Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Economic Analysis of the Rise of Homosexuality

Hitherto, homosexuality has been largely regarded as something of the Western world. It is for this reason that the recent spate of media reports of the existence of sodomites in our country has apparently taken many by storm. The Government has responded by proposing an Anti Gay Bill to further strengthen the law against homosexuality in Uganda. Whereas this is a positive development, the issue of homosexuality should be understood in its proper context if it is to be effectively addressed. The role of money in flaming homosexual tendencies in Uganda today and the world in general, should be critically analysed: which I hereby embark on.

It should be noted that human relations are economic, that is to say that “exchange” is the primary consideration of all human relations. Before the introduction of the monetary economy, people exchanged goods and services. This changed later with the introduction of money as a medium of exchange. Therefore, human relations (including love relationships) are governed by the concept of “something for something.” I submit that it is this concept that is responsible for the unprecedented increase in homosexuality today and the financial bottlenecks reigning high are catalysing it. How?

Nowadays heterosexual relationships are increasingly becoming like merchandise in a shop. You therefore have a situation where “love” is basically sold and bought through means other than express prostitution. Courtship and dating are huge profit making investment ventures from which people milk as much money as they can from their partners. If one cannot find a partner that will satisfy all their needs, they will resort to having multiple partners. This is prostitution in substance though not in its usual form which is because of the commercialization of the body politic of our contemporary society.

This has affected the marriage institution as well with fictitious marriages all over the place today. Sometime back, I remember Hilary Bainemigisha lamenting that there are so many weddings today yet there are few marriages in his Dr. Love column. People marry for various reasons most of which are selfish and money centred. For instance, most people will marry someone just because they are either rich or they have rich relations! In other words, marriage is a source of financial capital for many!. But nature cannot succumb to defeat. When circumstances change, the pillar of the marriage collapses and so does the marriage itself. Alternatively, when the money sought is got, it emerges that it cannot satisfy all marriage needs especially sex which is its bedrock. Resultantly, infidelity ensues. The cumulative effect of all this is the negation of the sanctity of marriage and the family institution as a whole.

The monetization of love relationships has most affected the youths, more so the young men, which is reason why it is most rampant among them according to reports. Many cannot afford the cost of a heterosexual relationship and the fact that sex is virtually a necessity compels them to derive sexual pleasure by other means; the most preferred being homosexuality. I reiterate my view that whereas this Bill is a welcome development, Government and others should strive to address the core causes of homosexuality, which in my opinion are economic in nature. Legislation alone will not eliminate homosexuality and so the Bill should be supplemented by economic emancipation through job creation.

However, I am aware that moral degeneration also has a role in this otherwise we wouldn’t be having the ‘big’ names we are hearing now which makes the Bill more relevant.