The other night time, I viewed a film known as ‘The Age of Adeline’. It tells the story of a woman who never grows previous.
For many years, she stays accurately the similar, even as her kid and grandchildren and generations further than grow aged and die.
Immediately after the movie was over, I wondered what it would be like to be capable to have a conversation with my excellent, excellent-grandchildren.
Soon after a when, I realised that such a dialogue would really be really embarrassing for me – in truth, it would likely sound something like this:
My dear future generations, I am sorry.
I’m sorry for landing you in this mess.
I’m sorry for working with up our country’s all-natural methods, digging them up, reducing them down and promoting them off to the lowest bidder in exchange for a fistful of cedis in our again pockets.
I’m sorry for not placing away that fistful of cedis, so it could increase and multiply for you to reward from when your time came.
I’m sorry for electing leaders who could barely control the existing, let on your own plan for the foreseeable future. With my vote, I erased any hope of accomplishing your potential and confident your continued global comparative downside.
I’m sorry for idly looking on as our leaders borrowed billions of pounds in your title, thereby guaranteeing that you would all be born into financial debt and poverty.
I’m sorry for selling off our land and developing haphazardly on what was remaining, not thinking about you, or the chaotic towns we have been creating for you to inherit.
I’m sorry for pretending to struggle corruption. The time we wasted patching it up instead of resolving it permanently, established our nation’s development back again several a long time. You inherited a country that is considerably guiding in which it must be. And which is our fault. Us and people in advance of us. I’m sorry we deliberately retained our institutions weak so that we could exploit it for our personal gain and get absent with it.
I’m sorry we stood idly by and never questioned these negative aspects of our culture that kept us travelling backward, away from progress. We should have said “enough”. We should have explained, “Nobody else does items this way anymore”. We should have mentioned, “We can only shift forward by seeking something different” But we kept our mouths shut and went alongside with it, even nevertheless it made no sense to us.
I’m sorry we did practically nothing to remedy our issues, and remaining them to fester and grow into the crises you are obtaining to offer with right now.
I’m sorry for polluting our earth, spoiling our young children, diluting our culture, lying, dishonest and stealing your long term from you even prior to you were born. I’m sorry we unsuccessful to plan for you, squandered your birthright and left you an inheritance of debt, defeat and disappointment. I’m sorry we weren’t better. I’m sorry we weren’t our pretty finest for your sake. I’m truly sorry.
Now, I marvel regardless of whether they would forgive this extensive list of wrongs.
If we’re blessed, probably they would. But to be sincere, why really should we hold out to obtain out? If after possessing this morning’s glimpse into the foreseeable future, we do almost nothing to modify our approaches, if immediately after imagining this uncomfortable dialogue with our descendants, we do almost nothing to suitable the colossal improper we have been perpetrating from them… that, they will not forgive.
My name is Kojo Yankson, and I may hardly ever fulfill my descendants, but I need to make absolutely sure they hardly ever take into account me an apology of an ancestor.
GOOD MORNING, GHANAFO!