How We Got Here
Challenging times like the ones we are in now, provoke the question, how did we got here?
Beside the current predicaments facing us, our focus had long been lost and our sense of vision blurred. Manifesting in our misplaced educational training and in the weakness of the career choices we make; in their inability to propel us to future successes. In addition, the political space is grossly polluted by intolerance arising from religious and ethnic sentiments and hatred for each other. All acting to clog our wheel of growth.
Misplaced Training and Poor Career Choices
Most of us have never had to manage and nurture something to successful outcomes in the real sense of it. To a larger extent, what we call our own has been handed to us on a platter. We are heirs to a system that is set in stone, allowing little or no room for initiative.
The education we obtained stands for a lot of things other than an effective and efficient training. We graduate without skills, serving more of a burden to our employers and society than as assets. Four to five years that could translate into a humongous reserve of mental capital is wasted on rehashing frivolous theories that are never put to good use in a life time.
What is worse, is that this half-baked learning is hinged on a field that is even poles apart to our innate talents and capacities. Chunks of time and years are spent on a learning that will ultimately fail to tap into our core genetic and psychological makeup. Throughout the process, our disillusioned selves struggle only for the grades (barely enough to see us through the system) and not the substance of the intended course of study.
By that, we have failed dismally in building a rock-solid foundation for our careers. Setting in motion a domino effect of botched attempts at solving the socioeconomic and political issues that confronts us.
Sentimental Political landscape
Correlatively, Our failure to hit the mark with our education, translate into missteps in our careers as well as our roles as engaging citizens and as purposeful leaders. We went to the polls with our thumbs in our hearts, our heads comatose. In forming a formidable citizenship, we fumbled in our responsibility in putting the government of the day on its toes.
Our political discourse is awash with sentimental regurgitation and our arguments, in how much they serve our general interest as a nation, are invalid before they are spewed. By nature, our judgments and opinions are deeply influenced by our ethnic and religious biases. Interestingly, such biases are useful only to the extent to which they conform to reason and foster national interest.
A recurrent theme in the ideological underpinning of our political parties would entrench a sustainable system of development that transcends a regime. That way, sixteen years of PDP rule would have recorded some consistencies in certain areas of national growth base on the party’s political philosophy. That would serve as a footing for successive administrations to build on.
The absence or the frailty of an underpinning leaves us with a leadership of miss-or-hit presidents in the same party coming into office with a plan of action, if any at all, that is antithetical to that of their predecessors and to their party’s ideology. By that, we begin always all over again, frittering away the compounding power of consistency. In the light of the above, our two major political parties are two sides of a coin.
Irrespective of our extensive diversity in culture, religion and aspirations, a core ideology sets out to serve as a unifying force that binds us into a formidable whole. The ingredient to setting our goals and creating actionable plans. Individuals and ideas that contradict this core are trashed out and disallowed from taking root.
Getting it Right
Building a lasting success in any form takes time, but it’s not rocket science. Elsewhere, people got it right. We can pick up the elements of their successes that apply locally and integrate. But this will remain largely elusive until we get the basics right.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” Says Henry Ford.
That’s how every problem is solved, starting with its identification through a conscientious and sustained thought process.
My efforts and deep search into ascertain our vision as a nation meant with failure. I had high hopes in Mr. Femi Adesina during one of his appearances in Channels Television but he dashed them. When asked about our economic vision, the man directed us all to look into the presidential cabinets, that therein lies what we yearn. If it’s inaccessible to us in a tangible document, then it’s likely non-existent. And that; is the root of our predicament.