Rwanda has traveled a long way. So much so that, amidst the joy of seeing these achievements, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and maintain the humility that President Paul Kagame recently emphasized during a Unity Club meeting last month.
I can’t say I blame anyone for getting all warm and fuzzy when RPF-Inkotanyi is mentioned. After being judged insignificant for so long, I believe a patriotic African may become practically enamored with greatness while carrying their country’s flag. Unfortunately, intoxication impairs alertness, which may be detrimental to our objectives.
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” declared Wendell Philipps, an American abolitionist. Perhaps the aforementioned humility, as boring as it is to summon from inside, creates more room for awareness. On the other side, chest-thumping tends to drown out the ominous sounds that warn of impending danger.
We must not let the 59-94 landscape to deteriorate. Rwanda exists as the backdrop of reality against which our temporary lapse of wellness sits (a duration you will find to be longer than the period since our country’s independence). We’ve earned more to lose with each accomplishment. As a result, awareness is critical for safeguarding what has been gained, as well as for gaining additional accomplishments.
Rwanda, although being landlocked and “very impoverished” (credit: Kenneth Roth), is located in the heart of the continent that will be home to the world’s future. Worse, the country is headed by a Pan-African leader who is pushing for the continent’s freedom from the remnants of colonial authority.
Let’s take a look at the situation. As the globe rushes towards “overpopulation,” control of Sub-Saharan Africa, with its relatively low population density and well-known resource richness, becomes increasingly enticing.
Overpopulation is a dubious concept, but it allows western powers to justify a variety of actions, including: allowing a large portion of newly born children in the global south to starve and lose access to habitable land due to greenhouse gas emissions caused by industries in northern countries; rapidly depleting essential resources such as potable water; dousing food supplies in harmful chemicals to reduce production costs; and deliberately sinking global wages while depleting global resources.
Africa, as a developing continent, has shown resilient in the face of numerous assaults on human welfare conceived in northern boardrooms. This achievement both astounds and saddens me.
I can only think what we could do if these threats crumbled and all this energy, the Inkontanyi determination, could be focused into something productive.
self-discovery, creation, and a never-ending quest for self-love
I’ve come to feel that only an unadulterated and genuine love for oneself can counteract the allure of vanity and the fear of falling short in the face of upcoming obstacles.
Restraint is the national sport of Rwanda.
I commend President Kagame for not resorting to scare mongering, as numerous foreign politicians have done, which would radicalize any of his moderate or complacent supporters in his favor. Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom used the bogeyman of the Syrian refugee to gain his election by threatening to deprive “genuine” British citizens of their entitlements. The ordinary terrified and uneducated British voter then went to the polls and voted for a man who openly despised the working class, science, and honesty.
In America, the frightening “monster” from whom only Trump’s persistent political ineptitude could save proud American citizens was the Mexican “illegal immigrant” who leaped border barriers to “rape,” among other nasty things. These cheap stratagems, on the other hand, have never proven popular in this country. President Kagame may use this opportunity to emphasize the genuine nature of the risks we confront (and overcome) on a daily basis, demonstrating the importance of his strong leadership. He, on the other hand, prefers to let the evident improvements in our well-being speak for themselves.
The first degree of this humility is that the victor of so many wars would choose not to gloat about probably their most spectacular victories, no matter how eager the crowd may be to celebrate such glory.
The second point is that there is no such thing as an absolute victory. Therefore, humility is not so much modesty as it is throwing self-indulgence to the side.
Perhaps we shouldn’t expect to be understood, defended, or appreciated. Humility and diligence will lead to a slew of unrecognized victories. After all, they have done a fantastic job thus far, as President Paul Kagame is living proof.
With love, to Rwandans: On humility, temperance, and alertness