I find both police and teaching as noble professions. Cops protect us from the bad guys and teachers impart knowledge onto us, help us discover our talents and encourage us to tread on the good path.
But if you come from my part of the world, you’d agree with me that the police are not exactly respected because of some actions they take that tarnish their image. As for the teachers, as essential as they are, they are not appreciated the way they deserve (in my humble opinion) but that’s for another day.
I admire people in uniforms; they look smart and serious-minded. As the saying goes, one bad nut spoils the whole soup and I must say, there are one too many in the system. Ranging from taking money from drivers for no reason at all from my side of the world to shooting down unarmed citizens from the other side, there is no doubt that most people feel disappointed and even unsafe with the very people we are supposed to feel secure around. Nonetheless, there are many good cops out there and I salute them.
Teachers are the children’s guardians second to parents. They help open up the young minds, push them to try different things and encourage them to follow through what comes naturally to them. Memories of particularly good and bad teachers stay with people throughout life. Whatever they said to spur them on or tear them down stays with them as long as they live. The influence they have on the fragile minds of kids and teens is powerful enough to make or break someone.
Although teaching does not come naturally to me, I’d prefer to teach as a voluntary service as compared to policing. This is because I’d get the opportunity to be part of someone’s success story; to tell a younger person no matter how academic slow he may be that he is worth something and consequently to be remembered as a source of inspiration for what he turned out to be in future.
As honorable as the office of the cop is, I don’t think I’m cut out for the responsibilities that come with the uniform. I am not that brave to face dangerous people and risk my life to save others. That said, I salute all cops and soldiers out there who constantly risk their lives so the rest of us would enjoy peace and security.
What about you, would you gladly wear the uniform and fight crime in your city as voluntary service or would you rather teach the next generation? Would you rather help flush out the bad guys or would you help bring up the next generation so they don’t end up being the bad guys? Kindly share your thoughts.
Josephine Amoako © 2016