W.B. Yeats wrote on the margins of his copy of Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals, ‘But why does Nietzsche think the night has no stars, nothing but bats and owls and the insane moon?’
Nietzsche’s skepticism about humanity and his chilling vision of the future resonates quite succinctly with refugees, asylum seekers and electorates’ aspiration for a Uganda that works for all
For some, the proponents of steady progress are suffering from truth deficit. For others, most of them have resorted to campaigning in poetry.
When it comes to issues of governance, job creation, youth unemployment, removal of avoidable child and maternal mortality, they do so in pros.
But, when they are looking for a job (votes), they promise heaven on earth. By continuing to recycle the same promises.
For instance, ‘their narrative hasn’t changed: water, veterans’, pensions, cattle compensation, pay for public servants, wealth creation funds (youth fund, women, micro – finance and innovation funds) and other issues.
In his book, ‘The mis – education of the Negro’, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, says, ‘when you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.
You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door.
He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit.
Are electorates being hoodwinked to believe that the utilitarian ‘steady progress’ discourse is the right prescription.
While, a great many denizens continue to labor as house maids in Saudi Arabia and Asia.
Shouldn’t denizens reconsider examining the steady progress discourse with a lens of an impartial observer?
If, electorates become impartial spectators, they might be in a better position to scrutinize the ‘steady progress’ discourse with the eyes of an outsider.
Going on to ask questions, such as, how would the 30 years stead progress look like to people far way? Compared to; Kenya’s, Ethiopia’s and more recently Rwanda?
Electorates can never survey their own sentiments and motives; they can never form any judgment concerning steady progress; Unless they remove themselves, as it were, from their own natural station, and endeavor to view steady progress discourse as at a certain distance from them.
But, electorates can do this in no other way than by endeavoring to view the steady progress discourse with the eyes of other people, or as other people are likely to view the so called Uganda’s steady progress.
Of course, it is common knowledge that many denizens often suffer from varieties of deprivations.
Many have little access to health care, to sanitary arrangements or to clean water and spend their lives fighting unnecessary morbidity, often succumbing to premature mortality.
Considering the increasing demand for an alternative arrangement to remove unnecessary morbidity and avoid succumbing to premature mortality, electorates may consider voting for an alternative governance arrangement.
For to be free is not merely to cast off our chains, but to live in a way that respects and improves our freedom and the freedom of future generations
Walter Ochanda, the author, is an international development specialist