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

Science for Development

1.0 Introduction
The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines science as “knowledge arranged in an orderly manner, especially knowledge obtained by observation and testing of facts.” In essence science denotes a state of knowing as distinguished from that of ignorance or misunderstanding. Therefore, science is an effort to discover and it is mainly classified into natural and social sciences. The former refers to the study of the natural world while the latter is the systematic study of human behaviour and society. Science is perhaps as old as humanity and its physical manifestation is known as technology which is the systematic application of knowledge to practical tasks.

1.1 Realizing a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all
All men are created equal. It is therefore incumbent upon all people and their systems of government to ensure that the will of nature is achieved by ensuring that humanity reaches parity in all spheres of life. Man’s cardinal duty is to create and consume wealth, namely, goods and services through science and technology by way of improved production methods hence development. A more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all requires and involves a number of things. I consider the following critical and deserving mention:-

Healthcare improvement
Capacity to fight against diseases and other health related challenges is crucial, with emphasis on prevention and treatment. Speed and accuracy in diagnosis is equally vital as it enhances chances of survival, prevents expenditure on inappropriate treatment, facilitates disease containment and promotes effective management of infectious disease outbreaks. In essence, safeguarding adequate health standards is of critical importance.

Protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms
During World War II, the world witnessed grave and horrible human rights violations. Accordingly, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 10th December, 1948 as a yardstick upon which human dignity and values were to be measured and adhered to internationally. Through its human rights based approach, the United Nations has proposed these rights as a foundation for development globally.

Promotion of social and economic justice
Social and economic justice means that people are able to engage in their development programmes and partake of the proceeds accruing therefrom. According to the World Development Report, 2009, whereas the rest of the world wallows in poverty, Europe, North America and Japan boasts of ¾ of global wealth. This leaves the rest of the world largely unproductive––no matter how hard they toil. This is not only untenable but also unacceptable.

1.2 My vision for the future of science
My vision is attaining the requisite infrastructure that will enhance scientific research and development. Infrastructure is an important element of the technological backbone of any country and a vital mechanism for diffusing scientific and technical skills in society.

I therefore, think that we need the kind of science and technology that will:-
(i) translate scientific discoveries into goods and services for human consumption. Friedrich Engels said that, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways––the point however is to change it.” This will necessitate new institutional arrangements that will take advantage of the global scientific research initiatives.

(ii) be considerate to the environment by avoiding its depletion because economic development and environmental management are mutually supporting goals. In the face of climate change today, the world is paying the price for ignoring the environment in her development programmes.

(iii) place technological innovation at the centre of the development process. This is the life-blood of development.

(iv) curb unemployment thereby enabling more people to participate in the development process.

(v) ensure more equitable distribution of wealth and resources.

1.3 How I Can Contribute
As a student of humanities, my interest is in the social sciences with a bias in the socio-political disciplines. I am more interested in studying social behaviour that is to say, how people react towards events in their environment.

1.4 Conclusion
The role of science in building a better world cannot be over emphasised. The very existence of mankind depends entirely on his ability to effectively tame and/or adapt to his physical and social environment. This inevitably necessitates knowledge and study of the same and consequently application of the knowledge thus acquired. Although this is not the gospel truth, I am optimistic that if today’s science and technology can, be advanced to the level as envisaged in my vision, we should be able to build a better world that is more equitable, prosperous and sustainable for all of us. It is for this reason that I am of the considered opinion that science is essentially for development purposes. Truth be told, this is no mean challenge and it is not anyone’s cup of tea. But it is doable.