Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

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

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:28

The ideal political structure for Alaigbo

Fidelis Ekeimo, Eze Paschal, Ikechukwu Vin Ugochukwu, Maiwada Sanusi and others, here is the piece on my conception of how Alaigbo ought to be organized that I promised to send to you folks.  I sent it to you via Messenger and also posted it at Facebook. I look forward to hearing your feedback on it. Thereafter, I will redraft it and forward it to those in a position to decide the fate of Igbos in the coming struggle to restructure Nigeria or dissolve it.  Ozodiobi




Ozodi Thomas Osuji


       If you examine societies with successful political systems what you invariably see is that their political structure was not imposed on them from the outside but is something that internally evolved to suit the people’s political behaviors.  Such political structures invariably evolved over time and adapted to the peoples changing patterns of behaviors.

       The English unitary and parliamentary system of governance grew from English political development and apparently suits the English character. It really cannot be transposed to another polity unless it shares English history and culture; even then that polity has to make slight adjustments to it to suit their different circumstances, as they did in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

      The French presidential cum parliamentary democracy is an adaptation to not only French history and political culture but particularly to what has been going on in France since the 1789 revolution that  overthrew the French monarchy. 

       The German political system reflects Germany’s long history of having fractured centers of governance (many dukedoms and principalities) before its 1870 unification by Otto Von Bismarck. 

       The Russians have had little or no history of democracy; their history was one of having a strong leader, the Tsar telling the people what to do. It is no wonder that contemporary Russia is ruled by a strong man. Vladimir Putin is probably as powerful as the past Tsars of Russia. Apparently, for historical reasons, Russia’s political culture demands that a strong man be at the helm of Russia’s polity.

     The United States of America began as a group of English colonialists in British North America; the colonialists chaffed under British rule and desired self-rule.  They overthrew English rule in 1776 and embarked on self-rule. The political system they initiated apparently suited their almost two hundred year’s history in North America plus, of course, their carry over British history and culture.  The federal system of government that the founding fathers of the United States of America eventually established (they initially tried confederation) suited the American character as well as the exigencies of the vast territory they acquired in North America.

      With the above thesis that successful political systems are adaptation to their environments in mind we have to ask: what is the Igbo character and environment and what political structure best suits Igbos?




     Igbos are individualistic in behavior patterns. They did not have a history of having kings and aristocrats ruling them. Each Igbo person operates as an independent entity and fends for his survival without reference to external others.

      Historically, each Igbo town or village ruled itself. Adult males gathered and acted as the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. The entire group, called Oha, made the laws; the entire group implemented the laws made by the Oha Assembly. The entire group adjudicated issues arising from non-conformance to the rules made by Oha.  While it may be necessary to set up small committees to make suggestions to the Oha Assembly, by and large, the entire group met and ruled themselves.




       Before their encounter with Europeans, Igbos essentially had a subsistence economy. People had small farms on which they produced just about enough food for their respective family’s sustenance and a small fraction was either battered or sold. People took their small agricultural surpluses to their town’s market and sold them to those who sold what they needed, such as clothes, knives, pots and building materials.

       Igbo economy did not develop to pure capitalist system. Capitalism, as we know it, evolved in Europe; in 1776 the Scottish philosopher, Adam Smith, in his now world famous book, The Wealth of Nations, provided a philosophy and rationale for the capitalist economic system. He made persuasive argument that the free enterprise system is a more efficient distributor of goods and services than the then prevailing mercantile economic system in Western Europe.

        Throughout human history, people have always exchanged good and services, either through battering or money, but what we now call the Free Enterprise system is a modern phenomenon; it is less than three hundred years old in the West and less than a hundred years old in Alaigbo.

     Contemporary Igbos, however, grasped unto the free enterprise economy and casual observers may be forgiven if they concluded that Igbos have been practicing capitalism for centuries. It is yet to be ascertained whether capitalism is the best economy for Igbos?

       Igbos define themselves as republican; by that they understand a political economy where each person fends for his self and the government does nothing for the individual. However, they will be first to demand that the government to do this or that for them; by and large, many Igbos are unwilling to pay taxes to generate the revenue with which government does what they demand that it does; it is as if they expect the government to pluck money from thin air and use it to perform services for them!




       What we can say for certain is that Igbos have a self-help philosophy; each of them struggles to make it on his own. He works hard and generally achieves what he and his family members need to survive on.

      Unfortunately, the typical Igbo seldom thinks in terms of what is good for all Igbos; he thinks in terms of what is good for him and, may be, what is good for his family and village.  Asked to pay taxes and money generated with which government provides public goods for the collectivity he seeks ways to avoid doing so.

       Igbos do not like paying taxes; paying taxes is an alien phenomenon for Igbos. They rebel against paying taxes, such as the 1929 Aba women’s riots. Here, Igbo women went on a war path when the British colonial administration tried to initiate some sort of taxation with which to run the colonial administration. 

       Paying taxes is seldom liked by human beings but in long standing and well organized societies people have been gradually socialized to accept paying taxes and in so doing generate revenue with which their governments are funded. 

      Over time, there is no doubt that Igbos, too, will be socialized to internalize the necessity of paying taxes; they will eventually embrace the logic of paying taxes; however, in the present, Igbos have antiparty to paying taxes.

      Igbos antiparty to paying taxes is largely because they did not pay taxes in the past; they had small village governments that did not require large funds to run them. The entirety of the people did what they needed to do and did not have to hire professionals to do work for them; for example, the villagers gathered to construct and or maintain their village roads but did not have to hire and pay professionals to build and maintain their roads.




      Before the advent of the British in Alaigbo in the mid nineteenth century, there was no such thing as Igbo wide government. Anthropologists categorize Igbos as a stateless people; that is, a people that did not evolve nation-wide government.  Each Igbo village pretty much ruled itself.

      It was the British that placed all Igbos under one political system (Eastern Nigeria and Nigeria). The British exposed Igbos to a political structure with a centralized point that made decisions that affected all Igbos.

      The British gave Igbos their first political framework that is not rooted in the village but that encompasses all Igbos in one political structure.

      Because of their original fractured political system where just about every Igbo village ruled itself, larger political systems are strange to Igbos; Igbos have not learned to effectively operate within large political frameworks.

     This lack largely accounts for Igbos tendency to be losers in Nigerian politics; Hausas, Yorubas, Edos, Fulanis etc. before the advent of the British had large political frameworks; they had kings and other institutions found in feudal political systems; more importantly, they had learned to operate within large polities and learned and accepted the necessary reality of obeying those in political power over them.

       Igbos seldom obey those in political power; each of them wants to be on his own boss and do his own thing. Every Igbo is a chief in his own eyes!

      Igbos are not yet used to obeying centralized authorities and those manning those authorities’ means of effecting their rule, bureaucrats.

       The Igbo does not do well in large bureaucratic organizations. He generally does well when he does things alone. He wants to be his own boss.

       In the economic sphere, the Igbo are at his best in sole enterprise type business; he finds it difficult to form partnerships and or corporations. Igbos thus lose out from receiving the known advantages of corporate forms of governments; they receive the disadvantages of sole proprietorships, business that tend to die out with the death of their founders and do not have access to large capital with which to undertake large business ventures.

        Just as he does not do well in large governmental systems and their bureaucracies he does not do well in large corporate bureaucracies. Those Nigerians who have had experience with larger political structures with bureaucracies tend to do better than Igbos in Nigerians bureaucracies, governmental or corporate. Yorubas, Edos and Hausas general are savvier in engaging in bureaucratic politics than Igbos are.




      At present the typical Igbo does not identify with all of Alaigbo; he tends to identify with his clan. Many writers have pointed out that it was actually the colonial administration and its creation of Nigeria that gave Igbos a sense of nationhood. Igbos spread to all over nascent Nigeria and in their new abodes heard other persons speaking Igbo as opposed to the local language of the people in whose land they lived at.  They thus realized that they are different from the local people.

      Moreover, Igbos were treated uniformly by non-Igbos and that gave them a sense of solidarity and oneness.

      In Northern Nigeria Igbos were sometimes maltreated by the local population; that led Igbos to developing a feeling of persecution and, more germane to our present discourse, led Igbos  to form a sense of being a people apart from other ethnic groups in Nigeria.

       Igbo people have clans; each clan has an identifiable dialect of the Igbo language.  There are many Igbo clans but the most familiar ones are Owerri, Onitsha, Asaba, Agbor,  Anambra, Wawa, Enugu, Ikwerre, Nkwerre, Orlu, Okigwe, Umuahia, Bende, Ohafia, Ngwa, Mbaise and so on.  People from other clans may or may not understand the Igbo spoken by a person from a different clan.

       For example, an Owerri person does not necessarily understand an Umuahia person or Ikwerri person. Regardless of their clans’ dialects most Igbos understand Owerri dialect for Owerri is the most central Igbo dialect.  Owerri is the heart land of Alaigbo.




      Igbos lack shared history of operating as a political unit hence do not derive a sense of oneness and unity from common historical experiences. What identifies Igbos more than any other factor is their common language.




      Regardless of their location, astonishingly, all Igbos have the same culture, with minor sectional differences. For example, all Igbos have four market days in the Igbo four days of the week: Nkwo, Orie, Eke and Afor. 

       Considering the fact that until the nineteenth century many Igbos did not know about other Igbos it is really amazing that all Igbos share the same culture. Perhaps, in the distant past all Igbos lived in one town and from there spread to wherever they are today? This subject needs to be examined some more but is hardly the subject of our present preoccupation.

       Anambra Igbos tend to be good at trading; Owerri Igbos tend to be good at working within bureaucracies.

      As Max Weber reminds us, there is such a thing as the bureaucratic personality, as opposed to the mercantile personality and the political personality.




       As pointed out above, Igbos did not evolve into a unified polity with Igbo wide political structure, as is the case with, say, the British. 

      We thus have to use pure thinking and observation to decide what would seem the best political structure for Igbos; we cannot go to history to help us decide that question for us. Talking about history, Igbos did not have written history.

       Igbos did not develop writing (the Efik, Igbos neighbors to the south, had an incipient form of writing called Nsibidi and this, apparently, somewhat diffused into those parts of Alaigbo close to the Efiks?).

       For our present purposes, we can safely assert that Igbos did not have writing and, therefore, did not write their history down on paper. Since it is not written down on paper we cannot go and read it and ascertain what is Igbo history or not.

      Much of what we know for sure about Igbos dates to the nineteenth century when Christian missionaries established mission schools in Alaigbo and began teaching Igbos how to read and write.

      Secondary schools were not built in Alaigbo until the 1920s. The first university in Alaigbo was built in the late 1950s.

      Simply put, Alaigbo is new to history writing and scholarship in general. Whatever we call Igbo history is inferred from the Igbo culture of today and from the scant written information left by European slave buyers, missionaries and in the twentieth century material written by British officials (the British established Southern Nigeria Protectorate in 1900).




       Geographical size plays a role in the type of political structure that exists in a human polity. Igbo land is very small, geographically.

      From one end of Alaigbo to the other, North and South, West and East the distance seldom exceeds 150 miles. From Igwe Ocha (renamed Port Harcourt by Lord Lugard in 1912) to Agbor in present Delta State is no more than 150 miles; from Arochukwu in the south to Nnsuka in the north is less than 150 miles.

      Simply put, Igbo land is a small place.  A person can drive around Alaigbo in a single day!

     Given its small size and cultural unity it is obvious that Alaigbo is not suited for federal structure of government.

      Federations tend to be suited for large geographical expanses, such as the USA, India and Brazil or where different nationalities occupy a political unit (such as the situation in small Switzerland, a country with three distinct nationalities: French, German and Italian, hence a confederal political structure seems called for it).

      Given Alaigbo’s small area and cultural affinity the type of polity that best suits Igbos would seem to be a unitary polity; the type of government best suited to Igbos would seem to be parliamentary democracy.




     All things considered, the ideal polity for Alaigbo is unitary, with parliamentary democracy. The Parliament would be at the Igbo capital, Owerri (Owerri is the heartland of Alaigbo); the Parliament should be elected from all over Alaigbo. 

       Alaigbo should be divided into counties (which may also be called districts or local government areas).  Alaigbo is small and, as such, probably does not need more than 100 counties. 

      If population is used as criterion for determining electoral districts for the central parliament then Alaigbo should be divided into about 100 electoral districts (constituencies), each electing a person to the central Parliament.




      Given the small size of Alaigbo it does not need more than one hundred law makers at the center. The parliament should be unicameral. Here, legislators gather and make laws that affect the entire nation. A second house of legislation is simply superfluous and is a waste of the tax payers’ money.

      The legislators are to be elected for five years; to avoid producing professional politicians, there must be term limits; there should be four terms limit for electoral offices (that is, each legislator is to serve no more than twenty years).

      Igbo land is too small to separate executive from legislative roles. Moreover, it is too costly to operate presidential systems. Thus, Parliament ought to have both legislative and executive powers.

       As in the British House of Commons, after each election, the party with the largest seats (out of the 100 seats) forms the government; it selects ministers, not to exceed twenty two ministers, in its cabinet. The government is led by a Prime minister or as in Canadian provinces is simply called Premier. 

     Whereas democracy allows any group of individuals to form political parties and through them articulate the aspirations of persons of like-minded political ideology but the fact is that in Alaigbo people are prone to excesses of pride, vanity and narcissism. Many of Igbos will form political parties not to champion any political or economic ideology but as a means to serve their egos desire for attention, as mechanism for growing personality cults.

      Therefore, it may be necessary to limit the number of political parties to only three, those representing the salient economic approaches in the modern polity: capitalist, socialist and mixed economic parties.

      The judiciary is to be independent of the legislative and executive branches of government. The judiciary is to be headed by a Supreme Court of no more than thirteen justices, one of whom is the Chief Justice.

      The justices are to be elected by the people for a ten years term, serving no more than two terms; that is, twenty years maximum time on the highest bench in the land.  The Supreme Court supervises appellate and district courts.

       The judges in the county and town courts are to be elected (from a pool of qualified lawyers). They, too, are elected for ten years and could serve a maximum of two terms or twenty years.

       Legislators are to be part time. In the USA, generally, state legislatures are in session for no more than six months during the year (generally, from January to April).  They meet and pass the annual or biannual budget and make laws and then go back home to carry on with their individual careers. They are paid very minimally to make it unattractive for those whose motivation for public service is money.

      The typical legislator should not make more than the permanent secretary of a ministry makes; cabinet members may make that salary and half; the prime minster may make twice what a typical permanent secretary makes.

      The central government has to have a police force, a force necessary for enforcing the laws made by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

       Counties are to have elected county councils of no more than thirteen persons; each councilor serving five year terms and with four terms limits maximum.  As at the central level the county council acts as the legislative and executive branches of government. Professional managers manage each county department (ministry) and county councilors supervise them.

       Each county should have its own county court with county judges (the number of judges as needed by the case load in the county).  Each county should have a county police.

      Towns/cities are to have town councils of no more than thirteen members; they are elected for five years with four terms limit; as at the county level, the councilors make laws (ordinances) and execute them through town departments (performing what typical  town  governments perform, such as departments of roads, sewage, electricity and water, public health and so on).




       In terms of political economy, Alaigbo does not need to reinvent the wheel. Clearly, the options available to most polities are capitalism, socialism or a mixture of both.

      Experience shows that most things are best done by the private sector but there are certain things that must be done collectively. Thus, the ideal political economy is a mixed economy, a mixture of capitalism and socialism. 

      The public must provide all children with publicly paid education, from kindergarten to university and technical, vocational colleges (paid with tax dollars).

      The public must provide the people with publicly paid health insurance and provide the people with a few other things; beyond those the economy is probably best left in private hands.

        A judicious mixture of capitalism and socialism is just the only rational economic option available to most human polities at this time in human evolution.




     The government and people of Alaigbo must embark on developing the land, modernizing it, industrializing it and bringing it to the levels of developed and industrialized economies. This can be done if the public and business cooperate (Japan and China practice corporatism, here, the business sector and public sector work in cahoots in developing the economy).

      With single minded devotion there is no reason why in a generation (33 years) Alaigbo should not be operating at the level of China.




      People desire governments that serve them well. Governments must be paid for. Generally, the way modern polities pay for their governments are through taxes.

     In many third world countries, such as Nigeria governments derive most of their revenues from whatever natural resources there is a great market (demand) for, such as Gold, Diamond, Iron, Uranium, Copper, Zinc, and Petroleum and so on. These resources are exhaustible and no rational government can afford to solely rely on them as perpetual means of funding its operations. Thus, whereas it is useful to talk about revenue from natural resources we are best served if we limit this discourse to traditional means of funding governments, taxes.

       There are many forms of taxes; the major ones are individual taxes, corporate or business taxes and sales taxes, Value added Taxes (and licensing fees).

       Individual income taxes are generally effected either through progressive taxation, where the individual’s rate of tax is dependent on his annual income, or through flat taxes.

       Russia taxes its people through 17% flat tax. Russia derives a lot of revenue from oil so it can afford such a low rate of taxes.

     Ideally, Alaigbo should have 20% flat tax paid on each individual’s annual income. There should be 20% tax on corporate profits and about 10% sales tax on non-food goods and services.




      Educating the child is now an obligation and a right of every child. Any society that does not educate its children is simply not going to produce the type of workers it needs to compete in the global economy.

      The public must pay for all levels of education: two years of kindergarten (age three to five), six years of elementary schooling (age six to twelve), six years of secondary schooling (age twelve to eighteen), four years of university (age eighteen to twenty two) and for those who cannot benefit from university four years of technical-vocational schooling (two years in classes and two years on the job...like the German vocational training system).

