‘The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man’ – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
‘The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.’ – Albert Einstein
There is no light without darkness, no good without evil, and no system without a flaw. Essentially in every ideation, there’s bound to be a subtle con waiting in the shadows to counter all the gleaming pros one can envision. It’s no different in the field of politics and though the political sector is a touchy place, it’s needful to share a few thoughts that the avid Ghanaian heart may ponder on.
1957 marked the year we gained independence, but retrospectively, it feels like we took one step forward, two steps back, built a hut, and sat in front of it watching the sunrise, and then the sunset. While other countries have taken leaps and bounds forward under much more tumultuous circumstances, we have folded our arms and crossed our legs.
But to speak on the advancements of countries in comparison to us is something we’ve heard time and again. So maybe the factor is our differing experiences until this point.
Rwanda’s history records one of the most atrocious things to ever happen to a people; the Tutsi genocide. The mental trauma alone that has been inescapably passed unto generations can’t be measured with any device – therapy and prayer could be solutions, but that’s all they can function as a ‘could be’.
For a particular tribe of people to be on the receiving end of a massacre of such a scale is by no means anything that can be taken lightly and we aren’t here to compare the perpetrators with history’s famed villains. Wiki states that ‘the scale and brutality of the massacre caused shock worldwide, but no country intervened to forcefully stop the killings.’ Wow! Humanity.
What a proud moment for us, but this isn’t a dig at humans, like Solzhenitsyn said, this battle runs through every heart. We get the picture, don’t we? Rwanda has suffered. It is a scar etched on their souls that cannot disappear no matter how hard they possibly try.
What was their answer to that? They forged on. They marched on and burnt through. They are the embodiment of ‘Veni Vidi Vici’. And they don’t need to say it, their progress speaks for itself. They turned their pain, their shame, and anguish into determination.
Who wouldn’t? Or the better question, who hasn’t? So maybe this divine-given peace we’ve enjoyed may have stunted our growth and progress.
Maybe the era of coups that happened back in the day was our time and period to face obstacles that would tear us down for us to rise. Maybe. It’s not like I’m advocating for war or conflict, but let’s face it, change and growth don’t always come with peace.
People say Ghana is a seemingly peaceful country, but what is peace? Is peace the absence of war and conflict? If that’s what we still think then the situation is more damningly problematic than we thought.
It used to be funny. We’re Ghanaians. We make jokes and create comedy out of anything and everything. I mean we look at our past and current leaders and just laugh our heads off at interviews and the actions they take.
Now, looking at the impending election and how not voting has become the more appealing option, it’s no longer a joke, it’s sad. No scratch that, it’s pathetic.