Saviour Chishimba says idiocy in successive governments continues to thrive predominantly because of a foolish citizenry.
Chishimba laments that the level of foolishness is so entrenched in Zambia that a voice of reason would sound like a broken record.
“It is only in Zambia where leaders with a clear direction for the country will not be voted for – our people would rather vote for an idiot and known looters as long as he carries a big Bible and jumps like a monkey from one church to another on Sundays,” says Chishimba.
This reminds us of what Abhijit Naskar wrote: “When a nation’s people willingly or unwillingly make a mistake and give authority of their lives in the hands of a leader who represents neither hope nor humanity, instead keeps thriving on and indeed advocating for, the primitive elements of human character, it becomes the utmost civilised responsibility of those very people to either make a true leader out of him if possible, or dethrone him for good.”
The success of our democracy will depend, in the end, on the reliability of the judgments we citizens make, and hence upon our capacity and determination to weigh arguments and evidence rationally.
We arecitizens, and citizenship carries responsibilities.
We are not born to accommodate tyranny over our hearts, minds, bodies, or souls. We are here to confirm an abundance of love-inspired possibilities greater than such restrictions.
Bill Maher said, “Freedom isn’t free. It shouldn’t be a bragging point that ‘Oh, I don’t get involved in politics,’ as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn’t insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.”
It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf; perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.
In The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State ‘What does it matter to me?’ the State may be given up for lost.”
There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to the way this country is being misgoverned by Edgar Lungu and his minions, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to this; who, esteeming themselves good citizens, sit down with their hands in their pockets and say that they know not what to do, and do nothing.
If a government decision or practice is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt, one should take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it’s fixed.
When justice is prioritised by any leader at any level then to give justice to the citizenry will always be at the back of the mind of such a leader.
If there is any society where the leaders lack the knowledge and the importance of justice, then oppression will be a common neighbour of the citizens.