By Shilongo Teofelus
THERE was a time in African society. It was the time of humanity, the time when people had total respect for each other. Cooperation and humanity was considered as a way to success in Namibia.
This is what our ancestors practiced and left for us to practice in order to keep the culture.
I wonder if the spirit of real Ubuntu still exisits in Namibia. I wonder if equality still exists in our modern times, because those that hold high position in our society are demanding power from the inferior citizens.
You can be a lecturer, a professor, minister or president, but you cannot demand respect from the society if you do not show respect to them. How can you gain respect if you exhibit inhumane behaviour? The youth are supposed to follow in your footsteps because of your position and the role you are playing in society, so what example are you giving to the youth? Is it that of theocracy or that of patriarchal society? What personalities should we follow as Namibians if those in power are misleading us? Those are all key questions that a good leader must think of.
If one can go throughout the constitution, you will never find any clause stating that leaders or people should demand respect from each other regarding the positions they hold in the society. It is our responsibility to respect and like those who respect us, show great appreciation to those who know the value and dignity of humanity.
Great personalities in our continent gained more of our ancestors’ respect. Think of Thomas Sankara, Nelson Mandela, just to mention the few.
As Namibians we must live our lives by the examples set by these icons, not by the examples of those aiming to “eat and go”. We should know that our actions toward others determine whether we gain respect or not and mean a lot.
Our vision 2030 is to make Namibia a better place, to promote decentralisation, civilisation, maintenance of peace, unity and harmony. That is what our ancestors left for us and we have to follow their footsteps.
We need to take active roles in changing the course of our nation if we are to live up to the motto “One Namibia, One Nation”.
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