      All children must be in school through age twenty two. Graduate schooling is for the talented ten percent of the population, the best and brightest. Graduate school should be four years, after which students take the doctoral examination and leave and go get jobs and write their doctoral dissertations in the future.




      At present corruption is part of the culture of Alaigbo and its neighbors. Corruption exists where illicit money exchanges hands before things are done, such as bribing government officials before they do their jobs.

      Regardless of the form it takes, corruption can be stamped out in a hurry. Line anyone who steals government funds against a wall and shoot him to death.

      People are afraid of death so kill some of them to strike the fear of death into the minds of the rest of them.

       Kill anyone caught stealing, taking bribes and generally punish anyone who does not do things by the book and in a generation the word corruption would no longer be in Igbos vocabulary.

     Unless Igbos get rid of corruption from their land obviously no economic development would take place in Alaigbo.




      The political structure sketched in this paper does not recommend whether Igbos should be in Nigeria or separate from Nigeria. The paper simply states what seems the ideal way to govern Igbos.

       Clearly, Igbos can be in Nigeria or outside Nigeria but regardless of where they are they must have a suitable political structure and political culture that governs the land well. There must be political parties, interest groups and the usual ways of having governments and influencing governments.

      Political recruitment must strive to have only persons of probity in government. There are too many corrupt crooks in the land and these must be scrupulously weeded out of arenas where decisions that affect all the people are made.

     Finally, needless to say that one person does not determine  a people’s political constitution; the entirety of the people do so; however, the individual has a right to submit his views on how his people’s polity ought to be structured and then leave it to all the people to decide what structure they settle on.

       In this paper I have submitted what to me seems the best way to structure and govern Alaigbo. Igbos should make of it what they like.


Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (University of California)

September 21, 2017

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      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: Norton; also see Alfred Adler, 1987, The Neurotic Constitution. New York: Norton.)

      Thereafter, he struggles to become his imaginary ideal self. Because the real cannot be ideal there is a difference in his real self and his ideal self; as it were, he has a split self: real versus ideal self.

      Anticipating not becoming his ideal self, especially in social settings he feels fear; fear of failure and anxiety is always part of his psychological and biological make up.

      Whenever a person rejects his real self and tries to become an alternative ideal self he must experience anxiety. The idealist has free floating anxiety.

     Alfred Adler and Karen Horney called the idealist a neurotic; I will stay clear of psychoanalytic terms and simply describe the idealistic personality as it is.

      The idealist uses the standards of his ideal self to compare his real self and other people’s real selves and, of course, finds the real self not good enough. He is, therefore, always criticizing his self and other people’s real selves relative to the imaginary ideal standards of the ideal self.

       The idealist is a critical person; he is always an unhappy person; he makes other people unhappy by comparing them to imaginary ideal states that do not exist in the world of matter, space and time.

      Idealistic fathers compare themselves, their wives and children to ideal selves and ideal standards of behaviors and find them not good enough and criticize them ad infinitum.

     The children of idealists grow tired of not been accepted as they are; many of them rebel and leave home wanting nothing to do with their critical fathers.

    During my teenage years I got tired of always hearing my father criticize me. I asked: what exactly does he want? At school I was an A student and almost always at the top of my classes so what else does he want? I was never good enough relative to his imaginary ideal standard. Therefore, I sought to reduce the anxiety he generated in me by leaving home and never to come back to his presence.

      As soon as I was done with secondary school I left for the USA and said goodbye to the man and did not miss his presence; I did not really ever go back to see him (his presence made me anxious and I did not want to be anxious).

     My father was brilliant; his IQ was, at least, 140; his personality was obsessive-compulsive. The Obsessive-compulsive personality rejects his real self and wants to become an imaginary ideal self; he is full of anxiety; he is perfectionistic and is always law abiding; he admires those in political power and does not respect those he considers as weak and poor. (See The American Psychiatric Association, 2013. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth Edition. Washington: American Psychiatric Press.) Many of our brilliant university professors are Obsessive-compulsive in their personality structure. Genius has its cost!

     Brilliant men often produce rebellious children. They make life difficult for their children and those leave them for good.  Nobody wants to be continually exposed to anxiety making situation by being constantly criticized. Children want to be accepted in an unconditionally positive manner. (See Carl Rogers 1947. Client Centered Therapy. London, Conan.)

  For our present purposes, some people, due to inherited biological issues (such as weak body, or pained and stressed body, as was the case in my father) reject their bodies and real selves and want to become idealized selves and use the standards of the ideal self to judge the real self and make life difficult for themselves and those around them.

       The solution to this problem is for idealists to stop doing what they are doing and simply accept themselves as they are and all people as they are and stop criticizing themselves and other people with false ideal standards of self and behavior.

      Here is the deal: don’t ever criticize you and people. Bite your tongue and lips instead of criticizing people; people hate you if you criticize them and want to kill you for doing so.

   You did not create people so it is not up to you to tell them how to be, good or bad; it is not for you to judge people as bad; if they want to be bad they have the freedom to be so, provided that they do not hurt other people; if they hurt other people it becomes a social issue and at that point we have to stop them.

   There is a bunch of wild Africans called Igbos; they are mostly neurotic; they reject their African selves, posit idealized selves that they associate with superiority (they see Jews as a superior people and want to be Jews so as to be superior, instead of been the Africans whom they see as inferior).

     Neurotic Igbos use the standards of their wished for ideal selves to compare other Nigerians and find them not good enough and disrespect them.

      Igbos identify with their idealized self; thinking that it is who they are, and from its standpoint, they criticize other Nigerians, put them down.

       Of course Igbos are not their imaginary ideal selves; the ideal self is a wished for self, a magical self, a fantasy (if believed one becomes deluded, psychotic).

       Igbos are terribly unsophisticated people; they verbally abuse Nigerians; as it were, they have death wish and are asking Nigerians to smack them down, even kill them.

      People do kill those who insult them but Igbos refuse to learn this fundamental lesson of our lives. They keep behaving like wild savages by always putting folks down.

      The Nigerians they put down want to kill them and intermittently kill them. Neurotic Igbos need to stop identifying with imaginary superior selves and accept their real selves and accept other people’s real selves.

      The real self is always imperfect; people have to have the courage to accept and respect their imperfect real selves and stop wishing for chimeric perfect, ideal selves.


Ozodi Thomas Osuji

September 20, 2017





Eze Paschal:




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 was prone to fear; if a person is prone to fear he is in ego state, for ego is the separated self that identifies with body and knows that body can be harmed and destroyed; fear is a mechanism alerting him to danger and urging him to take protective measures to survive in body.

       Jesus showed anger in the temple when he flogged the merchants doing trading in the temple, his father’s house. Flogging people is an act of anger; anger is always an act of the ego.

     The angry person feels frustrated and vents his anger at those he perceives to have disappointed him.  Only the ego, the false self has mundane goals that can be frustrated, not attained hence feels angry at those it perceives as obstacles to his goal attainment. 

      There is no doubt that the biblical Jesus was prone to fear and anger. However, when he decided to die to the ego he overcame his fear and anger and boldly walked to the Jews and Romans to crucify him.  When he felt that his job as an ego was done and it was time for him to return to his Christ state, light form, he accepted death and was no longer afraid of death.




      Yesterday, September 19, 2017, I watched the proceedings of the United Nations at New York; the various heeds of states came to give their annual same old, same old tired speeches on how to make the old world a better place.

      What fascinated me is the level of security provided to these heads of states. When the American head of state, President Trump came there was practically a battalion of security folks with guns protecting him.

      A man who needs protection is in fear. A man in fear is in ego. Thus, the President of the United States is an ego and lives in fear. Despite all his nuclear weapons and other means for destroying the world he is really another fearful human being.  If a terrorist were to make a move on his life his security folks would whisk him off.

      If there is nuclear bomb threat to Washington DC they will take the President to an underground shelter in a mountain in West Virginia where he is supposed to ride out any nuclear attack on the United States. He would probably be underground for several months until the nuclear fallout dissipates.

      Politicians live in ego and fear and are protected by police and military.  Indeed, all of society is a mechanism for protecting people.

        People form societies because they live in egos and are afraid and use society (other people) and governments (police, military, and courts, prisons) to protect them. That is to say that society is based on ego and fear. Thomas Hobbes made this point in his seminal book, Leviathan.

        If people did not have egos and did not live in fear they would not have any need to live in society or have governments and military armed to the teeth to protect them.


      Human beings operate in teams. They go about in teams of two, three and four and so on. They do so to protect themselves.  One person can be easily overcome but in a team they can fight back and protect themselves.

      As long as people live in bodies and in separated egos they will be aware that other people and things can harm and or destroy their bodies and egos so they must live in fear.

       It is simply unrealistic to expect those living in bodies and egos not to live in fear.




      Only those who live in light forms that cannot be hurt and destroyed can afford to not live in fear. The Christ self is in light form and therefore is eternal and cannot be hurt or destroyed and does not live in fear (those in light forms transit to the formless world of light, heaven but do not die).

      Neurotic writers like Professor Helen Schucman (she was neurotic because she lived with excessive fear and anxiety and sought ego ideal) who wrote A course in miracles projected unto Jesus, the human being,  the attributes of Christ.

       Christ is fearless for he is in light body but Jesus was in body and could be hurt or killed hence lived in fear. But when he decided to return to light form he accepted death of his body and became fearless.

      The point is that Dr. Helen Schucman mixed levels of being; she mixed our level of being where folks are in ego and material body hence live in fear and the world of light forms where people are in purified light bodies and do not live in fear. 

      The problem with her book and other channeled books is that they write poems and not facts. As Karen Horney pointed out (Neurosis and Human Growth) neurotics reject their real selves, their bodies and egos and seek idealized selves (better bodies and better egos).

       Neurotic Helen projected her idealized self to what she called Jesus. As pointed out above, Jesus the man was not ideal at all; he was prone to fear and anger and indeed he was arrogant and partial; he did not see Jews and non-Jews as equal (see his absolutely disgraceful treatment of the Syrophonician woman).

       It was Paul who took the gospel to non-Jews, not Jesus; Jesus said that he came for Jews, not for all human beings.

     However, these neurotic writers on God, such as Helen, are on the right path. My job is to translate their poetry to prose. That is what I have actually done; I have reinterpreted A course in miracles poetry into the language of reason and science.

       I know for sure that all of us in bodies of matter have bodies of light (aka Christ selves) and ultimately have formless selves that are particles of light in the wave of light folks call God.

       God is a wave of light; each of us is a particle of light in that wave of light; that wave of light begins and ends nowhere.

       As quantum mechanics has shown us, particle and wave are one; they are not separated but can act as the one we (observers) want it to act for us. Light can behave as particle or as wave depending on what we want to do with it.




   Spiritual light is consciousness. Light/consciousness is our real self; that real self is eternal, permanent and changeless.

       That eternal self sleeps and manifests as us in body of matter and in body of matter must feel fear for body can be destroyed; it simultaneously manifests in body of light and in it is fearless for light is eternal. Finally, the eternal self is formless light/consciousness; here we know ourselves as one with all selves.




      As is well known, Jesus taught his followers to forgive one another; how many times should they forgive? He said infinite times. We know as a matter of fact that in our world practically all people do not forgive those who wronged them. The question is how come so-called Christians do not do what their master and savior asked them to do, forgive all those who wronged them.

      The answer is because if you forgive a murderer he can still murder you.  Forgiveness does not prevent evil persons from engaging in evil.  If you forgive a thief or rapist all you did was give him permission to keep on stealing and or raping other people.

       Obviously, the world cannot allow that to happen. In our world we do not forgive. If you kill you ought to be killed; if you rape you ought to be imprisoned; if you steal you ought to be imprisoned.  That is, we must punish anti-social people. We have to do so to protect prosocial people.

       We thus behave contrary to what Jesus asked his followers to do.   What I want to clarify is what Jesus meant by forgiveness. If you want to forgive people you are perfectly free to do so. But if you do so it means that you have given the person you forgave the right to do what he did to you. If a person wants to murder you and you forgive him he will still murder you but upon your seeming physical death you will stop returning to our world of dense matter and thereafter live in the world of light forms. This is what Jesus did: he forgave those who crucified him in our world of dense matter and now lives in the world of light forms; he is not going to return to our world anymore. 

      The point is that to forgive is to exit from our world. If and when you want to leave our world then forgive those who harmed you but until then kill those who want to kill you.

     If you kill antisocial criminals you would feel safe here on earth but you will remain on earth until you are world weary and want to leave the earth and at that point you forgive criminals, for you accept that the world is a dream and that what is done in it has not been done, no one can actually harm your real self, although they can do so to your ego and body in the dream of separation.

     The point is that to forgive is to leave our world and go and stay in the world of light forms; if you want to stay in our world forgiveness is a nonsensical philosophy and cannot be practiced.

     What can be done in our world is for you to love you and love all people but punish those who harm you. 

      Bearing grievances and punishing those who wronged us is what keeps our world going. Forgiveness negates our world.

     I found it necessary to make this clarification because some naïve writers on God give folks the impression that we ought to forgive all people; no, if you forgive Muslim jihadists, given that they are bent on world domination and converting all people to their religion they will either kill you or convert you to Islam; therefore, if you do not want to be converted to Islam you should not forgive Muslim terrorists; you should cut off their heads.

     A course in miracles gave folks the impression that Jesus is asking them to forgive all wrong doers. What it did not tell the readers is the consequences of blanket forgiveness for all evil. Yes, one must forgive evil but one must know that forgiveness does not change evil persons; one forgives them to awaken from the dream of separation but those who still want to dream, and they have a right to do so, cannot forgive evil persons, unless they desire chaos and anarchy in their world and want to live in insecurity.

      A society that gives people some security requires punishment for evil not forgiveness for evil.

      Finally, there is no doubt that Jesus walked his talk; he forgave those who crucified him:  “father, forgive them for they know what they are doing”. Yet, he appeared to contradict his self. In his preachment about what would happen to those who did not believe in God, the destruction of Jerusalem, which came to be when Romans in 70A destroyed Jerusalem, he justified punishment for sinners. If he believed in forgiveness why have sinners destroyed?




     My dear thinker, Paschal, I know that you understand what I said here. However, the average human being, black or white, may not understand what I said here.

      Most Africans, Nigerians and Igbos are too spiritually dense and therefore cannot understand abstract metaphysics. Thus, I do not expect them to understand what I wrote here; as far as they are concerned I wasted my time. I leave them to be where they are at in space and time.

      In every millennium, perhaps, a couple human beings understand the nature of God.  Those who do so, called teachers of God, have the obligation to try to help those who do not to understand that at root all human beings are of God hence they should love each other.




      Brother Joshua Ben Joseph likes to speak in wooly language; his talk lacks clarity. My function is to re-present his convoluted talks in simple prose.

      I often feel like slapping his mouth for the way he talks makes things difficult for folks to understand. He would laugh and tell me that suppose he has clarity what would be left for me to do? He left the job of clarifying his confusing parables in language that everybody can understand to his junior brother.

      I get it and forgive him.


Ozodi Thomas Osuji

September 20, 2017









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 other people, especially its family members but its primary goal is its personal survival. This is the way it is; it is the nature of our world.

      Given its self-centered nature and the problems it causes us, men of goodwill want the ego to disappear and for it to be replaced by non-ego self. Religions talk about how to transcend the ego and reach egoless state.

      But what is non ego self? Non- ego self means having no separated self. If there is no separated self then there will be no world of space, time and matter, no separated world. Therefore, the wish for non-ego self is impossible of accomplishment in our world of space, time and matter.

       People can only have no egos when they leave our world and return to the unified self and its unified mind, aka heaven.

      In heaven you don’t see our world of separated selves and its space, time and matter (that heaven is inside us).

      Since, at present, people are in the separated world all they can really do is use their separated selves to love each other.

      Please do not ask people to love other people and not love themselves for that is stupid; how can a person love other persons and not love his self? You cannot give to other people what you have not first given to you. To love other people you must love yourself. 

       What is doable in this world is to love one’s self and love other people, to transform the ego to an ego of love.

     Talk of eliminating the ego is impossible of attainment for as long as we live in this world.  We can only have unified self and unified mind in heaven.




      Where is heaven? Heaven is inside us; it is our real home; our real self (unified self) and real home (unified consciousness) is already inside us; we are always inside heaven; we are always our real self, unified self.  While as it, unified self with its unified mind, and in heaven (unified consciousness) we dream our world of separated selves and separated world.

     Our world of separated selves, space and time is literally a dream world; it is not real.  We can choose to have happy dreams and use our egos to love other egos in bodies.

      When we use our egos to love other egos in bodies and thereafter die we transit to living in the world of light forms, a world that still looks like our world but everything in it is made of pure light. 

      The world of light forms, aka gate of heaven, is still a dream world; it is not our real home and the light formed self is not our real self.

     Our real self is formless; it is pure light; each of us is a particle of that wave of spiritual light; wave and particle are one.

    Let me emphasize that all three worlds: the world of dense matter, our present world of separated selves, space and time, the world of light forms and the unified world are all inside us. 

       These three worlds are not places outside us; they are states of our mind. Right now you can, while still in our world of separated selves, shift your perception and see you in the world of light forms; and while there deny forms and know yourself to be in the world of formless unified self with its unified mind (aka unified consciousness).

     You do not have to die before you experience the world of light forms or formless heaven; you can simply change your mind, change your consciousness and be in the world you want to be.

     If you are dying to ask me if I have experienced the three worlds, the answer is yes; if you ask me to prove them to you, well, if you had to ask that question you are at the lowest level of spiritual evolution and even if I stood on my head and tried to explain what transcends our world of separation to you, you would not understand it.

