This week, I learnt a very important lesson in life which I believe if adhered to, may very well open the gates to many uncharted fountains to make flowers blossom.
In life, one must never spend valuable time grumbling and finding scapegoats for our failures. The best is to seek alternatives to what we don’t have and make good use of what we have.
The trick is always to start with smalls steps instead of the huge, uncontrolled ones. Positivity.
It is fascinating to learn that the People’s Republic of China, currently ranking second as the world’s economic giant after the United States also has massive corruption cases involving high ranking officials, just like Malawi? Isn’t it also fascinating to learn that it is currently dealing with cases involving about 100 high ranking officials, just like we are with Cashgate?
And, yet, our economy keeps moving from rags to tatters with the perpetual excuse of massive corruption hindering progress. Administration after administration always finds reason to stay below aggregate, accusing corrupt officials in both private and public sector as one of the contributing factors to poverty.
One lecturer, Wang Kaiming, deputy director of the Development Research Centre for the Fujian Provincial People’s Government, whose session I was privileged to attend as I visit China said: “We should never be worried about the influence and exploitation from foreign investors, but work together with them. The ear of them crushing local industries or them making money right under our noses must not cloud our judgment. Japanese Toshiba and Sony came to China and took over our markets, but with time, tables have turned and now we are bigger, exporting even to Japan. There is something about Western culture, for example that can be learned from, such as education and technology which we should not resist. We should preserve the good part of foreign culture and the good part of local culture”.
The above are, but two examples that I envied about China and pushed my understanding to why it is an economic success. Clearly, corruption will always be there because it is part of criminal existence just like any other form of lawlessness.
But will we forever embrace it as an impediment to the whole country’s growth? I don’t think so, judging from the Chinese experience. Here is a country grappling with the vice, but has not allowed its existence to deter its thinking or move to the top because of positive thinking.
Positivity in dealing with the problem, but continuing on the road to excellence. The second fear of infiltration by foreign investors as hijackers, too, tends to play at people’s minds to exert anger and hatred towards them.
We always embrace the worst rather than what we can learn to surpass them to be better people or a country. Well, China has done it and with their positive thinking, now headed towards leading the economic platform, through a ladder that is far from complicated or hard to reach.
There are many paths China has taken towards development and positivity is definitely of their list. Let’s be positive. Even Cashgate is a positive turn towards the road of improvement and amends.