the bigger picture…

So I recently came across the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) as well as its cousin or sibling the Amman declaration (2015). Now to those of you who don’t know what these two are, to put it across to you in layman’s and in brief, these are charters passed in 2015 that aim to increase participation and involvement of young people in pushing for the attainment of global peace, security and stability.

It recognizes the increase in the general population of young people in the world and thus the importance of involving them, in making peace and security decisions and policy, well at least that’s how I understand it. Anyway, to answer the question which you haven’t asked or mostly likely weren’t planning on asking, Yes! These were declarations passed to give us young people a seat at the table. To some of us like me that love eating, these were declarations made so that we young people get a slice of the pizza.

I could continue with all that talk but one of us may get bored; either you my dear reader or me your probably not so dear writer, so now let me just go straight to talking about why I am talking about this. The thing is this charter is trying to ensure that we attain the highest levels of security and peace on the planet with young people on the front row pushing for this. We are talking about reduced and even eliminated violence, conflict hate, war etc.

So this got me thinking and wondering why we even have such problems in our society in the first place and my thinking led me to realise there are some little things we take for granted that can make or break us as humanity. Lets face it, when people have conflicts, in an African setting, it is usually due to a form of inequality. Maybe some are economically advantaged over others, some have access to better resources, some get better treatment etc; all this inequality can cause disgruntled individuals who would not think twice before starting a conflict; after all it would disturb the usual economic activity and pull back the advantaged or maybe create a room for the economically disadvantaged to exploit the advantaged, thereby exerting a form of induced equality.

Not that i condone other poeple being overly advantaged than others, but truth be told that is the very actual situation on the ground and we can not give a blind eye to it. Consequently most of the conflicts and agreements we have are all just all due to a struggle for equality need I say more.

People are fighting to get equal opportunity to practice their religion; people are fighting to have equal access to mineral resources; people are having civil wars to get equal access to the chance to rule or be policy makers: all these and many more in the end sum up to a struggle for equality.

So what if maybe instead focusing on ending wars, conflicts and their fellow injustices, we also focus just as much on promoting equalities? Inequality is the cause and what if we therefore dealt with the cause rather than just focusing on the symptoms and results of having inequalities.

Create equal and plenty opportunities for young people and they wont see the need to hate and want to hurt those they feel have taken their jobs.

So basically what I am trying to say is, if we are to hit that 2250 resolution target, we need to be proactive; we need to respond before the flood. We need to focus more on sustainable development goal number 10 reduced inequalities and that will take us quiet a step ahead in achieving goals number 11 and 16 which cover the scope of peace and security.

Either way, these are just my thoughts, random thoughts of a blogger, but we really need to look at the bigger picture.

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a world of possible possibilities

It’s been a minute since I last blogged and if there is even that saying then its been an hour since I last thought I would blog again. I have been thinking, maybe Suli Breaks was right, the world doesnt need new leaders, it needs new ideas! But then everyone is or may be a leader in some way, after all, like some one else said, we need to see and have more young people who don’t depend on waiting to be given a position to make a difference! So i guess it all sums up to the world needs new leaders with new ideas a.k.a the maestro type of leaders.This new year I have had an encounter with a lot of talented young people doing alot of good and taking bold steps in activities that defy race,border, religion and all other differential traits like that! The picture above is of a young malawian who refused to be just another Malawian but rather a Malawian with a difference and a new idea. He started the maestro leadership team , a movement of young people called maestros who are inspired by the will to give back to their continent rather than just take and expect from it! At the moment, maestros are in over 22 countries and we just won the common_wealth_youth_of_the_year award for the European and African region. We just landed, from having dinner with the crown prince and spending some time with the queen. Of course not all of us went but the thing about being a maestro is we believe in team work so what a maestro achieves , we all celebrate! Is maestros in your community yet? Check us out because I know you don’t want to miss out on the society changing fun! The first step to making possible the various possibilities in our world today!


Let’s do this!!!!!