      Just do you a favor, will you? Overlook our world and love all people and you will see our world transformed into the world of light forms; while there, reject all forms and you will experience formless light (unified consciousness, heaven).

       Death is an illusion that seems real to those in our world but the fact is that there is no such thing as birth and death; no one lives in body and therefore no one dies; living in ego and body is living in a dream and what happens in a dream has not happened; when you are in the dream it seems like people are born, age and die but when you awaken from it you know that you were not born in body, never lived on earth and did not die; you were just dreaming that you are in body and in an imaginary place called planet earth.

       I am going too far for most people. Just do yourself a favor and accept that you are at present identified with the ego and that other people are identified with egos; thereafter use your ego to love you and other egos and obtain relative peace and happiness; there is even more relative peace in the world of light forms but perfect peace and joy exists only in heaven.

     See if you can understand what I said here. If you do and live accordingly you will live in peace and joy, in bliss. 




      Although in this essay I am not focused on Igbos, let me just observe that Igbos are pure egos; they are unmitigated egotists; they live to gratify their egos; to make money and with that money live like peacocks; they masquerade around as very important egos; they are narcissistic beyond belief. As it were, they are at a lower order of being; they are primeval man. Obviously, they need to learn to transform their egos to egos of love; they have to use their egos to love other egos and  in so doing bring about a semblance of civilization in their present chaotic and anarchic world where each person looks only after his interest  and does not care for other people’s welfare and somehow believe that they can have peace; no, if you do not care for other people’s well-being and become rich they will steal from you; they will kidnap you and hold you hostage for monetary ransom, as they do in present Igbo land. Care for other people if you want your life protected by other people, do not care and you live in Thomas Hobbes’s state of nature where all live in insecurity and life is nasty, brutish and short.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

September 18, 2017





Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:38

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 Ojukwu led Igbos at war for three years (1967-1970). When, in January, 1970, General Olusegun Obasanjo defeated him at Owerri instead of dressing in his supposed general's uniform and go surrender to his conqueror and take whatever consequences the victor deemed necessary for him he ran away!

Ojukwu abandoned his troops, troops he had told that Nigerians were coming to kill; the man abandoned his followers to be killed by Nigerians!

He ran to the Ivory Coast and, as if nothing happened, as if he had not led over a million persons to their death, he immediately shacked up with a new wench and was gallivanting with her all over the place.

In other words, the death of his soldiers and his fellow Igbos meant nothing to Ojukwu. In military language he is a coward.

In Britain or the USA they would have repatriated Ojukwu from his safe haven and court martialed him and shot him to death.

In Igbo land, instead of treating the coward as he deserved, he was seen as an all-conquering hero. Igbos always stand the truth on its head. They always define terms to suit their amazing disregard for the truth.

I redefine the term cowardice with the word ojukwu; henceforth, I will use the term ojukwu as a verb, as indicative of cowardly act, as running away from danger to one's life.

Ojukwu could have immortalized his name for Igbos and became their eternal hero if he had stayed and had his self-arrested by Obasanjo. He would have set a new tradition for Igbos to behave like courageous folks who fight and die for their people.

If you recall, for four hundred years (1500-1900) all Igbos did was capture and sell their people to white men, make them slaves in the Americas, hence they are eternal cowards.

Courageous people protect their people and not sell them into slavery.  Well, Ojukwu turned tail and ran; he lived to make the familiar Igbo noise of Igbos phantom invincibility.

Apparently, our tough talking boy, Nnamdi Kanu, the supreme military commander of IPOB has ojukwued his followers; the man turned tail and ran away! His followers were left to take whatever is coming to them by the Nigerian army. Some of them have been killed.

Now, suppose that when the Nigerian army came to Kanu's father's house and banged at the gate (as shown by a video making the rounds at YouTube) and Nnamdi Kanu dressed up in a militants attire and came out to meet them, stood tall and boldly asked them what they wanted, what do you think that they would have done to him? They would probably have arrested him.

They would not have beaten or killed him for the whole operation was caught on tape; the world would have seen them doing so and that would have damaged the image of the Nigerian army. At any rate, if they killed him they would have made him a martyr of the Biafran cause!

So, they arrest him and take him back to jail. He would have looked like a hero to his people; all of us understand that the Nigerian military assets arrayed against him were such that he had no chance of fighting back so surrendering made sense.

Running away and going into hiding? That makes Kanu a lily-livered coward. He was not a true leader, after all.

In January 1966, before the military struck in the first ever military coupe in Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe suddenly became sick and went to London for medical checkup. I suspect that he probably knew that something was in the air and ran away to go protect his self from been killed as his prime minister and others were killed.


Here is a question that Igbos must answer: are Igbos eternal cowards? Is it the case that all they know how to do is talk tough and verbally abuse folks but when the going gets tough they run away?

At Nigerian Internet forums they verbally put people down and generally abuse whoever does not kowtow to their infantile understanding of politics. Some of them do so with their real names hidden. They present themselves as the Igbo Mandela in drag. Raise your voice at them and they panic, pee in their pants and run away; they run to go live to see another day to verbally abuse people.

So, are Igbos born cowards?

After Azikiwe, Ojukwu and Kanu would anyone ever see an Igbo as a courageous leader? Would rational persons not dismiss them as weaklings but not real men?

When will Igbo leaders stand up and hold their ground and not run away; when will these motor mouths take bullets for their people?

When will these traders who all they know how to do is seeking ways to make chomp change ever stand their grounds and fight to death instead of giving folks the impression that they are men when, in fact, they are not men?

Igbos truly are a trip, I tell you.


Of course, I over generalized; I deliberately stereotyped Igbos as cowards. However, if you disagree with me then show me the exception to the rule; show me Igbos who stood their grounds and died for their people; don't just remind me that in logic there are always exceptions to every general rule.

In my opinion, Igbos should be left to be the traders they are; they should go seek ways to make money and live the self-centered existence of traders and not venture into military and political affairs.

Aristotle (see his Politics) correctly differentiated the psychology of traders and military men. He said that traders are motivated by self-interests and, as such, are cowards whereas military men are motivated by public interests and are willing to die for their people hence are courageous; he said that only those who have martial spirit should be allowed to participate in politics.

Plato (see his Republic) recommended a severe training regime that all boys must go through to select society's philosopher kings; one of the requirements is military training and standing their grounds in the face of enemy fire.

Given Igbos, time and time again, demonstrated cowardice, political leadership is probably not for them?

Ozodiobi Osuji

September 17, 2017


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


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 it is in the here and now.

The objective world is impersonal and tough; the world does not give us what we need to survive with; we must work for our survival; we ask for a father figure, god, to help us survive in our precarious world; we are vulnerable and could use help in surviving in this dog eat dog world; we are motivated to escape from our tough, impersonal world and flee into a suiting but probably non-existent heaven (?).

Science, technology and business deal with the objective world.  Science tries to understand the world as it is; technology uses the understanding of science to construct contraptions that enable people to adapt to the objective world; business provides people with the means to live in the world as it is. Science, technology and business are here and now things; they are not escapist from the phenomenal world.

To the contrary, if you look at those who are into religion and spirituality what you see are people who ignore the world as it is and talk about other worldly matters that seem  not to have relevance to this world.

Those into spirituality talk about Eastern concepts like chakras in the body, kundalini energy, crystals healing power, spirit guides and channeled books (that do not actually explain the phenomenal world but talk in global, poetic terms).

Spirituality does not seem relevant to coping with the world as it is. The question is this: is spirituality mere wishful thinking, a result of our desire to overcome death and live forever and ever when there is no evidence of life after death?

Is spirituality motivated by fear of death; is spirituality mere magical effort to overcome death? Alternatively, is the existence of spirits self-evident, is it true, is it something we must do; must we seek understanding of spirits and God because they are inherent part of who we are?

I hate to believe that the search for spirits is escape from the impersonal ugly world we live in.  My empirical observation shows me that those who talk about spirits do not seem to do anything to improve our extant world.

Consider Helen Schuman and her A course in miracles crew; none of them lifted a finger to improve our present world; they lived in the critical 1960s and 1970s America where folks were fighting for civil rights but they did not lift a finger to help in that fight for social justice; instead, they stayed on the sidelines talking about what Jesus said or did not say.

Listen, to me, what Jesus said is useless if it does not contribute to social justice in the here and now world.

I am writing this little essay because of my perception of members of my Osuji kindred. Most of them live in Nigeria, some in the West. They are Igbos.

Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB have been running around agitating for Biafra but no Osuji has joined his struggle for Biafra.

You may like or hate Mr. Kanu but there is one thing that you cannot say about him: you cannot say that he is not a true leader.

The man is a leader. A leader sees a problem and tries to solve it, and does so the best way he knows how. How he goes about solving it, in hindsight, may not be the best way to do so but he did try to solve the problem he perceived.

A leader does not sit idly doing nothing while problems fester.  A leader articulates a goal, what must be done, his vision, his idea of how to solve his perceived problem. He does not leave it at merely positing goals, he tries to actualize his goals; dreamers' merely posit goals and objectives but do not invest energy and time trying to realize them.

Leaders are dreamers who also are doers. Thus, instead of merely talking about goals and objectives, a leader actually organizes people and seeks resources with which to accomplish his goals.

Mr. Kanu saw a problem; as he sees it Igbos are marginalized in Nigeria. Nigeria appears to be the fiefdom of Fulanis and their servants, Hausas. He defined the solution as Igbos leaving Nigeria and having their own sovereign country that he called Biafra. He mobilized Igbos, mostly semi educated Igbo youth, and sought material resources (he was all over North America soliciting money for his cause) with which to accomplish his objective.

The man does what leaders do and in my definition is a leader. I know a thing or two about leadership. I have written books and articles on leadership and been a leader; albeit within the circumscribed milieu of governmental agencies (I have been the executive director of a couple government agencies and thus used men and material to accomplish organizational goals).

Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is a leader. We must give him credit for that fact.  We may disagree with his goals and means for achieving those goals but we cannot say that he is not a leader. (Since I also wear an academic hat, I have no doubt that many professors of political science, sociology and psychology will do studies on the "Kanu phenomenon"; tons of scholarly articles and books will be written on the man! As they say, leaders do things but scholars write and teach about them!)

My present preoccupation is my perception of my kinfolk. None of them is lifting a finger to either help fight Mr.Kanu's war or vigorously oppose him. I would have loved for some of them to have joined his bandwagon or if they did not like what he was doing stood up and opposed him. What I do not like is their do nothingness!

To the best of my knowledge all the adult Osuji folk went to universities.  They are generally very bright. I doubt that there is an Osuji whose IQ is not, at least, above average (IQ of 120 and above; superior IQ is 132 and above; you need above average IQ to go to graduate school and become a professional such as medical doctor or engineer). We have some Osuji's with superior intelligence at America's top universities such as Stanford, Columbia, University of California and top research institutions such as the Center for Disease Control. We have medical doctors, engineers, professors and researchers in our extended family.  But none of these people lifts a finger to fight the necessary fight for Igbos welfare.

Nor do they fight to solve Nigerian and Africans problems. In the USA where  over twenty of them live all they do is complete their education  and obtain a cushy job,  make a  decent living but do not lift a finger to fight our African American wars.

So, a white police officer beats up a black American teenager for just been black and black folks go demonstrate, I do my own type of fighting, go to the police station and complain and write about discrimination.

I look at my fellow Osujis and see that they do not seem to mind how our African Americans are treated by white racists.

I say to me:  what is the matter with these folks, how come they do not fight for social justice?  I try to explain their withdrawal from the wars we must fight to improve our world.

I think that these people escaped into the wooly world of religion and that prevents them from lifting their fingers to do actual fighting for justice in the here and now world.  They go to church and read their bible. They are intensely religious folks. They quote the bible and use it to tell you what God said or did not say.

Here is the deal:  I suspect that these people are using religion to escape from the painful realities of this world. I wish that they could put the damn bible aside and right now, today, go to Saint Louis (as we speak black folks are demonstrating there) and join our black American siblings to fight the latest white outrage, the acquittal of a white police officer who deliberately said that he was going to kill him a nigger and did exactly that.

My question is this: are we using religion to avoid dealing with the issues of our contemporary world. I myself, while I do not belong to any organized religion, study religion and spirituality; am I escaping from our ugly world?

Should I leave religion and spirituality alone and simply deal with our world as it is? But a part of me keeps telling me that there is something beyond matter in our lives. So I struggle to understand whatever that metaphysical aspect of us is.

In trying to understand spirit I find my energy sapped, not used to deal with the here and now world's issues.

The effort to understand spirit is time consuming; just think of the years I spent studying Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, Gnosticism and, of course, my inherited Christianity. God, one can waste all of one's energy trying to figure out if God exists or not.

So, why not just give up the idea of God and live in the here and now reality? Somehow, it is difficult for me to embrace atheism and become a materialist. I keep suspecting that there is something more than matter in my life.

I am actually not afraid of death; if upon death oblivion awaits me so much the better; who wants to live in another suffering filled world?

My question is this: is religion a mere escape from the ugly realities of this world. What do you think?

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (University of California)

September 16, 2017


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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 or parole. If you do then you might as well not have been given those conditions.

You make laws for them to be obeyed; if you do not enforce laws then you might as well not make them.

Nnamdi Kanu signed a legal contract to live by the conditions given to him when he was released from detention. If he had believed that the conditions were too stringent he should not have agreed to them.

Regardless of their stringency provided that he agreed to them he had to abide by them or he had violated the conditions of his probation and lawfully could be returned to jail.

And why hasn't the judge/court at Abuja ruled that he be returned to jail, anyway?  Such matters are supposed to take only an hour or so to be accomplished: you give the judge evidence that he violated his probation conditions, and there is evidence galore that he did, and she would sign off on it and he would be picked up and returned to jail.

So why was there delay in a judge signing the request to revoke his release from jail? I get it. The whole thing was probably a charade to jinn up riots in the East and uses that opportunity to teach Igbos some lessons on the nature of governments, on who has power and must be obeyed in the Nigerian polity, Buhari or Kanu.

Kanu and his group were becoming law unto themselves; they were setting up their own government with its apparatuses for coercion. They created Biafra Security Services and Biafra National Guard and gave them uniform (and armed them with bottles and sticks). Poor and unemployed kids were misled into thinking that they are a match for soldiers trained in the art of killing people with AK 49s and supporting armored vehicles.

We have seen this show before; Ojukwu armed his toy soldiers with ancient mark four rifles from before the twentieth century; his agents apparently bought those archaic guns at flea markets from all over the USA and he expected to use them to fight and win a modern war against a Nigerian army with modern weapons.

Wars are won with the best weapons available at the time they are fought.  But that is not the issue at stake here (if you are interested in war, perhaps, you can begin your education on that subject by reading Von Clausewitz's On War).

The question that stimulated my mind was why Nigeria had to go try to deal with Nnamdi Kanu with a whole army.

Why was it necessary to use an army to go after a boy that a platoon of policemen could apprehend with ease .You do not try to kill a fly with a tank; you use a fly swatter.

So why send the Nigerian Army to Abiah state just because one deluded boy who fancied his self his people's savior was holed up in his father's house talking tough.  Why?

I could not get it until this morning when I read at Premium Times that the Nigerian Army has declared IPOB a terrorist organization. A spark went on in my head saying:  so, that is why they did it!

They went into Abia state and paraded their armor around knowing that they would provoke the IPOB boys worshiping Kanu to pick a fight with them. They shot rifles into the air and may even have killed some people in Aba and Umuahia.

(Many of the pictures, shown at Facebook and other social media, of what they did in those two towns could be photo shopped.  In the age of Trumpian fake news who knows what is true anymore?)

Well, IPOB took the bait and made some gragra with the soldiers; the soldiers had some scuffle with them.

As a result of the apparent attacks on the Nigerian army they declared IPOB a terrorist organization.  If any organized group within a sovereign state challenges the elected government, or its military agents, of that state it can be lawfully declared an insurgent group (freedom fighters or terrorists).

When you declare a group insurgents trying to overthrow the legitimate government you can go after them and decapitate them.

This is probably what the British handlers of Buhari told him to do: provoke the amateurish Kanu toy soldiers into throwing stones and bottles at the Nigerian army, an army supposedly going about their legal business of conducting maneuvers on how to protect the country (dubbed, Egwu Eke, Python dance), and then declare them terrorists and use that as a cover to decapitate them.

I now get why there seemed overkill of military presence in Abia, why a motorized military formation was used to swat flies.

Who said that Buhari is not smart?  (By the way he will be at New York next week to address the UN.)

Everything Igbos do the Hausa- Fulani listen to those who are masters on how to control people, John Bull, Englishmen, and checkmate them.

Igbos are known for tough talking but lacking in tactical and strategical thinking. More importantly, Igbos assume that talking tough scares people. Actually, when you talk tough, especially if you insult people the people you verbally abuse feel angry and come after you and try to kill you to show you that you are nothing.

Human beings are proud. If you put them down you have attacked them psychologically; they feel psychological pain and have their pride pricked; they experience a need to assuage the assault on their vanity.

People feel narcissistic injury when you insult them and to rehabilitate their deflated ego will take you down; this is lesson 101 in human nature and human behavior.

Men kill other men for putting them down than for other reasons; in fact, most wars are fought for this ego prestige reasons (you learn this in introduction to International Relations class).

Igbos disregard the reality of human tendency to feel slighted and fight to rehabilitate their egos and keep on insulting people, right, left and center. In doing so, Igbos consciously or unconsciously, ask to be smacked down, even killed! We must consider death wish in Igbos (what Sigmund Freud called Thanatos).

