Despite the increased awareness concerning the unfairness and cruelty of our present leadership, many Zimbabweans still lack clear guidelines on what they should do. My thoughts at this moment are concerned with ethics, morality and values in society. To me a right moral action is that which enhances the well being of others.
Moral values in turn can be defined as human caused benefits that human beings provide to others. By way of illustration, one may say that love and justice are moral goods. I see a high level of moral illiteracy fueled by cultural and political trends that undermine our moral competence. My aim today is not to claim a version of what is right or wrong. Instead my aim is to claim the very idea of morality-the moral act that we are bound to pursue, with all the limitations imposed on such an act by time and place.
The ghosts of the present happenings need not scare us out of making moral commitments that lie ahead of us. We should resist the temptation to reject any type of moral values. The consequences of operating without a set of guiding principles can be grave my brothers and sisters. Let us generate our moral decisions from our rights, values or principles that are or could be agreeable to all individuals composing or creating a society designed to have fair and beneficial practices. The failure by the present government to show good behaviour is of great concern to me, and I suppose most of you feel the same .
Please bear in mind that good behaviour is that which pleases or helps others, having good motives and interpersonal feelings such as love, empathy, trust and I repeat concern for others. Concern for you and me, your mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, nephew, friend, pet and the gift of life that is within us. My heart is heavy with principles and it pains me to see our leaders showing no principle worth speaking well of. In Zimbabwe the experience of the poor is one of our most challenging contemporary moral tests. We are failing the test my loved ones.
Our lack of moral imagination and one sided pursuit of economic well being are leading to what has been called "social homicide". Our unwillingness to hear the poor, particularly minority children, blinds us to the moral evil of poverty and our own role in perpetuating a class divided society. Failure to imagine or understand the experiences of the suffering masses in Zimbabwe prevents us from solving the problem. We therefore must imagine what our brothers and sisters are going through, have gone through and will go through. We need to suffer with them.
Viomakmusic is taking into account these issues, in the same way women's groups around the world have organized in ways that offer alternative models for correcting human rights violations. Their work suggests that women resist human rights abuses through collective and political action. Why can't we behave in a similar manner? We should become involved in contributing to society and helping the next generation face the future in an acceptable way.
Morality decisions made today will impact the kind of life and society that our children will face in their futures. Common good or moral vision is shared and defined by participating actively together, to reflect on the meaning of what it means to be human in relation to all living systems, and to live in harmony together for the interest of all-a position which engenders hope. Failing this task may lead to a sense of meaninglessness in life. That said my brothers and sisters are you prepared to be of good morals or bad morals?
As long as we neglect the welfare of the Zimbabweans who are suffering under Mugabe's evil regime, we remain as immoral as the perpetrators of our suffering. May God bless you as you search for a new and deeper understanding of morality? If you're willing to take part in the bottom up CHANGE: Power in us working actively together for the common good, instead of working for the Top down CHANGE please write to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss the best way forward.