Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Great Physicians Die Too

This is very interesting.

In May 2006, Lee Jong-wook died at the age of 61. He passed away a few hours after suffering a stroke, then undergoing emergency surgery that failed to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Who was Lee Jong-wook? One of the world's leading physicians -- an expert on tuberculosis pathology and, on the day of his death, director general of the World Health Organization.

Where did he die? At Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland, one of top health care institutions of any nation. So the head of the World Health Organization died young after receiving the best possible care. Memento mori: in Latin, "Remember that you too will die." The knock on your life's door could come at any hour. If it comes today, will your heart [spirit] be ready?

Source: ESPN.

Just think about that. We take life for granted sometimes. Simply because you are healthy and wealthy today does not mean that you will stay the same. We think that only those that are careless or old are the ones who die. Not me. Not today. That tends to be our thinking.

So as you go about your life today, take time to reflect about your priorities. Is God part of the equation? Is leading a life of holiness part of the deal? I am not suggesting that temptations and "spiritual" hardships won't come your way. Nonetheless, you can take a very hard look at your spiritual life. You can make a change.

We talk about politics and all that, but at the end of the day it is all about the higher authority. See, I learnt one important lesson about leadership: You cannot lead others if you can't lead yourself. We have established that when the wicked rule, folks do cry. If you and I want to bring about change in Bongoland, we have to check our moral standing. Otherwise we will turn out to be as corrupt as those folks in power right now. One place I know that one can start maintaining good moral standards is through a right relationship with God. You are allowed to urgue otherwise, but that's my personal conviction and belief.

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death [Proverbs 14:27]

1 comment:

Sibala's Corner said...

Hallo Metty thanks again for your interesting post.
You know what, Kilimo ni uti wa mgongo – is just a slogan, it’s never been taken seriously. The govt talks blah blah but there are no real strategies aimed at impvoving agriculture. If the govt were serious there should be at least one bank that caters for peasants – for your information there is none. Even CRDB (Co-operative and Rural Development Bank) doesn’t give loans or credits to peasants! NMB doesn’t either. The excuse they give is that peasants do not have collaterals – so all the money is loaned to businessmen in towns. So how are we going to revolutionize agriculture if no support whatsoever is given to the peasants? The govt could act as a guarantor for the peasants or devise mechanisms to facilitate easy access to credits – don’t tell me it is not possible. We have agriculture extension workers in thousands who could provide their expertise on modern farming methods, use of fertilizers, small irrigation schemes, use of high yield seeds etc. But how do you do that if peasants lack money and other resources? The funny thing is the govt lacks funds to revolutionize agriculture but has enough dough to build a multi-billion Bunge house, spend billions on cars unnecessarily, pay for billions on allowances and useless workshops etc etc.

It seems to me that the rural community in Tanzania has been neglected and very few, if any at all, cares about their fate. You know NGOs are currently en vogue in Bongoland but very few of them work together with peasants. Most of them are stationed in towns and provide loans to urban dwellers for micro-businesses. Maybe it would have been more logical to use these NGOs as engines to bring about changes in the rural areas. But again the govt is lacking a well drawn-plan on how to revolutionize agriculture. Or may be our politicians do not want to pay attention to experts’ opinions. We have SUA and other agricultural centers full of learned people, a good number of them. Don’t tell me they don’t advise the govt on what to do.
As you mentioned if we can not add value to our farm produces we lose both jobs and extra revenues. It is disgusting to see most of the malls in Dar full of canned fruit juices or sauces imported from South Africa! We can do it ourselves, can’t we? The govt should see to it that local agricultural produce processing industry is revamped, but please this time they should not repeat the same mistake as they did with our ‘Sangaras’!

You know Metty, what worries me even more is the current state of our industrial production. These days we are importing almost everything! Globalization has opened up state borders to the global market and killed most of our local industries simply because most of the products could not compete on the international scene. Maybe we should strive to add value, at least to our few products that can still compete in the international market (cashew, minerals, sangara etc). If that doesn’t happen Tanzania is and will not be exception to the harsh realities of the world in which we live today, that globalization brings with it winners and losers: for the winners it is positive, for the losers it is negative. You know it’s survival of the fittest and the winner takes it all !

Sibala