By: Staff Writer
Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.
Aristotle defined envy as pain at the sight of another’s good fortune, stirred by “those who have what we ought to have”. Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Recent research considered the conditions under which it occurs, how people deal with it, and whether it can inspire people to emulate those they envy.
With the above definitions, a son of Bong County and an aspirant in Montserrado County electoral district #6, in the pending 2023 generation elections, Mr. J. Melton N. Yoko has described youth of Liberia as envious group of people.
Yoko said when another young person is fighting to make his/her way at the top several young people who has the capacity to help that person get to their destination sits back and wish that young person downfall.
He believes if young people of Liberia can rally around another young person who is fighting to get to the top it will help impact the lives of the generation.
The youthful representative aspirant said it is time for young people to back one another in what ways they can to better their lives instead of giving out opposing/depriving one another of setting opportunities.
“When you are a young person trying to navigate your ways on the top, there are friends or colleagues who have the abilities to help you in the process, instead of them helping you to make history, they will give the opportunity to someone who already in the top giving them bread with poison” Yoko said.
Mr. Yoko made the comment recently in a social media post in Monrovia.
His post has since generated 86 reactions, (74 like, 11, love 1 care) and 56 comments.
“When you are a young person trying to navigate your ways on the top, there are friends or colleagues who have the abilities to help you in the process, instead of them helping you to make history, they will give the opportunity to someone who already in the top giving them bread with poison.
Most of our friends have bigger platforms that could help us win easily comes 2023 but some are saying we don’t have money while other are saying we are still small.
Even though, we are 40yrs old, well educated, making great impact in our society and creating the necessary opportunity for our struggling brothers and sisters. Those same people will come tomorrow for help when you have succeeded because they feel you are of the same class. And the common people who trusted you and walked under rain and sun will become foolish people to them.
Thank God, he made me to know that if the people who supposed to worship God refuse to do so, he will raise up stones to worship him. In my own way, if those who supposed to support us refuse to do so, God will raise up people who are not expected to do so. Mind set and peer envy are the problems of most young people”, Yoko noted:
Following the post several young people of the district have since reacted to Yoko’s comment, with some praising him while, others were seen questioning him for his previous stand against a youthful representation from the district at the house of representatives.
Below are some comments on the post:
Tonny Walker , said “Wow, you perfectly spoke my mind. it’s what seriously embarrassing we the young people in this country, we envy each other for no reason and prefer shouting battle cried for people who’s already at the top to win elections, increase their riches and later dash us by the wayside.
We will not listen to them or follow their negative talks but to stand tall to our feet to change their mentality and make the positive change in this country we been long wishing for”
“To win Enders now in this district is not a easy task one person can’t win Enders you all need to come together as one or else he’ll continue winning this district until he’s tire ”, was the comment of Henry H Kolleh on the post.
James T. Gbo “Well spoken, there many young men and women who don’t want to hear the name Melton Yoko, if Even you try making them understand y make you great many may be like y Yoko get for himself, I don’t follow y u have, but y you can do now and within the future”.
Fred Cooper in another comment said “I’m not a prophet but the true much be said. If you guys doesn’t unite and rally around one person Samuel ender with takeover district#6 for the second time. Remember he won with 18000 votes if 6000 voters decide not to vote him, he still remain with 12000 votes. We all are aware that Ender have monsterise himself in our district. The issue is not about money but cooperative effort. You can’t win this monster unless you guys work as a team. On of the reason for which Ender going to take over this district is the people of district#6 those do not know their leader. Every corner of the district is a flyer.”
Melton Yoko reply Fred Cooper “wait and see miracles”
Fred Cooper concluded his comments with a reply to Melton Yoko“it’s not about miracle the salvation of this district demand that people should avoid voting on the basic of friendship. Most of our leader nowadays are elected based on friendship and the money they dish up during the period of election. This miracle you are talking about is possible if and only the people of district# 6 change their minds. Disappointment befell me when a you man said he was voting someone because they are living in the same community. In a society where people are not voting on the basic of idea, it is difficult for a visionary to win. It’s my hope, prayer and aspiration that God guide you and all other aspirant”.
Dennis G. Jarpah Sr. one of those people sees as a great young person within the district commented , “In 2017 Samuel B. Jacobs contested, he preached the message of us collectively supporting him and we all didn’t support him.
We supported the class system and neglected our own.
He will be contesting in 2023 and instead of rallying with him you too are now contesting and preaching the same message he preached
Until the young people can rally with one person, drop the egos we cannot beat the class system because they have resources which we don’t have
If you guys are really serious about defeating Enders, you know what to do”.
Samuel B. Jacobs former defeated candidate said “I said all these words to u people in 2017 – I was given the same reply posted – lol lol !!!
This is hypocritical for young people- we see when we are in the box over when we are outside the box -!!!!
Melton Yoko reply to Samuel B. Jacobs comment “your problem was you like class system brother. When you first met me, I told you that I was already supporting another person. Some of our friends who feel we are less important will come around us only during elections. This will not work with me”.