Monday, 25 April 2016 04:07

In what way can I help Africans?

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The African condition makes me sad. The level of poverty and suffering I see in Africa breaks my heart. I cannot be happy seeing Africans in the malnourished physical condition they are in.

Clearly, Africans need material help; they need money. Africa needs something like the US Marshal Plan after the Second World War to build it up. But who is going to pony up the money? The rest of the world?

But the rest of the world sees African leaders as criminals; folks believe that if contemporary African leaders are given money to help their people that they would redirect such monies to their personal pockets while their people suffer. Thus, the world is not likely to give the trillions of dollars needed to turn Africa around.

Yet, Africans suffering must be reduced. How about through good governance? For that to happen there must be cessation of stealing by the leaders of Africa. African leaders are simply put thieves in political offices.

On the personal level, I do not have the money to help Africans nor am I in government to be able to help govern them appropriately. So, what then can I do to help Africans?

How about helping them spiritually? How?

I can help them by forgiving them. By that I mean overlooking their past. Everything they did in the past that I used to be ashamed of, such as sell their people to Romans, Arabs and Europeans, behaviors that made me have contempt for them must be forgiven. Why forgive the egregious act of kidnapping and selling their people to all buyers?

It is because our world is a dream and whatever is done in it is done in a dream and what is done in a dream has not been done. The dreamers are not their dreams; they remain as God created them despite their dreams of the opposite of love; they remain innocent, sinless, guiltless and holy.

The dreamers are the sons of God. They merely sleep and have a nightmarish dream where they are doing things that are the opposite of their heavenly state of perfect love.

In the dream they do not love one another; in the dream they oppress and abuse one another; in the context of Africa, the children of God in their African dream sold their people to those children of God who call themselves Arabs and white folks; in the present, the same Africans in their dream work for their personal pockets not for the entirety of Africa.

But despite what they do in dreams they remain as God created them, loving people; in spirit the children of God are eternally unified with God and with each other; they are not separated from God or from one another. They remain as God created them, one with him and with each other. In their eternal oneness they are innocent and holy. They only seem evil in their dream of specialness and separation.

This means that I must now overlook Africans obvious evil dreams, for the dreams are not real and what is done in them have not been done in fact. I must now see whatever Africans did in the past as things done in a dream; things done in dreams have not really been done.

I must overlook Africa's past and present seeming criminal behaviors. I must see Africans as in a horrible nightmarish dream of the opposite of love where all they do is ignore and neglect each other but not help each other.

If I overlook Africans past and present mistakes I would see them as God created them: innocent, guiltless, sinless and holy; they remain as God created them. We are all the unified sons of God; we are eternally unified with God and with each other in spirit.

Africans like the rest of us merely had an evil dream where they believed that they are separated from God and thus feel guilty and as guilty persons punished themselves.

They punish themselves with poverty and suffering. Their poverty and suffering is used to maintain their stay in the dream of separation and specialness.

Overlooking Africans past heals their minds; by this I mean that forgiving them their past mistakes helps them realize that their minds are joined with my mind and with God's mind. The sense of union will give them peace and joy.

The next question is whether forgiving them and having a sense of union with Africans would improve their material conditions in the here and now world? The answer is yes and no.

If they heal their minds by seeing themselves as one people they would work for their mutual good.

However, in the here and now world, Africans really do not understand how to govern themselves well and need role models in self-governance; they need less thievish leaders to rule them.

What we therefore need to do is teach Africans good governance, teach them caring and loving behaviors. We must re-socialize African leaders to work for their people rather than steal from them.  We must teach Africans the rule of law.

However, we must be careful in talking about the rule of law for Africans tend to take good ideas and put them to bad uses. Nigerians, for example, these days tell you that they have rule of law in their hellish country; they have perverted their judicial system so that judges and courts exist to protect criminal politicians by prolonging trials for years and even after that never sending any of them to prison. Every day you hear who the EFCC arrested and charged to court for corruption but you do not hear who is sent to jail! The anti-corruption thing is a mere entertainment for Nigerians!

Nigerian politicians talk about the rule of law but use their offices in the National Assembly to give themselves incredible salaries and other benefits while their countrymen live in abject penury. Whatever Nigerians touch they bastardize; they do so because they do not care for their people. They are ego centered and think mostly of themselves not about other people's fate.

