DISCOVER ENGAGE SUCCEED
“It’s not what we say or think But what we do that define us.” Jane Austin
We have a corrupt political and economical system that needs a major change.
Where is the digust? Where is the outcry when its needed?
In my book Broken Justice: When Lawless Gangs Capture The State I raise several questions asking members of my native country of Kenya to rethink our focus and our current direction. This is a question for any community in the world today that is riddled with corruption and bad governance.
As Jane Austin proclaimed over 200 yrs ago, that it is our actions not our words that define us, As a community we are being defined by the actions we are taking right now at a time when our nation is knee-deep in corruption.
As one person put it, we might have succeeded in fighting some of our outside enemies but we have been extremely inefficient in fighting the enemies within.
As a community, we ought to realize that our homeland is in danger of losing its place of leadership in the region and throughout the world.
We all acknowledge that corruption is the biggest darkness in our nation, because when citizens percieve that the leaders are corrupt and get away with crimes that should be punished, there is no incentive among the citizens to police themselves or even act different.
Here is the problem:
When plunder by a small powerful group of people becomes a way of life in a society, over the course of time, they create for themelves a legal system that authorizes it and moral code that glorifies it.
Here is my question:
Why does the public refuse to show disgust?
Why does the public accept these diabolical ideas and self serving behaviours as something normal instead of outright rejecting them?
Many people living in such communities have grown comfortable with the idea that this is as good as it gets.
I was reminded of people living in these communities that I describe above and their lack of showing disgust when its called for- when I read the brief article below the other day. The article was sent to me as an email from my local school district. It had been sent out to all the parents to keep them abreast of the actions their children had taken at school that day.
“Today, international strikes and protests led by young people and adults took place demanding action be taken to address climate change. Many students within our District are choosing to also take part in these walk-outs.
Students always have the right to peacefully protest, and the District applauds their engagement in social action and honors their right to free speech.
When a collective group, like our student body, takes interest in national topics to help make a difference in the world, we support them and want to work with them to do so in a positive and meaningful manner. School is a great place for our students to learn about proper civil discourse, and our teachers are poised to be mentors on these topics.”
Perhaps before I go on, we ought to remind ourselves that: learning is vital for any success. When people learn new positive ideas this helps to empower them. And when they take action in implementing these new positive ideas they are bound to succeed. Or at least they have a chance to succeed. But, without learning any new positive ideas, then, there is no implementing new ideas and hence their is no success. And the opposite of it, which is lack of success or progress in the things that improves the quality of life, becomes the order of the day.
As per this brief article, school is a great place for our students to learn. And this learning includes having an interest in national topics that shapes the future of a country and improvement of the quality of life of its people. In addition the learning process of these students includes supports and mentorship by their teachers and caretakers. As you can see the engagement with national affiars is not limited to the local affairs only, but it can be extended to other regions or globally as needed.
After reading this brief article, I asked myself, what are schools in these communities that I address in my book BROKEN JUSTICE -teaching our children? And is it okay for them to teach them what they are teaching them?
From my own experience and talking with many of the people living in these communities, our lack of action towards the ills facing our communities has a lot to do with the same influence our kids are being exposed to currently at our schools each day. And this is very dangerous if you ask me.
Why is this dangerous? This is why:
These kids are being taught to grow comfortable with the idea that, the life they are currently exposed to is as good as it gets. This is the life their parents and caretakers have already accepted as good as it gets. And now the same ideas are being passed on to these youngstars.
The current education envrionment is not giving our children the flamework that can help them to positively impact the structures of our nation positively. But rather, its molding them in approving the diabolical ideas of our leaders as acceptable and worth of emulation. This off course is being strengthened by the actions of their parents and caretakers who continually allow the negative circumstances to go on without doing anything to change them. This happens because the parents and the caretakers are not willing to say enough is enough to their leaders and demand accountability.
What does this do to our county?
What we see today (corrupt political and economical system) gets repeated again and again from one generation to the next.
I really hope you see the value in what I am revealing.
Together, you and I, we’re on the front lines defending and advancing the right and correct ideas that will positivelly impact our children and the future of our country.
There’s so much more work to be done, so let’s make use of the little time we have.
Remember the admonition:
Let’s redeem time because the days are evil
And so, let’s use our time wisely
Joe K. Mungai