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The situation is even worse when it comes to health. In a world where advances in science and medicine have been accepted as one of the main drivers of increased life expectancy; we have neglected the obvious, resorting rather to prayer camps and faith healers.

In The Ghanaian Circus, The Tripartite Game Of Attribution Between God, The Devil And Abayifuour

 Shannon L. Alder argues, “The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyse it, debate it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, gossip about it, pray over it, put it down or dissect its motives it continues to rot in your brain. It is dead. It is over. It is gone. It is done. It is time to bury it because it is smelling up your life and no one wants to be near your rotted corpse of memories and decaying attitude. Be the funeral director of your life and bury that thing!”

Their warped logic is further entrenched by many faith practitioners who advertise their ability to cure diseases, many of which medical science and research can only manage. Even more intriguing is the fact that, some of these men and women of faith are middle-aged adults too and are often afflicted by chronic diseases.

Thinking Aloud; The Role of Faith in Chronic Disease Management

 “As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” Martin Luther King Jr.

By this time it was clear all three were disgruntled with the situation they found themselves in but they were far from finished. Out of the blue one of them quipped, “Recently there was a call within the service for people who wanted to work with the MTTU. Even those in charge of arms in my office left." In a trance, I exclaimed really? Then another continued, "Nobody wants to die. These are the reasons everyone wants to work with the trotro drivers; it is safer and more rewarding too.”

At The Village Square With The Men In Black; Understanding The Pressures And Bottlenecks Of Our Police Service

Raymond Chandler in The Lady in the Lake argued, “Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we get...”

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.”

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