Thursday, 31 May 2012
Today was Yesterday's Tomorrow
Martin Luther King Jr delivered the " i have a dream " speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Washington DC during the Civil Rights March on August 28th 1963. He had a dream...that America as he saw it during his life time....would be better as what we see it as in ours'. His dream shook the world, his dream changed the world, and its from his dream that the colour of a man's skin is not a significance to what he can achieve. Here's a few quotes from the famous speech "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."", " I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood"
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character". I have a dream today.
"I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together"
Today.....yesterday's tomorrow. They say we are tomorrow's leaders, i say we were today's leaders....cos if we keep posting everything for tomorrow and tomorrow keeps being pushed till tomorrow, and on, and on, and on.....gosh...i guess thats why they say 'tomorrow never comes'.
But why again did i start with Martin Luther King and his speech?? Why is the " i have a dream " speech relevant with this article?? Well last week i had a dream (sometimes we have to share our dreams with each other and hope that one day it will become a reality).
Imagine a country with no corruption from both the leaders and its citizens...i had a dream that 1 day a policeman would stop me not for what i can offer him from my pocket...but to enforce the law wherever broken. A day should come where we can rely on the power imposed on the uniforms to enforce the law of the land, and not use the guns in their hands to steal from the powerless I HAVE A DREAM
That one day i will be able to discard the generators in my house and have faith in the power sector....no more ear busting noise from generators no more using candles and flash lights in the nights....no more spoilt foods from the refrigerator I HAVE A DREAM
That one day we all would walk on level grounds and dust free roads and streets. That one day we would look back in time and say "i haven't seen a doctor in years now" all thanks to the health sector provided by the government I HAVE A DREAM
That one day, my sisters and brothers, friends and families, sons and daughters, and all Nigerians would say "i rather study at UniLag (sorry MAULag), or OAU or wherever because the level of education has ben made levelled with the ones in the west I HAVE A DREAM
That one day....our leaders will understand the meaning "to serve Nigeria with all my strength and defend her unity", a pledge they have never upheld. "one nation bond with freedom, peace, and unity" I HAVE A DREAM
That one day we will produce leaders who were once followers, who are educated, and who are ready to take their heads out of their own asses and are ready to serve their nation.
I believe that change begins from ourselves.....omg change really begins from within. After the martin luther speach, change did not take to effect immediately....tht was over 48years ago, and change is still occurring in America right nw. But this doesnt ean we need 48 years before we can experience changes, actually our change could kick off during the next election. But nevertheless change is important and very possible.
Its time we stop dusting our problems under the carpet. Just think...Nigeria is more or less the only developing country in the world still using an open drainage system....can you imagine?? And we hope to eradicate mosquitoes?? The solution to our problems is staring us in the face.....take your head out of your ass and start brainstorming and stop waiting for tomorrow to heal today.