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WHY IDEALISTS ARE CRITICAL PEOPLE AND WHY THEY MUST STOP BEING CRITICAL Ozodi Thomas Osuji The idealist, in childhood, rejected his problematic body and ego and used his thinking and imagination to come up with an ideal alternative self. By age six he has already posited an ideal self. The self is conceptual; each of us uses his inherited biological constitution and social experience to construct his self-concept, aka personality. (See George Kelly, 1955, Personality as a personal construct. New York: Norton.) The ideal self has ideal standards of behaviors. (See Karen Horney, 1950, Neurosis and Human Growth. New York:…
Eze Paschal: AS LONG AS PEOPLE LIVE IN EGOS AND BODIES THEY WILL BE PRONE TO FEAR AND DEFENSIVENESS Ozodi Thomas Osuji Our conversation, yesterday, on the fact that the biblical Jesus was an ego and, as such, was prone to fear and anger got me thinking. In the bible whenever he heard that his enemies, Jews of various stripes, such as Pharisees and Sadducees, were looking for him, were trying to arrest him or attack him he disappeared; he went into hiding. When the coast is clear he reappeared and continued with his preaching. This behavior meant that he…
ON EARTH ALL WE CAN DO IS MANAGING OUR EGOS; WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR EGOS TO EGOS OF LOVE Ozodi Thomas Osuji The poor old ego has been flogged to death; people have written tons of literature about what an awful thing the ego is. Yet, as long as we remain in this world of space, time and matter we shall have separated ego selves, for the ego is the individual’s adaptation to the universe of space, time and matter. Clearly, each separated self seeks its self-interests for its primary goal is to survive. It wishes for the survival of…
North Korea’s quest for nuclear capabilities is almost a fait accompli. And there is no easy way to roll it back. President Trump might try but it will be difficult to turn this might ship around diplomatically or militarily. Why is diplomatic turn around near impossible? Several factors: There are a few or may be even many countries that do not like NK to possess nuclear capability but are non-the-less happy that Kim Jong Un is irritating the President of United States, Donald Trump. Here we must separate the president from the people of United States. Mr. Trump all through…
“Prof. (Ishaq) Oloyede of JAMB has remitted 5billion to government early in August and yesterday announced another 3billion is ready to be remitted this week making it 8billion. The Finance minister made this announcement and some of us may have seen it. In 40 years of JAMB no kobo has ever been remitted to government. Interestingly, Oloyede, (a former Vice - Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, before his appointment as the current Registrar and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has neither increased fees nor changed anything else really. I know he is trying to…
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:38

Nnamdi Kanu ojukwued his followers!

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NNAMDI KANU OJUKWUED HIS FOLLOWERS! Ozodiobi Osuji Western military tradition requires a defeated general to stand tall, chin out, look straight and walk to his conqueror and hand to him his instrument of command (sward) and take the consequences the conqueror intends to meet out to him, which may include imprisonment or death. In this light, during the American civil war (1860-1865) when General Grant defeated General Robert E Lee, Lee mounted his horse, dressed in his full general's uniform and rode off to hand in his sward to Grant. Lee accepted his fate; he did not run away! Emeka…
Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:41

Is the pursuit of spirituality escape from reality?

