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In a World Where Sin is Punishable: The Fate of Two Worlds

Hey there reader (however many you are) I’d like to take this time to apologise to you on not writing anything for a long, long time. Life has been overly busy and frankly when that stopped I decided to take an unwarranted long break. However, I’m back now and those of you wonderful people still reading this blog (or at least receiving notifications) I would like to say thank you kindly for your time – and patience. Now, let us proceed to the main gist.

The first bit is always the sweetest, the next one contains the worm' - Anonymous

‘The first bite is always the sweetest, the next one contains the worm’ – Anonymous

I’ve always wondered why First World countries had it better than the Third World countries development-wise. I mean humans are humans no matter where and it should be a normal series of events that the best is achieved over time. However I came to realise that it wasn’t so simple. Some people were greedy, they wanted their interests met and did not care for the interest of others; selfish people. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind selfishness. I am of the belief that all actions are inherently selfish and the positive effect on others, to no others detriment is what qualifies this as a selfless act, most of the time. Despite there being similar resources in the world, enough to sufficiently sort out problems for both, one prospered and the other didn’t…or refused to.

“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.” – Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

First of all;

How to Train a Child

‘’As a child I heard I wasn’t very mischievous (that changed drastically when I grew up). I was a calm and loveable kid with very little care in the world, as all children are wont to be in their parent’s eyes. I remember this one time when my father returned from work and it was custom to welcome him home. I didn’t at the time as I was glued to the television screen. Johnny Bravo was on at the time and quite frankly the prospect of getting off the sofa was beyond me and besides, my dad coming home didn’t seem as important as Johnny and his escapades.

In hind sight, I really should have got off the couch, Johnny could have waited. My dad called me and asked why I hadn’t welcomed him home or at least acknowledged that he’d just come back from his journey. Now I couldn’t say ‘’Johnny was chasing a woman.’’ That would have been stupid – coupled with previous stupidity. Long story short, I got a terribly painful two-finger slap to the cheek. It hurt so bad! I cried my eyes out.

Now, 16 odd years later, every time my dad comes home, I make it my sworn duty to welcome him. Lesson learned’’

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I got that story from someone I know quite personally and found it very funny.  It also might help give you an idea of what I might be talking about in this blog. Now take your time, a few seconds and picture what your parents did to you when you were a child and misbehaved (and I’m hoping they did teach you right from wrong) OK? Good. Now imagine if they rewarded that kind of behaviour instead. How would you have turned out?

Quite recently in a heated debate about the Third World – Africa mainly – I realised that there’s a reason why no matter how much money/oil/natural resources possibility of real GDP growth, Foreign Aid from Western countries and so on, most of these countries are still, for the most part, underdeveloped – by global standards – and/or highly corrupt. If anyone knows anything about economics, Third World countries, despite not being the most technologically advanced countries in the world, do not actually have to put in any real effort to meet up. They don’t need to invest in innovation or wait long years to see the fruits of their labour in any real, human-impacting research. They could literally ‘catch-up’ to more robust and developed economies and well, be as good as they are or simply be ‘the best that they can be.’ The resources are there, so is the technology. And not just in the economy, but in its legal frameworks, its healthcare system and so on. Making what I’d like to think would be a very much individualised clone of the Western or Eastern economies. It’s just a theory, true, but that’s somehow worked for some Asian and African economies (Indonesia, China, Ghana etc. ). What then makes and keeps a country as corrupt as it is? It’s simple, in my opinion, unbelievably so. It’s a beautiful thing called ‘Lack of Consequence.

I mean take time out to go to this website. A lot of the countries, despite being advanced (I use that term very loosely) are still the most corrupt according to the Corruption Perception Index. The bottom 10 or Top 10 most corrupt countries are mostly African and Asian. Despite their economic growth spurt they haven’t changed in the past decade.

I’ll use Ghana’s as an example. Despite gaining independence in 1957, the country’s continuously scored quite low in the corruption index. The results are partly, if not mostly, blamed on a Mr Kwame Nkrumah (which I think is a rather cool name) who up and became Overlord of Ghana in 1960 and thus began his legacy of corruption and coup d’états which spanned almost 2 decades.  Whatever his motivations were, they were detrimental to the country’s progress and although it took a while for anyone to do anything about it a Mr J. Rawlings finally did. Ironically, he did so with an initially failed coups d’état. His successful attempt at cleaning up the country of its deep seated corrupt ways resulted in the killing of quite a bit of the politicians and judges all under Overlord Nkrumah’s tyrannical regime.

