To put Kenya on right footing, we must stop idolising corrupt people
SEE ALSO :Use saccos to fight poverty, corruptionMany leaders now vie for office to amass wealth. The litany of scandals in large multi-million shilling projects in Kenya are sickening. It is unfortunate to live in a society that constantly celebrates having more, but rarely celebrates having enough. A culture where people keep craving for more money, food, clothing — bigger servings, houses, and chunks of ill-gotten land. We have reached a point in Kenya where having more usually seems to outweigh being satisfied with enough; finding sustainability to live on comfortably.
SEE ALSO :Bedroom cheats harm boardroomsAnd we have a fairly absurd caricature of that culture of greed: People with 50 pairs of shoes in their closets, those who drive luxury vehicles and don expensive jewelry you are sure they cannot afford with their measely pay. Even in matters of love nowadays, they say; more money, more love. Monumental proportions Perfecting a culture that sanctifies belief that more is better; acquisition is the goal of life, and that having a lot makes one happy is unfortunate. This explains why some leaders and the corrupt can sell their staggering ideology of greed to the public, through public show-offs, because a large part of the public already buys into the belief that greed is good and having a lot makes one happy. Our children are watching and learning fast. This is why the individual pursuit of prosperity; the self-made man, the success story, is one all too familiar. In short, the so-called rags-to-riches meritocratic bootstrapping associated with moneybags is also related to some scandals of monumental proportions.
SEE ALSO :Waiguru: Ruling is faultyAnd when you look left, right or at your television screen, you see it all. This is because, one person’s freedom to pursue property or power soon infringes upon principles of social justice and democratic equality. These false standards are leading people astray. Kenyans need to embrace values of sustainability and moderation rather than greed and consumption. We need to learn to be satisfied with enough rather than desire more and more. If people really want change — the change that will make a difference is moving away from the odius culture of greed that Kenyans have built over time. We need a culture that recognises a large, well-educated middle class as the most important pillar to a stable, happy and sustainable society. Certainly, our culture should focus on how to stop bad and corrupt multimillionaires from amassing more and more as this greed fuels other challenges. Otherwise, that may as well become our gross national product. Prof. Mogambi, Communication and Social Change Expert, teaches at the University of Nairobi.hmogambi @ yahoo.co.uk
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