Sun, Jun

If you are reading this and are currently in public office, please be mindful. The era when we gratified riches irrespective of how they were obtained is slowly coming to an end. You are in office to serve and not to loot. I agree with Martin Amidu (SP) that Ghana is not a milk cow. My only advice will be to keep your fingers in your pockets and out of the exchequer's coffers.

Mr Abuga Pele, a former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), and Mr Phillip Akpeena Assibit, a businessman were recently sentenced to a total of 18-years in jail.

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”

We complain about policemen taking bribes and kickbacks in our state institutions, don't we? Have we ever stopped to think about who the givers of these bribes are or those in positions of trust taking the proverbial "10%"? Clearly, these are the same doctors, lawyers, pharmacist, engineers etc. These are the same people who belong to our professional bodies and are responsible for these bodies having corrupt members. These citizens are not multi-faced in life and will show the same behaviours irrespective of where they find themselves.

Stop Playing Ostrich With Our Intelligence; We Are All Influenced Politically

Stephen King in his book, The Stand, argues, “Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.”

In the end, when tragedy strikes, we have a litany of jokers parading in the name of the anointed, lining up to remind us of their premonition. The effrontery is that these supposed anointed see all the recklessness and lawlessness that fuels their trade but do precious little to remedy the situation, knowing perfectly well that these death traps if remove would almost render them jobless.

Fuelling the Prophetic Religious Business through the Albatross of Lawlessness

 Novelist Steve Goodier, rather candidly opines, “I have not always chosen the safest path. I've made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I've learned something important along the way: I've learned to heed the call of my heart. I've learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I've learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”

Clearly, the discussion surrounding the release of health information relating to public office holders is not new. The rapid dissemination of updates concerning the health of a "public person" is now available to a wide audience through Internet communication and social media systems. The "appetite" of the public at large to obtain "breaking news" on medical topics of interest involving recognized political figures, needs to be carefully weighed against the current laws intended to protect the privacy of individuals.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah’s recent medical leave to the UK has generated a lot of questions on the status of his health from the general public. File image

According to Glenn Greenwald, “The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that's why they're called public servants. They're supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we're called private individuals.”

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