Collection Of Rainwater For Future Use

BY: Dan Phale *

Natural disasters like drought, erratic rains, and floods are commonly known to be results of climate change… With such unreliable rains, the agricultural yields have been getting lower and lower. It is therefore requisite that we double our efforts by mobilising one another to cease depending on rainfall based crop production only. Of course we should be reminded that, according to scientists, climate change has come into existence because we (human beings) were once reckless and/or negligent in our daily activities… Both chemical emissions into the air and environmental degradation are the major operating factors which gradually triggered global warming.

This article focuses on the surest way of averting the challenge of unreliable rains and/or drought. In the recent past the world has experienced increased records of drought or floods. As a matter of fact, on the one hand we admit that rainfall is not very much reliable in this age; and on the other hand we take notice of the fact that relatively huge amounts of water from the atmosphere get lost without being diversely used by mankind. But, I for one, strongly believe that we can change this trend.

In my well considered view, here is one of the simplest ways to contain this challenge of unreliable rains. Let each one of us have a water tank at one’s compound. It should be positioned at a lower height than one’s dwelling building and/or other buildings. Make a network of gutters or drainpipes attached to each side of the roof of the dwelling house and the roof of any such other buildings which should be well connected to the water tank. At the lower point of the water tank we have to put an outlet pipe. During rainfall, water will be carried from the edges of the roofs down to the water tank.

Such water collected in the water tank can be used for domestic purposes or for irrigation of the vegetables in the kitchen gardens. The size of the water tank may vary depending on what you intend to use the water for at the time of scarcity… For a small-scale use, the reservoir may not be as big as that which may be required for a major-scale use of water. Thus, in the event that one needs a bigger reservoir, one should have a sufficiently big tank. Either we can use concrete to construct a tank of desired volume. Alternatively we can buy various plastic tanks which can be connected to each other.

As noted above, this initiative is very effective in various ways as we aim at improving our lives. However a great caution should be exercised when deciding on erecting and/or use of the water tank to prevent all the probable accidents in our locations… Further precautionary measures must be taken to avert the negative impacts of this initiative on the ecosystem… In this regard the relevant technical support from engineers is highly required.

Finally, I hereby wish to humbly plead with those who are rich, and the micro financing institutions to provide the required support to the needy. With this initiative we shall be able to run away from the pinch and pressure that come with erratic rains, floods, and drought. Together we can win this battle, while enhancing the sustainable human growth and development.


Friendly Enemies Are The Most Dangerous

BY: Dan Phale *

The wise elderly people say that “When there is no enemy within, enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Furthermore one of the most popular music artists in my country – Malawi – once produced a song… in which some of the song words give a caution to the listeners to beware of the unknown enemies… And based on different issues and/or stories enmity develops as a result of bad motives, or as a matter of necessity, whereas the latter is a situation where somebody deserves to be disliked by the other. But whether such an enemy has good reasons to hate you or not is not a question here.

In fact there are statistics which indicate that some people were put in some great troubles and/or killed… And through investigations done by various reputable criminal justice agents it has been discovered that relatives and/or friends might have or had a hand in such fateful happenings. Well this only means that we have to be very watchful so that we survive any of such evil plots… But – no – we are only mortals devoid of such powers to avoid being subjected to such troubles in life. Suffice to mention that it is only very worrisome to note that some people are not reliable friends. Such friends are like snakes in the grass.

In the light of the foregoing, a person’s heart is not a sack open to everybody. And it is further said that it is easier to measure the depth of an ocean than that of somebody’s heart… Well, in this article I would like to make a few references to the some situations in which some people are on record as having faced some tragedies in their lives.

The first one is that of Julius Caesar who was assassinated by those who had been always close to him all the time of his reigns. Those who often surrounded him are the ones who conspired to kill him, which they actually did. Before actually dying he was stunned and shattered by the unexpected Brutus’s involvement in stabbing him.

Of course I should also make mention of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the local leaders and the priests to be tried for a wrongs He never committed. And, surprisingly, Judas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ who had been with Him all the time of His ministry. Suffice to say that Jesus Christ with help of the holy spirit managed to foresee the persecution He was to go through sooner than later; however He let it happen for the sake of mankind.

In the then Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) a political leader namely Laurent Dèsìrè Kabila, was disliked by his people and those who were with him in the governance system. Of course they did not show it in the first time; but as time went on it was clearer than ever before that he was not wanted as manifested by a wider political and social rift… And on 16th January, 2001 he was shot dead by one of his bodyguards. It only transpired that the murdered leader neither knew that his own security detail could no longer be trusted; nor did he predict that one of his bodyguards would one day think of killing him in lieu of protecting him… Surely, other political leaders in the entire world were also murdered in the similar manner by their closest partners.

Of course it is said that “He who eats alone dies alone” but I think it is better to die alone than to be betrayed by a close friend. The above tragic stories make us aware, or remind us, of the fact that it is very simple for everybody to identify a distant enemy. But in a sharp contrast it is very difficult for all of us to realise the adverse feelings which are harboured by the closest friends or allies of ours. The enemy you know is better than the one you don’t know. In a nutshell, friendly enemies are the most dangerous of all enemies. They can kill you softly.

