Republicans, our nation glorifies mediocrity. Many of our endeavours run on sympathy and that’s where we lose it.
Look here, instead of sweating it out, we use sympathy to offer less or nothing at all.
For instance, come to think hard and long of how some fellow Republicans in our cities and towns have decided to go to despicable lengths to earn a living out of a relatives’ physical inability.
I have in mind some strong muscular guy who spends the whole day pushing a little girl on a wheel chair around a traffic intersection in Lilongwe, begging for alms.
From a layman’s diagnosis, the little girl has a set of symptoms to suggest she has some syndrome that has retarded her faculties.
Sadly, this guy employs all his efforts to look as hopeless as possible, taking advantage of the girl’s condition to find his way into drivers’ wallets and handbags.
Like many Republicans abusing sympathy, the guy would like the world to believe he does his daily task out of love to help the little vulnerable girl.
But help me out in case I am wrong; what love is there in getting the girl baked in the sun seven days a week? Isn’t all this as bad as forcing the girl to earn a living on her own?
What are the risks of zigzagging such a busy traffic spot? What about the girl’s rest?
For me, true love would be for this guy to leave the girl home and work the hardest elsewhere to put bread on the table.
On the street, where does the girl answer the call of nature? Isn’t she denied the precious socialisation and learning that would come from association with family and friends?
With the introduction of special needs education in our local schools, shouldn’t she be attending school?
Republicans, can we for once show some true love and not take advantage of the culture of sympathy that has congested our air.
Truly, art can do something about this.