Destination Unknown 1½: House of hunger


One day or day one: the most important decision!

Sometimes, it is extremely hard to make decisions. They are the hardest things to make especially when the decision to be made entails a choice between where you should be and where you want to be. But, no one is basically supposed to make a life-changing decision for someone. I know someone may have flown past these words easily, so, let me do that person a favor by repeating them in a different why Your decisions belong to you and they are made by you. So, are you being stuck in the decision-making process? If your answer is yes, I think you are reading the correct article. If you did not answer at all, I hope you are also reading the correct article, because, you were not even able to make such a simple decision. To those who have a No as an answer, I am very sorry, it is unfortunate because this article might prove that you are being dishonest to yourself, and, ultimately, this is the best way to discover it.

Just because it is hard to move on does not mean staying is beneficial. The situation you are in now, the situation someone you know is in, the situation which your nation is in; which makes you shake your heads instead of your hands whenever the word future is said is not rooted in what you are thinking it is. In my article, the innovative approach to development I mentioned that the problem is not with anyone, it is with everyone. That means you are the reason why your friends, yourself and your nation are not happy at all; having been engulfed by the HOUSE OF HUNGER for time infinite. The problem is not why the house of hunger exists, the problem is why you are still in this house of hunger…

Making a decision to come out of the house of hunger is a very difficult task, but for every problem, there is a solution. However, those solutions which seem more tempting are not usually the best, but there is a sure way to come out of this nasty house, a place of unending gloominess. As aforesaid, the question to be answered is: why are most people still in the house of hunger, and what should be done for a guaranteed, effective exodus?

Fear of the unknown

The third sentence in the award-winning book, HOUSE OF HUNGER, by Dambudzo Marechera, reads; I couldn’t think where to go. This a very accurate description of someone living a desperate life today. To that person, waiting for time to take its share of him is the only option left. To an ordinary Zimbabwean, investing in long-term projects sounds extremely risky, a loss is regarded as a humiliating factor in investment; a notion developed by peer pressure and the house of hunger tradition. Afraid that leaving an old uninformed tradition will land him in darkness, a man will choose to remain stagnant; saying there is nowhere to go there is nothing to do. This fear has spread to an extent that parents will decide to keep twenty plus heads of cattle whilst their children are failing to get a basic education because of lack of funds believing that things might turn to the worst and the child might fail to result in a loss. Bad!

Humans are bound to be successful in life, but an unlike charge from the house of hunger attracts them. A person with a hundred United States Dollar will decide to buy luxury items above his or her net worth in a single day, and, the next day that same person is seen roaming the streets dejected with hunger, pointing nasty fingers on his or her rich relatives saying they bewitched him or her. Surely, I say to you now, there is no greater witchcraft than the failure to decide to change your mind.

The house of hunger is a master of deception, it gives you false values of life making you feel comfortable with the worst. The idea that getting rich is a function of getting employed is a myth that emanated from this house, making people feel less helpful and important if they don’t get employment. A nation is not developed by those who are employed, the people who employ others are the ones who develop themselves and the nation. There is actually no reason or excuse to fail in developing yourself when the world is so full of living and dead matter.

You have been in this house for too long! Are you afraid to start something just because you believe something bad or worst will happen? If yes, that is typical of the attraction of the house of hunger.

Are you still waiting for the government to bring two million jobs to your door-steps? If yes again, I think the house of hunger has totally blinded you.

What are you doing to improve the standards, conditions or the value of your economy and of your nation? If nothing or seeking for a job, I think you need to get out of this house as soon as possible.

People who fear the unknown are the most dangerous people, given guns they will shoot everyone. These are the same people who expect someone to improve their life but they are doing nothing to change themselves. If you are one of those people, prepare for your exodus now…

Leaving the house of Hunger

The first sentence in the aforementioned book by Dambudzo Marechera is; I got my things and left. This is another very powerful statement. When you can no longer change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself. Living in fear of the unknown is not far from not living at all. This is a time where you embark on a project to change yourself; as long as you begin to see things from outside the customs and culture of your nation, you are bound to bring enormous change. If Zimbabwe’s Strive Masiiwa had remained bound by the tradition that no black man can invest in a big thing, there could have been no Econet and a bunch of educated dudes fighting to get employed at NetOne. I guess you can imagine the situation if he had decided to relax like what you are doing now.

