By Charles Leyman Kachitsa
Great nations are known not only for their greatness but on how they have been able to preserve their history. If you travel to the capital cities of most of the developed countries which we know as great nations, one thing you will notice is how they have been able to preserve their historical sites. Most of these sites are reminiscent of war triumph and in some cases losses. Behind it and normally through statues great mean from history are celebrated as a symbol of the joyful time and or as stated before sad times. Usually complimenting such unravelling symbols are quotations directly from these iconic men although sometimes Bible verses are put to represent the thinking of the times scribbled below the statues. The most powerful quotes however, quite often would be seen written down on stone on their own without relative statues and read with wisdom they still reveal symbols of marked times in history of such great nations. What can other countries learn from such sense of preservation of powerful words in quotes? Perhaps they can learn how greatness is achieved.
This weekend could be a joyous times as you read the quotes below I have chosen from books read before. These with time presumably will stand out on their own as quotes that others would construe as representing a passage in history. Most importantly these quotations teach some aspects of life one may not encounter in the usual hazy daily life we live. Read and enjoy:
THE AUDACITY OF HOPE by Barack Obama
“Another branch of the international financial system, the World Bank, has a reputation for funding large, expensive projects that benefit high-priced consultants and well-connected local elites but do little for ordinary citizens- although it’s these ordinary citizens who are left holding the bag when the loans come due. Indeed countries that have successfully developed under the current international system have at times ignored Washington’s rigid economic prescriptions by protecting nascent industries and engaging in aggressive industrial policies. The IMF and World Bank need to recognize that there is no single, cookie-cutter formula for each and every country’s development.
“Still, there is no denying that the nature of the family has changed over the last fifty years. Although divorce rates have declined by 21 percent since their peak in the late seventies and early eighties, half of all first marriages still end in divorce. Compared to our grandparents, we’re more tolerant of premarital sex, more likely to cohabit, and more likely to live alone. We’re also far more likely to be raising children in nontraditional households; 60 percent of all divorces involve children, 33 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, and 34 percent of children don’t live with their biological fathers.”
“Still, as I got older I came to recognize how hard it had been for my mother and grandmother to raise us without a strong male presence in the house. I felt as well the mark that a father’s absence can leave on a child. I determined that my father’s irresponsibility toward his children, my stepfather’s remoteness, and my grandfather’s failures would all become object lessons for me, and that my own children would have a father they could count on. ——–In the most basic sense, I’ve succeeded. My marriage is intact and my family is provided for. I attend parent-teacher conferences and dance recitals, and my daughters bask in my adoration. And yet, of all the areas of my life, it is in my capacities as a husband and father that I entertain the most doubt. ——- I realize I’m not alone in this; at some level I’m just going through the same conflicting emotions that other fathers experience as they navigate an economy in flux and changing social norms. Even as it becomes less and less attainable, the image of the 1950s father – supporting his family with a nine-to-five job, sitting down for the dinner that his wife prepares every night, coaching Little League, and handling power tools – hovers over the culture no less powerfully than the image of the stay-at-home mom. For many men today, the inability to be their family’s sole breadwinner is a source of frustration and even shame; one doesn’t have to be an economic determinist to believe that high unemployment and low wages contribute to the lack of parental involvement and low marriage rates among African American men.”
OF LOVE AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE by Charles Leyman Kachitsa and Pastor Thomas Sasraku (2010)
“Love of God …..Of all things that should be the first in a person’s life, is Love of God. Love as it exists in our daily life is manifested through the creation of the world itself. God is love ‘1 John 4: 16b.’ In the beginning Love created the heavens and the earth. Thus the first words in the bible attest to this (For God loved the World). This is where because of the Love God has for mankind he created him to be overseer of other living things and nonliving things.”
“Love of Self …..’Why can’t you decide for yourself what is right?’ Loving yourself motivates you to select only the best things for you. ——With love of yourself, you become courageous as you are more self conscious of the things you can achieve. This brings confidence and makes you stand out from the rest. Hebrew 10:35, ‘Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence (payback) of reward.”
“Love of Others …The Bible teaches us to love others and be blessed. There is no gift that is precious than love of others, remember God created man in His own image and separate or indeed unique from other living creatures. —- To excel therefore we need to be aware that Love is a powerful tool whether at school or work and or home. This tool has been employed well in one of great writers theories on human behaviour Abraham Maslow, ‘The Hierarchy of needs.'”