Horrific Levels Of Love

BY: Dan Phale*

It is said that sometimes too much is poisonous. In the like wisdom, it is believed that too much love can kill… This is a story of two brothers, James and Nickson, whereas the former is a commercial vegetable farmer and the latter is a vegetables retailer. Unlike his brother, Nickson lived at the hub of a rural development center.

It happened that two days ago James woke up in the dawn hours… He decided to go to his vegetables garden which lies along the fertile valley of a stream which runs across the village. He picked a pangaknife and a water cane, and started off… Such an early rising was not only aimed at watering the vegetables plants, but also to sell the vegetables on wholesale to some business persons… Almost at the same hour, Nickson rose up to purchase vegetables from his brother, by firstly proceeding to wake up his brother so they they would go together to the garden.

As he was walking along the earth road which also leads to the nearest rural development center, he saw a person riding on a bicycle from the opposite direction. Of course, James was unable to identify the rider; neither was his brother Nickson because the atmosphere was still dark… James quickly recalled the rumours which have always come from his friends that his wife has an affair with a certain primary school teacher. Such an unconfirmed facts indicate that the yet-to-be identified man rides on the bicycle when going to have adulterous coitus with his wife in the dawn hours when he is in the garden. What a coincidence…!

I have always dedicated my time to tirelessly work for the welfare of my family, including my only wife,” James murmured… And in the heat of passion he blocked the passage for the oncoming cyclist.

Nickson felt a grip of fear rising up his neurons when he realised that his passage was suddenly blocked by an unidentified person. He attempted to make a sharp diversion, but he could not manage. And in a fraction of one second, James released his pangaknife, hacking the innocent Nickson on the head… As Nickson fell down, James continued to severely assault him until he fainted.

Later on some passersby found Nickson, lying down in a blood pool, subconscious. They took him to the hospital for medical attention. As soon as he regained consciousness, he narrated the ordeal. Lastly people sent a message to his brother, James, through police about the issue.

James visited his wounded brother in the male ward… And it was at this point in time when the jealous James realised that he had punished an innocent person who, particularly, is his biological brother.

My brother,” James said, adding, “Im very much sorry for what Ive done to you all because of a mistaken identity.”

Whose identity did you mistake mine for?” Nickson forced words out of his mouth, wincing in great pains.

At his question, James briefly outlined, “I have been regularly told that a certain primary school teacher is going out with my wifeBut you are not a teacher. This is why I’m saying that I mistook your identityI humbly beg you, my dear brother to forgive me.”

A strong constant affection, and warm attachment of one’s heart and/or life to another person is love. But surely, some levels of love are so horrific that one can kill another person out of jealousy… So we need to exercise self caution and restraint.

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Perfect Reputation Is Better Than Beauty

BY: Dan Phale*

Many old folks in my land have always said that a good name is better than a good face. They also say that a piece of advice is cheap.

The weekend is now over. Lots of events have taken place. For example we have so far witnessed marriage celebrations as couples have led to the altar. Very colourful ceremonies. It is, however, sad to observe that such very colourfully cerebrated marriages do not last long; they break up very quickly. And this is why I have been prompted to be on my computer with an aim of publishing something which pertains to the marriage life.

A marriage is said to be a union between a man and a woman raised from two different families. Here the union results in bonding not only of two individuals but also of the two families from which the partners do originate. The bonding partner brings along various expectations which are a reflection of the background of  person’s family. Such expectations further represent what that person has ever observed from his or her family members and/or friends in his or her childhood. In other words this union is a grafting of the traditional values for the two families.

Most of the times what we hear is “He is handsome … or … she is beautiful,” forgetting that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. After all, is one’s beauty more important than one’s reputation? It is imperative that the persons so intending to form a lifelong bond has to seriously take into consideration the following issues.

First and foremost, a partner must look for the compatibility of most of the personality traits, or likes and/or dislikes, behaviour, as well as the attitude of the other… Let us liken somebody’s life to such beautiful flowers of the buffalo beans that later on blossom into such pods which are covered with hairs which have the itch-inducing properties. As times goes on you know who really your partner is. Such people who have most of their characters in common are more likely to live together for the rest of their life.

Secondly, partners have a very much important duty to know each other’s family background. The traditional circumstances under which a person was brought up are of the landmark impact on the marriage life… For instance, some parents are selective in terms of what to eat and what not to eat. Likewise some parents and/or guardians do prohibit their children or dependants from going to attend religious activities in worshipping centres which do not advocate their spiritual beliefs.

While you are looking for a partner with good characters, you should also critically check your own behavioural pattern so that you properly get aligned to the moral standards in a society. Today, many people are complaining of having separated or having been divorced, but they do not realise that the bottom line is their own bad conduct… Don’t live to regret.

Finally, a person must be on a steady guard against any other external influence from other people of ill will. Actually, the partners at times are misled by malicious advisors. And in the long run, matrimonial bond fails to take shape.

Only Somebody Can Scratch Your Back

BY: Dan Phale*

It is the open secret that various individuals on earth have different talents. That is how God created us. He gave us different endowments so that collectively we can achieve something in life… In this regard nobody is better than another, just as the desert is also fertile.

This is a story about a certain man who thought he was more superior than others.

Once upon a time there was a carpenter. He was popularly known for his skills in carpentry and joinery in entire Mwima township. In fact nearly all residents in the township knew that he was second to none in this industry. Gradually this yielded him much better connections with those people in the elite class who thronged to his shop to get the best furniture and other related products. With great earnings he established a paradise of his own kind on earth. Little by little he grew into a person full of complacency, selfglory, and vanity, to the extent that he began severing good ties with his old friends and others… He became very callous about the suffering of others.

But there came a very critical moment for the carpenter to learn some bitter lessons in life. It was on the onset of the rainy season when there were stormy rains which saw many dwelling houses demolished. And the carpenter’s dwelling house was not an exception. The worst thing is that the storm occurred at night such that it was too difficult for him to escape from this fate. Most of his property got damaged and some got lost as well. The damages and losses were so huge that he could not afford to replace sooner than later.

In the following morning, the carpenter was forced by the adverse circumstances to kneel down before the same people he had despised ever before to beg for their succour in one way or another. Of course, in the interim, his principal plea was to get a shelter before his house would be reconstructed. But his plea fell on the deaf ears. Everybody who was once in the group of the good-for-nothings now turned to be the most important in this tormenting time of his life.

My fellow beings, it is true that there is a moment when bricklayers start looking for broken bricks in order to fill the gaps left in the walls of a building. In this regard, no matter what, only somebody can scratch your back.

Justice For Sale…?

BY: Dan Phale*

There is one popular phrase used when and where justice is required, or is sought, or is being administered. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth“, and this confirms the notion that justice is a reflection of true facts. In an illustration, the equation is (facts + honesty) equals justice. Simply put, justice prevails where people are honest. In this article we will have to meticulously look at some of the pertinent issues in relation to a case study in which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus.

Let us begin by agreeing that without conflicts among human beings there would never be need for laws; nor would there be need for processes of justice administration. Furthermore it is the naked truth that people seem not to be in terms with one another due to greed, hatred, ill will, jealousy, and selfishness. It should also be noted that whenever conflicts arise, somebody is somehow in conflict with the rule of human conduct.

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A Case Study in this context is a biblical story of Judas Iscariot… When the Passover was drawing near, the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way of silencing Jesus. Why…? They feared that His followers would no longer be submissive to them, having known the truth. Judas Iscariot approached the chief priests, offered to betray Jesus, and was given thirty pieces of silver as payment. But after Jesus had been unjustly and unfairly treated and crucified, Judas Iscariot was filled with remorse. He took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests, saying, “Ive sinned by betraying the innocent blood.” The chief priests rebuffed him, chiefly because what they wanted had been achieved… And flinging down the silver pieces in the sanctuary, he went off and hanged himself.

Jesus – who was given a penalty for a crime which He did not commit – won the case. Three days after the death penalty, he rose again, and ascended into heaven where He is up to now.

Lessons are multifold, but only one shines out as gold. A good conscience is a soft pillow… The one who sleeps well or lives peacefully is the one who has nothing to feel guilty of. He/she has the infallible peace of mind.

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The relationship which exists between those entering into bonds on dubious or unfair or unjust motives barely last long… Surely, justice cannot be sold nor bought. Over and above, such acquisitions that are realised through bribery are but a bunch of curses as somebody suffers in silence. And those who have a tendency of deviating from the truth shall perish.

Most of the times, the systems are neither bad nor good. Suffice to mention herein that the key players in the settlement of disputes are not trustworthy. More often than not, they advance their selfish motives. They get some bribes to deviate from the truth.

However, the world can access justice when people convey true information to the justice administration agents and/or to the tribunals. But there should be adequate resources to be used in the justice administration processes to ensure that conflicts are timely solved, otherwise justice delayed is justice denied. Finally, all the justice administration agents should always be Whiter than white in discharging their duties, because nobody is above the law.

The World On The Edge

BY: Dan Phale*

Nobody knows what the dawn will bring, but the dawn does not come twice to awaken a man. In fact those who die due to ignorance are more than those who die with sufficient knowledge and wisdom. Historical facts have a very significant impact on our life. Therefore it is imperative that everybody must know where he or she is coming from, because the past and present will determine our future.

Many years have elapsed since the world came into existence. Lots and lots of things have happened. And from what we have so far perceived through hearing or seeing or reading there are so many enormous changes that have taken place… Ranging from cultural issues to social issues to spiritual issues.

Let me begin by saying that I always cherish the philosophy that a family is the only domestic academy where the children can learn principles of human conduct. In this context I remember pretty well that when I was still young my parents instilled in me and my brothers and my sisters quite a number of virtuous pillars of human life. Decency in dressing, discipline, honesty, love, perseverance, respect for others, tolerance – the list goes on and on… Those were the days when children were NOT at liberty to make their own choices willy nilly without a necessary guidance and active role of their parents. There were rare cases of alcoholism and/or drug abuse among children. If given orders and/or directions we would were not expected to make objections and arguments but to comply. No wonder, in spite of other challenges, the world was inhabited by people who had good manners… As such there was coexistence, peace and tranquility.

But with a passage of many ages down the line we are not in the same world. It is not a hidden secret that there is a very drastic change of life pattern amid mankind… Oh yes…! This is according to a meticulous examination of major issues which uniquely affect us on daily basis.

More often than not we get reports of conflicts and/or fighting. And issues of terrorism have become of regular headlines in news updates. Children are recruited and sent to fight in the battle front… What future will they wait for if their childhood is taken away from them? Day in day out many people are displaced from their homeland to become refugees in the foreign land. And the worst issue is that innocent people are ruthlessly killed. Suffice to mention herein that it is very disturbing to observe that these tragedies emanate from issues of extremism, imperialism, insatiable power ambitions, socioeconomic inequality, and racism or tribalism.

Now as a result of persistent fighting, of course with the use of chemical weapons, we are experiencing gradual climate change. The air is highly polluted such that there are increased rates of disease outbreaks and preventable deaths, thereby making the life span go down. How can there be sufficient and effective healthcare services when everybody is on the run…? Eventually all the socioeconomic activities are negatively affected.

Issues of homosexuality have also become more common in this era than in the ancient times, according to history. Some people in other parts of the world are advocating for the enactment of laws that can help to recognise same sex marriages as a matter of human rights. Very much hilarious, and this is against the order of nature. In fact a marriage was designed by God for sexual pleasure meant for two persons with opposite sexual organs, and of course for procreation purpose… And this is irrebuttable.

Let us now talk of spiritual issues. Many churches are being founded everyday. Arguably there are too many churches nowadays compared to the past. Some of us believe that such an increase in the number of churches is NOT based on the true mission of spreading the word of God; but because the spirit of rebellion is very much common among the so-called christians. Along this line of events there are too many false prophets. And the devil has taken this as a leeway to such alarming levels that some people have created on internet some blogs or websites for advancement of the satanic matters.

Well, let us cross our fingers to save ourselves from collapsing alongside the world. With the help of God we can succeed. United we stand, divided we fall… It is not too late.

Rising Against All Dangerous Myths

BY: Dan Phale*

As I write this article my eyes are blurred with tears of commiseration, condolences, disbelief, empathy, fear, shock, and sympathy because of the hardships and/or deaths so far caused by other evil minded persons. And at the very end of the article I will ask all of you readers to rise up and take a very strong action.

About a week ago or so I and other fellow good countrymen got highly stunned having heard that a certain man had been sexually traumatizing a four year old girl child with an aim of getting rid of the HIV from his body. According to the media reports the man was acting on advice which he got from somebody who crookedly and fraudulently claimed to be a doctor… But in a sharp contrast, the man who currently is in custody of the State for defilement charges remains HIV positive. And the worst fact is that he has even infected the four year old girl child with the virus… What a pity…!

This reminds me of several other horrible issues surrounding the very innocent people getting inflicted with great pains, or even being brutally murdered and getting their private parts removed. Such stories have involved both men and women, more so with our dear friends and/or brothers and sisters with albinism. To the worst extent the heartless persons have all the insanity to sneak into the graveyards to exhume dead bodies… What for…?

Most recently the media reports have informed the public that all men with bald heads have become the targets of the brutal serial killers. And now great fear has taken full control of my being as I presume that tomorrow all men with huge tufts of beard – a group where I belong – will be the next target.

For the first time in my life I am prompted to develop a hostile mind against everybody who has a sign post written “Dr XXX“at his or her dwelling place… Ironically my copy of a dictionary says a doctor is the one who is skilled in medical sciences… I can very strongly speculate that these are the people who have been propagating and/or disseminating such dangerous myths that human body tissues could be used for healing purposes or for good luck. I really hate them… In fact it would be better if we had no such people among us, I suppose. They are the charlatans.

God did not create a person to be used as a raw material of medicinal products. Neither did He create a person to be used as a sacrifice for somebody’s good luck.

Let us rise up and do something to end the ordeal. Let nobody be cheated that human body tissues are a source of a better life… Nobody should be lured into believing that HIV can be removed from the blood streams by having sexual intercourse with a young baby. These are dangerous myths.

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.