Why are we always after each other? As I asked in my previous post, why can’t we be content with what we have? Why have we normalized a man-eat man society when we have the potential and ability to make life better? If not for our sakes, why not do it for our children? Becoming a dad taught me that caring for our children and hoping to give them the best life is every parent’s first goal. But after observing and scrutinizing society, this is no longer every parent’s goal. If it was, we would unite towards building a better society because we shared a common goal.
A few months ago I came across a disturbing video on ‘the bird app’. It showed a building crumbling to the ground. Mind you, the house was still under construction. Several people succumbed and the lucky ones escaped with injuries. Emergency medivacs responded quickly to lend a helping hand and rushing the critically wounded to the hospital. The wounded healed in several months and were soon in the world rebuilding their lives from the ground up. Most of them were workers working as manual labourers on construction sites.
But if you think of it, had they really healed? Psychological wounds take the longest to heal. These people had lost their friends in this accident. People they had worked with for many years and bonded with. And all for what?
Apparently, the accident was not your typical accident. Someone had been sloppy. A typical example of our man-eat-man society. Executives had dismissed concerns that the land could not withstand a storied building. Instead, they had bribed several people and continued with their project. They would not live in such houses and gave fewer considerations to the safety of their future tenants. All they cared about was the rental income the house would generate. They would later insure it to protect their asset. If the insuring officers hesitate or take too long, they also get bribes to smoothen the process.
Both of these people are seeking to break their generational poverty curses to create generational wealth to sustain their children. The rich are building empires for their children but depending on the poor to break a sweat to achieve this. Paying the minimum wage to make sure they show up tomorrow to help them achieve their dreams.
That aside the general election is in the vicinity. As with each day, the majority of the citizens grow distant. And who is to blame for that? Well, all of us are to blame. First, we have allowed politicians to separate us in several accounts. Yes, I said politicians instead of leaders because they are not leaders. Leaders lead but that’s not what they are doing. They are politicking to satisfy their selfish motives. They have no regard for typical citizens. Instead, they are feeding our insecurities. Hear me out.
There are various instances where the nation has been divided. A few weeks ago, Mt Kenya leaders joined hands. This is already dividing the country by splitting the different regions. In my opinion, this division is still the same reason there are the rich trampling over the poor in society. Customary to this period, political aspirants are offering citizens bribes in exchange for their loyalty and votes. With the current economic situation, I don’t blame anyone who would take this money and bow before these aspirants.
However, the price to pay for voting in bad politicians is spread across their term in office. The citizens feel the ripple effects of their seemingly minute acts for many years. And when they get to the office, they pursue their selfish goals. Rather than serving the needs of the citizens, politicians are seen to focus on amassing wealth and building networks. They make and vote in laws that only help them climb the social ladder.
Let’s look into taxation. Leaders are the richest but the laws in place tend to favour the rich. The rich pay less in tax compared to the poor. Typical citizens tend to suffer the most. They open small businesses which struggle to keep their doors open due to the harsh tax laws they must adhere to. Rather than helping the poor in society, the rich and powerful leaders are seen to do little or nothing.
Almost everything is taxed and this is justified. My major concern is on the increased tax rates but there are no developments. Instead of improving citizens’ livelihood, the same people we voted for have an eye on the taxpayers’ money. They plot to raise their salaries and increase the amounts they receive in allowances. Records are being broken and new ones are being set. For instance, the last quarter saw a new record set where members of parliament spent the most government money to travel abroad for conferences.
The media is always reporting losses of billions intended to help citizens. Most of this money is misappropriated or pocketed by the same people we put in power to advocate for our lives. People we trusted to address our grievances and help improve our living standards. Instead, most of them pocket money reserved to help those who need it most.
But that’s not all! The poor are also at each other’s throats. As I mentioned earlier, the ripple effects of bad political decisions are felt everywhere. In the village, we are also observing the same man eat man imprinting.
My neighbour’s dissolved his household a few months ago. A young man had been hovering around and peeping over the fence every evening. Moments later a lady would sneak out of the homestead and the two would walk around in circles giggling. I didn’t like this young man, probably because I could see right through him and his shady character. My opinion had nothing to do with the fact that I was head over heels for this lady.
This guy knocked up this lady and just like a whirlwind, he was gone. He did not hover around anymore and the lady stopped sneaking out. Her father was furious and he exalted this frustration on his wife. He blamed her for not watching their little girl who was turning into a woman with each passing day. For months to come, there was no peace in this homestead. The father probably hit one too many beers. He directed his frustration to his wife, clobbering her one night after the other.
A few months later he chased them away. The woman and her daughter gathered their belongings and headed back to her maternal home. These men, considered superior, had been unfair. They failed to show mercy or rather justice to their women. By failing to take responsibility for knocking up this lady, he sealed her mother’s fate. What if he had taken responsibility and things turned out better for them all?
This is something we have all seen happen in our society. We have normalized living in a man-eat-man society and it doesn’t seem to both most of us. Probably because there’s nothing we can do. Or is there anything we can do?