BLINDNESS: HINDRANCE TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT.

Listening to the sermon by Rev. Ron Wooten about blindness I first thought it was that simple natural one that everybody understands. However, while calmly seated waiting for the details of the sermon, I was surprised with the four aspect of blindness that he came up with. Natural, spiritual, traditional and selective. Of interest to me is the nature of the last two. Traditional and selective blindness. Do you have something that is taboo in your community, just because it is your tradition it is not right do it, even if it has been overtaken by event, people abstain from it . It is a fallacy, we can’t live under them and we move in terms of development
In most of the African countries it has been a tradition that those from the elite families will always get prime jobs because they have godfathers. This has been embedded in the hearts and minds of the people. It has caused retrogressive thinking; poor people have resigned to that as their fate. I was perturbed that we have been blinded by what we are told by the enemies of development, who are selfish greedy only willing to satisfy their insatiable hunger for amassing wealth.it is true that those who appeal to you to hold on to the past do so at the cost of denying you your future. This is what they propagate, lies. They sugar coat exploitation, they will never give you the skill, but they will always give you some daily allowance. Palliatives. I agreed with pastor Ron that for us to get out of this quagmire we need not to be satisfied with our situation- we must be willing to move, we need to ask and finally we need to give up those believes and trust in the creator of the universe ,God.
Selective blindness is another one that made me see how crucial it can be for social entrepreneurs. We may choose to close our eyes not to see what the bad things they want us to see. Enemies of development will want us to see the negative side of things, for instance they may want us to look at how impossible it is to empower young people in the slums with practical skills, they may want us to see how impossible it is to do business without their help, they may want us to see how difficult it is to get employment without connections. But we may choose to ignore them and find ways of building capacity of our neighbours and that of our own; it will be amazing if we realized that we have common enemies -poverty, ignorance and diseases. Hence none of us should look with prideful righteousness on the troubles in another section of our neighbours. But let each of us look within our own hearts and our own communities and let each of us put our shoulders on the wheel to root out injustice wherever it exists
As social entrepreneurs we need to take the battle to where it should be fought, restoring the dignity of men and women. We need to open our eyes and minds to know that dignity cannot be found in a man’s possession; it cannot be found in his power or in his position .it really rests on his right to be treated as a man or women with equal opportunity. We should not allow our men and women to be used sarcastically in political rallies we should not allow our children to get poor quality of education because we are at the mercies of the governments. Thanks to organizations like save your Generation Ethiopia(SYGE) by Tesfanesh Zekiwos gichamo, SCOHRA KENYA- and many other organization that have taken up the task of improving the lives of people for them to have the capacity and the ability to support themselves.
Knowing the number of lives that have been scarred by fear and hopelessness because of wasted energy and our substance to maintain the barriers of hatred, we have a responsibility to change the situation. Giving hope to the hopeless by bringing down the walls of ignorance, by preaching the gospel of equality. There is no human being who was created superior than the other. We are all wonderfully and beautifully made. Why then should we be discriminated because we come from a certain community or a certain class? It is pointless. It is absurd though if we think that our politicians will help us, they won’t, they would not even start imagining that. To them we are supposed to be endeared to them. It is ridiculous that for a long time we had left everything to them. But no more.
Wendy Koppy of teach for America is not a politician, Paul polak is not a politician, great achievements in the field of social entrepreneurship have not been achieved by politicians but by leaders who are committed to the ideals of humanity. People who are ready to give themselves to others, just like Mother Teresa who was a great influencer but never a politician. I am not against politicians because politics is about allocation resources. Politicians who put leadership first are always cognizant of other people’s welfare. Nelson Mandela, he put people of his country first before his achievements and gratification. It is true that great leaders are people minded not money minded.
While going through the speech of president Lyndon .B. Johnson that was delivered on March 15, 1965 I was left dumbfounded with how interesting his journey to the highest office in his land was he said my first job after college was as a teacher in Cotulla, Texas, in a small Mexican-American school. Few of them could speak English and I couldn’t speak much Spanish. My students were poor and they often came to class without breakfast and hungry. And they knew even in their youth the pain of prejudice. They never seemed to know why people disliked them, but they knew it was so because I saw it in their eyes.
I often walked home late in the afternoon after the classes were finished wishing there was more that I could do. But all I knew was to teach them the little that I knew, hoping that I might help them against the hardships that lay ahead. And somehow you never forget what poverty and hatred can do when you see its scars on the hopeful face of a young child. These words are so powerful; I wish many could read them. I have no reason why I should not wake up and start working to help others discover their talents gifts and abilities. Knowing that I can give hope to the hopeless.
I never thought then, in 1928, that I would be standing here in 1965. It never even occurred to me in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students, and to help people like them all over this country. But now I do have that chance.
It is not lost because I portend a great revolution. A social revolution that will leave the elite class lonely and hopeless. A time when the masses are empowered to do things for themselves, for instance marketing their own product and services. True to this Kiswahili proverb (mjinga akierefuka mwerefu huwa mashakani) -when the ignorant get knowledgeable the intelligent have problems. That has already started. The youth are silencing the guns. I am a strong believer of change by empowerment and mentorship.
My prayer today is that many social entrepreneurs will find it good to commit these: that I want to be a social entrepreneur who educated young children to the wonders of their world. I want to be a social entrepreneur who helped to feed the hungry and to prepare them to be taxpayers instead of tax eaters. I want to be a social entrepreneur who helped the poor to find their own way and who protected the right of every citizen. I want to be a social entrepreneur who helped to end hatred among his fellow men and who promoted love among the people of all races, all regions and all parties. I want to be a social entrepreneur who helped to end war among the brothers of this earth.
Brothers and sisters in the struggle for better live for the hopeless, homeless, orphans and widows let us know this that God has favored our undertaking.” God will not favor everything that we do. It is rather our duty to divine His will. But I cannot help but believe that He truly understands and that He really favors the undertaking that we begin.

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2 thoughts on “BLINDNESS: HINDRANCE TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT.”

    1. @goodbusiness.ixxan.org/4-sweetspot-entrepeneurial I am happy to hear that you liked the post. a quick check on your profile i am impressed of what you have done in terms of deconstructing the conventional thinking which hinder entrepreneurship. i look forward sharing more.
      Thank you.

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