What is required, therefore, is for everybody to keep watching, because the earth is like a beehive where we enter through one hole but we live in different cells. As a matter of fact when you know your enemy you at liberty to do anything possible to diffuse all the impending dangers; even if it means committing the prohibited acts in self defence… In fact, it is better to be a lion for a day than to be a sheep all the time of your life.

Safeguarding Our Dignity From Unethical And Immoral Music

BY: Dan Phale *

In this article the main focus is on such music that has a huge potential to cause moral decay and aggression and/or violence among human beings. It should be understood by all of us that the relationship between music aggression or violence as well as immorality and the real world aggression and immorality is often moderated by the nature of the music content. But the overall magnitude of the bad effects is sufficiently huge to place it in the category of known and possible threats to human life.

Let us begin by unanimously agreeing that one of the notable and very great changes in our social environment in this era is such an advent of mass media that include computer networks, a radio, and a television. Be it for better or worse, the mass media have posed very great impact on people’s daily lives, the notable indicators of which are people’s values, beliefs, and behaviours.

Recently, a local musician in my homeland has been found on the wrong side of the music world. Just like many other morally reckless music artists he (name withheld) has released a song whose words have been widely interpreted as calculated or likely to encourage or induce men to sexually victimise ladies.

Actually, the best music is the one which is there to provide us with virtually such elements that can enable us get along with life on earth. For example, a good song is a very effective painkiller to any emotional pain felt by any aggrieved person. But in a sharp contrast, a very great concern is that in the music industry most of the songs contain morally and/or sexually violent language and lyrics which can likely have an enormous bearing on males attitude toward women and all other vulnerable groups of people. In fact such music poses a great threat to the vulnerable people because it gives rise to an increased rates of aggression and unethical behaviour in the real world.

At the present time there are many reports, as compiled by various social researchers, which indicate that the young people who have ever been exposed to violent songs – either on radio, or on the television – have always felt more hostile than those who have so far listened or watched similar but nonviolent songs.

In this regard it is requisite that we have to jointly suppress such bad effects of music by ensuring that music artists adhere to the ethics of human conduct. Every child or young person should be manifestly barred from listening to, or watching on television, such songs which contain explicit content… Furthermore, there should be very much strong legal measures, herein termed as the Censorship Laws, which can help curb proliferation of unethical and/or immoral songs. Otherwise the world is destined to witness more horrible, immoral, and dehumanising acts than ever before.

A Loved One Has No Pimples

BY: Dan Phale *

Based on a common philosophy of nature and meaning of life which nurtures the infallible idea that we were all created in the likeness of God, to love another person is to see the face and the identity of God. In fact, by the very virtue of this, a disposition to regard a fellow human being as without a beautiful and/or without a perfect body structure is an unacceptable viewpoint… It is quite segregative. And the irony is that a beautiful heart is better than physical attributes. This is why many people always subscribe to the old wise saying that perfect reputation is better than any of the beautiful body attributes.

In this story, which is a blend of both faction and fiction, I intend to discourage in strong terms the discriminatory behaviour shown by some people who very often despise others as ugly.

One of my friends – Brighton – fell head over heels in love with Sarah, a girl of his youth. And at the end of a sufficient period of courtship period they led to the altar. Suffice to mention herein that their marriage did not get an approval and/or blessings of Tony’s parents including some of his relatives for a mere fact that Sarah’s face had many pimples. Nevertheless this did not stop Tony from loving her. In fact the more they made fun of him, the more love he showed to her just as she did to him… They were inseparable.

Nearly one year later, one of Tony’s brothers – Aaron – married a girl of his choice. Unlike his brother, Aaron got the approval and blessings of his parents, as the girl – Emily – was regarded as the most beautiful queen, with a spotless face, little knowing her true character. But sooner than later Emily proved them wrong. She was a source of instability at the entire family. She could not manage to prepare food even for her husband; neither could she perform any of the household chores. She could not address her husband and/or her in-laws with respect as traditionally required. In other words, Emily has proved that she is not morally upright.

There and then, all of Tony’s relatives came back to their senses and learnt a lot of lessons. They realised that at times “love is blind” and that nobody should be psychologically blind when choosing who to get married to. But the most significant point is all they realised that “A loved one has no pimples”

Washing In The Muddy Water

BY: Dan Phale *

This article is published at a time when the OUR LIFE ISSUES blog has clocked its third anniversary. It is, therefore, dedicated to all and sundry who look forward to realising the best out of this life on earth.

Most of the times we wonder as to whether all such people who are, or claim to be, the spiritual shepherds deserve our trust and confidence. Actually, more often than not we observe quite a lot of nasty issues by which their life is hugely characterised; such issues that very negatively affect their positions. When these people are ordained, they are called with various names such as befitting holly leadership amid members of congregations. Some are called prophets while others are known as apostles or evangelists.

In the like manner, we frequently question the integrity of people who are put on social leadership positions… Some are called with names like His or Her Majesty, The Right Honourable, and many more… but their actions and/or behaviours are not in tandem with impression that comes with such names.

