Are we getting too conceited as a Nation?
It seems like it is true that power and money changes a person and this seems to be the case with my fellow Namibians.
Too many people seem to forget the humble beginnings where they came from and let power and money take a hold of them.
They want to flash, flaunt and show other people that they are better than everyone elso and no one compares to them. I can not tell you how many times I have heard the phrases “do you know who I am?” or “I can buy you and your whole family.” What’s up with that my fellow Namibians? All people talk about these days are the latest smartphones, latest cars, latest clothes etc, ‘ek is moeg vir dit’.
The difference is many of the people who brag about how rich they are, got their money through dubious, sometimes even illegal ways or were spoonfed most of their lives. These are people that do not count. You can not succeed overnight and expect to stay on top forever. “Karma is a b*$#@,” I have seen people with millions fall lower than me, and it is not a pretty sight.
The death stare I give someone who asks me the question “do you know who I am?”, is fatal. If looks could kill they would be dead by now. It’s not my kind of party, you can just go remind your family in the village who still sleep in the same huts since pre-independence, still wear the same clothes, and still go hunger because there is no food at home. Maybe they will know who you are.
If you do not remember where you come from, how far do you think you will get in life? Yet you want people in the city to see your flashy cars, clothes and homes,while your family suffers.
My dear, if they think those rich consociates are your friends, think again. They will drop you like a hot potato as soon as you go broke.
George Horace Lorimer who was a journalist and author once said, it is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it is good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you have not lost the things that money can not buy.
Therefore my fellow Namibians, I know that we all want to make money, and if you do make money (the right way) through hard work, good for you. And if you are still trying to make money, do not give up, try and try again. But if you get there, do not forget the people who helped you or the once you love, because one day when the days are dark, they will not be there any more, and the people you thought were your friends, will walk right past you in you time of need.
Stop trying to be in the in-crowd, or compete with others. Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall in place. Learn from your mistakes and rectify them and do not expect things to fall into your lap.
Go out there and conquer the world but do not forget to help your fellow human beings.
So just to warn everybody, if you ask me, if I know you because of your money, I will make sure you know me. SO BE WARNED!!