By McHenry Venaani
ALLOW me to start by trying to define prosperity which is the state of flourishing, thriving, good fortune or successful social status.
Prosperity often encompasses wealth but also includes other factors which can be independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.
Feeling prosperous begins within and if one gets their mind right one can attract all that they want into their life.
As a nation, we have heard about the inclusive house many a time, which speaks volumes to the current state affairs in Namibia. If this notion was captured in Namibia, surely our nation could be in a much better state today, and the sky-high poverty and unemployment levels would be a thing of the past.
But alas, we still reel under a very dark cloud of corruption, mistrust, anger, greed and selfishness, among many social evils that still bedevil our nation, much to the vexation of the majority as the few privileged ones benefit.
Like Anurag Prakash Ray said, “Positive thinking and positive attitude attracts prosperity, peace, and happiness. It also exposes us towards the path of achievements and success.”
If as a nation especially the leaders were to espouse this noble notion of prosperity for all, this country with all its plenty of resources could be a nation par excellence within the region and Africa as a whole.
Rather we find the leadership housed in cabinet fostering for these social ills to continue unabated, because they and their cronies are massively benefiting from what is currently going on in this country.
Knowledge and innovation to overcome these challenges will come from the productivity gains and added value that accompany quality job creation.
This means jobs producing and delivering sophisticated products and services. Our country’s economy have had too little of this type of job creation and this holds back our productive capacities and the transformation of our economy.
Prosperity for all should encompass all and sundry and failure to have this now we still have issues of abuse of power in many aspect. Many families have collapsed and continue to do so because of the moral decay.
This has been worsened by the current and ongoing job losses in various sectors of the economy, leading to the mushrooming of social ills among our people.
We have turned our people into mendicants who just look out for today and admittedly say “tomorrow will make a plan”
Have we lost this positive thinking that has prosperity inscribed within us to be able to look back and want a better Namibia that has everybody benefiting equally and stop with the greedy mentality.
One person will have enough resources to feed a whole neighborhood and yet fail to even assist his fellow countrymen who are in dire need of basic human rights for them to survive.
As it has been said already that if Namibia was to fully utilise and divide its resources equally with such a small population, there would be no unemployment if not a very small percent of the population, probably due to other factors.
If as leaders we want a Namibia that has prosperity for all, why don’t we start looking at this possibility and begin from the grassroots, and surely we will reach this point in the next 10 to 20 years without fail.
This can only be achieved if we as a nation move in one direction and with one purpose to better each and every life in this great nation.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015