The young live a life of fake bravado or heroics

2015-09-03 06:00
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The other day I witness something that could have shot straight out of a horror movie; a young person ending up in hospital, or possibly in the Intensive Care Unit, due to drunkness and unruliness. I came across a group of new initiates trying to stab an elderly from the same area I stay in. I could not deduce any particular reason for them to do harm to the old man.

As I drove past, I soon realized that I could not just turn a blind eye to this and feign ignorance.

I figured that if I did not act, I would have to live with whatever consequences for the rest of my life.

For the sake of the old man and my conscience, I parked the car in my yard and answer to the civic duty of helping another human being in distress.

I decided to try and disuade these ‘new men’-as the saying goes-of their actions.

So I try to talk sense into them, in the belief that not long ago, they had been to the ‘mountain’ and would listen to my pleas.

Instead, they tried to take me on. This was manageable, though, as they had been drinking, and thus not as difficult to handle.

On realizing that discretion would not get the better part of their drunken valour, I decided to disarm one of them of his knife. With not so much ease, it was.

It would have been dangerous for me to talk sense to an armed sot, and to prove the point, as I tried to rid him of the knife, a scuffle ensued, and as fate would have it, one of them sustained a minor cut to his finger.

So the nightmare began. Suddenly, the whole situation deteriorated into a mini-war, what with this youngster calling me all sort of names.

I stood there, agog, because, to my knowledge, he is much younger than even my eldest child.

The rants, name calling, profanities and threats took two hours, before the police turned up.

When they saw the police, the thugs took off on their heels. The police advised us to call them again, should the thugs come around.

Thugs have the tendency to take modesty and kindness as a sign of weakness or fear; they are wrong.

So it is that they came back and started where they left off. Fortunately the police were still patrolling the area, and they chased and caught up with one of them. As he was running, it was dark, and him being under the influence of alcohol, suddenly hit his head against the edge of a steel container.

It was not a nice spectacle, for he could now have suffered a permanent head damage(in Kasi lingo, thats what Phd stands for).

Sad to say, as I was writing this, he was still at a critical stage in hospital.

All of this was caused by alcohol consumption.

I’m hurting inside. We are losing our brothers, sisters, cousins, children, sons and daughters in numbers because of this unrestrained consumption of alcohol.

The young do not get to experience adulthood as their lives are cut short or prematurely. Kwanele!

We need to find ourselves because the course we have taken or chosen after our liberation is risky. We have taken a path whereby it is hard for us to say “no” to our kids because we are afraid of the repercussions.

We need to go back to a time when kids listened to elders. Where respect is the order of the day. Going back to basics, I believe, can save us. We are living a life filled with fear. We are lost

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