By Philip Amiola
Any serious-minded inquirer would be bothered by the rate at which young peopleincreasingly want to enjoy the benefits of success without paying the bills. Not a fewindividuals are getting baptized into the doctrine of pleasure without pain, wealthwithout sweat, results without process and freedom without responsibility. We live ina world that emphasizes charisma above character. The result of this is a crop of people who think achievement is a function of how much attention they can attract tothemselves; hence the proliferation of agencies, NGOs, and religious organizationsby people who cannot wait to become CEO, President or General Overseer. Whilethere are a few young people who are propelled by clearly defined goals and a well-thought-out purpose, the majority is a bunch of youths who seem to have forgottenthat the way up is down.
Apparently, most youths haven’
t realized that private victory comes before public
victory. I can’t be successful with others if I haven’t paid the price of success withmyself. Many a youth is enthralled at the prospect of being addressed as “Mr President,” “Chairman,” etc without givi
ng the slightest consideration to how much
responsibility this entails. Greatness is not about holding some great office; it’s about
doing great deeds with little means and accomplishing vast purposes from the
private ranks of life. Today’s youths need to
learn that greatness in life is a step-by-step process, like working out a jigsaw puzzle
every component is important.
We need to learn to be responsible. I’ve watched members of organizations criticize
their leaders without taking responsibility themselves. Is it not the same all over thecountry? Most of us criticize the government for everything without us takingresponsible actions when necessary. We cannot sustain simple refined behaviour such as staying on a queue, not defacing walls with posters, flushing the toilet after each use, not leaving the light on when we are out and using the walkways rather than crossing lawns. Tell me, what moral right do we have to aspire to take up higher responsibility having failed in taking responsibility for our own actions? Jesus Christsaid (when he was on earth) that whoever is not faithful in little cannot be trusted
with much and whoever is not faithful with someone else’s estate will not be given
his own. How often do members of an organization criticize their leaders and aspire