To build a society that we want, we must first examine ourselves to see if we have in us the kind of society we want to see. We can only build a society that is a reflection of our attitudes. It would be difficult for a Ghanaian to have a society in the nature of Switzerland when our attitudes are at variance with what is exhibited there.
We live in a society in which each and everyone of us seem to know our rights without bothering to know our responsibilities.
To us, our rights are the only things that matters to us. We assume others we engage do not have rights, but, in place of their rights, we ascribe responsibilities to them.
Individuals, in their collective efforts, can build a nation. That is how nations become great. Where individuals begin to assume that a nation must make them what they want to become, the social structure gets corrupted.
I chose to devote some time to the fundamentals of our society. I have come to the realisation that, if we are to build our country, we must adopt the right mindset. I have noted that without these basic things on our minds, we can propound the most powerful theories, map out the practicals and yet, we shall remain stagnated by our own actions.
We cannot build what we do not look like. In the management of waste for example, we see people everyday throw refuse on the streets. If you bother to ask them why they do so, you would hear them say “who cares?” Or “we pay people to collect them. That’s why I pay tax”. Very typical.
However, do we have any idea what we would be saving the state if we should all resolve to manage our own waste without the indiscriminate disposal of same? Stretching further, in our cities, effective payment system could be developed to pay people based on the tonnage of waste collected over a period. That should definitely save us money for the development of our nation.
Again, in displaying our typical selves, we do not take responsibilities when we clearly are found guilty. We would always want to tell why we did what we did because someone caused it. You cannot live a life without being responsible at anything.
The attitude we apply in taking does not remain the same when we are called upon to account for what we have taken. Indeed, accounting for one’s stewardship is tough for those who do not see it as a priority. However, how possible would it be to assume a position where you could expend, but would prefer not to render an account?
In its place, we cry fowl when such crucial moments arise. We rally around our political affiliations and use it as means to escape being held accountable. Political affiliations have become a smart conduit to escape wrong doing in our society.
Whereas these remain a challenge to us, whereas we should be finding ways of resolving our fundamental challenges, the moral society – the Church, that is supposed to correct us and draw back our lost conscience, has become either political or are much interested in the monetary gains from congregants.
If we lose it in the church, we would lose our conscience, lose our morals and then ruin our future and that of our children.
The duty to correct and reprimand was much of our settings as Africans. Today, one dares not correct a child of a neighbor who had gone wrong. The cultures we have smuggled in or have lawfully imported remain a detriment to our own survival.
What we fail to do today, will come back haunting us for many years to come. We cannot neglect our duties and assume when posterity arises, we shall be perfect. If we are required to provide shelter. If we play around and fail to do so, the rains would come and we shall be exposed.
Rallying around wrong would not propel us to where we want to be. To get there, we must be frank and truthful among ourselves. We must understand that we owe the future our efforts today. We must understand that tomorrow is determined today. What we want tomorrow to provide for us, depend on what we are offering to today.
Lamentations, refusal to commit our efforts because of our religious, political and other affiliations would take us no where. Ghana belongs to you, it belongs to me. How it looks tomorrow does not depend on anyone person but on all of us.
We must wear our senses of patriotism as we saw exhibited by our forebears. What we see today, is a result of the level of efforts applied in the past. If we are uncomfortable with what we see today, we must do things differently.
Let us revive our adrenaline and propel our society to where it must be. It doesn’t matter where you are; your little effort, my little effort, we shall make better our country.
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