What’s the lesson here? People will do whatever they damn well please until someone or something stops them from doing so or Newton’s First Law of Motion. The only reason Overlord Nkrumah managed to stay in power so long was because no one could make him answer to anything. Not the people, not the law, nothing! He had nothing stopping him from doing as he pleased. What does one do then? Make sure that if a president is stupid enough to think himself overlord in his country, ignoring the fact that he was voted in by the masses, that said masses will unite and pull him/her down never to rise again. Ensure that there are very serious implications for betraying the trust that people have placed in them.

I won’t say, or better yet, I can’t say that this is in and of itself the entirety of moving a nation forward, it’s a whole lot more complex than that but as in the case of Ghana it was a very large step, possibly a run forwards. However, reprimands for unlawful or unethical action towards any one nation and a smallest bit of patriotism, in my opinion, is a very necessary resource if any one nation is to advance and start becoming ‘the best that they can be’.

What’s your opinion?

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Bullying Never Stops, Even at the University Level.

I cited this blogger (Ojie KING) in what turned out to be a popular post, a few weeks back (shared by someone(people) on facebook. I am grateful.  I got in touch with Ojie KING and asked if he had anything he honestly wanted to say and well he did and asked me to host this for him.

Now this doesn’t necessarily reflect all of my views on the matter but I can’t help but see a lot of sense in it. Read on;

 

 

This has been something that has been brewing in my system for quite a while. I am an international student studying in the UK and at times I look at the way that we are treated and I just can’t help but shake my head in disbelief that this is how people get treated because the only crime they committed is that they want better for themselves and decided to pack up their things and come to a another country to study.

First of all, they make sure to charge you double the fees for the same type of education that your home colleagues are receiving. I have been studying in the UK for 4 years now and till today I still cannot understand why I have to pay double for the same product that others are receiving for half the price. Take for instance, what happened to the international students at the London Metropolitan University, they were told that if they do not find another school in 60 days, then they would face deportation. Their crime; having the misfortune of attending London Metropolitan University.

I recall seeing that and feeling so bad for those students because it particularly affected the continuing students. So a question I want to ask is that someone in his third year who has already started making plans to graduate with friends is going to have his world just shattered or what of the cost of moving from one city to another or what if the fees in the other schools are higher and some cannot afford, then what happens to them? Granted, I understand that some people in some capacity might have abused the system, but that doesn’t mean that all international students should be turned into some form of modern day ‘Jesus’ to pay for all the sins of the other ones who abused the system.

The funny thing is that international students add so much value to their universities, it cannot even be stressed. I have always said that take away the Nigerians and Chinese and see how the UK universities will survive even with the so-called university fee increment. I would imagine that a country that is very much aware of a huge demand for its higher education would ensure to put incentives to make sure that this demand is kept alive and they try to at least utilize this human capital that they have trained for their benefit. Again, I was just thinking out loud…” – by Ojie KING

 

So there you have it; the bullies doing their job quite well. I can’t entirely blame them this time though, the university should have taken better measures to ensure that the students were all in the right. However, the bullying comes to mind when the punishment was put into place. I mean they could have warned them severely (I don’t know that they hadn’t already) rather than take such drastic actions. What were they thinking really? That it was the right move? That things weren’t already bad enough with the fee increase for both national and international students? If they had thought and acted properly it’d be a whole different situation I believe.

Although I say that I do know for a fact that internationals do use the guise of education to stay in the country remaining here indefinitely. Worst of all, some never even bother going to the institution they applied for in the first place. Add that to the hundreds of illegal immigrants who come into the country yearly and sadly then multiply that by the rising need (although misguided) to decrease the number of immigrants in the country and you have the result you see above.

All that’s left to ask now is was it a bad or good decision. In myhonestopinion; NOPE! Daftest thing I’ve seen the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) do. What was the point? As mentioned above, internationals add so much value to education here. Why would you go after them? It really was a poor decision on their part. It doesn’t help that the western universities are losing global footholds to the eastern universities. It’s been happening but this will only reduce a good revenue stream for the UK and we all know how desperately they need it. How so very desperately.

Well, that’s my £4.50 on the matter. Not much else to say dear readers. It’s a darker than usual day for the English (as if the rains weren’t enough already)

 

Cheerio!

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