Ha! Don’t we all love to hear about heroes, real life heroes? The men and women whose zeal for town and country have brought them to their knees and cost some their lives. Luckily for you, you do not have to lay down your life today; the need has not risen yet. They are such beautiful stories when we hear them and we go on and applaud and applaud and applaud. Well, I have good news because right here are three simple ways we all can get to be small heroes in Ghana.
First, Thou shall not litter. This may come as a shock, but yes it is a sure way to win over the country’s heart. When taking a walk in your neighborhood or driving home from work, resist the edge to throw your sachet water or bottled water rubber, plantain chips rubber or even that A4 sheet you carried from the office but have no use for, in the street. How about if you go even further to tell the next person next to you in that trotro in the most polite manner of course to also resist from such practice. Then you will be an even bigger hero. Because littering has been a great villain in Ghana, siphoning a lot of money from the government coffers and responsible for several outbreaks like cholera, malaria just to mention a few.
Second, Thou shall not point fingers. Simply put, thou shall not blame others for the problems of the country. Whenever you hear of a new challenge facing the country, sit upright, take in a deep breath and ask, yes ask yourself not anyone else. Ask, what can I do or how can this problem be solved. If you come up with an answer, then by all means go ahead and share it with your wife, or colleague sister or brother. During radio discussions, if you feel passionate about it enough, call in and make your suggestions. Never, quarrel with another person on such issues. It does not add to the problem(sometime it does) but then it does not take away from it either.
Last, thou shall not take bribe. On your job, do your work without expecting people to pay for your services because at the end of the month your employer will do that. At home, do not ask for ice cream in exchange for washing the dishes and in school, do not mark other student’s examination papers in exchange for a higher mark on yours. Be generous, have integrity, and ask yourself; will I be doing this if someone was watching? Because believe it or not, someone is watching. This last point can take you places, even the government can recognize you for are such efforts so go ahead and give it a shot today because these are sure ways to get a high five from me or another Patriot. Let’s make Ghana a better place. Cheers.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of RESPONSIBILITY, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war – wiki quote.
Author : Sally Bagson