Together In Curbing Social Imperfections

BY: Dan Phale*

I have taken time before being on the website due to some impediments beyond my control… But now I am back. In fact this time I feel all the inclination to chat with you on the exclusive need for us to be up and vigilant against some of the social imperfections which exist in our midst.

An earth is more or less like an ant hill; we go in through the same door, but we happen to stay in different chambers… And why is this so? More often than not, this happens largely due to lack of faculty of reason… And significantly this gives rise to lots of moral problems such as disobedience or disrespect, arrogance; and social disparities like discriminatory acts manifested expressly or otherwise through insatiable greed, oppression, racism or tribalism, favouritism and nepotism.

Indicators of these are bias or poor leadership, draconian rules and/or policies, bribery and corruption, inequality of distribution of wealth, among others. In workplaces people experience unfair administrative justice with little or no application of the doctrines of natural justice and the rule of law. Workers get promoted because they are related to members of the top management. Adversely this creates a big lacuna in the way duties ought to be discharged by the workers. And in the long run this leads to low productivity and/or poor delivery of services because others feel downtrodden and discouraged.

In view of the aforementioned, large populations of people in many parts of the world have been subjected to lots of challenges such as perpetual poverty, very high cost of living, little human growth and development, and conflicts.

But perhaps it begins with education of children in terms of values and virtues of life which must begin during the infancy. In that way the children can easily have their mental faculties, from their first appearance on earth, directed towards the truth, sincerity and fairness, while being removed away from the evils, the obscenity, and the falsehoods. This age is comfortably regarded as the most solid immovable foundation upon which the moral formation is to be built. It is from childhood, as from a starting line, that a human being sets off on the lifelong race. And this must begin from their family homes which are the best domestic platform where life values are highly expected to be imparted in them by their parents and/or guardians.

In fact I agree with Basil the Great who once said that the soul of a human being is easily melted and molded while it is still at a tender age and as soft as a wax. Really while still young a person is easily shaped into the faculty of reason which cements the impression of perfect values of human life.

All what we desperately need in order to succeed in curbing social imperfections is unity among all classes of people… Even two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper; and when the spider webs are joined together they can tie up a lion. It is true that the dogs understand each other by their barking, and men get along together by their common language. Surely if we want to walk far, let us walk together.

For those who are on various leadership positions it is significant to note that even a king requires some advice at some point in time. Along this line of thinking leaders must realize that even the mightiest eagle comes down to the tree tops to rest… And for us who are under control of others, let us respect them.

Nobody Is More Important Than Others

BY: Dan Phale*

Our life is like a voyage whereas the boat does not know the identity of each of those on board. It does not matter whether somebody is male or female, royal or ordinary, poor or rich; they are all equal. And when that vessel capsizes everybody gets wet and/or drowns alongside others because they are sailing together.

Let us further liken our life to a chicken. It is biologically believed that feathers of a chicken are what give it warmth. In this regard no any single feather can provide such warmth that is required in the chicken’s body.

We have, therefore, to unanimously agree on the fact that each of us has something to contribute for our common good. When we look around we see that in our midst there are people with different abilities and skills. There are motor vehicle drivers and/or mechanics, soldiers and/or police officers, doctors, bricklayers, landlords and tenants, farmers and consumers, religious and community leaders, merchants, producers and users, and many more… But each group is equally in need of services provided by the other.

And as I am in the process of publishing this article, I am quickly reminded of the fact that the old wise folks in my beloved country, Malawi, say that “when the leg does not walk the stomach does not eat, and if the stomach does not eat the leg will not have energy to walk.” By this we are assured that there is a requisite need for a mutual dependence among human beings so that they can ably complement one another with their basic needs in a bid to make life better for all.

However, in a sharp contrast more often than not we do witness very disturbing levels of self regard and lack of solidarity as evidenced through a spirit of pride. Somebody has a false feeling that he or she is more important and/or better than other people. But, as I have always argued, pride only goes the length that one can spit… In true sense, such feelings are very hilarious and retrospective because they only give rise to discrimination in a society. As a matter of fact some people are considered a socially inferior group. And the inferiority complex, vis-à-vis, inhibits the expected human growth and development.

In view of the foregoing, I am prompted to urge all and sundry to realise and adopt the importance of a theory of interdependence which is about mutual reliance among groups of people in a society. In this concept human beings become emotionally, socioeconomically, and morally reliant on, and responsible to, one another. Surely this way only we are destined to achieve a lot in our life.

