Some of my favorite quotes

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character. If there be beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there be order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” - Confucius

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.” - Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

“Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights are not given. They are earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice.” - Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'” – Anonymous

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Many questions... Any answers?

Hmm... I know some people will think I am crazy, but I miss home a lot now more than ever. A lot of my fellow Nigerians would wonder what there is to miss in that land of ours, but I have come to realize that there is truly no place like home, and home is where the heart is.

I read about the happenings in my country, and I wonder what it will take for us to get our collective act together... What will it take to turn things around? My fiancé gave this analogy - "the dirt that has piled up over 30 years on a kitchen counter cannot be cleaned off in a day, even with the most powerful antiseptic/cleansing detergents... it will take a lot of persistence and patience to get the kitchen counter gleaming again" - and I add that you might even have to replace the kitchen counter cos it might be impossible to get it as clean as it should be.

Does this mean our case is hopeless? We can't buy a new Nigeria... we can only repair the one we have. Sometimes it is cheaper to replace than repair, but what do you do when repairing is the only option, like is our situation now?

I know all these questions have been asked over and over, and I ask yet again - what can be done? It is whispered that our country is governed by idiots, but how do we get rid of them and ensure that the right visionary and selfless people get there? How do we ensure that their best intentions are not sabotaged by the individuals that are to help implement their strategies? How can the collective consciousness of over 125million people from over 250 fundamentally different tribes be harnessed towards the single goal of creating a better Nigeria?

Ok... I think I'll stop asking the questions and try come up with some actionable answers. I do have one answer already though - I will continue to maintain the traits I believe are reflective of a good human being:
  • honesty

  • respect for all people (never do unto others what you don't what them to do to you)

  • integrity

  • professionalism (anything worth doing at all is worth doing well)

  • high ethical/moral standards (always do what is right, even if no one else does)

Some would say this is easy for me to do because I am not starving, and it won't change anything anyway... but I say that my prayer is that I be able to maintain these standards whether or not I have food on my table, and it definitely makes a difference as I go about influencing the people within my circle of influence to do the same. It is a slow process, but it is a process definitely worth starting.

Until I ramble again...    


lamikayty said...

Nice blog Bash! Will be looking forward to reading more posts.
About changing Nigeria, I agree with you and definitely disagree with people who believe that only those on full tummies can decide to 'do good'.
Like my Dad says, any ideals or standards you decide to have must be formed at the very beginning, before opportunities to do otherwise start coming. Once you have made up your mind to do the right thing and you intend to, whether you are hungry or full is inconsequential.
"Nigeria go better"!

SpunkenLuvsU said...

U R so wonderful. God knows exactly what he was doing when he created Bash. I am very greatfull to be your friend and know that if you don't individually, then collectively with friends, colleages and family, will find a way to restore Nigeria. We as individuals can only do so much, but once we put our heads and hurt and frustration and power together, problems will get solved. Keep up the good work and take care.

P.S. I cannot spell so please don't hold that against my blog.

Nicole & Spunken