Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Human emotions are interesting and in most people they take the form of a seesaw. Some emotions are expensive and require energy while others are available freely and they don’t demand any exertion of exorbitant energy. We could look at hate, jealousy, acrimony on one spectrum and love, kindness, truth and honesty on the other.

Hate, jealousy, acrimony requires a lot of energy from the body of one exhibiting one of these emotions. These are expensive emotions both for their opportunity cost and as well as when they are being exercised, their process or and tools involved. They require one chasing another person for instance which may require massive resources, require tools to be ready since one with hate, jealousy or and acrimony will normally be in a fight mode. It takes the whole body to be made feel energised if one has to say they are ready to fight. In some cases people have bought implements, clothes, tools or some other items to express anger, hate towards others which is why these emotions are considered expensive. These band of emotions involve us to look outside ourselves.

On the other hand, our natural feelings; love, kindness, truth and honesty are so free and don’t require any expenditure. One has only to dig within themselves and because these are natural, they are easily available. Such emotions were the intention of the creator that people will show one to another such in imitating Him. You just have to look at a new born baby to agree. It is so much a wonder why a lot of people choose to express the more expensive and energy sapping emotions and not these. Perhaps in our pursuit of worldly happiness we have forgotten the basics of life though it had to take someone to be sent down to earth again just to point us back to these basics, Love I give you freely. Opposed to the other negative emotions, these positive ones involve us looking inside ourselves.

The quotes this week are from the history book that has kept us informed for the past two write-ups. Knowing ones roots is one of the best paths to personal enlightenment, I am sure therefore that the selected quotations below from the book will have us learn one or two lessons. Read and enjoy:

A SHORT HISTORY OF MALAWI by B.R. Rafael

“The Ngoni of those days were feared by all the tribes because of their skill in fighting which made them almost irresistible, and because of their cruelty. Especially at harvest time they set upon the villages of other people, plundering and killing. After several months of wide-spread raiding they returned at their bases laden with stolen goods and with young men who had been captured and were to be trained to fight in their ranks. They could raise such a big army, because they obliged men from the conquered tribes to serve as soldiers. —— We cannot imagine now what terrible times people went through in those days in the 19th century, not only because of the Ngoni but also through the slave-trading of people like the Yao.”

“Here a certain Mr. Livingstone was the manager, a rude and harsh man who looked at the Africans with disdain and did not like their development at all. He forbade them to build schools and churches on his land, and when nevertheless a small church was built, he went and destroyed it. Because Chilembwe was very progressive and helped and protected his fellow Africans, Livingstone did not like him at all. So, for personal reasons and because of his conduct towards labourers, Chilembwe began to hate the manager. ——- We have already seen that John protested against the dying of African soldiers in a European war; against the treatment of amtengatenga; against the fact that the widows of killed soldiers did not receive any compensation or were freed from paying tax. He wrote letters to the Government and to the Nyasaland Times, to air his complaints. ……. —– Would this rising have taken place if the Government had listened to him and tried to change what was wrong? Or did Chilembwe plan indeed to overthrow the Government and to become the leader himself? Did he just want to awaken the Government and his fellow Africans knowing in advance that the rising would be a failure? We do not know. Did he only want ‘to strike a blow and die’? We are not sure.”

“Formerly products from this country, especially ivory, were transported by slaves and professional porters. These were the same amtengatenga used afterwards by the Europeans at the beginning of our century. For the transport of these products no large roads were available nor were they necessary. But as soon as there were no slaves to do this work, and the number of products was growing through the opening of large estates by the Europeans, the need for good roads and adequate means of transport was felt. This was after the first Europeans came to settle in Malawi: missionaries, traders, planters, government officials. Livingstone did a lot of exploration on foot, but when he entered Malawi for the first time he did so by steamer. ——- People were amazed to see a boat that moved forward by its own power. They did not understand and thought at first that these white people, whom they had never seen before in their lives, came from another planet.”

” As soon as Operation Sunrise started, the NAC was banned. It never came back, for during the time that many of the leaders were in prison a new party was founded: The Malawi Congress Party, with as its organ ‘The Malawi News’. Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda again became the leader of this party. The promised Constitutional Conference took place in July-August 1960. Several parties were represented, a.o. The Malawi Congress Party; the Independent Party; the United Federal Party; the Christian Liberation Party. Of all these parties the MCP was by far the strongest and the most representative of the people in Malawi. Though there were often difficulties and differences of opinion, Dr. Banda did not walk out and this contributed considerably to the lessening of tension in Nyasaland.”