Nothing can be more destructive to the Nation and its Leadership than Gossip

Posted: November 10, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Maketh Kuot Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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November 10, 2016 (SSB) —- In South Sudan, many people are spending their days and nigh talking about politics or tribes against others tribes and individual as well. In order to save time and for the benefits of my readers, let me just take you to the point of my argument: it is about gossiping. Many English language dictionaries define gossip as way of talking behind the back of other people when they are not present. It includes talking about individual or community in their absence. Gossiping is more dangerous in many ways.

First of all, gossiping can break down families. On the other hand, it can cause eminent hatred between politicians which can lead to the downfall of the Nation which is the case for our country, where majority talk against one another. And above all, gossiping can put the leadership apart as seen in our case now in South Sudan.

Sometime, we think the problem is with others people when we begin to talks about them. But actually, we are the problem. We are troublesome about ourselves. We spent much time and energy at the tea place, politicians home and many others areas such as playing dominoes as we gossip about individuals, the institution or the government.

Through gossiping, we think we would change the situation easily but we are making it very difficult and worse. We blame the government, tribes or individual in the government for failing in some areas when it is impossible for us to change the situation. In state, we should joins hand and work toward challenges, we intend to add for fuel, many people initiate gossip to lobbying for positions and where majority support and follow them blindly.

Dear brothers and sisters and parents, our Nation is more than anything. The tribe, community, leader or individual we rely on can go but our Nation shall remain. Let us learn a lesson from Israelite during the time of Moses in the wildness in the book of Number 14; 20. That night, all the Israelite raised their voices and wept aloud against Moses and Aaron. Therefore, it is our duty as the people of this Nation to stop this devil call that breeds in our hearts and minds that lead to ethnic killing and tribal rebellions.

Let us control it by loving our nation as one people. Let’s unwelcome those few individual with unacceptable behaviors that wanted to spoil us for their personal interest. If we keeps on following them, they will divert us to the wrong direction. So speaking gossiping usually leaves us feeling less worthy, because words penetrate to our hearts and souls that could create tension from uncertainty.

However, to be happy and have future generous generations, let us talk purposely to move our country forward in love and unity. We run to exiles for refuge and those Nations that we are running to are like South Sudan. There is nothing special about them only that those citizen love their nations. We must build the culture of togetherness in diversity; let us not lose hope because of instability and poverty.

 Let us start a long journey of hope with the free movement on the roads from one step. It is regrettable that we have been dirtified by our politicians to fight the war and conflicts of their interests. Let us reverse our decision and think as mature people. Chinese say that a journey of thousand miles begin with one step. Let’s start our journey of a thousand miles, with love, peace and unity.

Inclusion, we must know that there is no harmless gossiping and hate crime. Even those residing outside the country are betraying themselves and the entire country. They will be seen as less value and not importance when they always talk about the negatives of the people of South Sudan.

Indeed, many nations are proud to be the way they are. Therefore, let us learn that great spirit of togetherness, once again. Nothing can be more destructive of the Nation and its leadership than gossip. Let us think and talk and discuss importance issue that can support our government and bring us together as one people, one Nation

The writer is a former Gurtong peace and Media Data collection in Jonglei state, and former peace mobilizer, committee for national Healing peace and Reconciliation. He is reachable maketh24@gmail.com

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