Every time, you wake up in the morning, the way you brush your teeth, hook your bra (if you’ve to, lol), lace your shoes. What I’m saying is our lives follow a particular pattern, everything we do defines us. Man is a walking work of art. From the wisdom of the old to the dreams of the young. Scientifically studying people from the times they are most vulnerable, loveable, and critical is an art as well as a science, we all follow unique patterns.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, complain and most fools do”
Now to the main issue most Nigerians are so angry, sad and take delight in mudslinging and insulting at the barest opportunity, most times just for the heck of it. Even on purely political matters people base opinions on personal issues, tribes, stereotypes and at some point lose focus of the main issues.
It is popularly said know thy enemy; know thyself, we are well running from thy enemy, real, perceived or imagined. We may’ve enemies but we are our own greatest enemies.
Common Enemy Theory (CET) between new acquaintances determined to build foundation for a form of relationship will always find one opposite thing you agree upon or someone you mutually fundamentally dislike, you connect on such a deep level that a sense of trust is born. A good example of CET is wiki leaks, Makes us shout traitor to those who snitch on us but loyal to our ‘sons’ that rob us blind.
We connect on tribalism. The level of tribalism in every one of us is so high; even rational thinkers often fall victims. We often have a smirk in our faces when a particular fate befall a particular tribe thankful it is not our situation
If there is a ‘break up’ of the country which some people are advocating we would still have the same problem we’ve because the problem is you & I. In as much as we accuse our government each day it is not zombies or foreigners in government. I dare say if Social Security is paid to every Nigerian it will disappear before reaching the poor folks. If Royalty is paid to every citizen it will disappear before it gets to the masses. We need to deal 1st with the corrupt institution you and I make up before we can attempt a change from the Bourgeoisie that rule us.
The moment we shed away our garment of ignorance, tribalism, corruption and prejudice and realize we are all one and same at that point we can move forward.
The moment we realize that the death of every human being is more than an individual or casualty figures but of grave consequences. It’s the death of a relationship, breadwinner and agent of change, companionship, family ties, support and so much more.
Every death potentially adds to those H-I-V figures, unemployment figures, crime rate, prostitution and other vices we try to protect ourselves and love ones from or we’re trying to get out of its shackles.
Rather our fences are high, they grow higher each year, it doesn’t matter what goes on out so long as it doesn’t get in, everyone can die of hunger provided my family is very well fed. The country can burn so long my family is abroad!
We watch people suffer when we can cause a change then turn around and Thank God it isn’t us. We only react as long as it involves ourselves and/or families. Every day we pray the hooligans and street urchins just becomes extinct because, they are a complete nuisance to our society/family/environment.
People who advocate a violent revolution can’t understand our problem isn’t dictatorship or total class struggles like other revolutions in history and present. All we have are a tribal and religious majority struggling for dominance. If at all we end up having a tribal or religious war as seen in other African countries, there will be no clear winners but carnage and collateral damage that would still be paid for by our unborn children.