Reasonable people quickly learn that human beings are vain and try not to say or do anything that would prick their vanity so as to not get attacked by them. To the contrary, Igbos have penchant for saying degrading things about people.

Rational persons always strive to respect other people; people do not like it if you disrespect them and, in fact, people seldom forgive you if you did not respect their human dignity.

Contrary to this reality everywhere you find Igbos they make a sport of insulting people! It is like they see themselves as invincible and nobody can kill them.

Kanu called Nigeria the zoo and called Hausas, Yorubas and other Nigerians unprintable names; name calling may have made him feel neurotically powerful but now look who is on the run! The degraded have come to show him that they can kill him.

I do not know if Igbos are daft; if they have the capacity to learn they must henceforth desist from calling people degrading names; if they feel an urge to depreciate folks they must bite their lips and walk away. Just do not call a human being derogatory name.

The Igbos who abused me at Nigerian Internet forums probably thought that they were cowing me! Poor fools!  My initial response was anger and in anger I felt a need to take them down; that is, correct, kill them. But on second thought I realized that they are ill-informed riffraff and do not know what they are doing.  So, I decided to do the next best thing: learn from their primitive behavior.

If you want to go to war with folks study them. Know their strength and weaknesses. Befriend them and be close to them and learn about them so that you can plan ways to fight them; above all, you must take your enemy seriously and respect him. Sun Tzu said this in his famous book, The Art of War.

Igbos do not respect their supposed enemy, Hausas; and Hausas have won all their conflicts with Igbos!

The Chinese practice Sun Tzu; they smile at the West and are gradually taking over the West. White men  humiliated the Chinese during the nineteenth century when they divided China among themselves; the British even forced China to allow British traders to sell opium to the Chinese, addict them to drugs, and, worse, took Hong Kong away from China; the Chinese have a score to settle with the white man; they are gently and quietly doing to the West what the West did to them: taking it over; they are also taking over most of the raw materials in Africa, yet they appear gentle and weak; they do not raise their voices at you. Buddha and Confucius taught them how to manage their anger and behave gently while screwing you!

But you see Igbos who have absolutely no power shouting at you as if when push comes to shove they have the ability to defeat you.

Given Igbos self-evident smarts, if they are tactful and diplomatic there is no doubt that they would accomplish a lot in life. As it is, Igbos specialize in making enemies and breeding conflicts for themselves, mostly because they put folks down.

Apparently, they do it in neurotic effort to feel superior to those they insult and compensate for their underlying sense of inferiority.

You find Igbos, such as Nebu Adiele, who probably did not even go to secondary school (while claiming that he is an attorney...attorneys do not insult people...the law is designed to engender respect for people not to disrespect them, so he is not a lawyer) come to Nigerian Internet forums to verbally abuse Nigerians with doctorate degrees. He chooses such persons to insult. Apparently, in insulting the well-educated the illiterate Mbaise boy convinces himself that he is their equal if not better. Instead of trying to learn from first rate brains such as Bolaji Aluko, Joseph Igietseme and  others he felt as if he is superior to them and wrote nonsense and in his mind and in the mind of his fellow hillbillies is now their superior. He should have put his time to good use by learning from these masters but as an Igbo he apparently believed that making noise is being powerful.

Kanu and his strange bunch made noise about the Nigerian state and the Nigerian State has checkmated them!

Like the naïve fools, they are, they are now asking the UN to come and save them! Really?  Assuming that the UN even knows about their existence it would take, at least, six months for it to get the necessary votes and money to fund a peace keeping operation in Eastern Nigeria.

Peace keeping is funded differently from regular UN operations (budget). The Security Council asks the rich members to pony up the cost of the specific peace keeping mission and if they are willing to do so it is a go but if not the crisis/war is left to fester and people are killed.

As we speak Indonesians are massacring black Papua New Guineans and the world has not intervened to save them!

Most UN peace keeping funds come from the US and a few other wealthy countries. African countries hardly pay their regular levies to run the UN's day to day operations; most of them owe arears to the UN...how much does Nigeria owe the UN in past dues...this is a task for you to find out if you are a student of international relations, international law and international organizations?

Why didn't the Biafrans ask ECOWAS and AU to come protect them? Why ask the UN and the racist Donald Trump to come protect them?

It is probably because they do not believe that their fellow Africans can protect them and because they do not have a clue about international politics. They think that noise making regarding someone persecuting them would persuade rational countries who operate on the basis of national interests to come protect them.

How much would it cost the USA to send troops to Eastern Nigeria to protect Igbos, say, for one year?

The US has $20 trillion dollars debt and is expected to run billions of dollars in deficit this year; so where are they supposed to get the money with which to come protect Africans?

Trump is so uneducated that he probably does not know where Nigeria is on the world map and does not care for Africans. If given free reign he probably would like to enslave Africans but Igbos don't know it and see him as their savior!

I am digressing and must return to my theme. My point here is that I now understand why the Nigerian state did not just go pick up Kanu but instead sent in their army and took their time playing cat and mouse game with the IPOB leader.

They probably wanted to provoke attack on them and use it as ruse to declare IPOB a terrorist group. Now seen as a terrorist group they will go after them, smoke them out from hiding and kill them.

Confused Biafrans will probably tell us that the Nigerian state has no constitutional right to declare IPOB a terrorist organization. Really? Who should do so for Nigeria?

The terrorist government in Washington, the racist government that exists to incarcerate black folks should sit in judgement over Nigerians? Igbos naiveté on political matters actually makes me cry!

Buhari has won round one. But his victory could be pyric; winning a battle is not the same thing as winning a war.

Buhari must try to solve the problems that led to the creation of Kanu. Igbos have some legitimate grievances against the Nigerian state. Those grievances must be addressed.

I have made it known how I believe that Nigeria ought to be restructured. I made submissions to the 2005 and 2014 supposed conferences to restructure Nigeria so my views are on record; the Nigerian government acknowledged my submissions, how I think that Nigeria needs to be structured.

For a starter, all of Alaigbo must become one state, from Igwe Ocha to Agbo; this is non-negotiable. Igbos must rule themselves and develop at their pace.  Left to their devices they will make tremendous economic headway (they need a lot of learning on governance, leadership and politics).

Nigeria is holding Igbos down.  Not rectifying this problem, sweeping it under the rug will not make it go away. After Kanu is long gone will be other Igbo insurgents.

(By the way, where is Kanu? Has he Ojukwued on us? That is, like Emeka Ojukwu, has Nnamdi Kanu run away, escaped to London, after all he has British passport and can easily sneak back into England; indeed the British government may even have helped him to do so! And after such cowardly act his followers would see him as a courageous person, as they saw the coward called Ojukwu when he abandoned his troops to their fate and fled to the Ivory Coast.  Ojukwu ran away from his troops and instead of hanging him on the nearest tree many Igbos called him their hero, a hero my foot.)

I end by saying: let us give it up for Buhari and his handlers. They have won another round in their battle with Igbos.  May be during the next round they may not win? Who knows?

Let us get on with the work of restructuring Nigeria and governing it as well as we could. Enough corruption already!


I think that I understand the game Buhari is playing; however, that does not mean that I approve his killing unemployed Igbo kids.  He should not have done that; as I pointed out above there are many ways to extricate Kanu and return him to jail without killing suffering Igbo kids.

What abandoned Igbo kids ask for is employment; they probably thought that Kanu was going to give them employment via his rag tagged army.

Buhari please start providing Nigerian kids with jobs or get the hell out of office. Over 90% of Nigerian youths are unemployed and, may be, over, 50% of Nigerian adults are unemployed. What exactly is your job as the president of Nigeria, if I may ask?


Ozodiobi Osuji

September 15, 2017

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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 he appears to accomplish much in life (not really for what really matters are love and that is not part of his pursuits).

The Igbo is like a projectile and someone shot him off of a canon towards a target:  seek a superior self with allied material accomplishments.

In pursuit of his wished for ideal, superior self the Igbo compares his self to other people, and if he sees those as not driven by his obsessive-compulsive force hence accept themselves as they are without much ambition, he has no respect for them.

Igbos see their Nigerian neighbors as not ambitious and as not as accomplishing as they are and feel superior to them and have no respect for them.

Igbos do the same to their fellow Igbos; that is, look down on those Igbos they consider not highly achieving. An example is what they did to me. At some point I evaluated the rat race and decided to seek only what is congruent with my real self. Some idiot Igbos appreciating that I do not talk about my neurotic accomplishments...because those mean nothing to me...began seeing me as they see Nigerians,  inferior.

I am inferior to whom, Igbos? I had the doctorate degree and was a professor before age thirty and I am inferior to a bunch of country bunkums?

The salient point is that the Igbo feels superior to those he fancies that he is more accomplishing than. He does not know it but his behavior is neurotic and deluded.

The Igbo is like the white racist who looks at black people and sees that they do not have much going for them and feels superior to them.

Listen, any moment that you feel superior to another human being, white or black, man or woman, child or adult, Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo at that moment you are insane!  This is literal not figurative.

Your diagnosis is delusion disorder. Delusion disorder, aka paranoia is a partial psychosis. In full blown psychosis there is both delusion and hallucination in one or more of the five senses (as in schizophrenia and mania).

The superior feeling, arrogant Igbo is deluded but because he is not hearing voices (auditory hallucination) or seeing what is not there (visual hallucination) he does not know that he meets the criterion for psychosis!


A bunch of poor Igbos manage to find their way to the USA and other Western countries. Generally, they attended crummy universities and have bachelors or masters' degree. Thereafter, it enters into their heads that they are superior to other Nigerians.  They embark on a regime of insulting Nigerians. They put Nigerians down. They use the most god awful language in describing Nigerians, such as call Hausas Nnama (cattle) and call Yorubas Ngbati and Owanbe (lazy folks who exist to have good times and party). Everything that comes out of their mouths is insulting for Nigerians.

During most of my stay in the USA I had little or nothing to do with Igbos. The trajectory of my life was different from theirs. I was born at Lagos and had a multiethnic upbringing so I do not look at people as Igbos do.  I came to the USA from secondary school when I was still a boy. I went to school straight and obtained the doctorate degree and began teaching at one of the California state universities. Thereafter, I quit exploring who I am.

Like a typical Igbo I was driven by desire to succeed hence identified with a neurotic ideal self and experienced anxiety from trying to be who I am not;  to reduce that anxiety I had to live from my real self.

For whatever reasons, I lived mostly with white folks. My orientation to life thus is white middle class; therefore, I find it rather unpleasant to be around Igbos who are operating from their Igbo culture...my culture is scientific culture, not this or that particularistic culture.

I am not a cultural relativist who believes that all cultures are equally good; to me only cultures that embrace the scientific method are good; I do not accept the nonsense of multiculturalism; I accept one universal scientific culture.

In 2005 I joined some Nigerian Internet forums and encountered Igbos. Everything they write is abusive of Nigerians. They assumed their superiority to Nigerians. They have no respect for Nigerians.

Igbos and their superiority complex reminded me of white racists who have no respect for black folks because they assume that they are superior to black folks.

No human being is superior to other human beings. White folks are not superior to black folks; Igbos are not superior to other Nigerians; you may have more education and or material things but that does not make you superior to any human being.

If in doubt of this truth see Donald Trump, the President of the USA. He is a billionaire and occupies the most powerful office in the world. Would you say that he is superior to a nine year old boy in the third grade at elementary school? The man is a total idiot. This proves that money and power does not make you better than other people.

Igbos seeming attainment of Western education and possession of some chomp change (Yorubas are more educated than them and have more money than them) does not make them superior to any one else. Many Hausas refused to buy into the Western Weltanschauung; they do not seek Western things like mad men, as Igbos do. They look towards the Muslim world for symbols of worth.

I saw Igbos verbally abusing Nigerians, right, left and center. I was shocked. I tried to tell Igbos that we are all the same and coequal and, as such, should respect each other.  They did not listen to me.

Many Igbo Internet warriors began seeing me as they see Nigerians, as nothing. They subjected me to vicious derogatory name-calling. They have called me all the names they call Nigerians.

For our present purposes, they talked about separating from Nigeria; they called themselves Biafrans. I tried to tell them a little bit about the nature of sovereignty and the nation-state.

A sovereign country has control over a certain territory; it is recognized by international law to have police and military powers and use those to defend its territorial integrity.

A country can define attack on its territory as coming from external enemies and fight them or from internal agitators and also fight them.

I noted that since the Nigerian army is stationed all over Nigeria, including Alaigbo they can define agitation for Biafra as an attack on the sovereignty of Nigeria  and respond with defense (killing Igbos).

If the Hausa-Fulani controlled government of Nigeria wishes it, it can shut down social media and prevent foreign journalists from going to Alaigbo and engage in ethnic cleansing. They can do it and get away with it.  The Hutus did it to the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

As for the international community intervening on behalf of Igbos, well, you must be a fool if you have not learned that white folks see Africans as unintelligent and really do not take them seriously. If Africans killed Africans in Africa who cares?

Let us say that some liberal bleeding hearts brings the killing to the attention of the United Nations.  It goes to the General Assembly.  The GA may schedule the issue for a hearing; the schedule may be on a date several months in the future!

In the meantime, Hausas would have massacred many Igbos.  The GA does not have police powers and if it deems something as needing police action refers it to the UN Security Council. They may schedule it for debate. Any of the five permanent members: Britain, France, USA, Russia and China, can veto any resolution of the Security Council.

Britain invented Nigeria and Nigeria is its handiwork; Nigeria is Britain's African crown Jewel; it is not about to let Nigeria splinter into tribal fiefdoms.

All things being constant, Britain will veto most resolutions supporting Biafra.  Perhaps, it agrees to send peace keepers to Nigeria but that would still be under the umbrella of Nigeria's unity.

White folks do not like to send their children to go die for black folks, so the peace keepers will be mostly Pakistanis, Indians and Africans; the majority of those would be Muslims.

You know where the allegiance of these Muslims will be? It will be with Muslim Northern Nigeria! So, peace keeping in Eastern Nigeria would amount to what the peace keepers did to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; there, they raped both boys and girls.

Yes, UN soldiers raped ten year old African children in the Congo. That is what Igbos would get in lieu of help from the International community!


A Nigerian school dropout called Nnamdi Kanu lived at London; he mostly mooched off his several girlfriends; eventually he got a gig at a radio station; he transformed his talk to talking about Nigeria. He called Nigeria the zoo and other pejorative names.  In time, he felt powerful and was canvassing for military weapons to go "destroy Nigeria" (his words).

Two years ago he visited Nigeria and the authorities picked him up and incarcerated him.  On April 25. 2017 they gave him conditional release from jail to go seek medical treatment.

Outside jail he became a superstar for unemployed Igbos looking for a messiah, a savior to give them jobs. Those people kind of see him as god and literally worship him. They prostrate on the ground for him (he could do what some African pastors do, walk on their backs!); the man, in his fantasy, has become god (perhaps, he has quietly slid into psychosis; psychotics often see themselves as god or a very powerful person, such as Napoleon or Hitler!).

Kanu was all over Alaigbo talking to large crowds of Igbos who adore him (one of his jail release conditions is for him not to address a group comprising of over ten people).

The man apparently formed what he called Biafra Security Services (and gave them uniform) and Biafra National Guard. That is, he not only violated his jail release conditions but now has formed an army to fight the Nigerian state.

Once he did that all gloves were off. The Nigerian state sent its military to Igbo land and has effectively reoccupied it as they did during the Nigerian civil war.

If Kanu's militants act out Nigeria would probably declare martial law in Alaigbo. They would implement a stringent curfew.

Under the cloak of darkness one can see a new round of pogrom. Hausas have no love lost for Igbos and if given the opportunity would probably engage in genocide to wipe out pesky Igbos (Igbos refused to become Muslims and insult them, left and right).   I am afraid that some kind of ethnic cleansing is afoot in Alaigbo!

As the Nigerian state begins the process of trying to reassert control over what was rapidly degenerating to chaos and anarchy (there, criminals run wild stealing, and kidnaping people and holding them hostage until ransom money is paid them) they will probably kill many Igbos.

Moreover, they will disrupt economic activities in Alaigbo. Igbo traders would lose billions of dollars.


My question is this: where are those diaspora Biafrans who were encouraging unemployed Igbo youth to insult Nigerians, right, left and center?

Shit has hit the fan and folks are about to learn that the idea of nation-state includes the right to be the legitimate possessor of powers of coercion in a human polity; and that power includes the ability to round people up and incarcerate them.

In the USA, despite its noise making about fairness and rule of law, judges exist to clamp black kids into jails and prisons; police exist to apprehend black kids for minor crimes and have their racist courts put them in prisons where their homosexual white prison guards rape them. There is no justice in the USA or anywhere else in the world.

So, what are the Biafran Internet warriors going to do as their kinfolks are "settled" in Nigeria, keep quiet, as they are currently doing?

Talk is cheap, you know. It is when bullets fly that we know who are men or boys. If the Internet warriors are real soldiers they would go to Alaigbo and go fight the Nigerian army and get their loud talking mouths slapped shut. They have made enough noise about their phantom powers; it is now time for them to demonstrate their powers.


Igbos have to learn about the nature of politics. In politics 101 you learn to respect all people for anyone who so desires it can pump bullets into your arrogant head and kill you.

A protective God does not exist so no god would protect you. Did god protect the estimated six million Jews killed by deluded Hitler and his Nazis, or the fifty million people the little, inferior feeling corporal from Austria, in pursuit of compensatory sense of superiority, killed?

Igbos must learn to respect all Nigerians and stop fancying themselves as supermen; they have no real power, not even a little bit of it (Stalin said: show me your tank battalions then we can talk about your power). Igbos power is imaginary and delusional.