Turning Natural Foods Into Medicines – Part 1

BY: Dan Phale*

In the course of presenting these facts I am very much indebted to a number of specialists who work in heal field. Such people include Eluby Mbale who wirks in the capacity of the Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) under Ntcheu district hospital, and ranked as the Senior Disease Controlling Officer. She and all other medical experts have one idea in common: that the natural food can be used for medical purposes

Such natural medicinal products are reported to be in great demands in most of the developed countries for primary health care because of their efficacy, safety, and lesser side effects. They are good for age-related disorders like osteoporosis, loss of memory, and immune disorders for which no modern medicines are available. The statistcs show that natural medicines are used by about 80% of the world population. However, we can not rush to discuss medical values of a particular food unless we become familiar with some of their macro nutrients.

Let me take cognizance of the fact that most of us have ever heard from health experts that fruits are an important component of a perfectly balanced diet. And banana fruits are some of them. So in this article we take a look at bananas


As a matter of fact bananas are said to be one of the excellent sources of nutrients like phosphorus, calcium, and nitrogen, all of which are like the building stones of a healthy body, because they work to regenerate body tissues. These fruits also provide us with essential vitamins including:

  • Vitamin A which helps in building bones, and soft tissues. It also improves the ability of our eyes.
  • Vitamin B6 which helps in the immune system, promotes brain health, the heart health, among others.
  • Vitamin C which is significant in the healing process. It also helps in development of body tissues and ligaments.
  • Vitamin D which is essential in the sense that it facilitates the absorption of calcium  which in turn strengthens our bones and teeth.

Such are some of the derivatives that give bananas natural medicinal efficacy to cure some of the ailments that we know. It follows, therefore, that we have to look at some of the medicinal merits of these bananas. Scientists claim that bananas are very important in many ways.

Banana fruits can be safely consumed by the people who are suffering from ulcers because they are antacids. As such they neutralize the acidity of the gastric juices in the stomach, thereby alleviating the irritation by coating the lining of the stomach… An advice is thus given in this regard that we have to eat at least three bananas every day to prevent ulcers.

Burns and wounds are also treated by banana fruits. For immediate pain relief beat a ripe banana into a paste and spread it over a burn or wound. And for the best results we have to cover the area with a cloth bandage.

Other more medical benefits of bananas include:

A banana fruit helps in reducing the worm problems the little children. In fact this fruit is the best component of diet for the malnourished children. It is vital in constipation and diarrhoea or dysentery relief, as well treatment of anaemia.

Are you worried about low sexual drive…? Well, a banana fruit forms part of the best food diet which can boost your sexual performance. In fact it is medically believed that the unprocessed foods – such as a banana fruit – help in the improvement of libido.

Drinking the extract from the stem attached to the banana cluster can help to kill tuberculosis bacteria.

For those of you who are regular imbibers, banana fruits are one of the quickest ways by which hangover is cured. Just make a dairy banana cocktail with milk and honey. Thus they calm an upset stomach and help rehydrate the body and replenish electrolytes, glucose, magnesium, and potassium which are depleted during heavy taking of alcoholic drinks.

In view of the information above I earnestly urge all and sundry to have a banana plant in the backyard of the dwelling compounds of ours so that we continuously have banana fruits for our primary health care.

Beauty Contest Is Undesirable

BY: Dan Phale*

According to the old wise folks in my homeland beauty is an empty calabash. Surely the only thing which beauty holds is pride; and pride only goes the length that one can spit. It is in this view that I hereby present my strong argument against the notion of beauty contests.

Let me begin by saying that I have never been – and shall most unlikely be – convinced as to why really some people do organise and/or conduct, or participate in, what they term as beauty contest or beauty pageant. Except that what I mostly observe is an exhibition of nudity in the public, and nothing important. Usually the contest focuses on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the ladies; and sometimes it is based on their personality traits, intelligence, talents, and answers to the Judges’ questions in an interview.

Secondly, I feel all the inclination to, and I hereby, draw the attention of all and sundry to a biblical philosophy that any person was created by, and in the image of, one God, as per Genesis 1: 27. And for purposes of English language, an antonym of a word beautiful is ugly. In this regard the implication is that the objective of the beauty contests is to single out the beautiful ladies from the ugly ones. Now look, if one lady is singled out and crowned as the Queen of beauty, then who will be the Queen of the ugly ladies? Ironically the one God who created us all does not have two different images, the one which beautiful and the other one which is ugly. In all the wisdom, I find the whole idea of having beauty contests to be very irrational, inhumane, and discriminatory. Oh yes…!

