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Volume 52 Issue 04 - April 2014

April 24, 2014

ARE YOU LAZY?

I am a worried man. I am worried for our nation. As Batswana, we seem to lack passion especially in the workplace. You see everytime I knock off from work I always take stock of my work for the day and then map the way forward for the next day.

Practically this is what should happen. This creates a situation where by as workers we always strive for the best - to improve on the work we do and ultimately service delivery. However, my main worry is that a lot of us appear not to be doing this. I think we have nurtured a generation of people who are just after money.

While there are those who really want to make change in society, I am inclined to believe that a good majority is not about making a difference in society but how much they can make at the end of the day. We seem to valorise conspicuous consumption, a capitalist mentality of treating everything else as an opportunity to make as much money as possible.

We seem to be a generation that revels more in hedonism. We seem to want to make more money and spending it having a good time. We seem to be more after glamour, being seen than helping those we promised to serve.

I am saying this because everytime I go to some public institutions for a service I don’t see that enthusiasm and vigour to make a difference or to bring change, at least from the majority I always interact with.

Let me start from where I work. I work in the newsroom and a lot of time I see a crop of reporters who do not have the hunger for breaking news, at least a majority of them. At best, they count the number of stories they have written instead of the impact their stories have had on society.

I visit the hospitals, I see nurses and doctors who are just on a routine, at least a majority of them. Only a small minority are in the job because they like it. They are not in it for money or the glamour of having title of doctor or any other fancy title.

I go shopping all I get are shop assistants who are just glad to see me leave, whether I buy anything or not, that’s not their business. They cannot convince you to buy from their shop, at least a majority of them.

At times I ask myself why does a majority of us go into certain profession, is it for money or for the love of it? Once we are such professionals, what is it that we want to achieve? What sort of legacy do we want to bequeath to our next generation?  

I mean, until we are able to answer these question both collectively and individually and accept there is a dearth of passion to make a difference and bring change in our society we will never become a society that discovers, invent and lead in whatever way. We will forever be consumers who are more concerned about how much we want to make so that we consume more.

I would further surmise that a majority of us are just outright lazy. We are just in denial and hide behind the routine to appear more important and ready to work.

Editor

T.Nkhoma

 

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