Unsuccessful people always make decisions based on their current situations. Tell him to leave the house of hunger, he will tell you that the current situation in Zimbabwe will not allow him to invest in anything. Strange, that is an almost over said statement; so, who do you want to create an economy that attracts your investments-I don’t like the answer. Successful people make decisions based on where they want to be. The decision to leave the house of hunger is a very personal one. You just take what belongs to you and leave. By this, I mean, just start with what you have been its cash or talents and lay your foundation.

Waiting for the right moment is one of the often misconceived principles. You don’t wait for the right time when you are doing nothing. A person who waits for the right time is the one who has finished all the nitty-gritty associated with his investments but one or a couple of things are still pending (that may be provided as a courtesy of nature like waiting for rains when you want to invest in farming). Waiting for the right time may encompass waiting for the correct component or tool or equipment that is being shipped from somewhere or waiting for something that will complete your planning phase. Simply waiting for the economy to change is never waiting for the right time; what if everyone is waiting for the same time too?

You are always a decision away from a totally different life, leaving now will possibly hasten your chances of getting out of the house of hunger.

Learn to enjoy the sound of your feet moving away from things not meant for you, THIS HOUSE OF HUNGER IS NOT MEANT FOR YOU.

What will you see outside the house of hunger

The second line in the HOUSE OF HUNGER book is; the sun was coming up. While you are busy staggering in the dark dungeons and crevices of the house of hunger, the sun is rising. What you allow is what will continue. Everyone who has managed to leave the House of hunger testifies that the conditions are not the same. When they tell you how life is outside, you will attack them for bragging. A typical example is Phillip Chiyangwa, his meteoric rise from a barefoot and spike-haired vegetable vendor in the dusty streets of Hartley (now Chegutu) in Rhodesia to a flamboyant businessman is an example of egress from the house of hunger. Now, if he showcases his assets; people will translate that to mockery and pride.

We have a choice to live or exist. You exist in this house of hunger but you can live outside this facility, but to live outside, you have to leave your current habitation.

By vacating the house of hunger now, you will be able to bring others to the sunshine. Your children and generations down your family tree will always regard as a family hero. Apart from self-satisfaction, the sunshine outside the house of hunger boosts your confidence on interaction with the global community. Your level of integration will never be the same, your nation will never be the same.

Concluding remarks

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste

The first decisions in life should be very simple in nature, but bear a lot of meaning to your life and a compass direction for a lifetime and the building of a legacy. Your decision to move should be personal. It should be I got my things and left, not we got our things and left. That is why you can see that the first three sentences of the book used as a foundation are simple sentences, not complex sentences.

The house of hunger does not refer to literal hunger, it refers to any form of economic need and wants.

The above, used sentences from Dambudzo Marechera’s book are in the following sequence; I got my things and left. The sun was coming up. I couldn’t think where to go. These are the first three sentences of the book House of Hunger, but they alone bear a heavy meaning in day to day life. Life is usually difficult because we always think that it should be read straight as evident from these sentences, if you read them straight, you will get the meaning of the book; but if you read them in the sequence which I was using above; you will get the meaning of life. Such an issue is touched in my previous article, DESTINATION UNKNOWN 1, as plans A and B.


LET TOMORROW BE                                       DAY ONE


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Simbarashe Mwanaka was born in Inyanga, a small smart town in Manicaland, eastern part of Zimbabwe on the 6th of January 1993 as the only male product of Zebedia Mwanaka and Takesure Marongedza. He attended Shiri Primary School, St Mary Magdalene's High School and St Monicas High School( for advanced level). He is currently doing aero engineering.


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