Real power inheres in love and respect for all human beings. Respect all people if you want them to respect you.


Biafrans are clamoring for referendum. Their goal is obvious. They believe that if given the opportunity to vote that they would vote to secede from Nigeria. If that is the case why would Nigeria allow them to do so?

Please give me one good political and economic reason why Nigeria would allow the East, where most of its oil revenue comes from, to leave Nigeria.

Nigerian leaders got to be idiots to allow referendum and the departure of Eastern Nigeria from Nigeria.

Countries do not allow areas where they derive most of their resources to leave them. Russia allowed the breakup of the USSR but retained in the Russian federation areas where oil is produced. Today, Russia is using that oil to blackmail its former vassal states such as the Ukraine. Russia uses oil to get some of the former Republics in the USSR to kowtow to the lordship of Russia.

The point is that democracy is not a sentimental idea; it is rooted in real politics; in terms of political realism, Nigerians are not going to buy into the quaint, romantic notion of democracy that says all people have a right to opt out of their countries.

Nigeria is not going to allow the goose that lays its golden eggs, Niger Delta, to leave the federation. That is simply not going to happen; Igbos must stop such infantile wishes. They are actually being hysterical in their behaviors!

Igbos must stop appealing to people's feelings while shrouding their intension to destroy Nigeria with the shibboleth of democracy allowing them to have referendum.

Despite talk of peaceful referendum in Scotland, has Scotland actually separated from Britain and has Catalonia actually separated from Spain, and how do you know that if citizens there voted yes that they would allow them to leave. Only an idiot British leader would allow Scotland to leave, a country that took his ancestors almost a thousand years to conquer and unify with in 1707; nor would Spain allow Catalonia to leave given the struggle by the reconquestors to take Spain back from the Muslim Arabs.

Where in the world is ideal democracy at work, anyway? Is there democracy in the USA? Thirty five US states are controlled by Republicans; those states are passing laws to disenfranchise African Americans by requiring them to show Government issued IDs to be able to vote. Many African Americans are illiterate and or felons and cannot have government issued IDs.

Trump's desire to build a wall at the US-Mexico border is to prevent Mexicans from coming to the USA and breeding like rats and eventually taking over this Anglo-Saxon country.

Democracy is beautiful idea that cannot exist in pure form in our ugly world. Did I say beautiful idea? Conservatives believe that the ill-informed masses should not be allowed to vote for they do not know what is good for them!

Igbos must not pretend that they do not know what political reality is; they must stop their disingenuous call for referendum to let them go.

I suspect that contrary to Kanu's optimistic belief in the referendum that many more Igbos would vote to remain in Nigeria than leave it! Emeka Ojukwu thought that he was popular in Alaigbo and ran for office and only a few Igbos voted for him!

In sum, where are the diaspora Igbos, the Biafra Internet warriors fighting the Biafra war on the information super high way. Are they going to run to Nigeria and go fight the war they have been calling for or are they going to be missing in action?

Ozodiobi Osuji

September 13, 2017


PS: The Biafran Internet warriors know who they are. They should go die with those kids that in their narcissistic arrogance they mislead to fight for Biafra. Are these folks cowardly motor mouths that upon the first rifle shot run into underground burrows to go hide and live to see another day to make their noise in?

From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal:


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 ago...some of the stars we see is how they were billions of years ago when their light left; in fact, many of them are already exploded and are no longer in existence!).

You see the guy in front of you the way he was a moment ago when light hit his body and sent his image to your eyes to see him but you do not see him immediately, in the present.

We see the past, religionists tell us; they presuppose that we see with physical light thus limiting ourselves to the speed of light that shows us what we see as it was when light hit it, take a picture of it and sped off with it.

Entangled particles communicate instantaneously, with no time interval between them. That is, they do not recognize space, time and matter, which physical light does.

In God people see and experience things always in the present, for there is no space, time and matter between them. There is no past and future in God for past and future can only exist where there is space, time and matter.

Why am I saying all these things? It is because it is my chosen function to say so; religion is usually written in metaphors, in poetic language that few understand; I choose to recast it in the language of everyday living, in simple prose.

I write in simple language that even elementary school children can understand. Even though, if I choose to, I can write in the language of my profession but most of the time I choose to write in common prose so as to have all be able to read and understand what I write. What is the use of communication if ones language is wooly, convoluted and hifalutin and no one understands it?


The ego gives one fear, anger, sadness and other negative affects; the ego retards learning things and hinders making friends; the egoistic person is lonely and does not have friends.

A Nigerian paranoid egotist called Nebu Adiele comes to the public square to insult people; his ego correctly tells him that those he insults could shoot and kill him and put him out of his miserable existence, a pointless life dedicated to verbally abusing people. To keep his useless life seemingly alive he writes with a false name; nobody knows who he is. That is, to be an ego he sentences his meaningless self to anonymity and loneliness. He lives a pathetic, desperate existence. The egotist always lives a pathetic life. The gift of the ego is fear and loneliness.

Can someone please tell me one positive attribute of the ego other than the false sense of importance and power it gives its owner, a false power that the person must constantly defend; the false must be defended to seem real; that which must be defended to seem real is not real; the real needs no defense to be real; if one is truly powerful one would not have to defend that power!

The egotist is not important or powerful by merely assuming to be so. The ego is useless and must be let go, all of it; do not keep even a little of it for to do so is to feel pain.  The ego only gives us pain.

People do not realize how light and simple life is when one lives without the ego and its pretensions of grandiose power and importance.

Since I stopped thinking and behaving from the ego my life feels literally like light.


If a person is not doing anything that is socially useful to other people and just exists like an animal that is not living; in such instances death does one favor and kills one.

My friend Mike  was living to gratify his ego's desire to seem important and would not go socialize with people or help people in one way or another; it was better that he died.

My uncle Adolphus and my cousin Innocent were not living for causes greater than their puny egos and died. Upon leaving secondary school and was going to the USA both of them gave me about three hundred dollars each. I did not know that they meant it as a loan, for a few months later they asked me to give them back their money. I was shocked but complied. A few years later both died. In my opinion, they deserved to die because if they could not give a studious boy some freaking chomp change and not ask him to pay it back to them they were not living socially serving lives and therefore death was a mercy for both of them (and come to think of it, my father brought both of them to Lagos and they lived with us; my mother fed them until father got them jobs and they finally moved out of our house; what an ungrateful bunch they were!).


A course in miracles says that if you change your mind, that is, now use it to love other sons of God in bodies and forgive them their wrongs towards you that your body would be physically healthy. Come to think about it I have not really taken any medication since age nineteen.  The book says that you live in a healthy body and use that body to love other people and when you are done doing what you came to do you lay your body down and die; that is, move on to the world of light forms.

I found it necessary to clarify this question because some religious folks engage in magical thinking and believe that their bodies would not die. Your body will eventually die; however, if you live from love you can occasionally see you in your light body; in that light body you transcend the limitations of space, time and matter (mere wish to be somewhere can take you to it... teleportation and other so-called miracles).

As long as you live in body made of dense matter that body will die (120 years is the limit that the human body can live).

If you live in the light form you will not die. Why? It is because God, via his Holy Spirit created the body in light forms and what God created does not die.  The light formed self will be gently translated into spirit, heaven (heaven is the place of formless light selves).

What God made does not die but what the son of God made to hide from God, ego and body, must die for the wages of sin, separation, is death.

The ego and its body were designed to enable us to hide from God and therefore is a means of separation; separation is wat Christians call sin.

The wages of sin is death. The ego and body must die for they were designed to sin with, to separate with. Even Jesus, the most advanced teacher of God... he totally let go of his ego and lived from the Holy Spirit directed part of his mind... had to die.

As long as Jesus lived in body and ego he had to die. He was crucified and died. What resurrected was his light body, not his dense body. He went to his apostles in his light form and showed it to them. His old body died.

How do I know this to be true?  It is because I am a teacher of God and know these things. At any rate, I do talk to the old boy; my explanations are as good as his.



As long as you are in this world you have already manifested in body and ego and have a human personality, healthy or disordered personality. You think in a certain manner, a manner made necessary by your specific bodily constitution and social experiences.

All you can now do is choose not to respond to things from the perspective of your old personality, the ego you formed in childhood; you can now overlook your ego and personality and look at the world from love.

In every situation you find yourself in you pause and ask the Holy Spirit, that is, love, to show you how to respond to it.

Before you do anything you pause and evaluate how your ego would see it and how love/the Holy Spirit would see it and you choose to respond to it as you believe that love would do.

The Holy Spirit sees things from the perspective of what is good for all of us; therefore, you decide to do  what is good for all of us, not just what is good for your ego.

If you so choose to live, that is, to be directed by love, metaphorically called the Holy Spirit, you will still have your ego, body and personality but you ignore them and what they ask you to do (I still have my  warrior ego that does not tolerate command from any one).

If a person does wrong to you, for example, your ego asks you to bear grievances and get even with him but the Holy Spirit asks you to forgive him and relate to him from love; you choose to relate to him from love and in so doing know peace and joy (if you choose revenge you have chosen conflict and war, hence know no peace and joy).

Whenever you decide with love you feel loved, light and happy and peaceful; you feel carried along by cool breezes and life becomes effortless for you.


If you firmly and convincingly say to you that you are not your ego and body and mostly allow the Holy Spirit to speak and act through you, occasionally you would experience Holy Instant. Here, you do not see your body and the physical world; instead, you see the world of light forms or even experience formless oneness with God.

But you do not stay in the Holy Instant, aka mystical union of God and his son, Samadhi, Nirvana, Satori,  for too long or else your body would die; you must therefore return to your body and keep on living as a person in body until you finally die (death is not what happens to us against our wishes; each of us chooses when he will die and the manner he will die; nothing happens to us accidentally; everything that happens to one is according to one's script; one dies when one's life mission is accomplished and one has nothing more to live for).

If one lives a loving and forgiving life one lives peacefully and happily doing what one has aptitude for, enjoys doing and doing it effortlessly.

For example, I get up in the morning, usually around 5 AM, write a 3-5 pages metaphysical essay, such as this one, then go to school and teach secular subjects; students would not know that I have a private life dedicated to God. I do these things rather effortlessly. I do not struggle for anything. If I need money somehow it comes to me. A loving life has its benefits.

When my function is performed, when I am done doing what I came to the world to do, give the world a new metaphysics, one that combines science and meta-science, I die and transit to the world of light forms, a world I already have many friends at (including my brother Joshua Ben Joseph...Thomas was his literal brother 2000 years ago...even then Joshua spoke in parables while Thomas, the brain of the family, talked in clear prose; Thomas is here to clarify what Joshua said in his annoying indecipherable language).

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

September 10, 2017


Sunday, 10 September 2017 01:19

The Real Self is Light

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 got Africans to think in modern scientific terms. I hope that this piece would help Africans (and all people...the lecture was given to a white audience) begin to see themselves in a different light than their present prescientific light.


This is a two hours lecture on the nature of the self

Ozodi Thomas Osuji


Many of us want to know what our real self is. In trying to understand what our real self is I had to take a look at many sources that could shade light on it?  I had to look at what science says, what psychology says, what the various religions said about it. Having looked at these various sources of knowledge I did a little thinking of my own and eventually synthesized what I learned.  Before we get to my personal view on the nature of the self, I am going to provide us with a synopsis of what I gleaned from the various sources I examined.


Contemporary cosmology, building on astrophysics, tells us that 13.8 billion years ago, out of nowhere and nothing a point of light appeared. That point of light was smaller than a particle. Please visualize the size of a particle.

An atom has the particles of electrons, neutrons and protons in it. There are thousands of atoms in the period at the end of this sentence. Multiple that by three and you begin to get an idea of how small a particle is. Yet, that small particle became all that there is in our universe!

A particle of light emerged out of nowhere and shattered into smithereens, exploded into fragments; each fragment is a photon.  Two or more photons combined into an electron. Two or more photons combined into a quark.

Quarks combined to form protons and neutrons. By the end of the first three minutes of the universe's existence, Steven Weinberg tells us that protons and neutrons had combined into nuclei (of the simplest elements, such as hydrogen).

I am jumping the gun. Let us go back a bit. When photons transformed themselves to matter, that is, to electrons and quarks, protons and neutrons, they also transformed to the opposite of matter, anti-matter; that is, to anti-quarks, positrons, anti-protons and anti-neutrons.

Matter and anti-matter clashed, attacked each other and were supposed to have annihilated each other and returned to radiation (photons).

For some reason(s) for every billion particles of anti-matter produced by the early universe a billion and one particles of matter were formed. Thus, when they attacked each other particles of matter remained.

The remaining particles of matter apparently combined to form the basis of a matter based universe.

Here is a question: why did the early universe produce more particles of matter than particles of anti-matter? Physics would predict that the universe ought to have produced the same amount of matter and anti-matter so that they annihilated themselves and returned to radiation and thus aborted the existence of the incipient matter based universe or produced a universe composed of only photons.

Nobody can really answer this question. The standard speculation given is that it seemed like a matter based universe insisted on coming into being and produced accidents that made its existence possible.

A series of accidents, as we shall shortly see, made the existence of the universe possible. These seeming accidents are called anthropic cosmological principle.

Another anthropic accident is what happened to gravity. The exploded particles had to travel away from each other at a speed exceeding the speed of light (186, 000 miles per second) to avoid been pulled back, collapsing to themselves and thus ended the early universe. The particles travelled at what physicists call inflation rate.

Alan Goth has tried to explain why this took place; his explanations are in the nature of conjectures; they are not yet verified science; all we need to note here is that particles traveled at speed exceeding the speed of light, a speed that Albert Einstein had told us that nothing in the universe exceeds. Why so? No one has explained it to our satisfaction other than say that inflation made it possible for the universe to exist; if inflation had not occurred matter would have collapsed back to the point of singularity (oneness, the original point of light that contained everything before it exploded).

Talking about nothing traveling more than the speed of light how do we explain the non-local behavior of entangled particles? In 1935 Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (EPR Paradox) performed a thought experiment in which they concluded that if two or more particles are entangled, made to contact each other and later on separated and placed at the opposite ends of the universe  and one of them is touched and reacts the others would react instantaneously. They called it spooky action at a distance. In 1962 the Irish Physicist, John Bell provided mathematics for this phenomenon. In 1982 the French physicist, Alan Aspect actually performed experiment that proved that the phenomenon is real. This shows that particles can travel instantaneously, beyond the speed of light or shows that there is no space and time between them; it raises the possibility that all particles are in one spot and that space, time and matter are illusions that seem to exist but do not, in fact, exist!

By the end of the first three minutes of the universe's existence, Steven Weinberg tells us, in a book by that title, that the universe contained electrons and nuclei (protons and neutrons) and unattached, free photons.

I should pause and add that what Weinberg and other cosmologists did in explaining the origin of the universe is extrapolate from the findings  of classical and  new physics, especially quantum mechanics and use those to explain how the universe came about. There is no way that they could have explained the Big Bang origin of the universe if they had not studied  the findings of such physicists as Nicolas Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Christian Huygens, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Thomas Young, Michael Faraday, James Clark Maxwell, Ludwig Boltzmann, J.J. Thompson, Henri Becquerel, Rontgen, Marie and Pierre Curie, Max Plank,  Albert Einstein,  Ernest Rutherford, Neil Bohr, Louis Broglie, Arthur Eddington, Max Born, Werner Heisenberg, Emil Schrodinger, Paul Dirac, James Chadwick,  Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn, Strassman, Enrico Fermi, Thomas Oppenheimer, Alexander Friedman, George Lemaitre, Edwin Hubble, Fred Hoyle,  George Gamow,  Hugh Everett, Murray Gell-Mann, Eugene Wigner, James Wheeler and others. If you do not know what these great physicists discovered please read up on them; I do not have the time to go over their works here. (I reviewed the works of these great minds in a book on the ideas that changed the world.)

The universe stayed this way, plasma, for 400, 000 years. Thereafter, nuclei captured electrons and atoms were formed.

The first atoms formed were the simplest elements: hydrogen, helium, and, perhaps, lithium. The capturing of electrons by nuclei freed unattached photons; those photons sped off in all directions.

In 1965, Arnold Penzias and Robert Wilson working at Bell Laboratory at New Jersey heard some weird sound in their equipment and examined its source and discovered that it is microwave radiation from the 400, 000 year mark of the universe; they had picked up the photons that sped off when nuclei captured electrons (you can see this cosmic background microwave radiation when you turn your television from one station to another; it is the wavy lines with interesting sound on the TV's screen).

Thus, we now have a universe composed of a dense sea of hydrogen and some helium and free photons. The universe remained this way for a few million years.

Thereafter, another one of those anthropic events occurred. The dense sea of hydrogen separated into clumps. There were now trillions of clumps of hydrogen, each separated from others by space and time.

On each clump of hydrogen gravity acted; that is, it was pressured inwards. In the middle of the clump, its core, pressure and high temperature led hydrogen to fuse into helium. That is, stars are born.

Stars are clumps of hydrogen in whose core pressure and temperature lead to the fusion of helium and light and heat are given off as by products. The English astrophysicist, Fred Hoyle explained the fusion process inside stars; this is also called nucleosynthesis.

The fusion process is rather complex but for our present purpose what is salient is that hydrogen combines to form helium.

If you recall from your chemistry's periodic table, each element is composed of electrons, protons and neutrons. Hydrogen is the simplest element and has one electron circling a nuclei with only one proton in it (some forms of hydrogen, called isotopes, have neutrons; they are deuterium with one neutron and tritium with two neutrons).

