We are living in a knowledge economy. A time that we are required to use whatever abilities talents and gifts we are endowed with to make the society better. The spirit of our fore fathers would think that with civilization, we could experience tremendous growth; that with civilization we would be able to relate well and care for one another; that we could connect with the wide world with respect. To the contrary, now than ever we are faced with myriad challenges ranging from family conflicts, blind loyalty to murderers of hope, communal crisis and worldwide tragedy of social evils like terrorism, rampart corruption, starvation, and poverty.
A time that we have several Phd holders in several fields, we should be seeing great deal of social, economic and political development. Such a time, we should expect giant steps towards social justice. A time when the world has become a global village, we should be seeing a greater sense of corporation and collaboration in solving perennial problems. But what we see are several Academic credentials that never reconcile with the atrocities societies are experiencing. Doesn’t this sound a paradox?
Are we supposed to see existence of despicable acts likes mass murder propagated by power hungry individuals; are we supposed to see the starvation like one claiming many lives of the poor in Ethiopia and South Africa; all these make me wonder. All these make me question ubiquitous belief that Academic Credentials are the key to solving world problems.
When you find academicians blindly following the ways of parrots; when you find their daily discourse revolving around personalities who suffer from anemia of concrete action towards solving societal problems; when their writing is full of hollow words of praise and glorification of their tribes, then we should be worried. When you see this then it should be clear to us that the relevance of the academic credentials has evaporated to the air, carried away by the wind to oblivion.
Therefore, It is time we real have to put our academic achievement aside and soul search our intention of our actions. It is time we sought from our conscious what it real means to be civilized.
My constant interaction with great people in their writings, I have realized one thing seems to be common for all of them; they all value and respect people.
RESPECT is the ingredient that we require to inculcate in us, if we are to dare dreaming of restoring dignity of Africans. It is what we are required to have if we are to transform pour economies.
Respect is that component that if included in daily activities in any society, conflict will be abated. It is one act that I uphold, it is what I get and seek to learn every day. I want to learn more on how to respect others.
Jim Hornickel Wiley in his book negotiating success, he highlights what respect is using the acronym R.E.S.P.E.C.T
The acronym R.E.S.P.E.C.T as illustrated reaffirmed my belief that if we can respect our fellow human beings we can easily cause drastic change in our world.
It is my prayer that we free our conscious from being sycophants to elites who are keen in creating hegemony for their own benefit. It is time we resisted their seduction and follow our hearts.