Unfortunately, we lost this Eden, a potential model for world peace to ‘civilization’. In colonial times, a school going child was placed in the boarding or missionary house, far removed from the community and trained. When the child returned, he was a new cultural being.

Role of Churches

In many communities today, the Churches have taken over the role of the family. For example, many people outdoor and name their children in the church; festivals are considered evil and funeral services are run by the church. The role of Elders as arbitrators is lost to church priests. Family and cultural beliefs or values are regarded as evil. The old, who were formerly revered and whose wisdom was sought after are now in many cases regarded as witches and wizards. Our elders die without imparting to us their invaluable wisdom and knowledge of herbs etc. owing to our disinterest and scorn. The general thrust of contemporary religious persuasion in Africa is that we need to be saved from the evil of our culture. As a result, people reject family meetings and festivals like Homowo, Odwira, Hogbetsotso that unite the family. In some homes children have lost respect for their parents because they are not ‘Christians.’

Our ancestors used taboos to keep the community together. So strong was the adherence to these in-built control systems that if you were to drop your money you would return to the place you dropped it and find it. Modern religions have destroyed these systems and not replaced them with any other that would restore or maintain their ethical values.

Economic hardships have put stress on many. Many have to abandon their children in their own homes in pursuit of dear daily bread. Those who ‘have’ are still gripped in the glamour trap and as such continue to look for money. Stress causes parents to fight using insults and abusive language on each other resulting in loss of respect and broken homes.

Another major destroyer of our community is the use of vulgar language on the air waves. The music or movie sells if it is overtly or covertly about sex. The internet is plagued with pornography. If this is civilization, then we need to rethink.

Together with all members of the family, identify what the family must be known for. Have periodic meetings and let everyone show how/what he/she is doing to fulfill the family vision

Fortunately, we have not lost all the gems our forefathers upheld for family unity and world peace. We can Identify and uphold cultural values that unite families. We must encourage family reunions and visit to family home towns. Parents should inculcate family values in their wards.

There is the need for cultural education (of Ghana) as part of our educational system and the encouragement of people to participate in cultural festivals and family functions.

I sincerely suggest the establishment of a National Culture Day. We have many Christian and Islamic holidays. To deny the Ghanaian the same is an insult to our dignity as a people.

The way to consolidate the family is for every family to have a Family Character. The creation of Family Character must be taught in schools at all levels. Teaching our youth how to raise an Ideal Family is a most urgent need. The family outlives our professions. We teach people great careers but there is no systematic teaching on marriage or raising a family. Everyone is expected to know automatically; it does not work that way. Marriage and family creation work when we work at it.

From Family Character, we may grow into the development of State Character. Who is a Ghanaian, for example, must not speak of political rights only. It must address characteristics that constitute the nature of a Ghanaian.

Churches should teach their members to focus on good and not evil because what you focus on is what manifests for you. Branding of elders as witches and wizards for any reason is unethical, and is against the very precepts of Christianity or Islam which we profess.

Technological civilization is a major cause for split in families. Technology is not evil in itself; it is the use we put it to. We can use technologies like the internet for creating and reuniting families and  peachy cleaning austin tx . We can for example create family websites and Internet User Forums. An adage in Ga states that ‘families are not gotten but created.’ This implies that we can integrate others into our biological families.

Our musicians must create music that educates and also honours genuine achievements.

We all know what is right, but if we do not focus on what is right, then what is wrong will take over. We can recreate the family based on the principles of the pristine African Family values and this will guarantee the peace we crave for.

Imagine 25 years from now, we have a world of youngsters without fear or anger, and who are aware of, and can proudly celebrate their uniqueness. That is a world of Peace and we can start building it now! Such a world of empowered youngsters will generate a purifying energy that will liberate the minds of all humans and will certainly manifest the finished kingdom of God. Together, we can make the Heaven we have dreamt of happening, manifest here and now.