Sentiment: perhaps one of †ђξ greatest factors militating against Nigeria’s Progress and Development. Many are times we appreciate †ђξ progress made by some of †ђξ World’s foremost economies and Ђδω far they’ve gone often relishing when our very own Nigeria will get that far but we are quick to forget it came with a “Huge” price.
Until a time when we are ready to damn †ђξ immediate cum comparatively minute consequences of actions that serve “†ђξ Greater Good” on †ђξ long run and embrace radical yet constructive changes that come with it, we are still gonna be far from our much desired progress.
My very good friend Yinka in his comment on my Poem about we Africans “Its About Time” raised †ђξ questions, “Will we ever be Great? and Will we ever amount to anything akin to a World “Superpower”?”, he then concluded saying we should at least try to find a honest answer to †ђξ questions. My answer to †ђξ questions is WE WON’T, not until we’ve gotten rid of Sentimental attachments coupled with myopic views towards necessary changes that most occur for a better society.
Back to †ђξ Govt-Road Expansion scenario from my earlier write-up, “Motives”.
Sentiment comes in when Govt is expanding our road and demolishing road side shops and buildings(bearing in mind they shouldn’t have been there in †ђξ first place) and such Govt is colored Wicked and without concern for †ђξ Masses. We as fellow citizens are compelled to pity those who have lost their sources of income and livelihood in †ђξ process but it is worthy of note that if these things aren’t done today, necessity would ensure that they be done in †ђξ very near future except we are praying for things to remain stagnant. Why don’t we just swallow †ђξ bitter pill now and get it over with?
Fine, sentiment made me reflect on this last paragraph and feel like I’m mean or perhaps “Cold Hearted”, I am still of †ђξ opinion that “†ђξ Greater Good Trumps Sentiment”.
For those who are conversant with Hollywood, you’d agree with me that an American won’t mind sacrificing a life to save that of several others, hey! am not asking anyone to kill anyone but I agree with that school of thought.
Until we stop all †ђξ “aburo mi ni -he’s my broda”, “omo egbon mi ni -she’s my niece”, “omo wa ni” and †ђξ likes, ther would be no moving forward. Of course as †ђξ Yorubas say “teni n teni”, they also say “tiwa n tiwa”.
Yes, its gonna be difficult but if we can’t change at once we can reduce it gradually till it fades into oblivion.
Color me Shrewd if you would, i pour it as i see it.
IT’S ABOUT TIME
Arise, Great African
It’s about time
About time you woke up
About time you stood up
About time you represented something with worth
About time you came out and reflected your beliefs
It has been a seemingly endless era of quietness
A run of myopic and progress crippling views
A run of hypocritical and cowardly positions
A run of shallowness and absence of will
Alas, it’s the dawn of a brand new day
A day filled with hope and endless possibilities
A day that symbolizes change and upliftment
A day that brings a sun that rises to set no more
That day we have long awaited is finally here
It’s about time the beautiful ones came of age
It’s about time you looked in the mirror and see what I see
It’s about time you realized, there is a giant in you.
Its funny, the kinda places where we get inspired or perhaps I should say where we get Epiphanies. In my case, it came @ the pool while swimming.
The Subject matter of this piece being Motives I’d like ur honest views/opinions on the examples cited or of similar cases.
As I enjoyed my Swimming on a rather sunny friday afternoon @ a public pool, I was perplexed @ †ђξ realisation that I was †ђξ only one in †ђξ pool without a companion of †ђξ opposite sex. Just as I was about to feel bad (probably due to my inability to “score” a “chic” or date) I remembered why I was there in †ђξ first place and felt a lot better. At that instant, I had caught my “Rhema” or “Rev” as some wud call it. First, “deep calleth unto deep” and secondly, in line with our Subject Matter is †ђξ fact that for every activity we engage in for whatever reason they are performed or we claim they are performed, someone (or somepple) someplace else are performing d very same action but for an entirely different reason.
It reminded me of †ђξ discussion I had with my Sister earlier that day (oh! Wonderful argument we had……anoda write-up is coming from it). Our discussion reflected our differences on various State Govts embarking on “Road Expansion” Projects and demolishing several sources of livelihood and making “†ђξ Poor” suffer even more hardship than they were already suffering, I however saw †ђξ situation from an entirely different angle as I was of †ђξ opinion that †ђξ demolished buildings, shops etc shouldn’t av been there in d first place and hence it was inevitable and sparing now wud be postponing †ђξ necessary evil.
We agreed @ d point where she said †ђξ reasons for these Projects were more often than not dubious, as they served d major purpose of enriching and fattening some Obese pockets.
It got me thinking deep, †ђξ same issue but we saw different things entirely, begging †ђξ questions “Why do pple do what they do?”, or bringing it home “Why do you do what you do?. Here is where you quote me, “For everything we do for whatever †ђξ motive(s) is(are) †ђξ same thing is been done elsewhere with ulterior intent”.
Call me shrewd if would, but I prefer to call things as I see them.
Thanks for your time, I hope it wasn’t a waste.