Analysis: LANJESI CHILIMBA
MAJORITY of Zambians lack self-confidence because of their inferiority complex.They grow up with a self-defeating attitude that they can never create a better life for themselves without depending on any serving president and government or other people around them to solve all the problems faced by them in any circumstances.
They do not know that even the longest journey begins with one step. Rather than face the battle for life with an indomitable spirit of ‘No retreat! No surrender!’ majority of Zambians haunt pubs where they scrounge on others to buy beer for them every day until they die in abject poverty.
Among them are crowds of poor self-degrading women (including unfaithful housewives) who sit idle around any men with money in pubs to buy beer for them in exchange for sex. Those poor self-degrading women (including unfaithful housewives) often carry their little babies with them to pubs for any beer on sale or even shebeens for the illicit home-distilled spirit kachasu while leaving their older children in a vulnerable situation without any food to eat at their homes during lunchtime. Unable to endure such a hell of misery, a lot of such neglected children run away from their homes and thus end up as street kids who sleep like abandoned dogs without any blankets to warm their bodies along shop corridors or in other open cold places.
The most desperate youths without jobs also resort to beer in pubs and even ‘kachasu’ at shebeens in shanty townships as the only way they cope with stress. They do not know that they can utilise a lot of time they waste in pubs to create a better life for themselves within a foreseeable future.
In a book Be Prepared, A. M. Maynard offers this tip for success to all the youths facing any circumstances of life in any nation: “Happiness depends not on your circumstances in life but on yourself.”
An English playwright George Bernard Shaw also noted: “People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”
This is a challenge to all the poor youths in Zambia to start believing in themselves. That is the only way they can discover their hidden talents and use them to create a better life for themselves.
Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, said: “Know thyself”. How many poor youths in Zambia know themselves and therefore believe that they can use their hidden talents to create a better life for themselves?
A lot of poor youths without jobs are doomed to fail in their lives because they do not know that they can do more than what those in power can do for them. Just look at the Nigerian business tycoon Aliko Dangote, who is top-rated as the richest man in Africa.
He has never worked for Government or any company but only for himself from the time he was a youth in 1979. He started with a small loan he got from his wealthy uncle and paid him back within a few months after making a profit out of it. He has expanded his businesses across Africa up to Zambia where a lot of poor youths are working for him.
Another English playwright William Shakespeare wrote this line: “Man is the architect of his own fortune.”
So, all the poor youths in Zambia can also be the architects of their own fortunes through self-determination.
The author is an international writer.
Analysis: LANJESI CHILIMBA