“Yes, I did” beckoned a voice as the Bishop walked down the aisle with all heads now turned in shock as the congregation sort to understand better. He continued by taking responsibility and owning up to his mistakes by affirming that he took advantage of the faith his congregants had placed in him. He was growing fat while taking advantage of the hope the congregants had. “It was all my fault,” the bishop said as he confessed publicly in the penultimate episode of Greenleaf season 5.
I could not help but ask myself the question at what cost will we as leaders and followers alike continue to look away from the problem in the bid for personal gain at the expense of collective good? In the last two months of my present work, I have been privileged to see leaders that can make this country work but, have decided to look away even when they know their superior, peer or subordinate can do better. Are we going to wait for our country to burn to the ground before we say “I should have done better”.
IT is in moments like we currently have that we must ask difficult questions of ourselves and count the cost of looking the other way with no personal responsibility for our problems and personal responsibility to be part of the solution. Whether you are aware or not, there is a cost we are currently paying to maintain the dysfunctional systems we have. It may not be our generation that pays the price for the present dysfunction but, for the sake of the generation coming behind us, we must stand up and say no to the dysfunctions that benefit a few at the expense of the masses. As Mandela said that sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, our generation can be the great generation that builds strong institutions that work for all and an environment governed by merit.
Together, with each one taking personal responsibility we can stand up against the small dysfunctions like throwing trash on the streets, intentionally frustrating other people because you want a bribe, beating the traffic light, reporting late to the office, covering up a lie etc. Stopping the small dysfunctions over time will translate to the bigger dysfunctions.
You that is currently benefiting from the dysfunction and doing all to maintain that status quo thinking you are safe, I say be warned. You think you are succeeding but you are entangling yourself to the illegal demon of wealth and power. A time of reckoning beckons and your days are numbered. It is not late to retrace your steps and avoid the cost in the future. To the ones looking away because of fear, speak up. Whatever side of the divide you are on, there is a cost and we must continuously ask if it is one we are willing to pay.