Now let us look at some of the issues that are involved in the process of searching for the socalled Queen of beauty. Actually the process leaves quite a lot to be desired. Ladies longing for a title and crown are subjected to various examinations, two of which are what are in this article. The contestants are paraded, whereby each one catwalks, sexily swaying her hip. And what baffles me most is the fact that more often than not the contesting ladies do put on scanty clothes which would not be recommended or accepted by my late grandparents who were the strong defenders and advocates of our cultural values… I mean, it is absurd to suggest that a lady’s nakedness be a measure of her beauty. In a sharp contrast, scanty dressing is a factor which gradually triggers moral indecency among the youths. In other words, nakedness and beauty are two different issues altogether.

Additionally it sounds very funny to witness a lady being interviewed by the so-called judges on issues that are not at pal with beauty… I remember having laughed my lungs out one day a few months ago when I watched on one of the popular television stations where irrelevant issues arose.

What is your highest qualification, young lady?” one judge asked.

Im a degree holder in social science studies,” the young lady answered proudly.

Why do you want to become a Queen of beauty in this country?” the second judge asked.

Let me assure this board that I shall ensure that I and my fellow youths should contribute towards social and economic development of our country if I am crowned Queen of beauty.”

Kkkkkkkkk, the impression here is that without emerging victorious in the beauty contest that young lady would not take part in the social and economic endeavours of her country,” I laughed before switching off the television.

Of course somebody may attempt to defend the notion of staging beauty contests on a mere basis of a long historical background, citing beauty festivals which were celebrated in the ancient world during the medieval era… Nonetheless, we don’t have to emulate such practices that are more likely to weaken our human dignity in terms of cultural and moral merits.

In effect these contests have the viability to make people have wrong perception that girls and women should be valued principally for their physical appearance. Furthermore this idea exerts great psychological pressure on ladies to conform to the conventional beauty standards as set by the organisers of the contests. As such ladies are prompted to spend unnecessary amount of money and time on fashion, cosmetics, and hairdos in an attempt to adorn themselves. At times ladies are negatively influenced to go for slimming therapeutic programs to the extent of harming their own health.

In a nutshell, a beauty contest is undesirable everywhere. Otherwise beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

By: Dan Phale*

There are two brothers who undoubtedly seem to be blissfully blessed in the sense that they have a construction film which they run together. Their names are Blessings and Madalitso, whereas the latter happens to be younger than the former. In fact I know them too well because they stay with their families and their father in the royal palace which is in proximity to my dwelling house.

Blessings and Madalitso have been living under a very strong blood bond such that they have been inseparable in all their undertakings. Their father is a king who, according to their tradition, is at liberty to choose one of his grandsons as eligible to take over the throne when he dies. As a matter of fact at the moment Blessings has a six-year old son while the younger one is not a father which gives an obvious idea that Blessings’s son may become the next king.

Over the past decade they relentlessly strived to mobilise the necessary resources and/or machinery in order to establish their film, “Two Brothers Construction Company“, which they run together. Really an Igbo proverb is true that the world is like the goat‘s udder. It does not produce milk unless you pinch and squeeze at it… Through thick and thin today their company is a force to reckon with even across the national boarders. With countless contracts they have so far been awarded they have become very rich to the extent that others are usually jealous of their status.

Green with envy, one person last week visited a sorcerer with an intention of getting the evil powers to disrupt the family unity that has ever existed between Blessings and Madalitso.

You are welcome to the shrine,” said the sorcerer. “What can I do for you, young man?”

I want the two brothers to part ways so that their industry should collapses,” the jealous young man answered.

The great man, these people are very conceited… Besides they don‘t want to offer me any job opportunities on the pretext that we are not qualified. Tell me, Ill pay anything that you need for your work, please.”

The sorcerer performed his diabolic work. And barely two days later Madalitso accidentally killed his brother’s son by hitting him with his motor vehicle as he was reversing in order to drive out of the palace, escorting his wife, who was carrying a boy in her womb, to the antenatal clinic.

So you deliberately murdered my only son such that when your son is born becomes the next king in this land…” Blessings groaned.

Its not like that my brother. I can’t even understand how the dark cloud has covered us… I mean, why would I do that to you?” Madalitso denied the allegations.

Solomon is best known to be a very prayerful king, and such a peace maker. Having known that there is now bad blood between his sons, yesterday he called them in a bid to reunite them. It was during the session with the royal council members that Madalitso amazed them.

