#AwakeningYou: POSTERITY WILL ASK US SOMEDAY… – @StevenHaastrup
Welcome to #AwakeningYou. A Tuesday weekly script of #StartupNigeria, My name is Haastrup Steven.
The home no doubt defines our character but it is the marketplace that reveals it. The home defines our morals or lack of it, the marketplace defines the strength or weakness of our economy. Good morals and economic strength represent two vital pillars of national development. Having one and not the other is like standing on one leg or clapping with one hand.
No place shows our greed, avarice and lawlessness better than the marketplace. Our unpleasant standing on the Transparency International’s Corruption Index attests to our disdain for morals in the marketplace. Someone has aptly described our nation’s market place as a den of thieves. Few will disagree with that description. It would seem that the god of business in our nation is callous, unkind and unsparing. It blesses the corrupt but chastises the upright. It excuses the perverted businessman, crowns the crooked trader and elevates the merciless insider-trader. It rewards sharp practices and eulogizes under-the-table deals. It makes normal the abnormal. It celebrates the absurd. It glorifies the inglorious.
The confession room beckons on all of us business people and professionals. We need to fall on our knees and confess to a life of compromises. We need to confess to the terrible crime of polluting the marketplace with sharp practices and lawlessness. We need to plead guilty to contributing to the weakening of our economy by subscribing to and promoting immoral values and practices in our business and professional dealings.
We must admit that the perversion that typifies our business practices is an institution, which makes fighting it difficult. But being difficult is not the same as being impossible. Running away from the difficult assignment of changing our marketplace values may be convenient, but we will be setting up a time bomb for the coming generations. We have the opportunity now to change our future and make the nation a better place for future generations.
“Good morals and economic strength represent two vital pillars of national development.”
“Any transformation we seek that does not include the overthrow of the present god of our marketplace is an effort in futility.”
“We must admit that the perversion that typifies our business practices is an institution, which makes fighting it difficult.”
“We have the opportunity now to change our future and make the nation a better place for future generations.”
My dear reader, any transformation we seek that does not include the overthrow of the present god of our marketplace is an effort in futility. We should be concerned about the question our children will ask us in the future. Will posterity ask us someday, “How did you allow the business ethics sink so low that our nation is burying its head in shame?” Or will they ask us, “How did you find the courage to address the hydra-headed problem of corruption when it looked intractable?”
We Must, We Will and We Can!
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The Storm The Yard event of Startup Nigeria will be launched at the Main Hall of the University of Lagos on the 25th and 26th of January, 2013.This is the first of its kind as we raise troops to fight the economic war and regain control of the nation through self-deployment and her future through firm dedication of values in the marketplace.
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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, speaker, Startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.
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