EDITORIAL

02 March 2021 | Opinion

It is said that “fools multiply when wise men are silent”. Our country is overflowing with astute men and women who are prepared, if given a platform, to stitch up its torn fabric.

In contrast, it could be argued too that we have huge numbers of people with no moral authority of any standing whom the nation can look up to for solutions to their daily challenges.

But because cronyism has become so entrenched, Namibians of goodwill have been closed out of the circles of empowerment wherein only friends and associates are allowed, even if they have ineptitude written all over their faces.

In 1983, political scientist Benedict Anderson wrote a book called ‘Imagined Communities’ in which he argued that nations exist and are maintained as imagined communities.

His point was that communities should not necessarily exist and function because all their members know each other personally, but because they have embraced an imagined sense of oneness.

Our own liberation struggle was anchored on Anderson’s theory. Here, men and women from all corners of our country, some of whom communicated through sign language because they didn’t understand each other’s vernaculars, fought together against the common enemy because they felt a sense of belonging to one community.

If Namibia can recapture that sense, this nation will fly high again and overcome its common challenges.

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