In ancient traditional African kingdoms, farmers and fathers were faced with enormous responsibility of feeding their households, which were larger then than now, and providing for other needs.
Then, their primary work was agriculture. Though they had very large expanse of arable land to farm, there was no mechanization to their farming and they did not have enough men to work on their farms since everyone had their own farm to work on, by inheritance.
Each season came and went by, and each one were unable to get the most out of their respective farms. More often, major portions of their harvest were lost because they could not beat the timing required to harness them. So, they came up with an idea, one of the earliest use of community in human resource, they would take turns to work on each person’s farm. It was called ‘Aaro‘
When all the men in a community converge on a farm, in few hours, all works were completed and they would eat, drink and sing together; then, they moved to the next farm, the next day. Through community, they maximized their output and minimized their labor and losses…without extra payments/sacrifices.
Our forefather’s situations were not that different from what we are in today; though technology has brought a lot of ease and menace to life and work, the wisdom with which they responded in their days is still very relevant today.
When most of us are seemingly disadvantaged in what we do, while striving alone, the potentials of how much we can accomplish in community remains untapped!
Now, these are my concerns:
When are we going to come together to tackle each other’s problems one at a time? When are we going to become tired of trying to accomplish much alone, working harder, achieving little and loosing out on possibilities? Becoming driven by self is becoming our worst undoing!
Can you imagine what would happen if twelve (12) professionals join forces and each month of the year, the only focus for the twelve of them is one person’s business? Can you imagine how much would happen in a year? If fifty-two (52) skilled fellows come together to work on each one’s business, each week of the year, can you imagine how much would be achieved in a year?
We must transit from building NETWORKS to building COMMUNITY.
It is inevitable that dreams, ideas, solutions and values may remain unreachable for majority of us if we continue our solo approach to life and work. Indeed, sustainable progress is never a solo drive.
It is wise for us to start coming together and agreeing so that we can accomplish much and more.