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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Morality Matters

The Great Wall of China is thousands of miles long, 30 feet high, and 18 feet thick and was built as security against the northern invaders. It is a massive construction, visible from outer space, and was intended to be impenetrable. In fact, impressive as it was, the wall was breached not by physically breaking the wall down but by a simple ruse: the gatekeepers were bribed. A wall is only as strong as the people protecting it; an economy is only as strong as the people working in it; a business is only as strong as its staff; an army is only as strong as its soldiers. We can build walls to protect us, but walls are as strong (or as weak) as the humans that guard them. One bribe and the gates will open.

(Source: Journey to Joy)
Always good to be reminded that the condition of the human heart is important in every sphere of life, including politics and economics. To have a strong and vibrant Zambia, a strong society and economy, we need strong and morally upright people. Institutions are important but institutions can be uprooted overnight by evil hearts.

Chola Mukanga
Economist | Consultant | Researcher
Copyright © Zambian Economist 2014


  1. I find the extract from Moody to hold true when one takes into account Zambia's development efforts. Although we inherited institutions from the western world which were used to great benefit, we have failed to utilise them to achieve the success that has been achieved in the west and this can be attributed to the principle Moody enunciates in the quote above.

    One cannot help but conclude, therefore, that what Zambia needs is to pause and consider what it is about its populace that is holding back its development potential. Things like corruption, poor economic productivity and general institutional decay, all point to some underlying cause and trying to tackle any of these problems without addressing the root cause is no better than bandaging a cancerous sore.


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