THE IRRESPONSIBILITY OF THE RICH.
As I write this article, I have one of my assistants here that told me a very compelling story that highlights the high level of irresponsibility in our country.
He grew up in a Nigerian city where there were some neighbors, who were involved in the illegal transaction of petroleum commodities. There was always chaos in the neighborhood whenever the law enforcement agents come calling. These boys created pandemonium in their search for an escape route. What never occurred to my friend and his fellow “high fenced secured neighbors”, is that they share the blame in the consequences of the ensued chaos.
They could actually have helped these boys when they were a lot younger. Even presently, they could still offer them some help in getting them off the streets. Rather, they choose instead to complain about those boys presence in their neighborhood and blame their parents for not doing enough in bringing them up. They also blamed the government for not helping these boys with some form of aid, scholarship and employment.
“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
If these boys were well taken care of by the people who live within these high fences, these boys could have grown up to become responsible and self-reliant individuals who would have in turn looked out for the security of the neighborhood. They in fact subconsciously contributed to whom these boys became – a threat and dread to the whole neighborhood.
The negligence of these boys, the lack of care and the failure to provide welfare for them, led to whom they became. The arrogance at which the well-to-do neighbors looked down at these boys was a sign of irresponsibility. Helping these boys become productive, could have done a lot of good to the neighborhood. It would have had a positive impact on the economy not just of the community, but on the nation at large. These boys would have become tax paying entrepreneurs, who are respected and would never have any cause to go into crime or violate the rule of law.
“Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:8
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- How Personal Responsibility leads to collective responsibility
- The government is not to blame.