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Challenging Judgment and Supporting Rehabilitation: Building an Inclusive Society

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Challenging Judgment and Supporting Rehabilitation: Building an Inclusive Society

Our society often exhibits a tendency to swiftly judge others, without fully understanding the circumstances. This raises the question: what exactly drives this inclination to pass judgment? Why is it that when someone disagrees with or dislikes something, they hastily conclude that the other person is in the wrong simply because their viewpoint does not align with their own? What makes us believe that our own perspective is the correct one? It is imperative that we delve into these issues and explore how our society can evolve into a more inclusive and understanding community.

by Timothy Kuhamba

By examining the factors that contribute to this judgmental behaviour, we can begin to unravel its complexities. It may stem from a combination of societal norms, personal biases, and the fear of the unknown. Oftentimes, people judge others based on preconceived notions or stereotypes, without taking the time to empathize or understand their unique experiences. This lack of empathy and open-mindedness can hinder progress towards a more inclusive society. A poignant reflection by Bill Bullard captures this sentiment: “The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it necessitates us to set aside our own egos and immerse ourselves in the world of another.”

It is truly disheartening to witness a society where, instead of providing support to individuals like Saintfloew who have triumphed over their challenges and emerged from rehab to release a new album, we encounter reckless statements suggesting that they were better off when they were using drugs. This should be a moment of celebration, where we applaud their courage and resilience, and understand the significance of allowing them the time and space to heal during the rehabilitation process.

Furthermore, in the powerful song “Ndega Handigone” by Saintfloew, he openly communicates his need for our support as he perseveres through his personal journey. It is of utmost importance that we come together to stand by him, recognizing that his battle is ongoing and that our encouragement and solidarity can significantly contribute to his ultimate triumph.

Rather than criticizing and undermining their progress, let us focus on encouraging their recovery journey and celebrating their achievements. It takes immense strength and determination to overcome addiction, and we should be supportive and understanding during this vulnerable period. By providing a nurturing and accepting environment, we can contribute to their ongoing success and well-being. It is important to aid those involved in drug abuse, guiding them away from this destructive path and encouraging positive change.

Instead of condemning artists and attributing their singing style to drug use, it is more constructive to support their music and encourage them to seek a drug-free lifestyle or pursue rehabilitation.

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However, it is crucial to consider our approach when communicating with our colleagues in the music industry. Words have great power in shaping the response of others. Let us focus on promoting understanding, and empathy, and helping in a respectful and compassionate manner.

The loss of artists to drug addiction has wide-reaching effects on the artistic community and society. It leads to the depletion of unique talent, reduces cultural diversity, affects fans emotionally, highlights the urgency of addressing addiction, prompts industry introspection, impacts peers and collaborators, and shapes society’s perception of substance abuse. It emphasizes the necessity of supporting mental health and creating environments that prioritize the well-being of artists. In the case of the talented artist Dobba Don, who is currently battling drug addiction, urgent action such as a crowdfunding campaign may be needed to help facilitate his rehabilitation and recovery.

It is important to bear in mind that addiction is a multifaceted problem, and the journey of rehabilitation is a demanding one that necessitates time, patience, and support. Rather than fixating on past mistakes, let us embrace the present and anticipate a brighter future for individuals in recovery. By fostering a compassionate and empathetic society, we can create an environment that nurtures personal growth, understanding, and resilience for those on the path to recovery. It is important to recognize that while we may have our own opinions, let us remember that they are but a single thread in the rich tapestry of perspectives that shape our world.

Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.


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