“Give me a house, before I kill YOU and my neighbour too.”

2012-08-10 16:11

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. – Abraham Lincoln

At times I think my imagination has been the most beautiful and amazing gift I have inherited from humanity. Nothing surpasses the splendour of a dream. We build them at resolve, and at times chuck them around, willy-nilly, to whatever element, shape or size. That’s a gift right there; the definitive ability to manufacture what you want, when you want.

First of all, let me allow you to enter my world for a few seconds, before I take you through this journey I have set before me.

In my planet, I have industriously worked for what I own and have, and I did not hurt anyone in the process of getting it. Food is abundant, and we all share; with neither greed nor deceit.

In my world, I don’t drive a Mercedes Benz, Range Rover, Bentley or any one of these cars that people drive. The only reason for that is: the designer of my ‘custom made’ is still in fifth grade somewhere right now and I’m waiting for him to graduate and get official recognition in automobile design. Life is forever peaceful in this little corner of mine, and if others are not smiling, it becomes everybody’s concern.

Well, back to ‘your’ world, now, where everyone looks sad, decrepit and disoriented. Why is everyone pointing fingers at each other, blaming one another for this and that? Why is there profuse animosity? Why is there so much anger, disrespect and is it because love has gone sour all of a sudden?

Is it because resources have become so scarce that you all have to scramble for a piece so as to see the dawn of the next day? Why is the other crying endlessly and why have you not been supportive in anyway? You are having sleepless nights every day? Why?

Probably you will never answer these questions for me. But I really didn’t expect you to answer them, because in all probability, you also don’t have the answers yourself.

All I can say is someone needs to wake up from their slumber, somewhere somehow, because their dream is not doing them or those around him or her much justice. Someone has to deracinate themselves from their ‘mental slavery’, and pitch themselves in a new zone, before it’s too late.

What good will it do for one to kill in the hope of gaining something they have told themselves they would like to enjoy once they get it? Will you sit one day in your new house and be able to smile and dine, knowing well you had to spill one’s blood to put simple walls and a roof above your head?

Will you be able to merrily invite your friends to a house-warming party when those related to your victim group up to see their loved one suddenly disappear from the face of this earth? Undoubtedly, it’s either our focus has utterly deviated from solid, positive dreams, to mere spectacles of ignorance and greed that are gnawing at our dear souls each and every day.

How about burning down your infrastructure? The same traffic lights you uprooted and burnt is the one that was saving your child from being run over by reckless motorists as she made her way to school every day. The school and library you are burning down is the one you never taught yourself to go through its doors, and now your child will suffer the same fate because you didn’t think beyond your situation, but you focused on the present. The books that you are dumping propelled you to where you are today, but rather you’ve decided to deny your child that chance to be educated like you are today.

I think it is time people stopped focusing only on one side, but work through personal growth and individual development; mentally, intellectually and socially. At times we fall prey to peer-pressure and mob psychology that we end up letting down our morals and what we believe in.

If you solely believe total turmoil and violence against your neighbour, brother or a simple passer-by on the street is the answer, then surely you have no part to play in the ‘democracy era’ that most, if not all, individuals of society would like to feature in.

The answer is not in killing and destroying in order to get what we want, but rather hauling our energy into positive thought, fruitful social interaction and personal maturity. As much as education plays a major role in this sector, at times being aware of one’s self goes a long way. No one can teach you that it is not the right thing to uproot a traffic light, but if your engine above your shoulders is in good condition, that judgement will pour down naturally.

I would like to believe there has been too much ‘waiting on so and so’ to hand me ‘this and that’. Is the country going to be reduced to shambles under the ugly yoke of ‘what you promised me? Even so, should you kill your neighbour because they promised to give you some bread and milk, or anything for that matter? How about finding an alternative? How about making sure your message is heard, loud and clear, yet without harming a single fly in the act?

I long for the day when I see such peace in this country. I long for the day when I can walk down the road and no one has to ferociously clutch onto their handbag with their dear life. I long for the day when one has the freedom to speak on the phone without having to peek over their shoulder several times. I hope for a day where I can sit in a car, marvel at the beauty around me and feel the breeze, without having to worry about locking the doors and rolling up the windows.

It seems the peace is hypothetically there but virtually non-existent. We simply enjoy it in our hearts, in our minds, in our words, behind closed doors, and in our dreams. When will we finally enjoy it in its entirety?

Everyone is entitled to their dream, just as they are entitled to their own opinion, in many cases. It is usually difficult for one to focus on issues beyond their boundaries, when burning and viscous matters are laying right here on their doorstep.

Be the judge.

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. - Martin Luther King, Jr

 (Picture sourced from Newstime Africa)


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