The problem with list posts is that they tend to oversimplify reality. Because of this, if you have time on your hands, we have comprehensive reads in our Deep Reads section which try to get deeper into the ideas that we think may change our country.
Anyway, in this list we have chosen five perspectives which may seem like epiphanies to many and maybe a bias on our part. The intention is solely to educate and create awareness. Let’s get right to it.
1. Bad Faith.
Bad faith is the conviction that one cannot do anything about his condition or plight. There is a cunning temptation to think that our problems can only be solved by something bigger than ourselves. Even the simplest things such as failure in life, which may be due to lack of competence and willpower on one’s part, is blamed on the government, structural policies and oftenly the blame even takes a face of a man or a few men in position of power.
The big picture perspective is that what happens to one happens to many. Be courageous, take control of your life and join exceptional men and women who seem to be doing fine in Zimbabwe. It all starts when you persuade yourself that you are the greatest limitation to your success.
“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.”
― Patrick Ness,
2. Hardship Changes People’s Thinking.
In developed countries, many soldiers undergo psychotherapy because of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Similarly, after a civil war, developing countries usually do a national healing and reconciliation program. The reason for all this is that hardship changes people’s tendencies.
In 2008, we learnt to be more impulsive and aggressive in a queue so that we could secure that loaf of bread for our families. We taught our bodies to grow accustomed to washing soap because bathing soap seemed too expensive. The problem is that these habits, if not identified and autocorrected, stick around for the long term. If you have gone through a tough time before, be suspicious of your own actions, strive to improve everyday, be more intentional in your thinking and your actions etc. Some of us are not the failures we see in the mirror; we are just broken and need fixing.
3. Collective Bondages.
People everywhere across the world tend to be in clusters according to their ambitions, talents, problems etc. This is a beautiful thing if your cluster challenges you to realise your dreams. That said, we believe that this is often times not always the case for most people. Most of us choose friends who strengthen our weaknesses, celebrate our bad habits, sympathize with us, always a part of our pity party etc.
To excemplify, many girls in Zimbabwe spend their time gossiping and sharing lewd conversations with each other on Whatsapp whilst guys pass a joint and talk about Football. Moreover, some churches are basically pity parties where hopeless people go to secure a life outside the one they have given up on. Laziness and incompetence then have a pretext of prayer and worship.
Some of these habits hinder us from thinking up solutions to our problems. We would like to suggest that you be suspicious of your habits; offset the bad ones and pick up good habits that make yiu resiliant for this life. The point of life is to be an individual and this, in the strict sense, means being different from everyone else. Being an individual is daunting to achieve partly because the people around us help us build certain habits that makes us quite similar to them but, fortunately, not impossible.
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”
― Tupac Shakur,
4. Sedative Worship.
Zimbabwe is so big on Christianity that it would be a systematic error to ommit Christianity from this list. Oh, well, or a misconception of it.
Prayer and worship are beautiful when they come from a good place within ourselves. Sadly, for some of us, the inspiration comes from our fears and our hopelessness ratger than our need for confidence and hope. I had an aunt who used to go to this one church everyday, for the whole day, for a very long time. She was praying to God for a miracle, I suppose. She got her miracle only after she took objective steps about her life. When we possess religion, it is a beautiful thing, we can grow in faith and progress in our habits but when religion possess us, it only become a drug of choice from which we embrass our insecurities and bad habits and even form new ones.
5. Literacy Rate & The Illusion Of Education.
The last time I checked, Zimbabwe had the highest literacy rate in Africa. This is a beautiful thing but reading and writing are only a part of education and learning. We have reason to believe that we do not educate ourselves enough. Maybe if we did, perhaps we would see how flawed and immature our political system is. This is not a partisan jab but a universal suggestion that all of us can do better.
This extends to you at a personal level. Do you ever read a book? Do the movies you watch help you form a better perspective about life? Are you doing your best in life?
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein
This may not be a popular opinion but we would want to think that all of us, directly or indirectly, brought our nation to how it is right now. We can autocorrect this and this starts with you. Let this not be just some list you read online. If it ressonated with you somehow, write some of the big points somewhere and make up ways by which you can improve your life. Don’t forget to tell a few friends about this cool site you have discovered.
What other ideas do you think could help us understand Zimbabwe better? Please leave your thoughts below!