My king, in the interest of tranquility of the entire land, Ive decided to plead with you that you should not pick my son as the heir to the throne. In fact I pray that God should bless my brother with another male child to succeed you when you die…” Madalitso knows pretty well the proverb which says that for the sake of peace hard decisions must be made.

Blessings quickly understood that his brother had no blameworthy mind in the death of his son. The king is very happy that the two brothers are once again living in harmony… Suffice that the king’s prayers have been received by the heavens. And everybody has been convinced that indeed blood is thicker than water. So far the evil jealous young man has come in the open to confess what he did in conjunction with the ritualist to take away peace from the royal palace.

Life Is A Capital

By: Dan Phale*

It is not a secret notion that for every seed to germinate it has to be viable; and such is also the naked truth with human growth and development. For all human beings to excel in whatever they do a viability of some sort is needed. In fact of all the resources required in order to pursue in something life is the foremost. In other words life is a capital.

Only healthy people are capable of performing their daily duties. Hence it is of paramount significance that we all have to look after ourselves so that we become healthy beings… And how do we succeed in this?

But we can not talk about healthy living without looking at diseases and issues that are the relevant factors.

I have a good friend who works in the health sector. He once told me that the social determinants of health are the social conditions in which people live that determine their health. He further said that illnesses are generally related to social, economic, political, and environmental circumstances.

From the preceding, it is crystal clear that in a society whose people are severely stricken with poverty it is an uphill for them to meet the cost of treatment in health facilities. Similarly, a territory with serious political and governance challenges is very likely to fail to draft policies that are to be regarded as disease controlling measures. Again, culturally and socially some people have a strong belief in issues that are mere myths such that they poorly understand causes of some diseases. And surely when the causes of a disease are poorly understood members of societies tend to mythologize the disease and consider it as bad omen of whatever their culture deems evil.

Our old folks say that prevention is better than cure. And by being preventive we are able to guard ourselves from catching certain diseases. In the same way we don’t incur costs which would otherwise have been there if we were to seek medical attention in health facilities. Here we have to consider a variety of means which include restraint from risky behaviours, hygiene and sanitation, proper nutrition, public health services, regular and adequate physical exercises, vaccination.

Well, each of us has a duty to ensure that we have healthy life. This way only we will be able to embark on our daily activities that are aimed at sustaining our livelihood… Moyo ndi mpamba.

Victims Of Own Choices

By: Dan Phale*

Almost everyday I get notifications on Facebook that one of my friends is clocking a certain age and that I should show him/her that I care about him/her by wishing him happiness on his/her birthday… But age – I think – is not in itself a sufficient reason for one to be a happy person in life. There are quite a lot of factors that make one happy, the paramount of which is the choice one makes.

Words that are synonymous with age are maturity, development, and progress, among others. And the best way to go is to meticulously look at how choices are made in life. Thus I’m prompted to chat with you on some issues to do with choices.

The opportunity to pick or decide between two or more options is what is termed a choice. It involves making judgment on merits and/or demerits of the available multiple options. Choices are either rewarding or detrimental to us. More often than not we become victims of our own decisions and/or choices.

It is very much important, and it must be a binding moral principle, that in whatever decisions we must be sufficiently prudent.

For instance, an employee decides to go to work at a company later than expected. And the master gets annoyed to the extent of issuing a letter of dismissal. How will he or she cope up with the high cost of living?

People get into casual sexual relationships that finally lead them to getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Instead of working, they go up and down looking for medical attention. Will he or she survive in the midst of escalating problems of drug scarcity in hospitals as coupled with economic challenges?

Someone drives a motor vehicle on a public road under the influence of alcohol, and gets severely injured in a traffic accident whereas his legs are amputated… Will he continue going to drink beers? Will he manage his welfare?

A person goes to break into the neighbour’s house with an intent to steal therein, and he or she is apprehended. Later he or she is taken to court of law where a custodial sentence is ordered against him or her. Will he or she enjoy the freedom of movement?

Demographic studies show that population has gone increasingly high in our land but the land resource remains the same. Where shall we construct new infrastructure for housing or for other economic activities; and/or where shall we locate some land to cultivate crops?

In our different societies there come times when we are periodically expected to choose people to take leadership positions. Contrary to our expectations we are quickly let down in various ways like failing to get social amenities. As such we suffer in the sense that we are unable to get what we want from the leaders.

Certainly the challenges we are facing today are as a result of the fact that some time back we lacked the insight and wisdom when making decisions. While we grow up in age we must also grow up in all other aspects of life in order to avoid becoming victims of our own choices… It is very much important and it must be noted that it is a moral principle that in whatever decisions we must be prudent.