Elements are atoms differentiated from each other by the number of electrons, protons and neutrons they contain. Helium has two electrons, two protons and two neutrons; carbon has six electrons, six protons and six neutrons; oxygen has eight electrons, eight protons and eight neutrons. Elements keep increasing their compositions of these particles until we get to the heaviest element, uranium with 92 electrons, 92 protons and 146 neutrons.

Thus, now we have a universe composed of trillions of stars. These stars grouped themselves into galaxies. There are, at least, 200 billion galaxies and each galaxy has about 200 billion stars. Our galaxy, the Milky Way has, at least, 200 billion stars; it takes light 100, 000 years to travel from one end of our galaxy to the other.

Galaxies, Alexander Friedman, George Lemaitre and Edwin Hubble tell us are speeding away from each other. The expansion is due to the presence of dark energy; dark energy constitutes 73% of the universe; dark matter balances the stars position in the galaxies; dark matter constitutes 23% of the universe; we do not know anything about this combined 96% of the universe!

The original stars were very massive in size. They quickly consumed most of their hydrogen and began fusing other elements, such as helium, carbon, oxygen. When the fusion process, aka nucleosynthesis, reaches Iron the heat inside the stars is no longer able to fuse higher elements. The stars expand in size and eventually explode in supernovae.

The extensive heat accompanying the explosion of dying stars formed the rest of the naturally occurring elements beyond iron...up to number 92 on the periodic table...scientists have synthesized another twenty elements in laboratories.

Stars and supernova, in effect, invented most of the elements that now exist in the universe (hydrogen was formed before stars were formed).

In the meantime, the exploded massive stars spilled their contents into space. Their inner cores may collapse to form black holes (something so dense that light cannot even escape from its events horizon) or form neutron stars (stars composed of only neutrons and spin at a dizzying rate).

The spilled elements, aka star dust, from shattered stars constitute nebulae. After a few million years those star dust agglomerate into medium sized stars and planets.

Our star, the Sun and its nine planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) were formed 4.5 billion years ago from shattered massive star(s).

The initial planet earth was very hot. Apparently, over time heavier elements, such as iron and nickel sunk into the core of the earth and lighter ones stayed at the top.

The earth has four layers: an inner core of solid iron, an outer core of liquid iron, a viscous mantle and a solid crust. The earth has an atmosphere with many layers: the ground we walk on is followed by the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere. From the ground to space is about 300 miles.

At some point in the earth's history, apparently, an object about the size of Mars (a large asteroid?) hit the earth and struck off a part of it; the fragments of the shattered part regathered into what we now call our moon. Thus, the moon and the earth are the same age; both are composed of the same materials.


Water from comets was brought to the hot planet earth. Comets are rocks with frozen water on them; over millions of years comets kept striking planet earth and apparently eventually cooled it down and covered 70% of the surface of the earth with water.

So, our planet is now water based terrestrial planet (some planets, such as Jupitar are balls of gas). Apparently, three and half billion years ago, inside a pool of water, sixty four elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, phosphor, zinc, iron, copper, chlorine, sodium etc.) mixed, formed a chemical mixture; light and heat from lightening (thunder) struck that pool of water and heated it up so that the various elements combined to form molecules/compounds from which single celled biological organisms formed.

Biological life forms formed in the goldilocks part of the Milky Way galaxy, in a part where it is neither too hot nor too cold.

If the earth and its sun were closer to the center of the Milky Way spiral galaxy life would not have formed on planet earth, for the earth would have been too hot; on the other hand, if the earth were too far removed from the center of the Milky Way galaxy it would be too cold and life would not have been able to form on earth, either.

Serendipity, accidents, as scientists say, placed planet earth where life forms. This is another one of those anthropic accidents.

This whole accidents business is kind of becoming too many that one is pardoned if one suspects that there is an intelligent agent at work in the universe! No wonder that certain religionists insist on what they call intelligent design of the universe; that is, the notion that God created the universe.

Intelligent design raises a whole lot of questions, such as why would an intelligent force create people that would die, what is the point? Thus, scientists and their meaningless universe seem to win the argument. But have they? We shall see!

In 1953, Urey and Miller, at the University of Chicago, tried to replicate the formation of flesh in their laboratory; their findings did not put an end to the question: how did our bodies come into being?

In time single celled biological organisms combined their cells into multi-cellular organisms and more complex animals and plants were formed.

Amoeba has one cell; visualize many amoebae combining into an organism with many cells. This process continued and over time more complex animals such as the vertebrates were formed.

Millions of years ago, the evolution of animals had reached the great apes, such as gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys. Apparently, one branch of these great apes eventually began to walk upright and thus freed their fore limbs; they used their hands to manipulate things and became technological.

Many types of proto-humans were formed, including Neanderthals. About 100, 000 years ago, one branch of these great apes became what we now call human beings, Homo sapiens.

Apparently human beings first evolved in East Africa and thereafter spread to Europe, Asia and eventually to the Americas and Australia.

Here we are, animals whose brains can contemplate the nature of the universe and ask the question we are asking here: who are we, what is our real self?

Whatever has a beginning has an end. The universe, George Lemaitre told us, began in one spot; Alexander Friedman and Edwin Huddle told us that the universe is expanding. As the galaxies move away from each other the stars in them lose heat.

Astrophysics tells us that in a few trillion years' time all the stars will exhaust their hydrogen and explode.

Our Sun has enough hydrogen to keep producing helium for another five billion years. Actually, in about two billion years the sun will start running short of hydrogen and begin fusing helium to higher elements.  As the fusion of non-hydrogen to other elements continues the Sun becomes hotter and hotter (at this point it is called a red giant) and expands.

In about three billion years the sun would expand so much that it would have incorporated Mercury and Venus. In about five billion years the sun throws off its outer layers and its core collapses into a dense material called white dwarf. In time the white dwarf would lose its faint glow (from its electrons) and become a piece of rock floating in space.

Thus, our sun would die in about five billion years. Before the sun dies its increased heat would have dried all the water on planet earth. We can reasonable say that in about two billion years all water and water based life forms on earth would be dead and the earth would look more like today's Venus, a hot, barren rock.

In time, all galaxies, stars and all planets will die.  In a few trillion years the universe would be composed of only particles; the last particle to decay would be protons.

When all particles decay they return to radiation, this time to cold photons.  Thus, a universe that began in hot photons ends in cold photons (Big Chill).  A universe that began in hot light ends in cold light.

(Please ponder that hell is supposed to be hot and heaven is supposed to be cool; we entered the hell of living on hot earth and return to living in a cool heaven.)

Hopefully, before our sun dies we, human beings, would have developed the science and technology to hop from one planet to another, and eventually from one star system to another, from one galaxy to another and before the entire universe dies we would tunnel our way to other universes (if, indeed, there are multiverses...Hugh Everett, in 1957, posited the many worlds interpretation of quantum physics). This way we live forever and ever, in one universe or another.

Who said that scientists do not believe in eternal life? Where is that great atheistic belief that life ends in our physical death, in supposed oblivion and finitude?

Apparently, the human mind seems incapable of accepting death as its end! And it should not.  In another part of this lecture I will argue that the physical light that began this universe, the big bang, came from spiritual light.

Spiritual light produced physical light and physical light transformed itself to matter, space and time. In the end physical light returns to spiritual light.

The supposed end of the universe is the return of space, time and matter to where they came from: the world of spiritual light, which folks call heaven and its God.  But before we explore this reality let us look at how we form our self-concepts.


These days when folks in the West talk about the self they look to psychology and psychiatry to inform their understanding of the human self. It was not always that way. Philosophy used to be the articulator of what constituted the human self, as Europeans understood it.

In the late nineteenth century the West turned to incipient science to help them understand human nature. Charles Darwin published his book, Origin of Species, in 1859. He made the argument that human beings are just a variety of animals struggling to adapt to their environment. People are not sons of gods but animals produced by nature and struggling to adapt to nature.

If people are mentally ill it is no longer seen as the product of the gods but as having something to do with their here and now world.  Psychiatric institutions were built to house the insane. People began to study the insane from the perspective of science's materialistic philosophy.

In 1900 Sigmund Freud wrote a book on the interpretation of dreams. He wrote many other books. His philosophy is that people are pure animals. They are motivated by animal drives. Their primary drive is the desire for food, sex and aggression, what he called Id; but since they live in society, they must seek ways to make sure that they get along with each other.  Society posits rules, mores, norms and laws that folks must abide by or else all would live in chaos and anarchy; folks would kill each other and life, as Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan) noted, would become nasty, brutish and short.

The human child who, according to Freud, is naturally a savage motivated by desire to gratify his instinctual urges could care less for other persons welfare; he is forced to internalize social norms of behavior. Those norms of behavior, what constitutes appropriate behavior, form a part of the child's mind; Freud called that part of the mind Superego. Thus, now are two parts in the child's mind, the Id and the Superego.

The Id says, pursue your natural instincts and the superego says, if you do so that society would punish you. A third part of the mind, the Ego came into being and kind of acts as a referee balancing the struggles of the id and the superego.

Thus, in people's minds are id, ego and superego. People live in eternal psyche conflict, Freud said.  They are conflicted and no longer know who they are. They need his psychoanalytic services to help balance them. So, they go to him, lie on his famous couch and free associate, say whatever comes to their minds, engage in transference relationship with him, project their anger at their father who had repressed their Id to him. He analyzes the outpouring from their ego unconscious minds and in the end tell them that they must still live in society and therefore must curtail their id desires.

An adapted adult must be neurotic for his natural self, id has been repressed and he is angry about it but anger does not eliminate the need to restrict ones behavior if one wants to get along with other persons.

Human beings, Freud told us, must behave irrationally for deep in their repressed unconscious minds are id forces that know no reason but only desire for immediate gratification of its desires.  The ego may be rational but it sits on top of irrational forces. People are not the rational beings we think that they are; they are driven by irrational forces although those are mostly driven into the subterranean regions of their minds. Indeed, people have desire to kill themselves and kill other persons, Thanatos, hence wars are inevitable, Freud said.

Freud's Psychoanalysis swept through Victorian Europe like wildfire on hot summer days. People flocked to Freud to have their neurosis analyzed.

Freud gathered apostles who learned his new psychology, his new mechanistic view of man. One of his earliest followers was a Viennese medical doctor called Alfred Adler.

Adler wrote that whereas Freud's views on Id may have some credence but that what really actuates people is their sense of inferiority. The exigencies of human existence make the human child feel inadequate Vis a Vis his environment. The feeling of inadequacy, powerlessness and inferiority is unacceptable to the child, for the child needs power to control and master his impersonal environment.

It is either you control the world or it controls you and if it controls you it kills you! So, the human child denies that he is weak and posits a view that he is strong. He struggles with the desire to seem superior to other people and to his world.

Neurosis is, according to Adler, characterized by sense of inferiority and compensatory desire to seem superior.

The cure for neurosis, Adler believed, is to redirect the individual's motivation, to get him to care for other people while he still pursues his desired superiority. Work for social interest and you are healthy, Adler said.

Carl Jung came along and said, wait a minute, man is not purely an animal, as Freud and Adler said, but is a spiritual being. He looked to oriental religions for guidance in his thesis that people are more than their bodies.  He posited what he called our collective unconscious mind; in it are spiritual matters as well as the experiences of past mankind; in it are architypes of behavior from time immemorial.

By the 1930s all kinds of people had entered the new field of psychology. Karen Horney built on Adler and said that the human child adapts to his world by rejecting his weak, actual self and seeking an alternative powerful, ideal self. The neurotic child, which is all of us in degrees, rejects his real self and posits an imaginary ideal self and pursues becoming it.

As long as one is trying to become a mentally invented self, the ideal self-one must feel conflicted for it is not ones real self. The neurotic child is fleeing from his real self and must feel anxious.

In the individual's mind is conflict between his real self and his desired ideal self.  This conflict and attendant anxiety is reduced but not eliminated when the individual tries to behave in accordance with his real self.

But what is the real self? Horney did not tell us what the real self is. Before she died in the 1950s she did start studying Zen Buddhism in the hope of finding out what constitute our real self?  She died before she could figure out what is our real self.

Erich Fromm continued with the study of Zen Buddhism and wrote interesting stuff on the sane human being, that is, on what constitutes our real self.

In 1955, an engineer turned psychologist, George Kelly told us that each human child constructs his self-concept. The human child is kind of like a philosopher; he uses his biological and social experience to construct a self-concept and self-image for his self.

What is the self? Kelly said that it is something the human child constructed using his biological constitution and social experience to do so.

Behavioral psychologists like John Watson, Bandura, and B.F. Skinner told us that the self is learned. The self is not some kind of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo we came into the world with but the sum of our learning. You learned your self-concept and that is all there is to you.  Biology and society may have played a role in learning yourself but all that matters is that you learned whatever you call yourself.

Therefore, to change you, psychotherapy, we must figure out how people learn their behaviors; Skinner elaborated on what he called classical and operant conditioning; as he sees it, those with behavior problems can have their behaviors modified through his behavior modification schema, his behavior technology.

So, armed with behavior engineering, young psychologists descended on schools, juvenile detention centers and prisons trying to modify people's behaviors through reinforcing positive behaviors in them, and extinguishing their negative behaviors.

Alas, in time they learned that they had not made one anti-social prison inmate a prosocial person; they had not turned one oppositional defiant child into a let's get along child. Some children simply must defy their parents and authority. Why do they do it? You go figure it out. Perhaps, we are not all meant to be docile conformists; perhaps some people must rock the social boat and bring about changes in it and or wound up wasting their energies as rebels without a cause.

By the end of the twentieth century psychiatry had turned to biology. It embraced biological reductionism with gusto. As it now sees it, the self is the product of whatever biochemical dynamics is taking place in the human brain. The brain is the source of the self, functional or dysfunctional.  If the known neurotransmitters in your brain are working well you developed a normal self but if they are unbalanced you developed a problematic self.  Neurosis (now called anxiety and personality disorders) and psychosis are seen as products of unbalanced brain chemistry.

If you are schizophrenic (the schizophrenic hallucinates in one or more of the senses, usually auditory, or visual and has bizarre delusions) your brain produces too much of the neurotransmitter, dopamine.

If you are manic (the manic is generally euphoric; he acts happy; he laughs at what most people do not find funny; he is excited and behaves grandiosely, like a person who won a billion dollar lotto and is often deluded, such as claiming to have billions of dollars whereas in fact he has no money) your brain produces too much of the neurotransmitter noradrenalin.

If you are depressed (the depressed person feels sad, loses interests in the activities of daily living, such as going to school, work, playing,  making friends, does not self-groom and wants to be left alone, feels fatigued and contemplates self-destruction, suicide) your brain produces too little of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

If you are anxious (there are many types of anxiety disorders, they are characterized by fear) your brain produces insufficient GABA, a calming neurotransmitter.

If you have these mental disorders how are you helped? Psychiatry gives its clients medications aimed at balancing the supposed unbalanced neurochemicals in their brains.

If you are schizophrenic you are given neuroleptic medications (such as Zyprexa, Risperdal and or the older brands like Haldol, Thorazine etc.) that reduce the quantity of dopamine in your brain.

If you are bipolar, manic you are given anti-manic medications (such as Lithium and Depakote) that reduce adrenalin in your brain.

If you are depressed you are given anti-depression medications (such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin etc.) that boost the quantity of serotonin in your brain.

If you are anxious you are given anti-anxiety medications (such as Valium, Xanax, Librium, Ativan etc.) that increase GABA in your brain.

These medications have some temporary positive effects but do not cure any one with psychoses or neurosis. So, neuroscience has not solved the problem of what are human beings.  We still do not know who we are.

Are we merely the product of biological processes? Are we the products of only learning? Is there something in us that constructs our self-concepts and self-images? If so what is it? Is the mind the product of the dance of electrons and photons in our brains or is there something else going on in our brains?  Is there a little man in our brains that take our biological and social experiences and use them to construct our self-concepts?

Materialistic psychologists tell us that thinking is epiphenomenal and that there is no such thing as spirit. They ask us to accept atheism.

Alas, you look at the typical atheist and see a man who devotes his entire life to refuting theism but beyond that is accomplishing nothing socially useful; he is making noise; he does not know who human beings are but instead of keeping quiet he has an obsessive-compulsive desire to pretend to know. Most people tune out atheists and continue with their search to understand their real selves.

I know people who dismiss psychology and psychiatry as pseudo-science and call whatever psychologists say about people psychobabble. I think that such persons make a mistake. Yes, psychology and psychiatry has not healed any mentally ill person but they have shown some light on the workings of the human mind and brain.

My area of interest is personality. I believe that psychology has helped me to understand personality, healthy and unhealthy aspects of it.

American Psychiatry categorizes personality disorders into ten groups; this categorization is very helpful in understanding abnormal behaviors in otherwise functional people.

The personality disorders are paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, and narcissistic, histrionic, anti-social, borderline, avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive and passive aggressive.

Briefly, the paranoid personality feels inadequate and wants to seem adequate; he wants people to see him as powerful and if he suspects that they do not see him as such he feels angry at them; he is always accusing people that they are demeaning him; and quarrelling with people for belittling him.  He does not trust people and is suspicious of people's ability to care for him.

The schizoid personality wants to be left alone and does not particularly care for other people's company, acceptance or rejection. He tends to be good at dealing with non-human things hence many of them are engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians.

The schizotypal personality tends to believe in what folks see no evidence for, such as ghosts and spirits; he tends to believe that he has sixth sense; many of them even claim to have psychic powers; he tends to be odd and eccentric in his behaviors.

The narcissistic personality tends to believe that he is special and wants other persons to pay attention to him; he wants all people to admire him. He believes that he is superior to all people and as such is justified in using them to get what he wants and discarding them when they are not useful to him. He tends to see women as beautiful toys and trophies with which he decorates his mansion but otherwise does not really love them.

