The world is full of people that love to listen to what they want to hear. Any contrary views and perception posed is a threat to their livelihoods. It is a shame to see society succumb to such a vice and jeopardize the foundation of integrity in many. Sean Penn observed that “there is a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged”
Hand-clappers have names. They live with such borrowed names for their appeasement tendencies towards their masters. They would rather kill their consciousness and integrity for bread, butter and fame. Who wouldn’t? very few, I suppose. Lying to gain favours and positions create unwarranted problems be at home, work and church. The art of painting a false picture for rewards dents and assassinate the true characters of individuals, fuel corruption, hatred and underdevelopment in society.
Sadly, most leaders coincidentally surround themselves with such people who shower praises of admiration for their committed atrocities. A good example was during the one party system era in Malawi. The dictatorial tendencies committed by the then administration were never questioned for fear of reprehension. Celebrating mediocrity comes with its own package. The temporal comfortable benefits can be counted. No wonder none dares to stand up for justice knowing the special privileges surrounding them can be easily be snatched. Their brain is traded with material gains and easily play ball to wrong ideologies at the expense of the sufferings of many.
Not everyone can just stand and see things go wrong. There has to be someone who has to speak the truth and fight injustices , poor policies and bad leadership. Unfortunately, such individuals are few. When they critically analyse ideas, policies, thoughts and atrocities committed by their leaders, instead of getting the appraisals and adoration, they are branded with degrading names, titles and loss of life. Some of-course criticise for personal attention and are easily swallowed with silver and gold.
Alternative views said in love helps to shape the destiny of individuals and the society at large. Our education and cultural system somehow has escalated the praise of mediocrity in many. Critical thinking has been crippled in most of us as it is deemed indiscipline and lack of respect to the elderly and the leadership. Frequent questioning and disagreeing with the leadership warrants dismissals, loss of jobs and demotion across the board. When you have mouth to feed, school fees to pay, playing ball to mediocrity is the safest way of ensuring of ones safety.
If only the society was allowed to speak their minds with love and without the fear of appraisals; work efficiency and strong relationship bonds would be realised. Unfortunately, the monster of adoring mediocrity is self made. Man love to think what would benefit him first. Wagging war against speaking the truth and one’s mind can never be won as long we value personal benefits above the interest of society. Handicappers live an fulfilled life. Life of hypocrisy destroys self-esteem and honour. It is a path of self destruction guided by fear.
The temporal comforts accorded for pleasing people with lies will haunt and paralyse ones future. Proverbs 27 :5 “better is open rebuke than hidden love”. The false picture given to the receiver will distort his/her reality of the things on the ground. And waiting for the few “troublesome” and “noisy” individuals to stand up for our mediocrity is not only uncalled for but also disastrous in safe guarding the integrity of the individuals and the society.
The primary responsibility of every citizen is to be true to oneself, the community and God. If lies and fears cripples in, we create dictators and become slaves to things and ideologies that had we stood to the truth the scenario would have been different. Mediocrity is with us and everywhere. It is still talking to us to compromise our values and integrity. Robert Green Ingersoll summed well and wrote “ In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.”