People of good will: be still

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 31 July 2018   |   By Duma Gideon Boko
Boko Boko

It is always interesting how all or most persons, fully aware of how frail, fallen and fallible we all are, yet remain frozen in the dogma of their own infallibility. Hermeneutic humility requires of all of us an acknowledgement that we could be wrong. In whatever positions we hold, whatever propositions we posit and indeed whatever traditions of thought, or so called ideologies, we swear by, we could be wrong! Most who speak or write do so from some illusion of infallibility. Many believe their policy offerings are correct merely because they come from their own party or revered literature. Or worse, that they fell from the lips of their leaders and political high priests.


We all need to get off the moral high horse and address our challenges in a calm and incisive manner. We need to be fact and evidence based in all our engagements, the better to chart a meaningful course into the future. When faced with all these welcome and expected challenges and conundrums, we need to pause, speak less and reflect more as we wrestle with finding durable solutions. And when everything gets serious enough the best among us will be those who take their time to probe, reflect, mostly in quietude, and proffer the solutions we need. The loudmouths aren't always the smartest and the wisest. Sometimes wisdom lies in the calm and assured silence of careful reflection. I remain unfazed and supremely confident in the Umbrella for Democratic Change. I have not the slightest doubt that the UDC will register the most stunning victory in 2019. Oh, I relish the wonder and the romance of the road ahead! I see beyond the noise and the fracas. I see the hope and the solemn potency of change. And that is why I say to all people of good will: be still.

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