The histrionic personality is the narcissist with additional tendency to being a drama queen. This person wants attention from all and does not have love for those he is seeking attention from.

The borderline personality has loads of confusions, is not sure what his gender is, is unable to make up his mind what to do with his life; he seeks attention but does not give it; if he feels abandoned by those close to him he may threaten to commit suicide and may even cut on his body to make them feel guilty and beholden to him.

The antisocial personality has low social conscience and finds it easy to steal and even kill people and feel no remorse for his hurtful behavior. It is from this group that most of our prison inmates come from (and also our businessmen).

The avoidant, shy personality is preoccupied with other people's acceptance; he anticipates social rejection and feels anxious; to avoid rejection and reduce his anxiety he avoids people and keeps to his self.

The dependent personality, perhaps due to illness in childhood, expects other people to take care of him; he pleases people hoping that they would support him and feels anxious when he feels that other people reject him.

The obsessive-compulsive personality thinks and acts obsessively and compulsively; it is like an inner pressure forces him to do something and he cannot help but obey the inner pressure. He seeks perfection in whatever he does; he admires those in authority positions and gladly obeys them.

The passive aggressive person wants to be liked by all people and as such does not want to offend anyone. People push him around for in our world you got to be either aggressive or assertive for people to respect your rights.  The passive aggressive person is pushed around and occasionally explodes in anger at been treated as a door mat.

I could go on and on describing the various mental and personality disorders; that is not my goal here; my goal is to point out that psychology and psychiatry has helped us to understand our human personalities but have not helped us change them; they have not helped us change them because they have not understood the root cause of our personalities.

Human beings are spiritual beings having physical experiences; you cannot fully understand them while leaving out their core: their spiritual nature; nor can you heal their mental disorders by merely giving them medications and or doing secular psychotherapy with them; you must find a way to factor in people's spiritual dimension into helping them live healthy lives.

In the end, the West sees the self as the human personality. Personality is the individual's habitual pattern of behaving, his predictable manner of responding to stimuli from his environment. Some people have what we might call normal personalities whereas others have difficulties relating to other people hence have personality disorders.

Is personality, aka the self-concept all there is to the individual? I do not think so. Like Carl Gustave Jung I believe that beneath the personality is another self, a spiritual self. I consider the human personality and self-concept a mere mask, persona, with which we cover our inner self, a spiritual self.

If we remove the veil of personality, remove the mask, we see a different self. Our real self is a loving self, whereas our ego personalities are hardnosed and thick skinned and sometimes hateful selves we adopted in our efforts to adapt to the impersonal environment we live in. Remove the blocks to the perception of love and you behold the love that is our true self, a loving self that is always there but we mask it with our desire for ego personalities.


According to contemporary anthropology and paleontology, all human beings originated in East Africa. It, therefore, makes sense to find out how Africans see the nature of human beings.

Africans do not have secular construction of human nature, yet.  To understand Africans perspective on human nature one must study the various African ethnic groups' religions. This is a tedious task although some scholars have made valiant efforts to do so.  John Mbiti wrote excellent books on African religions and philosophy.

There are over 1000 ethnic groups in Africa! Each of these has its own religion and those religions construe the nature of human beings.  Despite their apparent diversity they have commonalities in them; therefore, if you understand one African religion you have pretty much understood the rest of them.

For example, Igbo and Yoruba religions are pretty much the same. Their gods are the same; the only difference is the names that they give to their gods.

I come from an Igbo priestly family. My kindred are called Umuamadioha, the children of the Igbo God called Amadioha. Only us can produce the high priests of Amadioha.  All children in the kindred learn about Igbo religion, for any of them could be called upon to become the high priest.

Igbo religion posits a God called Chi.  Chi has three functions; he functions as the supreme and unknowable God (here, he is called Chi-ukwu); as God the creator of the universe (here, he is called Chi-neke) and as the God in each of his creation (here, he is simply called Chi).

So, what is the individual's real-self? Igbos say that our real self is the children of God. People are called Nwachukwu or Nwachi or Umuchukwu, or Umuchi, the children of God.  This does not mean that on earth people know themselves in this manner.

On earth people feel separated from Chi, from God and construct different selves for themselves. On earth each person constructs the ego for his self.

The ego is a replacement self. In Igbo land the ego is called manu. Each of us is called a manu (animals are called Umuanumanu).

To Igbos, the earth is not the real home of people; their real home is called Elegwe, heaven, the abode of spirits.  Chi-ukwu, Chi-neke and Chi lives in elugwe.

On earth, in the world of matter, space and time people live in bodies, but in elugwe people live as disembodied spirits.

Whereas heaven is our ultimate home we have an intermediate home where we reside in when we die on earth. That home is called the ancestors land, in Igbo, Alamuo.

Dead people are supposed to live in Alamuo; from there they pay attention to what is going on in uwa (or Alauwa), our world.

You can communicate with your dead ancestors. Whereas you can individually do so but since your mind is clouded by the ego, false self you currently identified with you may have to consult dibias, those who have purified their seeing and can and communicate with spirits to help you do so.

Each of us is said to be guided by some of his dead ancestors, spirit guides, these are similar to the saints and angels of Christianity who supposedly guide Christians. You can ask your ancestors to help you adapt to any situation you find yourself in.

While people live in space, time and matter, their Chi gave them temporal gods to help guide their lives on earth. Chi gave each town, village and kindred, even individuals gods to guide them.

A typical Igbo town or village has a goddess called Ala.  A typical Igbo has a god called Ikenga. There are functional gods, gods of the various professions in traditional Igbo land.

Igbos were primarily farmers and took pride in their harvests, so they had a god of farming and harvest called Ahanjoku (his priest is called Njoku or Osuji).

Igbos have a pantheon of earthly gods but those are not to be confused with the trinity of Chi-ukwu, Chi-neke and Chi. The holy trinity remains constant but the earthly functional gods change depending on the need.

The god called Amadioha is the god of light. Light means knowledge. Therefore, the high priest of Amadioha is supposed to be knowledgeable on spiritual matters.

In Yoruba land God is called Olodumare; Olodumare also has creative and other functions.  As in Igbo land, Olodumare created functional gods for the people.  For example, he created Sango to perform the same function that Amadioha performs for Igbos.

Sango priests, as in Igbo land, run in the same families and are inherited. You do not get up one fine day and call yourself an Igbo or Yoruba high priest. You must be born in the priestly families and the preexisting priests must select you as their replacement.

In both Igbo and Yoruba lands, however, you can study to understand spiritual matters. Those who have such callings and are trained are called Dibia in Igbo land or Babalawo in Yoruba land. They are equivalent to what in the West folks call psychics and herbalists.

People go to dibias to predict their future for them and to get them to prescribe herbal medicines for their illnesses. The process that one has to undergo to become an Igbo dibia (male) or lolo (female) is so rigorous that you may not even want to think about it. It is punitive; they try to destroy your earthly self-concept, your ego and help you open your spiritual eyes so that you can communicate with the spirits.

If you are interested in retaining your ego, separated self-concept dibiahood is not for you. I have witnessed the process of training dibia, it is brutal! It is not easy to get rid of the human ego; we came to earth to be egos so we see ourselves as egos; to extinguish your identification with the ego requires almost destroying your body! One must die to the ego and its body to resurrect to one's real-self, which is spirit.

The point that needs to be made is that Igbos self-concept is rooted in their Igbo religion and that this practice is pretty much the same in all black Africa.

To the question: what is our true self? Africans say that we are the children of God. But while on earth we have ego self-concepts, which are our false selves, and, as such, we are not aware of our spiritual nature.

A few persons are trained to understand their true nature and those are said to have spiritual seeing; they relate to the world of spirits and can help you deal with spiritual matters.


Like Africans, Indians did not develop a purely secular culture; their epistemology is rooted in religion; their religion is Hinduism. To understand how Indians construe human nature you must understand Hinduism.

Hinduism is not like Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the so-called Abrahamic religions that were started by specific individuals, specifically by Moses, Jesus Christ and Mohammed. Hinduism does not have a specific founder. It grew gradually.

About three thousand years ago, Iranians moved into what is now called India. They found black people (Dravidians) already living in India. Apparently, Iranian (Aryan) shepherds and Dravidian shepherds (called Rishis) sang songs to their creator. Their songs or poems were eventually collected as the Veda.

The root of Hinduism is these poems by Rishis. These poems posit that God, whom they called Brahman, is their father and that each of them is a son of God called Atman. Brahman and Atman is the same. Where Brahman ends and Atman begins is nowhere; they are oneself with one mind.

Atman, the sons of God, apparently, cast Maya, magical spell, on their minds and went to sleep and in their sleep dream that they are no longer god but are separated human beings. The separated selves are called Ahankara.  Ahankara is a false self-concept; it is a replacement self, a substitute self, a dream figure. Our true self is Atman who is one with God.

A later generation of Indians wrote long heroic poems on the nature of God and his avatars (human beings who operated as God in the temporal universe). There are two such poems, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

A part of the Mahabharata is the Bagavad Gita, what Hindus call their bible. The Gita wrote about the exploits of a god-man called Krishna. Krishna manifested as a black boy (a Dravidian) and was giving spiritual lectures to a warrior called Arjuna (an Aryan). He explained the nature of Hinduism and the five yoga paths used in returning to the awareness of God: Jnana, Bhakta, Karma, Tantra and Raja Yoga.

Later on, Hindu philosophers wrote the Upanishads; these were philosophical explication of the nature of Brahman, Atman and Ahankara and how to return to the awareness of God.

If you read these Hindu Scriptures you gather that there is a God called Brahman. Brahman is one and yet infinite.

Each of us is a part of Brahman, called Jivatman.  We cast a magical spell on us and went to sleep and in our sleep invented the temporal universe. In the world we forgot our true self, Atman and are now egos, called Ahankara.

Hinduism gave a rather sophisticated explanation of how the physical universe came into being. Its story of how the universe came into being is akin to Western Big Bang cosmology.

The universe is said to be composed of three Gunnas (Sativa, Raja and Tamas), three strands of matter, kind of like the parts of an atom (electrons, protons and neutrons); these strands combined to form everything in the material universe. They also combined to form the human body.

Some people have a predominance of one strand; those with more sativa are rational and spiritual; those with more raja are more active, are businessmen and soldiers; those with more tamas are lazy hence the poor in society.

Hindu society is divided into four classes...the upper class are called Brahmin, they are closest to Brahman, God and produce priests (called Swamis); the middle class are called Kastriyas, they are the doers of society; the poor are called Sudras, the working class. A fourth class is called untouchables (those do work that nobody else wants to do, such as remove human feces from people's houses).

The yoga's teach people what they need to do to yoke back to God, reconnect to God, how to return to the awareness of God.  Essentially, what people need to do is meditate (raja yoga).

In meditation people forget that they are human beings; they firmly tell themselves that they are not egos and bodies and what they are they do not know. They silence the thinking of their egos and remain silent. In the silence of their minds they will come to know that their true selves are Atman who is Brahman.

When a person has had this experience, called Samadhi (break through from Moksha, ego darkness) he is said to have had God or Self-realization.  He is now enlightened to his true self; he is illuminated to his reality. From now on he is a teacher of God, a guru and students flock to him to teach them how to attain God realization.

Hinduism has been around for three thousand years; it has many sects. Regardless of the sect one belongs to, what I said above describes Hindu basic beliefs.

However, the Vedanta sect is the best way to learn about the nature of God as I explicated it above; (that is, to learn about Advaita monism).

If one is a member of one of the many Bhakti sects, such as the Vaishnava's, one ends up not trying to understand God (via Jnana yoga) but merely sings songs to gods and worships God; one must be philosophical, Jnana yogi, to think about God to come to the above conclusions.

Hinduism has produced admirable philosophers such as Gautama Buddha, Shankara, Ramanuja and Vivekananda (the latter was a student of the nineteenth century Hindu God realized man called Ramakrishna...see M's Gospel of Ramakrishna).

Hinduism teaches that the universe has a beginning and an end. It teaches that many universes have come and gone. Lord Shiva creates and destroys universes.

Each universe is called Yuga.  Our present universe is called Kali Yuga. It, too, will end and another epoch comes into being.  The process is eternal.

This view is kind of like what some astrophysicists believe: that our universes come into being, expand and after reaching a certain length collapse back to its self (Big Crunch) and another universe is exploded out and begins, and the process is repeated, eternally. This view of cosmology is called eternal rebounding universes.

Rebound has not been proven as true just as despite all the noise made by physicists no one really has shown that the universe began in a big bang.

Indeed many physicists believe that our universe is inside a black hole and that what we call stars are reflections of one star on the walls of a cave; this is kind of like Plato's cave analogy.

Hinduism construes human beings as at root atman, children of God, Brahman. On earth they forget their real selves and identify with body and separated selves called Ahankara, egos.

The goal of Hinduism is to enable individuals to remember their real selves who are the sons of God.  When we have all remembered our real selves our universe ends and another begins and we forget our true selves, again, and begin another struggle to remember our true selves.

Is this explanation of the nature of the universe and the self-true or false? Of course Hinduism is not factual; it is a myth; it is a story of creation, a mythology; it is metaphor that, hopefully, enables Indians to make sense of their world.


Buddhism is Hinduism without the various gods of Hinduism.  Twenty five hundred years ago, a Hindu was born in Northern India. He was born into a rich family. His parents shielded him from seeing the sufferings of mankind. He married and had a son. At age twenty eight he chanced to leave his palace of luxuries and visited the poor sections of Indian towns. He saw serious human suffering. He saw the sick and dying that litter Indian cities (they still do so in present India; Mother Theresa devoted her life to serving such persons). Gautama could not understand why people suffer so much whereas he and the few rich live in palaces of luxury.

So, why do people suffer so much? He decided to go find out. He left his palace of luxury and went into the world. He studied under many Hindu Siddhas, gurus and swamis. He studied the five yoga's.  The man tried everything to understand why people suffer too much. No one could give him the answer that he was looking for.

So, one day he decided to go for broke; it is either he found the answer or he died. Until a man is willing to give what he is doing all he has, to find the answer he is looking for or die trying he is not going to accomplish anything worthwhile in life.

The man sat down under a Bo tree and told himself that he is not going to get up until the universe revealed to him why we are born to suffer.

People had told him that there is a God so the man asked: what kind of God created people to suffer? Damn the gods, Gautama told his self; there must be an alternative explanation of human suffering rather than the gibberish the various religions offer us, such as the hypothesis that we suffer because of our sins, that suffering is punishment for disobeying God's will for us (this is actually true for his will is that we stay unified with him; to separate from him is to disobey his will hence to suffer in the world of separation).

The man just sat there (hopefully, he did not eat and had emptied his bowels so that he had no need to use the toilet). He closed his eyes and meditated (raja Yoga).

In his meditation he tried to silence his ego mind from thinking, chattering. Mara, Hindu equivalent of Satan, came and tested Gautama (Mara is the ego, or as I call it, the ego god).

Mara told him to get up and go enjoy the world and give up the foolishness of trying to understand why people suffer.

Hay, man, give it up and go have a little fun with women and wine after all your father is a rich man. Gautama told Mara to get lost for after all his supposed enjoyments his body and ego would die.

What is the point of nourishing your body if it is going to die? All you are really doing is fattening your body to make it good dinner for worms!

Mara tempted Gautama pretty much as Satan tempted Jesus before Jesus began his ministry. Mara promised him the kingdom of the world as long as he worshipped the ego, separated self.

Gautama, like Jesus 500 years after him, stayed steadfast to his goal.  The man just sat there. On the twenty eighth day his mind went blank; he attained inner silence, what Buddhists call no ego self. His mind is now emptied of all ego thinking categories. In this mind washed clean of all ego desires a different awareness dawned.

Gautama experienced what Hindus call Samadhi, oneness with all being, Brahman. He called his experience Nirvana; simply put a sense of oneness minus the Hindu notion of God, Brahman.

Zen Buddhists call it Satori; Christian mystics call the experience oneness of the son and his father (that is what Meister Eckhart, Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Avila  experienced, see Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism or  William James, Varieties of Religious experience or Richard Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness).

Upon experiencing oneness with the formless unified universe Gautama got up and laughed; he had eternal peace and joy on his face. (How do you know if a person has experienced his real self? He is always in peace; he is serene; he smiles and laughs a lot; he laughs because he knows that the world is a joke, a dream, a hilarious play we all enact!)

Gautama got up and the people who gathered around while he was meditating said to him: what is up, man?  Did you experience something or did you waste twenty eight days squatting under that big, old Bo tree? What a waste; you should have gone and had a big, old good time; God, just look at them good looking damsels, you could have gone for them!


Gautama calmly and peacefully taught them thus:  We are parts of one universe; we decided to separate from that universe. We now see ourselves as separated selves. The feeling of separated selves housed in bodies is a result of desire.

The physical universe began as a result of our desire to experience separated selves, our desire to live as egos housed in bodies.

As long as we have the desire to be separated egos we must suffer. So, what caused suffering? It is desire to be separated ego selves in bodies.

What would end our suffering? Very simple, Old Gautama said. Remove the cause of suffering and you would no longer suffer.

Your suffering is based on your desire to be a separated self. Give up the desire to be a separated self in body. Tell yourself that you are not a separated self, not an ego in body; deny that you are your ego and body.

If you deny identification with ego and body then what are you?  To find out then do what the man did, sit quietly and meditate and you, too, will find out.

But before you meditate make sure that you live a loving life. Our true self is love. What folks call God properly named are called love. One loving force extends his self to each of us. Our true self is love. So, love all people.

