In a Christmas message posted on his Facebook page, Edgar Lungu stated that there’s no greater good than making the cause of others better.
“As we do so, we inevitably make our lives better too. There is no greater good than making the cause of others better; there is no greater fulfillment one pursues than making a contribution to bettering humanity. When we do this, we are not just advancing our time-honoured tradition of tolerance as a nation of great diversity, but we are fulfilling our Christian values,” Edgar said.
Indeed, the greatest delight of life is the feeling of being near and necessary to others. And the highest political thought was reached when some human beings realised that the fruits of the knowledge and experience of one should reach all others; and instead of being wolves, we can be brothers and sisters to each other.
How wonderful the prospects for our country would be if Edgar meant what he was saying! We all know that Edgar’s speeches are often full of sweet nothings. Edgar says many sweet things he doesn’t mean or believe in. It’s all nothing but “ka sweet talk”!
Edgar is a liar, a hypocrite. And a hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. They say a hypocrite is a person who – but who isn’t? Sometimes it helps to say nothing at all than talk about issues that you don’t believe in. Everything else Edgar does is a complete opposite of the good that the people of this country would want to see in their President, their leaders.
They say a tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. William Shakespeare wrote, “Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
It is said that when deeds speak, words are nothing. There’s a total mismatch between Edgar’s very good words and his daily evil and corrupt deeds. Confucius wrote, “A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.”
Doing good is a simple and universal vision. A vision to which each and every one of us can connect and contribute to its realisation. A vision based on the belief that by doing good deeds, positive thinking and affirmative choice of words, feelings and actions, we can enhance goodness in our country, our world.
Aristotle wrote, “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heartthrobs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” More is expected out of Edgar than regurgitating empty speeches written for him by speechwriters. Douglas Horton was very right when he said, “Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough.”
Sallust warns: “Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.”
And Leo Tolstoy said, “The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.”
Kim Jong-Un said, “Nothing will be beyond our reach when we make the flames of creating positive deeds flare up across the country with the virtues of the young vanguard as the initial spark and bring into full play the mounting vigour of the millions of young people.”
The Zambian people now know what Edgar is and isn’t. They have heard enough of his words and have seen enough of his deeds. Time for empty words, rhetoric is gone. Edgar now has to speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
True humility is expressed in deeds, not words. The humble are those who truly walk the same ground as everyone else – not necessarily with grovelling, hunched backs, but certainly not lording it over others, either.
If we want truth and justice to rule our country, there must be no hypocrisy. If there is no truth, then there will be no equality. No equality, no justice. No justice, no peace. No peace, no love. No love, only darkness.
Compassion is not a sometime or Christmas action; it’s an every time passion! You can’t be compassionate at Christmas or for less than seven days in one week, that’s first class hypocrisy.
It’s impossible to lead with true virtues if you surround yourself with praise singers, people who do not cheer you up, instead of cheering up your dreams.