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Chinazor Onianwah: You might find this piece interesting; in fact, I wrote it this morning with you in mind. In my assessment, you are intensely religious and a just man but you also appreciate the stupidity of religion hence struggle to limit your behavior to what science can prove to be true. Your struggle is my struggle. Ozodiobi IS THE PURSUIT OF SPIRITUALITY ESCAPE FROM REALITY? Ozodi Thomas Osuji As I survey the human landscape and behold those who talk about religion and or spirituality, generally what I see are those who are not fully engaged with the world as…
IS THIS WHY NIGERIA DECLARED IPOB A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? Ozodiobi Osuji Nnamdi Kanu clearly violated the conditions for his release from jail. From what I know about these things what needed to be done was to send the police to go pick him up and return him to jail. A few dozen policemen, particularly those trained in what in the USA are called SWAT methods, could have gone to his house and in less than fifteen minutes apprehended him and returned him to the jail. In a well-organized society you cannot be allowed to flaunt the conditions of your probation…
WHERE ARE THE DIASPORA INTERNET BIAFRANS NOW THAT THE UNEMPLOYED IGBO YOUTH IN NIGERIA THEY ENCOURAGED TO DISOBEY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY Ozodiobi Osuji Anyone with eyes to see can easily see that the typical Igbo desire to feel superior to other people. Generally, he sees his actual self in body as not good enough, rejects it and uses his imagination to construct an alternative ideal self that he wants to seem superior to other selves. Once he posits his compensatory superior self he pursues it. In pursuit of that false, neurotic (deluded) self…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: WE SEE THE PAST WHEN WE LOOK WITH PHYSICAL LIGHT BUT SEE THE PRESENT WHEN WE LOOK WITH SPIRITUAL LIGHT We see the past if we look with physical light. Physical light travels at the speed of 186, 000 miles per second. At that speed we can see the moon (250, 000 miles away) in a little over a second, the sun in about nine minutes (that is how long it takes light to reach us from the sun, which is 93 million miles away...the sun we see now is how it was nine minutes…
Sunday, 10 September 2017 01:19

The Real Self is Light

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To Africans: If you talk to Africans you quickly find out that the philosophy they are operating under was propagated by their ancestors. Those ideas were conceived by people who had no idea of modern science. Clearly, Africans have to update their ideas of life and what life means to them. I am a philosopher. I have synthesized the philosophies of the West and East. From that effort I have posited what our real selves are. The below 25 pages essay is part of my efforts to understand the self. It is now time that we modernized Africans self-concepts and…
Is it just me or have other people noticed the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu dresses these days? This morning I saw a picture of him at Facebook. I swear he looks like Mmawu, Igbo masquerade! He had wrapper tied to his groins, Amayanabo jumper shirt, Jewish Rabbi shawls on his neck and front part and assorted jewelry on his neck and arms and other clothing materials. He had his trademark hand fan (in his republic's flag colors), his walking stick (why is a man in his forties walking around in a cane, is he sick?) and his hat of…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 21:12

Corrupt People Cannot/Do not Make Good Leaders!

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This statement by the late great Madiba, Nelson Mandela, a true African son and only one of its kinds is what I consider the apt title to this piece. It is an obvious and incontrovertible fact! Why we chose to notice and acknowledge it Nigeria is beyond me, because it is also an incontrovertible fact that most, if not all, our leaders are corrupt to the core. For me, I am yet to know a Nigerian leader since Independence who is or was not corrupt; and I am not limiting myself to the top leaders alone, but right from the…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:20

Why are artists prone to homosexuality?

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In Igbo society it is generally believed that artists (writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects) tend to gravitate to homosexuality at a higher rate than ordinary human beings. One of my grandfather's relatives, Nwaogu Njoku, was a singer; she lived with another woman (whom she called my wife!). The belief that artists tend to gravitate to homosexuality more than the norm intrigued me and I wanted to understand why. My life is devoted to trying to understand why people do what they do. I think that, finally, I have found the answer. Male artists tend to be sensitive persons; they are…
A course in miracles teaches that life on earth is a dream and that we have different selves in God and that while in God we sleep and dream this world. The implication of this assessment of life on earth as a dream is that it is not important and therefore should not be taken seriously. If one accepted this view and does not take life on earth seriously, does not take one's self seriously and do not take other people's egos in bodies seriously, do not take what any one does seriously, one would live in peace and joy…
Light from the sun takes about 9 minutes to reach us on earth. Thus, the sun you just saw is as it was nine minutes ago. The same goes for seeing those around you. Light strikes their bodies and then is reflected to your eyes and you see them. It takes a moment of time interval to see the person near you because of the nature of light and reflection. Therefore, you see the person around you as he was a moment ago not as he is right now. This is physics not metaphysics. A course in miracles talks about…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 17:41

