There are so many things that need to be fixed in our world today. Every nation of the earth is dealing with one form of challenge or the other. It would appear that trouble keeps showing up irrespective of how many have been resolved. Just as we see progress in science and the humanities that progresses our wellbeing, we also encounter changes and new levels of environmental, social and economic devastation across the world. More knowledge has both created progress in medicine and developed weapons of destructions.
When you look at the war in Syria, the actions of ISIS across the world, Boko Haram in Nigeria, one would have thought that among brothers, there should be more understanding. The challenge though is that between brothers and people of similar cultures, there seem to be more devastation and betrayal than from those coming from distant lands. People of similar religion and culture seem so sharply biased breaking into full-scale war. Is it really hard to understand that if we have our biases then other have a right to hold theirs as well? If the understanding, which our brain gives us, leads us to certain conclusions and lifestyles, why should we constrain the brains of others to conform to ours?
If our judgment does not lead us to the same conclusions as them then we must change our position and mind to theirs. I wonder what the world will look like if our freedom to analyze and come to our own conclusions is removed from us. I have always said that right and wrong (the reason for the failure of most partnerships) are an illusion of time and knowledge; those things that were judged right yesterday have proven to be wrong today in the process of time and with additional knowledge. People were killed for holding the view that the earth was spherical in the past, for not believing the truth that the earth was flat, which is now unthinkable. It is my view that our biggest challenge is the insistence of our correctness over our togetherness. Together is better than right and in my view superior to it. We must forge on to eliminate or subdue the things that divide us and promote ideas that integrate us. What use is it or what joy does it bring being right or correct in a lonely place? What attraction is fellowship among brethren if togetherness is coerced and not willingly subscribed to?
Some humans tend to derive their sense of importance and relevance from how much they can dominate and control others—this is weakness. Anyone whose confidence and relevance is threatened by the liberty of others or their show of skill and intelligence is really the weak one. If really what we profess to others is the better way then to their own peril they refuse to follow. Should we then penalize those whose actions should naturally penalize them?
It is this view of the world that brings comfort to us when we find fault in others. This is especially soothing when we are able to blame others for the outcome of our own life’s experience. When we fail an exam, the teacher not us, is to be blamed even though others passed in the same class. Maybe not the teacher, it may be racism or the government policies even though we observe others like us that have risen above these prejudices and succeeded despite. It is a culture of passing responsibility to someone other than us. It must have been really comforting when the awarding winning artiste Akon sang and gave us all permission to put the blame on him, what a relief.
The fact that you can see a speck in your brother’s eyes is evidence that you have a log in yours and if we focus on the logs in our respective eyes then we will find out that the specks are gone from the eyes of our neighbors. The excuses that allow us blame others for the outcome of our lives deprive us of the energy required for our own renaissance. I find this anonymous quote to be true, “excuses are the tools of the incompetent, monuments of nothingness and those who use them are not wise as they build bridges to nowhere”. Indeed irrespective of how great your excuse for failure is, you will not be promoted, you will repeat the exam.
There are things we must figure out for ourselves. We must never sit down and cry that other nations are frustrating our own development. They will not give us ammunition to fight Boko Haram, they will not allow us use our coal deposit to fire our own generator. All of the help we seek are indications of our lack of independence as we give other the leverage to remotely control our affairs. Indeed I believe more in interdependence than independence, however independence must come with respect for our rights to develop. Every nation will act in line with their own self-interest; their partnership with us is limited to their view on how it benefits them. Instead of figuring out how their wrong in not helping us, should we not figure out our wrong in not being able to help ourselves? The idea that our help comes from locations external to our own resources (human especially) only help to make us fail. Any state or federation that lacks the ability to lift itself up in her people deserves not to have statehood but to be colonized. It is my view that the human mind is amazing in what it can achieve, poverty is indeed the laziness of the mind of humans to accept the challenge to be great.
It is true that in every nation of the world and among all people, you will find the poor and the rich together. You will find historically rich families becoming poor and poor families becoming rich. You will also find rich families remaining rich and poor families remaining poor. This has nothing to do with the speck in your neighbors’ eyes but the log in yours. Lets deal with it.