A SICK NATION AND HOW TO HEAL IT: A Hip-Hop Generation, Leadership and the Nation’s Ethos Stripped Bare to the Bone

A SICK NATION AND HOW TO HEAL IT: A Hip-Hop Generation, Leadership and the Nation’s Ethos Stripped Bare to the Bone


After eyeing the title of this book‚ you probably exclaimed: “A sick nation? Ridiculous! This is a ridiculous title!” It is not. Nations really get sick! Well‚ what is a nation? What is health anyway? Consider a nation with enviable natural resources: gold‚ diamond‚ wildlife and bursting rich bowels of oil and gas slumbering under the feet of its youth―the youth who loathe classrooms‚ professions and industry; in their place preferring quick fix‚ drugs‚ black-market‚ and environment-endangering activities etc!
Now, is it important to heal such a nation? Is healing such a nation a collective or individual responsibility? What is the fate awaiting such a nation―and her neighbors? What have we learned from the recent Ebola crisis‚ impoverishment, insecurity, and thereof terrorism elsewhere along mass emigration to the EU?
Can a nation break away from quick fix‚ and responsibly take charge of her affairs once again? How do we address fading devotion to the family and the nation, unity and harmony as a whole‚ when sectarian sentiments‚ indolence and corruption choke the nation; when thousands of her youth drown in the Mediterranean fleeing seeking to reach Lampedusa or Malta?
Yes, the chief task of a nation craving to progress‚ is to explore and develop its natural resources‚ which is impossible without first developing‚ yes‚ the Human Resource through education i.e. work-skills; but indeed the task of addressing the character or mindset of the society, its youth and the leadership especially, developing right priorities and the restoration of a nation’s ethos and ideals is paramount.
Truly‚ a nation that is fallen and is on its knees; a country that has to rise and stand on its feet once more, has to rethink of a new kind of way of thinking, new goals, new leadership and new kind of education, for truly, otherwise to expect her academics, the workforce and the leadership to make significant difference they don’t themselves visualize, would be unrealistic and unfair to them—much as it is lethal to the masses and the future generations!

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