Politics run the world. One way or the other, we interact with it. Given the state of the economies right now, everything is politically driven. With taxes close to our breath, laws over our rights and chains strangling our freedoms. All these spark political views and interests.
Flawed electoral processes, rigged opinions and misled ideologies. Those are some of the most common repercussions of a tired population. We condone mediocrity in every sense of the word. Even worse, pass it on to our younger ones.
In an African set up or any strict family for that matter, opinions, suggestions and “outrageous” ideologies are easily suppressed. Stern parents easily shut down their children, forgetting that habits are built at younger ages.
Remember the freedom fighters? No you don’t. Remember hearing about the freedom fighters? If so, remember how they fought for what they believed in? Good. Having that in mind, does it ever occur to you that each time you don’t participate in any law-making process or leadership changing exercise you throw that sacrifice out the window?
To be bereft of concern or care is slowly giving us the worst the world can offer, while we sit and blame others for choices. I won’t point fingers at anyone because I am no better, but what could we do differently? Perhaps raise kids in preparation for “a democratic” society or despotic ones where they can easily express their views?
Hajer Sharief, an activist and co-founder of the “Together We Build It” NGO in Libya, and an Extremely Together Young Leader of the Kofi Annan Foundation. With her organization, Hajer advocates for women’s and youth inclusion in peace in Libya. Recently in one of her TED talk, she did narrate her childhood and I found it quite insightful.
Sharief mentioned that growing up, they did have a Family Democracy Day, which was every Friday 7pm. What happened? You may wonder. Well, they talked freely about what they wanted to eat. In other weeks, about their family affairs- what time the kids ought to go to bed or how to improve things as a family. Yet in others, they talked about events in school and/or how to solve family disputes. At the end of it all, they would TOGETHER reach an agreement that would last them at least another week.
What’s the correlation? You ask, right? That’s exactly how politics play out. The process of decision making requires people. Doesn’t matter who you are as an individual, your sexuality or even race. That one decision affects all either directly or indirectly, but the reason for sharing Sharief’s story is because of the values it came with. Could this be the solution to our fading interest and contribution to the law making processes?
Normalizing inclusion and expression from earlier ages, helps groom individuals that enjoy helping impact their lives and those around them. It helps people speak out when they smell suppression or any sense of monachism. After all, we all want a smooth curve to our living and the closest we have to that is our contribution and engagement with absolution in the processes. In that regard, do you think “family democracy days” could help change this narrative? Increase our interests, participation and reactions?
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