The Man in the mirror – revisited

I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right…

As I, turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
‘Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It’s time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they’re not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind, ya’ see
Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me

I tend to disagree with the majority on the oldest profession, it definitely has to be politics. Oh how indefatigable corruption is! Especially when it comes to politics : they could be liberal or conservative, left wing or right wing, communist or capitalist, democratic or autocratic but the only common denominator they have is corruption. If indeed there is something called the “most institutionalized” in the world, it is corruption.

This article just goes on to prove that the whole world speaks one language when it comes to corruption, they might have different accents but it is definitely the same language. Be it the only remaining superpower in the world or country like Eritrea where most people can’t afford one square meal a day.

I agree that this topic has been taken through the cleaners and juiced to the maximum. Though the one aspect of it that has not been taken note of are the ordinary people like us who condone it, by doing nothing about it. Most people don’t care or are part of the malice by using it. I know it takes a lot to take a stand, but stand we must take. Anybody who cannot stand for something that he believes will for anything. Rhetoric apart, I believe individual corruption is more dangerous than any disease know to man.

Its easy to take pot shots(specially people like me) at all those high flying people who get caught.
What’s harder is to keep the focus at the root of the problem. Sometime back I had a discussion with a friend on the best way to tackle this issue. (Like everybody else I believe I can solve all the worlds problem!!) He was of the opinion that the people at the top have to change first for the world to get rid of corruption. By that he meant that the political and business class have to change before the bourgeois can change and he was going to do things by hook or by crook till the world changes.

I on the other hand am of the opinion that the middle class is the key to the issue. If you are not corrupt when you are at the bottom of the food chain there is a good chance you would remain the same at the top … that or you would never get to the top! But like Mother Theresa “every drop of water makes the mighty ocean” its starts with each one of us. Instead of complaining at how people are making money in corruption, lets try to do things without giving that “bribe” that would make things easier.

That said, corruption scandals have become the norm of the day all over the world, either more people are getting caught or the number of incidents is just skyrocketing. The only thing that has accomplished is that people are so sick of corruption that they have become numb to it. That is the kind of attitude that is not going to help! Sprinkling of outrage once in a while keeps the world moving along without degenerating into anarchy.

Before I run out of steam just wanted to let you where I come from!

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. Cyril Connolly


3 thoughts on “The Man in the mirror – revisited

  1. Boss

    Ok, got something to ponder about..Why is it that most of us who have left behind a life where we struggled to make ends meet all of a sudden become so self obsessed to the point where we more often forget how wasteful we are..whether it be food, clothes or material possessions..We just want to throw away when there will be someone in some far away land pining away for a life like ours..How did we make it here so far..Our parents believed that the life they lived was not worth it and so wanted us to have a better life..each generation progresses in search of a better life..and how many generations does it take before we realize where this is driving us..We forget that life’s lessons are learnt more often when there are difficulties, pain, suffering, challenges..The rich do not even know what it means to be poor..Simple Life..a Reality Show opened the eyes of two of the rich and famous, but what did it show in reality..a good entertainment show..the rich got richer and the poor got poorer watching it..Yeah, change has to start with us..It has to start in Jerusalem (ourselves and our immediate family) and then Samaria (the closest to us) and then the rest of the world..Ask not what God can do for you..He has already done by sending His Son to die on our behalf (shed innocent blood so that we could be redeemed from eternal death)..Ask what you can do for God and the mankind he created in His Image..Do you see a person alone..Say a hello, how are you? build a relationship..Not just for social courtesy sake but be genuine and reach out..Show God’s Love to others, remember we are His Ambassadors on earth..What you believe in is what you must reflect.. A tree is known by its fruit…So what fruits do you bear..Do you have the fruits of God’s Spirit..It will show in your walk, talk and relationships all the time..not when it is convenient for all times..That’s what God asks of you..Maybe we can try working on it when we have the time to do it..that’s NOW..You never know when one will breathe one’s last breath..God alone knows..Try this simple exercise..Just make it a point and befriend a stranger..Don’t hesitate..God will always put you in the right place at the right time with the right kind of know why..He is building his Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven..Heaven rejoices when one lost sheep is brought back to the fold..Look around you will see a lot of God’s people Lost..Ask yourself..Haven’t you been Lost too..Didn’t someone show you God’s love and kindness..Pass it on, We all have one father who is Lord of Heaven and Earth..Peace..


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