The nitty gritty:

Whatever the case, the bottom line is that we bath in the muddy water… The general expectation is that all the spiritual leaders ought to be leading with good examples, as emulating what and how Jesus and all other prophets did when they lived on the planet earth. They were a source of light whenever social and/or spiritual darkness engulfed mankind in a manner that at least life was not harder than in the present era… In fact we even fail to grope for the meaning of having spiritual leaders in our midst by the very virtue of the fact that they act in an unusual manner as opposed to a code of human conduct.

In fact the clergy are recruited or ordained or chosen in order to act as water that can help fellow human beings to cleanse their souls from the evil stains, and to help keep them clean for as long as they live on earth… Thus the detergent is the Holly spirit of God; and what does this mean? The detergent – herein the Holly spirit – will be successfully used to cleanse the stained clothes – herein the spiritually challenged souls – if and only if the water – herein the clergy – are spiritually upright. In fact, the Holly spirit can be manifested through good behaviour and acts of the clergy men; but as the situation is the spiritual leaders are devoid of the power of the Holly spirit. Just imagine the clergy selling blood calling it the holly blood of the old prophets; I mean where does that blood come from…? Today’s clergy men involve themselves in drug trafficking and some other illegal or unnatural dealings… They promote divisive language and/or acts, plunging the entire world into perpetual conflicts or fighting… Yet these clergy men preach to the multitudes about the kingdom of God.

Today’s clergy – whether apostles, evangelists, pastors, prophets – are pathological hypocrites. No wonder, currently there are too many spiritual congregations but the rate of sins is too high.

The Burden Which Comes With Handouts

BY: Dan Phale*

Last time I published an article in which I lobbied for the rich people to have a spirit of showing generosity towards the poor masses everywhere in the world. Actually let us quickly commend those who share what they have with other people. And this is a good gesture of love. In fact love has to be expressed more by deeds than by words only. However we have to check the other side of the coin of life with a deep focus on some of the rich people’s socioeconomic expectations. Thus the same depth of generosity shown to you is the same depth of wound you are likely to get inflicted. Hence the title of this article.

It follows then that one must pay all the engraved attention to some of the important facts concerning the issue of handouts in contrast to generosity. To begin with, a handouts are things which are given or distributed free of charge to those in need. These may be direct payments or provision of cash sums of money or goods, as clearly distinguished from other forms of welfare support like soft loans and/or subsidies. The uphill, however, is that sometimes people cannot realise the probable repercussions which come with handouts until when it is too late to come up with solutions.

In the first place, the culture of giving alms in the language of generocity has a negative connotation with the express implication that things given are both unearned and undeserved. Thus the recipients do not feel the actual ownership. Eventually they take very little or no responsibility in taking care of the same. The alms recipients tend to develop a spirit of dependence; and those who give alms capitalise on this weakness to enslave them. As this continues, their human dignity is comprised with the alms providers calling for the returns in form of forced labour with little or no wages. This means, in other words, that the ugly part of alms giving is that the poor masses in the society continue to be burdened with poverty instead of being bailed out of the tormenting situations.

The best socioeconomic approach towards poverty alleviation program is for somebody to give another a hand up and not a handout. Another paradox is “being lifted up by a rope” against stepping up onto a ladder of opportunity. Otherwise, handouts must be given during an emergency characterised by wild fire, natural disasters, or when it is fully necessary.

All in all, it is of little meaningful help to be giving a person fish everyday; rather it is good to teach him how to catch fish, and he shall be self reliant all the time of his life… … Likewise, apart from being given money, the poor masses should be given such an environment and/or opportunity that is favourable for them to earn money on their own.

The Hand That Gives

BY: Dan Phale*

The earth is like an anthill where we go in through the same door, but we stay in different chambers. And it is the naked truth that all human beings under the sky are woven together like a big mat. It fact, a person scratches oneself only where his or her hand can reach… … But only somebody can scratch another person’s back.

Some people are abundantly blessed with such resources that make their life soft. On the other hand other people have very little or nothing to survive on. Yet those who have plenty things do not share with those who are dire need of the same… A moral bombshell, however, is that the rich people have a tendency of distancing themselves away from the poverty stricken ones. They pay less attention to the plight of their fellow humans than to the welfare of their pets, to the extent of making special budget allocations for cats and dogs. Thus, cats and/or dogs are given expensive and delicious food to eat and more comfortable places to stay.

It is high time we learnt that to eat from the same pot with another man is like taking an oath of perpetual friendship. As we live on earth, we do compliment one another. Without fingers the hand is but a spoon; and likewise, without a hand fingers are but sticks. Let us help one another in the fight of poverty alleviation.

Jesus – as per the gospel according to Luke 6: 36 – says “Be merciful even as your Father is merciful.” Furthermore, we are encouraged by the Bible to be generous towards the needy. In the new testament – 2 Corinthians 9:11 – St Paul says, “You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” This is a confirmation that the hand which gives is blessed than the one which receives.

Giving alms is pious… But the Bible warns us against seeking praises when giving alms; for then we shall not have reward from our Father who is in heaven. Thus when we give alms we should not blow our own trumpet as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets for purpose of gaining praises. In other words, when we give alms, we dont have to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing.