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.


Learn To Appreciate!

By: Dan Phale*

One young academically brilliant person had just graduated, and so went to town in order to seek a managerial position in a big manufacturing company. He had passed the first written interview, but the director, in spite of having observed from his curriculum vitae the applicant’s academic flying grades from secondary school to postgraduate studies and research, had to do the last interview. And this had to be oral.

The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“No, not my father… My mother rather is the one who has been paying for my school fees. In fact my father was killed in a road accident when I was only nine months old, according to my mother. I have been raised by mother alone.”

“Oh, I am sorry you lost your father at that tender age. Now what was the source of income for your mother to manage to provide for your needs singlehandedly in this world of financial hardships?”

“Really this world is full of financial constraints, however my mother has been a quarrier whereby she has been able to sell the best quarry which in turn earned her great amounts of money.” Actually the young man looked proud of having a mother who could work as a man.

At this point the director could not help marvelling, and he requested the young man to show his hands. He saw that his hands were too smooth to suggest his involvement in that kind of strenuous work.

“Have you ever assisted your mother get some quarry for sale?” the director proceeded, very curious. How could the young man‘s hands look such smooth when he only had a single parent?

“Aa-aaa-ah, no, I have never assisted her in quarrying, because my mother often emphasized that I had to freely read text books in order to perform well in class. Additionally, she knows her carrier too well. In fact she is the best quarrier in our area.”

“Well, then I ask you to go back today, and allocate a short moment to clean your mother’s hands, and let us meet again tomorrow in the morning hours.”

Lucky went home a very optimistic person. Upon getting home he requested his mother to let him clean her hands at once. Of course his mother had mixed feelings ranging from perplexity to happiness. She let him to clean her hands. But as he slowly cleaned his mother’s hands, Lucky’s eyes got filled with tears, for he then noticed that the hands were wrinkled and they had painful bruises. In fact she quivered at his touch when he cleaned the bruised hands.

It then became crystal clear in Lucky’s mind that his mother got her hands bruised as she struggled to earn money for their upkeep, and of course for his school fees and other learning materials. In other words his academic excellence had roots in those bruised hands. This prompted him to help his mother with the last quarry production and sales.

On the following day in the morning Lucky walked back to the director’s office where he narrated his new perception on what his mother had gone through.

“I have learnt that we have to appreciate what others to for us. Really without my mother I would not have been a graduate. Secondly I have realised how difficult and tough it is for other kind tasks to be done. And lastly I have learnt that it is good to value team work.”

Finally the director assured the young man that he had been taken for the post of the Manager. He further cautioned him that he would want him to appreciate what his junior ranks would do for the success of the company.

Surely one has to understand the difficulties encountered by others that bring about the comfort we enjoy today.