Africans need to be taught to see all people as parts of them and not see people as others; they must be helped to work for all peoples good.  Love and unity is desperately needed in Africa.

THE NEED FOR AN INDIGINOUS AFRICAN SAVIOR

Africans have not had their own indigenous savior. Their current savors are foreigners, such as Jesus and Mohammed. Clearly, Africans need indigenous saviors.

By savior I do not mean Africans present crop of Christian pastors who pretend to be men of God but specialize in stealing from the people. African church leaders are every bit thievish as African politicians so they are not any ones savior.

A savior is a person who is already saved and models saving behaviors. That would mean for one to forgive all Africans, see the face of Christ in all Africans and be a man of God, who is a loving person, and model that life style for Africans. At the same time one must strive to show Africans selfless governance.

So, where do we see this wonderful savior for Africans? It certainly is not from the present crop of folks in Nigeria. It will probably take over a century to transform Nigerian politicians from thieves in government to loving and caring human beings.

While we wait for an African Jesus or Mohammed to come save Africans from their ego selves why don't every African resolve to love and care for his people and work for his people's welfare instead of stealing from them?

Each of us is the change agent we are looking for in a savior riding in on a white horse. Do your bit to improve Africa and you are Africa's savior.

DISCUSION

Here is my resolution. I will do a few things for Africans. Henceforth, I will see all Africans as the children of God and overlook their evil past; I will affirm their Christ nature and always see the good in them; since I have good leadership skills and have written voluminously on leadership I will help train good leaders in Africa.

CONCLUSION

Igbos have a saying that one must say the truth to shame the devil. The truth is that since I was a teenager I have been ashamed of Africans. I became ashamed of Africans, when, as a voracious teenage reader, I read about Africans selling their fellow Africans to the white man and to Arabs. I used to ask: how could my ancestors actually go out there and kidnap their fellow Africans, march them to the seacoast and sell them to foreigners? It seemed like something you read in a cheap fiction novel. But it did happen for I live in America and see those Africans my African ancestors sold to white men.

In the language of traditional Christianity, Africans know that their ancestors sinned. This sin is unbearable for us. Thus, the first crop of African scholars in the twentieth century tried to deny their ancestors sin by blaming Europeans for slavery.

I remember reading Walter Rodney's raving and ranting about "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" and reading Chinweizu's sequel in that genre, "The West and the rest of us".

Even as a college student I knew that those brothers were trying to hide something from their minds. They were trying to hide from their conscious minds what is in their unconscious minds, Africans past evil of selling their people.

That past evil cannot be denied by blaming the buyers of slaves (the buyers were, of course, evil but we shall leave them to their own fate and worry about our fate; empires built by slavery invariably collapse; Rome did collapse so will America).

Denied past evil continues to repeat in the present. Africans denied their evil of not caring for their people in the past and today repeat the sins of their ancestors by transforming government to criminal enterprises from which they rob their people.

Contemporary African leaders are doing what their ancestors did, not care for their people but exploit and sell them for money to buy titles and pretend to live well (they grow fat and have heart attacks and strokes and diabetes and die, which is good riddance of rubbish).

Africans did evil in the past and present. The question is how to change them from being evil to being loving people.

In my various writing on spirituality I point out how we must return to love, for love is who we are by nature.

We return to love by forgiving our evil past, for what we did in the past were done in dreams and what is done in dreams have not been done. Our spirit remains loving hence innocent despite our evil dreams.

In the present we must consciously love ourselves and our neighbors by only doing what serves social interests. It is when we love one another and work for one another's good that we feel happy and peaceful.

It is in our personal interests to serve all our people. The alternative of not serving our people is to have the present Africa where criminals run around harassing people and making life insecure. In the famous language of Thomas Hobbes, Africans are self-serving hence produce an environment where each person looks only after his self-interests and does not hesitate in harming others hence folk's lives are nasty, brutish and short.

The world is a dream alright but it is up to us to make it a happy dream or a nightmarish dream.   So far, Africans have had nightmarish dreams. We can now have happy dreams by consciously loving and serving one another. Heaven is a place we love and work for one another's good.

 

Ozodi Osuji

April 24, 2016

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176