When growing up, as wee lad, I had a perception that politicians are evil. I was always upset with how leaders elected to serve people ended up misusing and embezzling resources meant to stir development in the society. Due to this, I decided and vowed to myself that when I grow up, I will never meddle or indulge in politics whatsoever. I will grow my passion in entrepreneurship, make money and travel the world. This has been my perception and stand since I was a small kid. It made me grow a habit of not meddling with the peoples affairs since I thought my efforts would not have brought much change if I decided to get involved. I didn’t question anything.
So this week, something happened that shifted my thinking in regards to the whole issue of governance and not questioning things that happen around me. I attended a Young Leaders Forum, and during this session we discussed issues concerning Faith, Morality and Public Sphere. We were able to demystify some notions about the role of the church and also youths in governance. I realized that throughout the whole discussion most people freely expressed their perceptions, in that they longed for change to happen without necessarily being part of the team that brings change in our country’s governance or any realm that needs revamping . We all wait for someone to change the structures of leadership, for example fighting corruption and altering a course that seems to work without results.
This whole discussion got me thinking of how young people live in a world where we never question anything that happens around us. Things happen and we are just cool with them as they are since we aren’t ready to take up the challenge of facing the tough forces that come up with bringing change. We fear being termed as nuisance or being rejected.
We live in a society where social media has overtaken our real actions. When not pleased with something, all we do is post it on social media and keep following on how many likes, comments or forwards it gets. The more likes and attention it gets the more we feel happy and satisfied, irregardless of whether action is taken or not. This ideology or form of habits will never bring change in our society. Change needs action .
I would like to challenge you today. If someone comes up with an idea, learn to engage with the ideal, figure out what is actually being said and understand the whole idea. Why is this person thinking this way?. Then develop your own idea. Your own experience and knowledge in history will give you the authority to do so. After developing your own idea take a position. This means you can either agree or disagree with the idea. This should be done politely and not by demeaning others or engaging in profanity. Remember there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone and stating it. Having different opinions is not bad, it helps us grow.
Learn to question everything that happens around you. Learn to ask WHY. After questioning, if there is need to take action don’t hesitate to take one and do it with passion to stir up change. Be the change that you want to see. Be engaged and fully plugged in.
I hope this post will enlighten and challenge you to the core.
Thank you for reading through.
God bless you.
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