Thursday, November 02, 2006

Let Us Think and Talk About Kenya

In the fight against corruption it is important also to take some time out to think and talk about the nation of Kenya. Sometimes our talk and discussion are focused much on personalities. I am not saying that it is bad and useless to discuss personalities. But when the discussion concentrates on individuals it loses the big perspective of the country. What I would like us to do is to take a mental and conversational switch. Let us change the frame of our thought and talk from personalities to Kenya - the nation of Kenya.

We can start by asking and answering two simple questions.

1) What symbol do you associate with Kenya (Country)?

2) What does this symbol tell you about Kenya? What qualities and emotions does it evoke in you?

I think I will need to define what a symbol is to help others focus on the issue.

A symbol is something that represents something else, esp. a material sign or object that stands for a complex or abstract concept.

For example a rose is a symbol of love.

So what symbol do you associate with Kenya? Is it the Kenyan flag, the national anthem, Kenyan long distant runners, the wild life, the beuatiful landscape etc. Once you choose your symbol you may associate it with qualities and emotion it evoke in you.

For me the symbol that represents Kenya is the Kenyan flag. When I see it, it evokes emotions of respect and pride to be a Kenyan. The flag represents the nation of Kenya, its many different peoples, a country which fought for its independence, the positive culture of Kenya and bastion of peace in Africa. It evokes the emotions expressed in the national anthem, of peace, security, posperity, cultural richness, justice, unity and the strength in unity, liberty and freedom, thanksgiving, nation building, heritage, wealth etc.

Just to remind ourselves the national Anthem here it is,

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

I think we need to revist the message in the national anthem and dedicate ourselves to the values envisaged therein. It encapulses the Kenyan DREAM and perhaps this is what as a nation we have forgotten. The dream of Kenya and the founding fathers. We have drifted away from this dream and that all we now see, hear and feel is negativity, evil, corruption, immorality, hatred, tribalism, betrayal, poverty and so on.

I think it is necessary now as a nation to refocus to the positive values in the national anthem and build a new Kenya based on these values. Kenyans need to DREAM again. We have forgotten how to dream. We need much bigger, more challenging and more inspiring dreams. I think the Kenya Vision 2030 is a good dream and we should visualize and work towards it. But we need also political dreams of unity, security, peace etc. The values inscripted in the national anthem should give us the desire, strength and commitmentto fulfil vision 2030.

I know that currently there is a lot of hopelessness and despair among the people and in the nation because of the difficulties the people are facing but we cannot overcome hopelessness and despair by losing hope and despairing. We need to regenerate hope and courage. Just as we cannot fight poverty by focusing on poverty. Instead we must focus on prosperity, wealth and abundance.

Wallace D Wattles says that "if you want to become rich, you must not make a study of poverty. Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposities. What tends to do away with poverty is not getting of picture of poverty in your mind, but getting pictures of wealth, abundance and possibility into the minds of the poor."

Our leader, writers, artists, media, schools, singers and everybody should endeavour to paint positive pictures of wealth, peace, unity, prosperity, freedom, liberty etc. Not the negativity that has enslaved us for the last decades.

We need a positive thinking.

1 comment:

kenyaonly said...

positive thinking and good leadership is all that Kenya needs. I do believe that Kenyans are hardworkers and will strive through political problems just to make it another day. If we get good leadership, we fight corruption and good management of our natural resourses we would not need anyone to support our economy.