Let’s Get Sensitive By Stephen Oyedemi

Recently a Facebook friend of mine posted that, “hard work is overestimated.” Then I told myself that “heart break” is unfortunately underestimated. In many human societies as a general occurrence, human feeling, desires, expectations and yearnings are to a large extent underestimated and ignored. This is even more pronounced in the African societies. Maybe this is due to our history of monarchy which makes some few people dominate leadership of the community hereby neglecting the human dignity of their inhabitants without being challenged by anyone.

 When people live in communities where water supply is unavailable or out of supply for several days and they have to result to crude and primitive ways of getting water; when people live in a community where they earnestly pray and wait for years to get their electricity supply restored because of a spoilt transformer and have to resort to kerosene lamps for lightning; when children are brought up in such communities, a lesson is being taught. A destructive lesson is being taught. They grow up to see a community where they can’t find the most basic amenities.  At the same time, they grow up to see their political officers and spiritual leaders fly in private jets and live some of the most luxurious lives.

When school children watch all their louvers break one after the other, their toilets stop flushing, their taps stop running, and their black board get damaged with no attention from their school authorities, the same destructive lesson is being taught. The list can go on but one fact is that these children grow up to be insensitive.

When we humans settle to live in neighbourhoods with goats, sheep and fowls roaming and messing the surrounding, we chose to be disorganised. It is therefore necessary for us to get more sensitive about issues that concern our long term social wellbeing and emphasize the several “heart breaks” people face due to failure in governments and insufficiency of basic amenities. We should constantly charge relevant stake holders to live up to their expectation and get more sensitive.

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