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The academic hypocrite

Fri, 17 March 2017 20:14
by Chris-Paul
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Practice what you preach or change your speech. It is a good thing for us to take positions, but our weakness is born of the fact of so-called ‘objectivity.’ Objectivity does not exist and it cannot exist. The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying your moral is not the same as acting morally.

These are the words I direct this week to the biggest academic hypocrite Namibia has ever seen, Prof Joseph Diescho. I suppose before I carry on holding up the mirror for the Professor to see what the hypocrite that he really is, it would be wise to take a moment to define what a exactly is an academic hypocrite. I admit it is not a phrase that you come across quite often enough, but it has been here all along since the likes of Prof Diescho came to prominence.

An academic hypocrite is someone who conveniently forgets their own faults and uses their education through speeches and writings to point out those of others. The type that gets paid for being clever and not for being right. There has been far too much hypocrisy in the field of political commentary. It is easy enough to give rousing speeches or call for demands and legislation which has no possibility of passage. It is easy to pick up on hot topics and pretend to be a hero for the masses. When hypocrisy is a character trait like in the case of Prof Diescho, it also affects one’s thinking, because it consists in the negation of all the aspects of reality that one finds disagreeable, irrational or repugnant.

I was once a staunch follower of Prof Diescho’s public lectures, writing and speeches, but a rude contact with facts on how biased and divisive he is changed my opinion about him, in their stead I behold his two-facedness, pretense and hypocrisy, and as I point them out, stand among them, as a young man from the same region as him, a great wail of agony goes out from my soul. With so much backward and divisive rhetoric, makes me wonder if Diescho is indeed an intellectual or just an academic who has been masquerading as one. When people talk, they lay lines on each other, do a lot of role playing, sidestep, shillyshally and engage in all manner of vagueness and innuendo.

We do this and expect others to do it, yet at the same time we profess to long for the plain truth, for people to say what they mean, simple as that. Such hypocrisy is a human universal, but it has been abused by people like Prof Diescho and his as equally conniving lot that are trying to use the government’s shortcomings (with their real anti-Geingob agenda hidden) to boycott the independence celebrations to be held in Rundu.

The hypocrisy of Diescho and the lot, the likes of Ngurare, Paulus Mbangu and others is that they like to think of themselves as intellectuals, sophisticated and evolved, but they’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power. I would like to ask, in his many years of academic success, what has Prof Diescho done for the regions where he hails from except speeches with quotes from books he read? Up until 2010 Diescho did not even have as much as house in Rundu or the village where he comes from, he slept at fancy lodges when he visited the regions and that’s if he doesn’t still. I truly do not know if he does now, because this is a man for many years of his adult life was unable to put together a shred of a family.

Instead of pocketing all the public speeches money he makes from organizations and foundations such as Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Prof Diescho could have set up even something as little as a kindergarten in Kavango, never mind a library, resource centre or primary school. I know for a fact that Prof Diescho has that suasion, reach and influence with organizations in Europe, especially Germany.

My ‘Final Thoughts’ Prof Diescho, honest discussions - even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree - can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic desires, such as inclusivity and prosperity for all, on which President Hage Geingob’s administration was started. When you are quick to point your index finger at others as having failed the regions, remember there are three pointed straight back at you. You Prof Diescho fall in the same category along with the Ngurares of this country as having failed the regions. Name one thing or piece of development you have brought to the regions that you can be proud of?

In your twisted, biased and divisive statement posted on social media, you spoke of stunted or lack of progress in the Kavango regions, do you in your right mind think the regions are at the same stage they were before independence or your bitterness at President Hage has robbed you all sense integrity and impartiality?

For me and for most charity starts at home and then you sculpt it from there, if at all. It comes out of a deeper, sincerity side of yours. My statement is coming from anger, because I’m outraged by cruel absurdities, the hypocrisy that you have portrayed over the years that exists within yourself where it’s hardest to see, and hardly been shredded for it.

You have what Dr Ben Carson called a built-in hypocrisy antenna that comes up and blocks out the absurdity of what you’re saying when you’re being a hypocrite. It’s easier to run Nipam than a country, Professor. My question is that why has it taken marching orders from Nipam to tell Kavango people that the defeat of legalised white supremacy has not meant that the struggle for racial and other equalities are over, rather a dawn of a whole new form of inequality as you put it? To an extent, in all honesty I think Kavango people also have themselves to blame. Kavangos are the most gullible and ingratiating people who suffer the worst form of inferiority complex in this country.

Kavangos don’t know how to ‘talk back-talk black’ the same way other tribes in this country do. They are too obedient and have an unnecessary high regards of other tribes, tribes such Wambos, Damaras and Hereros. In my opinion the two Kavango regions are the most backward regions in the country and I don’t believe this is because of the powers-that- be but the inherent laziness and ignorance that has made the regions susceptible to domination by outsiders.

Other tribes run the economies of the regions. The same chiefs who are being mobilized into boycotting the independence celebrations in the region are the very chiefs selling communal land to outsiders, not understanding the far-reaching implications of such deeds in the future, and only thinking about the short term cash supply. Enveloping material inequality and challenges do exist on some level, but it woefully wrong to blame government and the president for them.

The fact the independence celebrations will be hosted in Kavango is a great thing, it means that the president has heed the people’s cries and is ready to institute measures of redress to address to effect change. Whatever economic challenges that are going on in the Kavango regions, they are not uniquely being experienced there as they can also be found in other regions.

Least you can do Prof Diescho is be that vanguard for prosperity for the regions through actions not a microphone or keyboard, crying foul and punching in keys in your critical pieces while sipping cold lemonade on a leather couch in your well ventilated fancy house.

I don’t know whether it is your education but I truly do not understand why people put up with your hypocrisy, I don’t know the answer, but I know only that I can’t. Yes, it is the duty of government to develop the regions, but a man of your caliber should lead by example, if you truly care for the regions that is. Right now all you are doing is being used as a nose whenever Ngurare and his cohorts want to sneeze, matter of fact they are sneezing their sordid agenda through your nose with you being none the wiser.

We all know you and your ilk have personal issues with the president, and I will use whatever speeches of freedom I have at my disposal to shred you for having a personal vendetta with the president like the rest of your ilk. It’s about having strong moral values, and quite frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear and read from you and the youths from the regions do not have to put up with your bollocks. And hopefully, you shall no more hide your personal bitterness under the veil of being an academic or intellect.