Many Ghanaians have a notion to that people abroad are disciplined because we are policed and punished always.
In other words, they’re presuming that we are INCAPABLE of doing the right thing without constant supervision or reprimand.
While the system here holds breaches of rules and laws accountable, the majority of the people just do what’s expected. The system is there to catch violators, who are often a minority.
Most decent individuals including most children and youth are SELF REGULATING. In others, most of us here know what our families, schools, workplaces and authorities expect of us and we do it because that is the RIGHT THING to do.
Also we do it because we DON’T want any INTERFERENCE of our lives by authorities.
We do it because NO ONE would welcome bad behaviors, trust us or have anything to do with indiscipline people or seemingly bad people.
We do it because we want to set GOOD EXAMPLES for our CHILDREN to follow.
We do it because of our PROFESSIONAL CREDIBILITY; good conducts are expected of us. Personal character is tied to our integrity, credibility and people’s trust.
Everyone including children are held accountable and citizens would equally sanction bad behaviors such as jumping or a queue, not a crime but socially UNACCEPTABLE And frowned upon by all.
If I dropped my phone, cash, debit card or other personal items the person voluntarily hands it over. Doesn’t keep it!
But must we always violate rules to be punished?
I wonder why people can know what others are doing wrong but expect the very people that they think are INCOMPETENT and INCAPABLE of ruling them to actually be the ones to tell the supposed COMPETENT ones how to act right?
What is that logic?
You tell the person you don’t regard or trust to rather tell you the right thing?
If as humans particularly adults don’t know what’s expected of us then who are we?
Why, as a society, that we can only tell how things should or ought to be done but CANNOT do it unless someone else supervises or whip us to do so?
I honestly don’t understand most Ghanaians.
To me if collectively people feel how things are being done is not helpful why can’t everyone start doing their part to make things better? Who is waiting for who? And what at all are they waiting for?
Are there machines in the offices? Are those engaged in corruption or over speeding or working in hospitals the same people wanting a systematic change? Are there robots dumping the trash?
And what’s a system? I get it that some things are State responsibilities but what are the citizens’ responsibility? Commentary? Insults? Or what?
Well over here when it’s time to take the garbage out we do without anyone telling us. We just know the date and we put them out.
When it’s is time to pay the bills we pay or lose our services.
When it is time to show up for work we just show up, no excuses, no cheating.
So why can’t each person do their bit?
What at all are our social values and social expectations in Ghana? What do people teach their children or were taught by their parents? Are they taught about handling other people’s property?
Are they taught about responsible behaviors? Expected conducts? What is appropriate conduct around garbage disposal, paying taxes, responsible voting?
What at all do people feed their children? Is it totally the role of the State keep people’s character in check? Or there should be individual, family responsibilities also?
Who needs supervision for something they think they already know? And can do?
How can I claim that I know when I can’t do anything unless someone else tells me or polices me?
I really don’t get it.
You may share your thoughts but rationally, substantively and devoid of insults or personal attacks.
Thank you.
Akosua G
July 02 2021
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