Common decency has been described as a standard of conduct that embodies propriety, proper behavior and general good conduct.
The lack of common decency manifests in inappropriate conduct, uncouth language and a general disposition to impertinence and uncivilized conduct.
It has been said, “The fact is that men who know nothing of decency in their own lives are only too ready to launch foul slanders against their betters and to offer them up as victims to the evil deity of popular envy.”
Uncivilized conduct has indeed invaded our political sphere where everything and anything seems open to levity and temerity. Not even a visit to an orphanage is spared from the inverterate pursuit of calumny, hate speech and ignoble conduct.
The Bible teaches common decency by admonishing that we should treat others as we would wish them treat us. This means that we should be courteous and polite to others.
This also means that we should not dwell or measure ourselves against other people’s failings but must instead aspire for outstanding conduct that is exemplary, commendable and above question.
Sadly our country has gone to extremes. Politicking has become the contest of the vilest vituperative, sometimes founded on non issue or indeed issues that have no basis in fact.
For example criticism about our current economic status, is singularly insular to the realities of the global economic climate which is in serious turmoil, following the strengthening of the dollar and weakening of the Chinese currency.
This phenomenon has direct consequences on our economy whose fortunes to a large extent depend on the strength of the Chinese economy which is a major consumer of Zambian copper. A slowdown in the Chinese economy has a direct impact of copper prices which in turn impacts our major revenue base.
These are hard economic imperatives from which the country cannot escape.
To suggest as has become common parlance Zambia is suffering the worst economic circumstances is far from the truth. Standard economic parameters are prevailing and this country is far from degenerating from the days when shortages of goods and queues of essentials were the order of the day.
Those old enough will remember those days which are still prevailing in some countries where economies are in real crisis.
Critics would do well to dwell on real issues that affect the people than continue at a tangent which will make them irrelevant to the economic and social realities of the day.