THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY

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KINI BIG DEAL: THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY?

I was recently going through a moral discourse on Nairaland.com, when a certain ‘Iduwuogbo’ commented saying “Bleep or no bleep, cater to your man. It’s 2013 for fevk sake! Kini big deal!?!(sic.)” And Lo and behold, she got a considerable number of likes (i.e. approval) from other members of the forum. This really threw me off.

Throughout my stay in this world, I have seen many posts and read thousands of comments on the virtual network. But in all honesty, I believe, if ever, only on a few occasions have I caught sight of one as annoying as this. Have we really stooped this low in terms of moral decadence? Why must we justify our wrecked ethical values with silly and highly flawed excuses (like the one above)?

People seem to think that what is moral and what is not is determined by the conduct of the majority. As long as the majority is stealing, then I can steal too. As long as the majority are homosexuals, no one dares point a finger at me. As long as the majority is corrupt, who are you to blame me. Excuse me… a thing does not seize to be absurd no matter what name we call it. A thing does not seize to be unjust because the president endorses it. Neither does a thing seize to be wrong because the majority are doing it. What determines good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust, ought to be our rational thought process, the holy-scriptures, our conscience. Put in words of Marcus Tullius Cicero: ‘the absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.’

If we say we can do as we please, simply because we are in the 21st century, don’t we think the 20th century guys would have said so too.  Same applies to those who lived in the 19th century and antecedent years, because moralistic writers have been warning of moral decadence centuries ago. At times, when you read the remarks of some scholars (or perhaps, quotations), you will think the speaker is a contemporary one, due to the fact that the society he describes is much like the one obtainable today. But then you check the author’s name, and you discover it Socrates, Cicero or other ancient sages.

Hence, if we truly want good for ourselves and wish the best for humanity, let us not blame the times for our misdeeds, let us not engage in evil under the pretext of ‘besides, this is the jet age, the age of immorality, the age of freedom’. In fact, let us not engage in it at all.

“In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.” ~Mahatma Gandhi.

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THE STRANGE ONE

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THE STRANGE ONE

He is the talk of the town
Spoken of with so much scorn
By his peers, he is often jeered
No praise gets he from the aged

As rigid as Peter the hermit
He cares not what others say
As simple as the Great Gandhi
Without frown, he goes about his day

He moves with his head bent down
Never in a haste, never slowing down
Always cautious to lower his face
To avoid the mad world and its gaze

Come buddy, to a party must go
Painfully, but always, he says no
Hey look at that lovely ‘hoe’.
Lo and behold, his eyes are closed

Once, they queried him and demanded
Why not nod your head to this music
Gently, he shook his head and said
My mind is a temple, I cannot abuse it

They, at times, tell him to get a life
What do you even do to unwind?
He says books are his only friend
He spends time with unend

He is the talk of the town
None, in his presence, wants to be found
Many, out of his feats, know his nom
But still they call him the strange one