Living a meaningful life

I am because we are – Ubunthu philosophy

is no brief candle for me: it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want it to burn as brightly as possible before handing it to the future generations -George Bernard Shaw

What we do for ourselves dies with us! But what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal – the great M. luminary Albert Pike

Reading the above quotes in one way or another tells you about life as a collective force: collective because it is better lived and enjoyed if shared with others and a force because the beauty and power of it lies in what you do together with others. In other words, your life is our own but there isn’t much you can do or enjoy if you keep it to yourself.

Robin Sharma’s book, ‘the monk who sold his Ferrari’ qouted a story of a boy whose father sat down reading the paper relaxing after a long day at the office. The boy kept pestering the father to play with him and after a while the father simply tore out a picture of the globe that was in the newspaper and tore it into a hundred pieces. He gave the boy the pieces and told him to first put together the pieces before they could play. The father was hoping this would keep the boy busy for a little longer giving him time to finish reading the paper but the boy came back a minute later with the picture figured out. When the father asked in amazement, the boy said “on the other side of the picture of the globe was a picture of a person and all he had to do was to put together that person and the globe on the other side fell into place”. 

This shows that sometimes, before we go out blaming the people we let into our lives for making us miserable or blaming the globe (the world) for being so harsh and sophisticated or before we start pointing fingers at all the ungrateful people in our lives; some times it really is just better to first look at the human in us, the person on your side of the human equation. There may be one or two internal things that stop you from appreciating the beauty of a life lived for others and the strength of being in a group. Sometimes all it takes is a re-examination of yourself and getting together you life’s pieces for you to see the joy that comes by helping bring joy to others.

Of course the story also has a literal lesson of how fast time flies (So be active now or life may pass you by while you waste time procrastinating).

All being said, one person can really change the world maybe, but there is really no way of doing that without first changing yourself.

Before you decide and point out what is wrong or right in the world, decide and point out what is wrong and right with you and how you play a part in what is wrong or right with the globe.

Some food for thought : How much is your torch burning and how much will it have shined by the time you pass it on to the next generation? What will people miss about you when you pass on?

The problem with fast foods 

Tracing the genesis of its popularity to the 1950’s in post World War II America, fast food was initially intended to offer a fast and affordable alternative meal for people with tight and busy schedules. 
Why almost all fast food stores still serve the same type of food with variations being in prices, convenience and other issues like that; and why much innovation in the fast food industry is about how service and sales are done and not on the food itself, are discussions for another day!

With the presence of some notable fast food traders including the now world phenomena Mc Donald’s and KFC among others; the eating of fast food has become part of our society. Some people now even eat fast food as a hobby and in parts of Sub-Haran Africa, eating fast food is even considered a luxury.

The problem however is how some people have established fast food as a measure of classes; with those who can afford to take their peers out for pizza and hamburgers being seen as the most likable in their circles and those unfortunate enough to not afford such luxury or wise enough to see through its mediocrity being branded as the most unpopular ones. Other’s even judge people’s importance by their ability to frequently buy them fast food (mostly junk anyway). I know you know one or two people who your kids love or one or two who the people in our circles like a lot because he/she buys everyone pizza and it’s cousins in the fast food family.

We have gotten so used to this, that we don’t even see it as a problem. What happened to people in our immediate social settings being commended for their moral behaviour and not for the fact that we all get a free dose of some type of fast food whenever they grace our midst?

I am not discouraging any one of you from giving me free ice cream or pie if we ever meet alright! In fact, please do buy me some; but I’m just saying – don’t expect me to forgive you for something you did or to start regarding you as one of my realest friends just because you bought me some fast food. After eating that meal you are planning to buy for me, I will still need that apology you owe me.

All being said, it’s high time fast food went back to being a darling to only busy people and those who understand and appreciate the monetary value of time. May all other fast food consumers (which I regret to say are fast outnumbering the originally intended consumers) eat with a conscience haunting them of what productive thing they are doing with the time saved by constantly feeding on these high fat and cholesterol fast foods. To my peers, the young people, please let’s cut some of the unnecessary expenses incurred because of these fast foods we so much adore.