GHANA GROWTH-A FIRE IN THE BELLY

Posted on March 25, 2011

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I find Bill Easterly’s blog AIDWATCH thought-provoking. Today’s post commemorates the 100 year anniversary of a fire that represented a tipping point in U.S. law and labour relations. Fascinating……

What will be Ghana’s tipping point(s)-what event and/or social condition, if any, will spearhead any change. Any ideas, Ghanaians?

Want my two pesewas worth? Nothing! Why, cause everybody and everybody’s brother and sister from all over the world is here and acting upon Ghana, and Ghanaians themselves are not collaborating to give people dignity and liberty.

What I am trying to say, is encapsulated in another AIDWATCH post, more on macro issues, but again seeing development through an analysis of history, not of an event like a fire, but a generational perspective of how it happened in Western Europe and North America.

Easterly brings to our attention a new publication BOURGEOIS DIGNITY which basically advocates a paradigm shift in looking at AID away from economics and psychology to one focusing on sociology and politics.

McCloskey sure has that right! As a member of the bourgeois here, I guess I rant all the time because I just don’t feel or see the dignity. I did once in a former profession, in a former lifetime. But do professionals here feel dignity and the liberty to innovate. Or are we just leaving it to others or doing nothing?

There is the saying “people get the leaders they deserve.” A question for you: does Ghana have the leaders she deserves? Now how can civil society be changed so that leaders emerge who will promote dignity and liberty in Ghana?

What’s needed is a fire, not a fire in a factory-there are hardly any here in Ghana- but a fire in the belly…but who wants to jeopardize the little he has by speaking out…subsistence and poverty not only cripple opportunity, they paralyze action. After all aren’t we somebody else’s responsibility-those donor countries and their professionals. Man, those countries were indeed fortunate-there was no development aid nor army when they were growing…

And lastly, got this quote off the blog ‘QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS

From a 1997 ad from Apple:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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