Liberians, Regardless Our Personal Circumstances, Are All One People, and Should STOP Inflammatory Language, but Rather Be Ready Always to Help Others in Need

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As the nation awaits the final outcome of the ongoing NEC probe into complaints of irregularities and fraud in the October 10 elections, we urge all and sundry to refrain from inflaming the situation any further by throwing taunts, using inciting language or engaging in acts that provoke confrontation. One such act which has claimed this newspaper’s attention is the “that which depicts one group as the so- called “book people” and the “dey ain’t know book people.”

Not surprisingly, this has engendered wide debate about the relevance of education to development and the advancement of the nation and its people. As a result, both presidential candidates have been drawn into a kind of proxy war, with George Weah on one side and Joseph Boakai on the other. Weighing in on the debate, Education Minister George Werner recently remarked, “Da book we will eat?” subtly inferring that education is irrelevant to anyone’s quest for national leadership and equally irrelevant to a nation’s forward march to progress.

What all of this shows is the dismal lack of Critical Consciousness on the part of our political class, which not only renders them blind to the historical realities of the politics of exclusion.  This has, over so many years, characterized the nature of our social, political and economic development agenda. But it renders them also incapable of changing those historical realities for the betterment of the nation.

This can probably explain why the contest for national leadership is so intense. On the one hand, you have an entrenched plundering bureaucratic elite that has for over a decade overseen the development of growing inequality, which is resulting in the emergence of a two-class society composed, on the one hand, of a handful of millionaires living off the fat of the land and, on the other hand, the mass of the people at the very bottom scrounging for daily sustenance.

This contest is being played out at the level of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme Court. As it appears, this entrenched bureaucratic elite, blinded by their own frenzy to acquire more wealth and fame, is unconsciously creating the very circumstances of their own downfall wherein, ever growing numbers of people are falling even further below the poverty line. Such would create a situation where people of all religious persuasions, gender and ethnicity will get to perceive that their common enemy is the bureaucratic corporate-based plunderer class – people who have no concern for the suffering of the people.

And it is within this context that we urge Liberians, especially our political class, to develop a critical consciousness that will enable them to move away from ego gratification and the use of violence to attain political ends. We must concentrate our efforts on the fight against the loss of our democratic traditions, however weak they may be, and this modern-day form of illiteracy, which happens when our people allow themselves to believe everything they read, see on television or hear on radio. Why? Because in such situations, false values, half-truths and lies soon become identified as the truth.

A case in point is the chorus of voices the nation is beginning to hear from various quarters portraying the complaining parties as a sorry bunch of losers who are seeking to use the courts as a way of attaining state power. Some have even gone as far as suggesting the intervention of zoes and bodios to resolve the current imbroglio. And as though to ensure that such falsehoods do become the truth, they threaten to resort to violence because for them it is either “duck or no dinner,” meaning either they have it their way, or else.

On the other hand, we strongly urge those who have been fortunate to have had the benefit of a sound Western education to STOP demeaning or belittling others who have not been so fortunate because of the circumstances of their birth and upbringing. ALL of us Liberians should realize that regardless of our circumstances, WE ARE ONE PEOPLE and each of us should be ACTIVELY concerned about one another’s welfare and ALWAYS strive to reach out to those who may be less fortunate than we.

And that is why it is important to refrain from name calling and references to circumstances of anyone’s birth and upbringing as defects which disqualify one from achieving his or her fullest potential.

6 COMMENTS

  1. My brother, thank you for your advice. But, the truth of the matter is that not everybody
    is educated as there are also uneducated Americans in the United or in every country. Therefore, Liberians are not willing to place the country governorship into the hands of the
    uneducated, inexperienced and disrespectful young people for that will cost us more
    to worry about than putting the country in the hands of the educated, experienced
    and those who have self respect. Once one has self respect, he or she will give to them.

    But, not only that, Liberia has and continue to spend more money to training the citizens
    for governorship, diplomacy, and good behavior to govern and, therefore, we must give
    them the preference to take over the rulership of the country.

  2. My brother, thank you for your advice. But, the truth of the matter is that not everybody
    is educated as there are also uneducated Americans in the United States or in every country for tha matter.Therefore, Liberians are not willing to place the country governorship into the hands of the uneducated, inexperienced and disrespectful young people for that will cost us more to worry about than putting the country in the hands of the educated, experienced
    and those who have self respect. Once one has self respect, he or she will give to others.

    But, not only that, Liberia has and continue to spend more money to training the citizens
    for governorship, diplomacy, and good behavior to govern and, therefore, we must give
    them the preference to take over the rulership of the country.

  3. Brother Charles Ebu King,
    Let me bring to our memories the way and manner Liberians are good for in the past.
    Whenever someone did something bad or misbehavior to another in the past, the
    victim will say, may be be he did not mean what he did. The second time the same
    perpetrator did the same or behave the same as in the past, Liberian man will say,
    may he does not understand, give him or her chance to come an understanding. But,
    the third time the same acted the same way, then it becomes a threat not only to the
    victim but to the society and victim finds himself or herself obligated to take step that
    make the perpetrator understand that, that is not the way to go.

    I am sure you agreed that in the past, during the True Whig Party era, elections time,
    only the old experienced person was the one given the chance to go and let the young
    man or people wait for their time.

    I had said this to say that, for for 133 years, Liberians had been waiting for political and
    and economic changes and better improvement in the country. But it came to a time on
    April 12, 1980 when Liberians moved to change things for the better. Notwithstanding
    that those who brought the change were not well educated and experienced, but the
    change came on April 12, 1980. The mistake Liberians made was, although that change
    was embraced, but it was not well embraced to deliver the kind of change we wanted.

    When the PRC came to power was the opportunity for all Liberians, irrespective of
    bitterness, to seized the opportunity to change Liberia what it was some 133 years in
    the past. But it happen that way. Is it not time now that Liberians speak as one Liberians?
    If not now, then when? Are we going to remain just like that?

  4. Bro. Tracie
    I have no issues with what you say it the article. People have the opportunity to preach this oneness..i have read many articles editorials by observer staff writers when the contents were divisive and without carefully checking facts..they could have been practicing and preaching o needs long ago not wait until now..that is what I was trying to get at. We who have thee forum to be heard often tend to sit on the fence and wait a nd see. I do not want and see. I take issues to where I see it. Kind regards.

  5. Bro. Tarlue
    I have no issues with what you say it the article. People have the opportunity to preach this oneness..i have read many articles editorials by observer staff writers when the contents were divisive and without carefully checking facts..they could have been practicing and preaching oneness long ago not wait until now looking at kenneth best editorials about some past administration’s that is what I was trying to get at. We who have thee forum to be heard often tend to sit on the fence and wait a nd see. I do not wait and see. I take issues to where I see it. Observer saw this divide long ago why they did not tap it then? Kind regards.

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