Discipline in itself can lead to predictability unless if it is coupled with virtue, also known as righteousness. This principle stretches across all dogma, religion and all other demarcations of society; modern and of old. While this humble admission should not be viewed as a defence of humanism it should also not dissuade the reader into casting me away as a vacillating zealot. After all humility, discipline, virtue and pragmatism are not at all disparate in their fundamental value; defending one should quickly compel the alert mind to defend the other.
No organisation of live beings can ever survive without respecting an established chain of command. This is also known as military discipline but it is not at all exclusive to the armed forces. The very act of practising discipline can also be termed regimental living; again military parallels are drawn. It is exactly for these reasons that propel me to claim that we all need to acquaint ourselves with at least one military treatise or another. A good place to start would be at least a cursory glance at the omniscient The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I have since realised that the teachings in this epic book are very consistent with the teachings in the book of Proverbs.
Discipline becomes a problem when it is used by a group of elitists to have their way with “the masses” to quote both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler. This might sound odd to some but I believe that Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Karl Marx’s writings were the ideological foundations upon which ZANU-PF are based. It eludes the memory of most that Robert Mugabe himself has been consistent with defending and fulfilling Communism ever since his 20’s. If one were to do some research into his interviews from his entrance into politics till now one would be utterly shocked to see that the man has been a communist all along and has always had it as his mission to force communism onto “the masses”. Even the structure of the party itself was drawn from the organisation structure in prominent communist countries such as China and the Soviet Union.
If one were also lucky enough to read ZANU-PF’s constitution and the Unity Accord of 1987 they would most definitely be convinced that our country has been run by communists all along. The Unity Accord specifically stated that the aim was to create a “one party state” with “one centre of power”. That I must add is the foundation upon which all dictatorships of the past century have been based on. It then follows that what we call democracy is in actual sacrilege in ZANU-PF therefore it is viewed as “indiscipline and terrorism”. What we need to look at now is how to elevate “the masses” from the rank of “dissidents” to heroes and free men.
It begs no question that communism has no place in modern democratic systems in any part of the world. It runs against the rationale and morals of the human rights declarations which almost all countries on earth have assented to. It is absolutely no coincidence that those regimes who commit gross human rights violations are also unrepentant communists. China and North Korea are the best examples. The recent moves by Robert Mugabe; abuse of democratic journalists, unbridled patronage, devolution of the church; the unrelenting use of violence; should therefore not surprise anyone. ZANU-PF has become a deadly cancer that has been systematically devouring democracy ever since its inception.