Tuesday, June 11, 2019

WHEN THE YOUNG BECOME THE VOICE OF REASON

Photo: Lusaka Times
Every society plans its future; that is why it puts its resources into making sure that the younger and the future generations live a life better than the previous one's. As such, every attempt is made to make sure that mistakes are not made and left for the next generation to grabble with. Ideally, this is how communities have been styling themselves traditionally for generations. 

But is this still the case in a world in which every aspect of our lives has been commoditized and given a monetary value? In this world of neoliberal capitalism, money is a virtue. 

During the Women Deliver 2019 plenary session among world leaders like Canada's Justin Trudeau, 18-year old Natasha Mwansa challenged world leaders that they cannot make decisions for the youth. The young Zambian activist changed leaders to include the young in power because the decisions these leaders make affect the youth.

However, this manner of running societies seems not to be the case now. In Africa, leaders stay too long in power so much so that they become too old to work and even walk. African leaders become so much out of touch with the future of their countries that they live as if they are immortal.  They embezzle public funds, divide communities and leave behind bitterness that the future generations have to deal with.

In the west, and the USA especially, the younger generation is asking the older generation to take climate change seriously and to curb gun violence. No, the older generation is thinking of bigger money to even care about the future of their children and grandchildren. "What climate change? What gun violence?" they ask!

In Europe, Greta Thunberg of Sweden is making waves in the world as the voice concerned about the future of our planet. In America, it is the students not adult, who are talking about gun violence. "We're all working together, which is something we haven't seen from the adults in a very long time," said Cate Whitman, a high school student in New York.

Money is the language they understand! What a world!
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Kuir ё Garang is the editor of THE PHILOSOPHICAL REFUGEE. You can follow him on Twitter @kuirthiy 

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.