Sun, 19 May 2024 Feature Article

Don’t be unreasonably stubborn, O ye Kumawu man

Dont be unreasonably stubborn, O ye Kumawu man

It takes the law to disrobe an intransigently hardliner macho of his pride, to wit, “patapaa pieto, ye de mmra na εworɔ”.

Not long ago, there was a guy that was bragging about the drastic measures he would take if a section of his extended family members embarked on their plan to renovate their father’s house willed to them.

He swore on the names of some departed members of the family to buttress his contention. Although not a direct beneficiary of the will hence ordinarily not entitled to having any primary interest or say in the house, he still had the shameless audacity to stamp his feet, telling the beneficiaries what to do.

I heard he threatened them with going to see the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo-Dampare, if the direct beneficiaries of the will did not succumb to his dictates. What a depiction of “akuraase taaman” (a village man’s”) attitude. Empty talk!

Now that the beneficiaries have acted contrary to his avowed declaration, let us see what he will do.

I will advise him to climb down from his high horse, seeing himself as a no special person worth his empty brags, if not a nobody at all.

Why shouldn’t he consult the ant for a bit of wisdom as advised in Proverbs 6:6 - “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”?

Is it not a fool that will prevent good things coming their way?

If you stubbornly elect to stagnate and wallow in a life of misery, failing to heed useful advice, or accept offers that can possibly lift you out of your poverty-stricken and miserable life, who do you blame if not your wretched self?

Pride goes before a fall. And the unknown person(s) for whom this publication is intended, had better swallow their pride, lick back their sputum, put up their hands, crawl on their knees to beg for forgiveness for being rude and threatening to their senior extended family members.

They have now seen their smooth level, courtesy to Kennedy Agyapong (Hon.).

The person that was shouting over the mountains and in the valleys, spewing balderdash, and treating whoever gave him useful advice that contravened his wishes and stance as his archenemy, is today running helter-skelter clutching straws, seeking a saviour to come to his aid.

The saviour he is looking for is this publication. If he would listen to the writer, all will be well with him.

There is nothing to gain from being stupidly stubborn. What a case of an empty barrel making the most noise!