Living fearlessly has many benefits

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There are people whose lives are circumscribed by fear. Right from the moment that they are born they live in excessive fear. They anticipate what could harm them and take precautionary measures. As a result they live restricted, limited lives; they are always anticipating danger and running away from it. They do not live fully. As children at school they are anxious and do not learn well; as adults at work they are anxious from their anticipation of danger from their co-workers, especially from their bosses; in society as a whole they perceive danger everywhere; for example, if a police…
Sunday, 03 September 2017 03:09

Atheists delusion that there is no God

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I have just reread Richard Dawkins screed: The God delusion. I first read it when it came out in 2006 and wrote a review of it. During that same time period I also read Christopher Hitchens' God is not so great. Here are my further thoughts on these folks radical atheism. Delusion and illusion are beliefs that are not based on facts that we all can verify; they are false ideas about reality that somehow the individual believes is true and behaves according to them. For example, an individual may be physically weak and powerless but somehow manages to convince…
"Nigerian leaders on Friday (28 February 2014) called on Nigerians to work harder towards ensuring the country’s unity", with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo averring that Nigeria will not break up. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation building, the country would not break up. They should tell us what they mean by ''to work harder''? To me, this means that Nigerians should keep slaving and dying for their masters and oppressors to keep Nigeria one for them to continue looting! Also, recently, the Senate President, bemoaned the…
The twenty pound policy was an attempt by Nigeria to wriggle out of a messy situation it had in its hand because of failed governance; man’s inhumanity to man that resulted in genocidal behaviors, which led to a war and loss of millions of lives; and economic misery for what was/is known as Biafra. The policy was not intended to be fair or it would have been propounded differently; it was intended to be just or it could have been implemented differently; It was not intended to rehabilitate the Biafrans who had been defeated in the field of war and…
Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:55

We have selves apart from our bodily selves

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ACCEPT THIS TRUTH: WE HAVE SELVES APART FROM OUR BODILY SELVES Ozodi Thomas Osuji All my life I have been searching for my real self. Even when I was at school or working on different projects my mind was preoccupied with trying to figure out what my real self is. This search has lasted for too long and if unchecked might last for the rest of my life. It is now time to accept what I know as the human realistic self and leave the infinite search for a hidden real self alone (that search actually is looking for the…
At Facebook some folks post their pictures for other folks to see; some write stuff for other folks to read. Each person exhibits his self for the entire world to see. I know a woman who, daily, practically changes her dress, takes picture of herself in these different attires and post them at Facebook. She apparently revels in looking pretty, bedecked in beautiful clothes and jewelry. Apparently, she wants folks to see her as beautiful. Incidentally, unbeknown to her she also wants folks to see her as a bimbo, as a woman with nothing in her head. If you have…
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:10

Lack of sense of humor is due to fearfulness

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I love people with good sense of humor; they make me laugh; only God knows that I need a good laugh to put me out of my misery (if you think obsessive-compulsively, as I do, you need ways to stop thinking; humor and meditation does it for me). In fact, I go to Facebook specifically to read a certain Yoruba girl, Anne, whose sense of humor, in American colloquial parlance, is off the charts. That girl has a wicked sense of humor! She finds a way to make Nigerian politics humorous. I read her and go into convulsions of laughter.…
Monday, 28 August 2017 23:11

Why do people pray?

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The other day, a friend with medical issues asked to pray for him. I was taken aback for I had not prayed for as long as I can remember. I talk about God and religion but do so from the intellectual level not from a practicing religious person's level. Thus, when asked to pray for a person I really did not know what that meant and how to pray. My only recollection of praying was before I became agnostic (age fourteen). So, I asked me: why do people pray and how do they pray? I thought about my question. I…
Sunday, 27 August 2017 03:54

Helen Schucman and dissociative disorder

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Ozodi Osuji is thinking out loud: HELEN SCHUCMAN AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER At night we sleep. In our sleep we dream. In our dreams are different people, each with his own well integrated personality. In a dream a person who, in day life, does not know anything about, say, physics or mathematics may have a character in it teaching physics or mathematics. Yet, it is the sleeping individual that produced the seeming different persons in his dreams, persons with skills that he may not have in day life. If that is the case could it be that the day world is…