Anti-APC operatives expose their true color in the Diasporas
The moral theme of Great Expectations is quite simple: affection, loyalty, and conscience are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class. Dickens establishes the theme and shows one of the characters, Pip learning this lesson, largely by exploring ideas of ambition and self-improvement—ideas that quickly become both the thematic center of the novel and the psychological mechanism that encourages much of Pip’s development. At heart, Pip is an idealist; whenever he can conceive of something that is better than what he already has, he immediately desires to obtain the improvement. First, Pip desires moral self-improvement. He is extremely hard on himself when he acts immorally and feels powerful guilt that spurs him to act better in the future. When he leaves for London, for instance, he torments himself about having behaved so wretchedly toward Joe and Biddy.
Today, the press and media are causing rampant confusion and mockery through their own opinions and reports. People are often misled with half-truths and believable rumors that can aid or ruin a respected government through false reports and spreading of concocted lies. Journalists and the newspapers often print things too hastily, without first investigating the truth or at least both sides of a story. Pseudo-journalists abuse the media, using distorted lies to publicly slander and deface the character of respected people in position of trust, their ideals, and even the innocent people related to them. These concepts did not start recently, or even in our century. The press and media’s views affected the early presidencies too.
Without a doubt, political analysts will now see how the treachery and covert operations of Anti-APC operatives and their accomplices are designing and carrying out unpopular schemes against the government of President Ernest B. Koroma. Self-styled Pro-APC advocates refused to exercise their journalistic ethics of sound and accurate journalism by chastising and maligning President Koroma’s government for the mere fact that they are not giving employment or as they put in the Krio parlance “ Monkey Woke Babu Eat.” Therefore they have the effrontery to threaten and write scathing articles against the government of Ernest Koroma in order to seek public attention. What a shame and lack of pride.
Negative aspect of individuals venting their anger to political leaders is often intertwined into an individual great expectation. When individuals feel they are being manipulated into performing actions which raises questions of personal values and beliefs, the search for new employment, and change of status then they are prone to sarcasm and become uncontrollable in nature. Gossiping, manipulation, and communication are all factors that are used in the effort to influence leaders in a political organization. These factors ultimately will result to anger and frustration. A psychologist who specializes in anger management said some people really are more “hotheaded” than others are; they get angry more easily and more intensely than the average person does. There are also those who don’t show their anger in loud spectacular ways but are chronically irritable and grumpy. Easily angered people don’t always curse and throw things; sometimes they withdraw socially, sulk, or get physically ill. People who are easily angered generally have what some psychologists call a low tolerance for frustration, meaning simply that they feel that they should not have to be subjected to frustration, inconvenience, or annoyance. They can’t take things in stride, and they’re particularly infuriated if the situation seems somehow unjust: for example, being deprived of an opportunity like job or employment. Anger is often regarded as negative; we’re taught that it’s all right to express anxiety, depression, or other emotions but not to express anger. As a result, we don’t learn how to handle it or channel it constructively.
“The ends justify the means” literally means that one should use any means necessary to accomplish what one wants. In certain times of our history this could have been the basis for survival. In today’s society a person should be careful of what they say or do. With the Self-styled Pro-APC journalists out rightly venting their frustrations to a government which is nationally and internationally acclaimed is an indication of naivety and lack of common sense. As self-proclaimed journalists who should avoid bootlicking and seeking favors, they have instead become a laughing stock and ridicule to society and the Sierra Leonean community because they have adopted the role of stretching, twisting and distorting facts about President Koroma and the APC government.
This is a war of attrition and until these Anti-APC operatives realize their mistakes of using President Ernest Koroma as a pawn to get jobs or favors, they will be torturing themselves psychologically in vain. To misuse and abuse the respect and integrity you once earned from your admirers because of so-called power mongers who have bad intentions for President Ernest Bai Koroma’s good intention for Sierra Leone is indicative of aiding and abetting the enemy. It is my opinion that many of the people behind the scenes that these Anti-APC operatives are working for have hidden agendas and are using their devilish power to accomplish their selfish motives and at the same time exposing them to ridicule. History has shown that journalists who have attempted to become the devil’s advocate got caught and had their careers ruined.
Written by Joseph S. Sherman, Washington, DC
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