When I hear people say “abrokyire” is nothing and therefore those who live there should not feel any sense of superiority, I laugh.
Abrokyire is everything those in third world countries like Ghana dream of, aspire to become in 100 years to come. So it’s something really big—it’s the future of those making the comments.
It’s as if some of us have time travelled into the future, to live the life that those in Africa may live in 100 years to come. Walk on paved floors only—that sounds like heaven.
And if you ever meet anyone who has lived in your future, especially those who are well travelled, they require the utmost respect and admiration.
The priceless value of travelling was brilliantly captured by Mark Twain as, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
A lot of Ghanaians, especially those on social media, vegetate at one corner of the world and that, of course, has impaired their views or intellect, on almost everything.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for me and every time I am here, I take a walk through the Red Light district to remind myself of the fact that, sex is a commodity, that everyone pays for it, somehow.
Last night, I saw a long queue of mostly young women, perhaps daring their own minds, to walk into a club of live porn. Instead of secretly watching porn on the internet, here, they do it right in front of you.
The beauty of Amsterdam does not reside in the wholesome debauchery but in the fact that it’s an icon of the future—a monopoly of the truth that you can legalise prostitution, weed smoking and everything, and human beings will not become addicts or return to the Thomas Hobbes’ State of Nature.
From the Museum of Prostitution to the solo cabin strip shows that the district offers in the middle of the human chaos and weed smoking, the district remains one of the most lovely I have been.
As they say: “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”.
Hans Christian Anderson captures it all as: “To Travel is to Live” –anything else is nothing.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Agustine of Hippo. This is more than half of the Ghanaian population.
Europe today, is Africa 10,000 years to come so respect those who have managed to live your dream and have seen your future, 100 years ahead.