Ultimately people are keen to making a mark along the lifeline; Many are reluctant to making a contribution as they slide along the lines of life. Life is a give-and-take cycle, what is our role in towards the transaction? Let’s find out the importance of Contributing perhaps we can be active instead of passive role players in this give-and-take game.
“Make Your Contribution”, writes Moffat Sebola.
Ours is a generation threatened by a slow, sure and cruel death of great minds. Ours is a generation that cheers for the termination and extinction of great ideas. We are a generation that is obsessed with political correctness than the truth. We build our identity on the opinions of others. These others who certainly have no idea who they are themselves. We live on a diet of stale ideologies that have long lost their relevance and significance. We clap jubilantly when our leaders repeatedly read to us speeches they have been reading for decades. We have lived for decades on decayed diets of unmet promises and expectations. Ours is a disillusioned generation. It is a generation where our sages, mentors and heroes throw morsels of wisdom at us only when they are drunk and high. Ours is a generation whose thinking tanks are empty. We let others do the thinking for us, making us believe that we have nothing worthwhile to say. We are buried with our books unopened, our ideas unheard and untested, our songs unsung, our poems un-recited, our voices and opinions censored by the fear of mockery and rejection.
Ours is a generation suffering from the devastating poverty of leadership. Our leaders follow us. Ours is a generation that is best at insulting one another rather than engaging in intellectually stimulating debates with each other. Ours is a generation whose music is silenced by gunshots and bombs. Ours is a generation whose brains are drained by drugs. This is a generation that celebrates certification than education. This is a generation that has long lost the desire to seek and maintain the authenticity of their identity. This is a generation that enjoys accumulating liabilities than building trans-generational legacies. Our generation refuses to tread the unchartered paths. This is a generation whose minds are chained by inferiority complexities and self-doubt. This is a generation that fears to invent and innovate. This is a generation that is always busy but never productive. We live in a time where the cemeteries are the busiest places. Our prisons outnumber our schools. We have more liquor stores than libraries. We have more guns and bullets than books and pens. We have more funerals than weddings. Only a handful live in palaces while the majority are gathered around each other like flies on a heap of dung. The majority sweats blood in mines and earn peanuts. When they finally cough out tuberculosis or asthma, they are sent home to die, with no remuneration or retirement fund. It is our mineworkers who dig for the gold they will never hold. It is their piks and shovels which dig into the rocky ground like fleas, drilling the bloodless skin of a mangy dog.
It is in this generation, in this time, that you and I can make a meaningful contribution. It is here where you can play your heart out. You can play your music long after the audience has stopped dancing. You can still teach your subject even when the students are indifferent. When the publisher dumps your manuscript into the dustbin, you still go back and write another one. Even when they refuse to give you the microphone, you still sing your song. Even if they take you away from the pulpit, you still keep the sermon. When they have no room for your art, keep your heart in your art. When they shred your poems into shameful pieces, keep the muscles of your imagination flexed.
My dear friend, the whole point of me rambling from the beginning until now has been to let you know that you are a unique being. We are privileged to have you in our generation. We wish you could unleash what you carry before you bow out of the stage. I genuinely don’t believe that any of us is in this world to merely inhale oxygen and exhale C02. I believe each one of us, as unique as we are, we each have a unique and meaningful contribution to make in our lifetime. In whatever sphere of giftedness and operation, be it politics, entertainment, arts, economy, education, religion, etc., we are the right people to cause meaningful transformation. So, let us distribute our passion into whatever we set your heart and mind on. Wherever we see the need, we take the lead. Wherever we see the problem, we provide or seek the solution. Associate yourself with the people who will do their best to call out the best out of you. Whatever you do, give it your best. Live your best! Go on, be great and do great!