes,gifs and jokes about our struggles will not be enough. (All those quail jokes where hilarious though!).
Are we an overrated people? Did we oversell ourselves and believe a lie which has come back to haunt us? When are we going to put our education to practice and show the world we can walk the walk and talk the talk? When shall we scream ‘VICTORIA ASERTA’ (Victory is certain)
May wisdom reign and be our potion.