Wang’ mithiedho ema gawi. (Luo, Kenya & Tanzania)
Jicho ulilotibu ndilo linarudi kukuangalia vibaya. (Swahili)
An eye that you treat is the one that turns against you. (English)
Jealousy and greed are part of our social relationship. So for the Luo community in Kenya and Tanzania, it is a common practice to create awareness of these social ills.
Our present day Africa – and the world in general – is full of problems ““ family and marital conflicts, robberies, deaths, wars, many other social strife and anarchy caused – directly or indirectly – by Jealousy and greed, which have taken over our much appreciated spirit of love and brotherhood / sisterhood. Has it occurred to you that often these problems can be caused by the same “friends“ who eat and drink with you? It is therefore not strange to say that your friend you have helped today could become your enemy tomorrow.
But must this ugly reality act as an impediment towards goodness to others? Definitely NOT!! In fact, this reality of the proverb is a big test for us as humanity. Rather than allowing the bad deeds of others to discourage us from being good to others, we must learn in our social relationship, to be careful with people around us in order to learn them better. Where does this lead us to? The moral of this proverb is that we must create a more tolerant society based on a symbiotic relationship. Despite the bad eggs amongst us, we must learn to help so that we could be helped too.
Your best friend you have helped today could become your enemy tomorrow. Regardless, we must be careful with people around us, in order to learn them better and live in happiness with them through the spirit of help. Do you agree? Please read weekly “I HEAR YOU” on Kata Kata for “Proverb of the Week” and share your views