John Locke the world’s renowned scholar in his theory perceives man as a good creature who dwells on positive achievements.
On the other hand, his counterpart scholar, Thomas Hobbes build his contradiction on Locke’s theory hence considers man as an evil creature who live on destruction.
It goes without citing that life is what one makes. Life can either be miserable or successful depending on the skills, knowledge and determination one has to handling the situation that is before him or her. You can either choose to blend life with beautiful flowers or decide to belt it with dangerous thorns.
The scripture however denounces the lukewarm trait by citing that one should be either hot or cold-good or evil, Period.
Going down my memory lane, I can recall the narrations of educative wisdom my grand mum used to instill in me when I was a little boy, during evening around fire stories known as in African language as bed time narratives. “Be good my grandson, being good to people never cost anything.” This was the moral advice from most of her stories anyway.
To be good one need to be respective, kind, caring…-start building the muscles of the required traits that would make others around him/her see his/her clear image right from the beginning. Besides, one must show good character build on actions that can inspire other people surrounding him/her.
Self-discipline with transparency, trust and accountability…is among the key traits that make up best person who should be emulated by the rest of the members of the society.
The yield of all desirable traits is amazing in the sense that one is indeed honored. The world Nobel laureates such as Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, the US President Barrack Obama among other icons have so far led the talk and their wonderful achievements speaks for themselves-are beyond reasonable doubt.
The society can only achieve best results when people occupying it play active role-co-exist in peace and harmony on the coordination platform. The society can be classified as amazing when there is mutual participation and involvement of all stake holders in endeavor to building it. And the result of good achievements will be felt from sides to the center and through economic growth.
For all these to be successful therefore, there must be secure environment. For instance, there must be willing businessmen to invest and thrive; infrastructure such as roads, communication facilities, schools, hospitals just to mention but few should be given a key priority.
Farmers should be given incentives; subsidized farm inputs to enable them grow and harvest quality produce thus fight hunger and poverty. The society can be called rotten or a spoiled lot when the occupants break the foundation of moral values where their destiny rest. For instance it can lose its glory when there is poor management of the environment whose better results are felt in terms of global warming today.
The society we are living in today tends to get worse and worse each passing time due to manipulations of characters of its occupants.
We have failed to unmask evils committed by the few at the expense of majority of innocents. Failure to condemn what we actually see as wrong has led to jam packing of challenges where many of which have reached maturity stage, to uproot or shove them from our footpaths it requires bulldozers.
As a matter of fact, vices such as corruption in Kenya today are at the peak because of lack of willing men and women with confidence to fight it. Current surveys show Kenya is among the leading countries that are lagging behind because of rampant corruption that are existing in various sectors of economy.
It is high time we stood firmly just like the renowned scholars such as Karl Max, Max Weber, Abraham Lincoln…and condemned what is evil with the major aim of ushering in what we believe is in the context and interest of the masses.
We must learn the importance of expanding our vision by possessing grotesque characters and images since good images and characters will always give birth to other colorful images that would be embraced by many. As a matter fact, we feel good and honored when we are associated with good characters whose images impress.
In a nut shell, people should always invest in doing what is right at all cost since good images will always make great difference not only in ones life but on other people’s lives around.
Challenges we are facing today from bad governance to domestic feuds do emerge as a result of lack clear road map that would guide us on how we should coexist and handle various matters in the society whenever they sprout.
We are overwhelmed with myopic characters that are hindering the nation from realizing her dreams. Yes, it has become hard to get ourselves out of the bandwagon of challenges and register our colorful name on the global map just like other developed worlds due to lack of political will. And this is where the rubber meets the road.
Had we had a situation where the majorities in the diverse society are guided by their inner principles and focused minds, perhaps global challenges that are killing us slowly such as poverty, hunger, diseases, and corrupt deals among others would have been strangled and thrown into oblivion.
Had we learnt the secret of condemning what is wrong and learnt the importance of praising embracing what is right, problems in our society would have been lessened significantly.
Our ultimate choice therefore should be guided by our inner voice and brave hearts whose aim is to lay a strong cornerstone in our society’s foundation for the sake of living better lives. It must start from you.
by Obed Simiyu