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Discipline, a thing of the past in our Society

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Discipline can be defined as the practice of training to obey rules. As of now, however, discipline is nothing to write home about over the world.

Who cares about you? Do you care about what your children do? Do you care about yourself? Do you have self-discipline? These are some of the outstanding questions individuals and other social institutions ought to think about and seek answers to.

“Discipline is the soul of an army.  It makes small numbers formidable; gains success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington. Dalai Lama also says “disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”

In a perfect world, every individual needs to be self- disciplined, so they can fit into the society they belong. That notwithstanding, Elbert Hubbard says “Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

Discipline has now become a personal affair and also described as outdated in our country. Many a time, I can’t help thinking if social institutions such as schools, churches and family contribute to discipline? Upon sober reflection, I get negative reactions pointing to the fact that discipline is old fashioned indeed.

I had a dialogue with my Granny, Prophetess Helina Ntiamoah, and she says “discipline during their time can never be compared to ours. In time past, the level of discipline was way better than ours.” I thought about it and realized that she was being honest following several dialogues with a number of people.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Fanteakwa, Mr. Ebenezer Ofoe Ceasar says “when the norms and traditions of Ghanaian culture are revamped, acts of indiscipline would reduce drastically”.

Quite a number of things happening in Ghana is as a result of indiscipline and poor upbringing of our children. Meanwhile, our focus has not been centered on it.

Today, a very different culture is spreading across the country – the Western culture. Norms, beliefs and culture of the Western world is now fast circulating as far as our families and social institutions are concerned. Make no judgement whatsoever of what is right. Allow children to choose their own course. That said, these are some of the social issues distorting the beauty of our African culture.

The above-mentioned is testimony to the fact that social media has not only been a blessing but a curse in disguise to the world. Generally speaking, media consumers now consume everything they come across on social media which, in turn, dents the beauty of their culture. The youth today are now influenced negatively by celebrities as they struggle to imitate them. The rippling effect may be indiscipline towards one another in society.

Therefore, it is high time we take notice of our mistakes and correct them before indiscipline acts escalate in this country. As Mr. Ebenezer Ofoe Ceasar once said “if we revamp our norms and culture indiscipline act such as rubbery, rape, disobedience and corruption will change radically.

The writer, Boateng Prince, is a student at Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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