Part 2 of 12
Most of us grew up with parents who incessantly preached the value of hard work and earning an honest living, so when the time came to get out on our own it was a natural transition and part of us becoming a proverbial “good citizen.” But, what if, in the first 18 years of your life no one was there to instill those values into your being? What if you grew up never seeing any benefit to hard work and very few people around you actually earning an honest living? For those of us fortunate enough to be born and raised in a first world country, we take for granted the fact that if you work hard you will usually get ahead, but not everyone in the world has that advantage. That’s where we find ourselves today in episode two of our Life After Death series. Our protagonist Kwasa is trying to overcome a lifelong habit of avoiding work and getting by through other means.
Our protagonist Kwasa is trying to overcome a lifelong habit of avoiding work and getting by through other means.
Filmmaker Joe Callander says “The scene with Kwasa and his ex-boss Peter is one of my favorites in the film. I think a lot of Western viewers won’t be able to really understand Kwasa’s mentality here as he talks about his work experience. Kwasa grew up in the closest thing to hell on earth that may ever be found on this planet. He was never exposed to that American ideal of working hard to get ahead. All he knows is survival, and so the notion of showing up at a certain place at a certain time, day after day, to perform tasks for wages, must be more than a little strange to him. This nuance may be lost on a lot of Western viewers. At the same time, the antics of a rebellious young guy pulling a fire alarm is entirely relatable.”
As a former youth pastor, Dave Munson is quite adept at helping young men get on track with their lives and it is one of his true passions in life, but things didn’t go quite as planned with Kwasa. After being frustrated almost to tears, Dave learned to take his “first world blinders” (that most of us harbor) off and better understand Kwasa’s struggles. He still works with Kwasa and the endeavor is ongoing, but the effort is never in vain as Kwasa continues to learn and grow. So, as you watch this episode and laugh at Kwasa’s antics and candid humor, just appreciate all those lectures you received as a kid! Enjoy!