Forgive those who wronged you in the egos world. Realize that the egos world is a dream of separation, so do not take what is going on in it too seriously.

Those who harmed you on earth did so in a dream. What is done in dreams have not been done in reality. Nobody has harmed you; you still remain safe in God. All people, whether you know it or not, love you; even when they attack you they are really offering you the opportunity to forgive them hence love them and teach them that love is who we are.

Gautama tells us to love all, to have compassion for our fellow children of the whole self who identify with false selves hence suffer. He tells us not to backbite, to not harm anyone; he asks us to do only what we know serves our mutual social interests.

The above teachings of Gautama are broken down into what is called the four noble truths and the eight noble paths to that truth.

Call it what you like; just do Gautama a favor, will you? Love all people for they are parts of you and in loving all you love your whole self. When you love your whole self you know peace and joy.

Most people are not willing to give up their desired identification with the false ego self. Gautama said, okay, buddies, go right ahead and keep your ego and its desire but do you a favor, will you? Know that you will die and get eaten by worms and that all that you worked for will end in sand.

Your mansion will decay and return to sand. So while seeking the things of this world do so in a detached manner, with non-attachment; know that whereas it is nice to have wealth for it makes living on earth pleasurable but in the end you and your wealth will die and return to the nothingness from which the universe came.

Gautama established the first monasteries and trained monks to live the desire-less, egoless and proud-less life he is teaching as path to experiencing nirvana.

Human beings have pride and dress fancifully to seem important. Gautama asked his monks to dress in red robes and to have no more than two pairs of robes and shoes. They are to walk around begging for food. All these behaviors are meant to humiliate their egos and eliminate their pride in the ego.

It is when a person eliminates his prideful ego self and lives humbly that he can know his real self.

Gautama lived to be eighty years old. He died from choking from food (what a way for a holy man to go!).

I am assuming that the story of Gautama is not real, is a metaphor; in that light what is the meaning of the saint dying from choking from food?

Gautama's teaching spread to all over India and eventually to all over Asia. As these things always happen, his philosophy split into two main sects: Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Each group claims to represent the true teaching of Gautama.

As in Christianity the name Buddhism did not come about while Gautama was alive; folks began calling his followers Buddhists after he was long gone, just as Greeks, at Antioch, Syria, called the followers of Jesus Christians.

Jesus was not a Christian, just as Gautama was not a Buddhist; Christianity and Buddhism are religions made up by followers who actually have not understood what their founders teach.

If in doubt, ask a typical Buddhist to tell you what Buddhism teaches and see if he would tell you what I just explained! The typical Buddhist does not know what Gautama is trying to teach him just as so-called Christians do not know what Jesus is teaching them.

Both Jesus and Gautama teach us that we have ego selves which are not our real selves; they teach us that our real selves are part of a formless unified self, what religious folks call God.

There is only one intelligent force in the universe; it has no name but for the sake of explanation, though it cannot be explained, I call it formless unified spirit self.

We are all parts of one self and one mind. If you know this truth you realize that all people are parts of you and you love all people to love your whole self.

No enlightened self can hate other people, for to do so is to hate a part of his self. To hate a part of yourself is to be insane.

Sanity lies in loving yourself, which are all people. In loving all people you know peace and joy and feel eternal.


Christianity is a sect of Judaism, just as Buddhism is a sect of Hinduism. To understand Buddhism you must understand Hinduism; by the same token, to understand Christianity you must understand Judaism.  Therefore, I am going to say a few words about Judaism.

Judaism is the religion of the Jews. Jews are a Semitic people that originated, as their Holy Book, the Old Testament part of the Christian bible, aka Torah, tells us in modern Iraq (Romans called it Mesopotamia, the ancients called it Sumeria).

A man called Abraham (we are now in the world of mythology but let us go along with it) left his home at Ur, near present day Bagdad, Iraq, looking for greener pastures. He settled in what we now call Israel.

He had two sons, Isaac and Ismail. Isaac is the father of Jews whereas Ismail is the father of Arabs.

Jews and Arabs are the same people; they speak the same Semitic language. Words are merely pronounced differently in the two languages; for example, where Jews say shalom Arabs say salaam.

Isaac had Jacob and Esau. Jacob the trickster maneuvered Esau out and inherited his father's blessing.

Jacob had twelve children.  The brothers sold one of their siblings, Joseph, into slavery in Egypt. In Egypt he prospered.

Famine came to Israel and the brothers came to Egypt in search of food. Joseph recognized his brothers and had them go bring their old parents hence they all began living in Egypt.

In time different pharos ruled Egypt; they did not always like Jews and eventually enslaved them. The Jews under a leader called Moses left Egypt. They were trying to return to their home in the land they had stolen from the Canaanites.

Moses supposedly had an encounter with God and eventually wrote the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers.

Moses did not lead the Jews in entering Israel; his brother, Joshua did. He, too, wrote a book.  Other Jewish leaders wrote books and those books comprise what we now call the Torah, the Old Testament of the Bible.

The Old Testament part of the Bible, Torah essentially says that there is one God and that Jews should worship him; it acknowledges other gods but sees them as false gods. Their god, Yahweh, is to be praised and worshipped or else he got angry. His anger is out of this world; when he felt not admired he destroyed cities (such as Sodom and Gomorrah) and even the whole world (as the story of Noah and the deluge stated).

The god of Judaism is the god of law and order. His laws are obviously copied from the laws laid down by the Babylonian king, Hammurabi.  Obey his laws or else you are not only punished in this world but after you died. After death you are sent to hell where you are burned for eternity. What a god!

Jesus, a Jew, came along and reinterpreted the nature of God; he said that his god is not the god of punishment but the god of love and forgiveness. Everything he taught his followers is about love. Love God and love one another. Forgive those who harmed you. If a person slapped your cheek turn the other side for him to slap, too. If a thief asked for your jacket give him all your clothes.

Jesus taught his followers only one prayer and it has to do with forgiveness. "Our father, who is in heaven, give us our daily bread; forgive us our sins because we have first forgiven those who sinned against us."

Stop right there and appreciate what the Jewish Rabbi, teacher of God, is teaching. He is asking you to forgive those who wronged you if you want God, the whole, to forgive you, the part.

He told his disciples a parable. A man was going to worship God and remembered that a neighbor wronged him. He said that the man first must go home and forgive the neighbor who wronged him before he prayed to God.  How many times should we forgive, an apostle asked him. He said infinitely.

If we want God to reward our prayers we must forgive our neighbors. God hears all our prayers and has already given us what we asked for: material abundance, peace and joy but to receive those we must forgive our neighbors.  No one comes to God, to love, who has not forgiven all his sons on earth.

And they brought a woman caught in adultery to him and asked him what to do to her. The laws of Moses, the Old Testament, required them to stone her to death. His own New Testament teaches forgiveness, so what should they do to the supposed sinner.

The answer is obvious: forgive her; so, why did they bring her to him? They wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth that he is teaching forgiveness and since that contravenes their laws of Moses arrest and punish him.

Aware of their evil intension he ignored them. He kept writing on the ground, writing his teaching of love and forgiveness. Finally, he looked up and said: let him who has not sinned be the first to stone the sinner.

All have sinned and know it; the accusers left the woman. Jesus asked the woman: where are those who accused you of sin? She said that they are gone.

He told her that nobody accused her of sin but for her to only love her neighbors.

Eventually, the Jews found an excuse to arrest Jesus; they said that he taught that he and God are one; according to them this is blasphemy. They wanted to crucify him.

They took him to the Roman authorities ruling Palestine and told the governor, Pontus Pilate that the man claims to be one with God.

Pontius Pilate laughed and asked what is wrong with such a claim? Mad men make such claims every day so the Jesus man must be mad; take him to an asylum. He needs mental health rehabilitation not punishment.

The Jews insisted on murdering him so Pilate gave them their brother and they crucified him on a cross at Golgotha. Three days later he resurrected from death.

His followers felt emboldened from seeing their crucified leader in light form. Forty days later Jesus left this world of matter and returned to the world of light forms (where he is today and can be seen if you want to do so, provided that you love and forgive all).

His followers began preaching his gospel and took it to all over the Roman Empire. Paul, hitherto called Saul, an educated Jew, took the message of love to Rome itself.  He rattled the Romans and was arrested and crucified.

Eventually, the religion of Jesus, Christianity, spread to all over Europe. In 316 AD the Roman emperor, Constantine embraced that new religion and decreed that all people in his empire become Christians.  Thus, all Europe became Christian.

In time some people separated from the universal Catholic Church. First, were the Eastern Orthodox Church, then Martin Luther and John Calvin? Today, there are thousands of sects in Christianity.

What is Christianity? It is the teaching that we love one another and forgive one another our errors. Are there practicing Christians in the world? I have not seen even one of them. Do you love all, do you forgive all people? If not you are not a Christian!

For our present purposes, Christianity teaches that our real self is a loving self and asks us to love one another.

There is a religion that calls itself Christianity; it has nothing to do with the teaching of Jesus the son of God who realized that he and all of us and God are one self.

Islam is the third rail of the three legs of the religions of the children of Abraham. Islam went back and accepted Moses' an eye for an eye teaching; it punishes sinners. Islam and Judaism are similar.

I am not going to dwell on Islam; elsewhere, I have written extensively on Islam. Suffice it to say that Islam has a punitive conception of God. I know that we live in the age of political correctness and multiculturalism where all religions and cultures are supposed to be equally good.

A religion that asks you to go kill those who did nothing to you is not as good as a religion that asks you to love and forgive those who wronged you.

Islam is not a religion but a political ideology with which Arabs and Muslims use to conquer the world and rule it.  I have no time for any violent ideology that encourages killing people; I am only interested in any message that asks us to love one another, in a religion of peace.

Christianity is the religion of peace and love; Islam is the religion of violence and war.


When early Christianity reached the Roman Empire some Romans and Greeks who hitherto had a religion called Gnosticism interpreted the teaching of Jesus in a Gnostic manner. In fact, many of the early giants of the Christian church were Gnostics before they converted to what we now call Catholicism.

Saint Augustine of Hippo, the man who wrote the City of God and his Confessions, a founding father of Christianity used to be a follower of an Iranian Gnostic called Mani. He was a Manichean. But in time he gave up that approach to Jesus and began mouthing the approach that Athanasios and Ambrose taught (the version of Christianity that the council of Nicaea in 325 AD embraced).

Gnosticism was a Greek religion that had produced such stars as Plotinus (see his Enneads). This religion essentially says that there is one God and that all of us are parts of him. It said that a son of God or an angel became proud and decided to create God instead of having God create him. We are already created by God and cannot create God.

The proud and rebellious agent separated from God to go found a universe where he seems to have created God and himself.

The person who separated from God and created our universe is called the Demiurge; some called him Lucifer, or Sophia.

Indeed, Greek Gnostics called the Jewish Yahweh a false god; what kind of god feels as angry as the Jewish god does? Only an egoistic, proud, narcissistic god would behave like the Jewish god.

Gnosticism teaches that God is light. It says that we separated from that God's light and now live in the world of darkness. Union is light; separation is darkness.

To be in the light is to be unified with God. To live in darkness is to be separated from God.  To live in matter, space and time, our world, is to live in darkness.

To Gnosticism to live in our world is to be in darkness. We must, therefore, reject our world and return to the world of light, heaven, union with God and all people.

Gnosticism (which is Greek for knowledge; agnosticism is Greek for doubt, not knowing) appeals to the human intellect. But if you think about it you realize that it is incompatible with the logic of our earth.

To live on earth you must identify with the separated ego self and struggle to survive as an ego in body. You must struggle to feed your body or else you die. No one wants to die, especially since we do not know for sure that there is life after death. For all we know all these talk of life after death could be hooey!

Gnosticism asks folks to negate their egos and bodies and live as the light of God (light is love and union with God). Well, if you tried to live as Gnosticism teaches you would negate your ego based world and die; to be a true Gnostic you must not try to adapt to our world, you must negate our world and exit from it.

We came here to live as egos in bodies, so Gnosticism does not appeal to the broad masses of humanity.  Thus, Gnosticism has never taken hold in the world. Usually, only a few people practice it, if at all.

Gnosticism did not bloom in the Roman Empire; the emerging Catholic Church attempted to destroy Christian Gnosticism. Gnosticism went underground; Gnostic writings were hidden and in 1947 a trove of them were discovered in a jar in a place called Nag Hamady in Egypt.

In 1965, a Jewish woman, a clinical psychologist, a professor at Columbia University, New York said that she heard the voice of Jesus asking her to write. She listened and wrote a book called A course in miracles. It is 1200 pages long. The book essentially restates what ancient Gnostics taught.

Helen Schucman swore that she had not heard of Gnosticism before. Well, whether she heard of it or not is not relevant, what is salient is that she rearticulated the philosophy of Gnosticism.

In her version of Gnosticism, God created all of us. We are the sons of God. God and his sons are one; they share oneself and one mind. At some point, a point that has not actually occurred, the sons of God resented the fact that God created them and wanted to create God. Of course, they cannot create God. So, what they did is go to sleep and in their sleep dream that they are now separated from God.

The dream of separation is our physical universe. Each of us is said to be here because we want to separate from God. We invented the universe of matter, space and time and used them to make separation seem real in our current awareness.

We constructed bodies for ourselves, bodies made of matter. We live in space and time. Space, time and matter are said to be nonexistent and are illusions but we used them to make separation real in our minds.

We sought separation to enable us seem self-created, to feel special and more powerful than God and each other.  We form special relationships where we admit only those who see us as special and superior to other persons.

In the world of separation we constructed special self-concepts, our egos. We live as separated egos. Each of us, A course in miracles says, with the aid of all of us constructed our individual egos.

The ego is the self that we made and with it replace the real self that God created us as. The ego is not our real self, it is a false, substitute self.

Salvation requires us to jettison the ego and return to the awareness of our real self, which is formless, unified spirit, the Holy Son of God who is one with his father.

A course in miracles teaches that we must let go of the ego separated selves we made to separate from God and each other. We must go into meditation and tell ourselves that our egos and bodies, space and time are illusions, are not real and extinguish them.

We must negate the world and if we succeed we experience another world, first, the world of light forms, a world that looks like our world but is remade by the Holy Spirit, a more beautiful version of our world.

Ultimately, we enter the world of formless light, aka heaven. Heaven is pure light; if you like, heaven is a wave of light with infinite particles in it; each particle shares one self and one mind with the wave of light.

To experience heaven we must completely let go of our desire for separated selves and transform our relationships from special relations to holy relations (in holy relations we see ourselves as one with all selves and love them all).

I have written extensively on A course in miracles and cannot possibly summarize its 1200 pages in the few minutes that I want to devote to it here.

What we need to take from Gnosticism and its modern rendition, A course in miracles, is that it teaches that we all share oneself and one mind and that it asks us to love all and forgive those who wronged us.

If we forgive we experience the world of light forms; if we extinguish the desired ego separated selves we return to the awareness of oneness.

What is the real self? Gnosticism says that our real self is the sons of God who are one with God; that real self is formless and is not in body; it is not on earth; it is in formless heaven.

And where is that heaven? Heaven is inside and outside us. Heaven is a state of mind that recognizes its oneness with God and all his creation. In that state of mind one feels perfect peace and joy; additionally, one knows that one is eternal, permanent and changeless and remains as God created one, one with him and all his creation.

We are ideas in the mind of God; ideas cannot leave their source; we cannot separate from God and from one another; we can only dream that we have done so; dreams are not real, when we wake up from dreams we know that we remain as God created us.


The world is a place that you come to develop a separated, ego self-concept and try to live through it and experience pain, fear and suffering.

If you posited a big ego self, as I did, you avoid people to go retain your big ego self in avoidance of other people. You had to posit that big ego self because the exigencies of your body led you to do so; you had to believe that the big self is going to protect you and enable you to survive. Later in life, you learn that no ego, big or small, will help you to survive and you let go of that big ego self and then live peacefully and joyously. With less big ego you relate well to people and not avoid any one.

Since you get whatever you want out of life by relating to people you then relate fully to people and get whatever you want out of life: wealth, peace and joy. You accept people as they are without trying to change them, for as they are is the product of their bodies and social experiences, what they came to experience in this life time.

We came to earth to form ego self-concepts and suffer and then learn to let go of those ego self-concepts, have no ego self-concepts and thereafter live happily.

With little or no egos we live as in a happy dream; upon death we proceed to live in the world of light forms, aka gate of heaven. Ultimately, we give up living in forms, dense or light and return to formless light and in it feel perfect peace and joy.


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 seriously, do not take what any one does seriously, one would live in peace and joy and laugh at the behaviors of those who take nothingness seriously.

A course in miracles sees our world as the product of insanity, the belief that one can separate from ones real self and from ones creator, God.

Our real self is part of light; we cannot separate from it but we wished to do so and seem to have done so in dreams but not in truth. We remain as God created us, part of his unified self, and part of formless light.

To take this world seriously is to be insane, literally, for one takes what is not real as real hence react to it with fear, anger and sadness and other upsetting emotions.

Whether it is true or not that we have other lives in God and in the world of light forms, my personal observation shows me that our earthly life is nothing. If I behaved in accordance with my observation that life on earth is not worth a bucket of spit, regardless of metaphysics, I would not take life on earth and my ego self seriously; I would live playfully and have a happy dream.


In trying to minimize the import of spiritual experiences and place them in the philosophy of materialism and its atheism, atheistic psychologists, neuroscientists and others who fancy themselves as scientists tell us that dreams, visions and near death experiences and out of body experiences are the products of neurochemicals in the brain. Actually, if they had studied physics they would narrow it to saying that they are the product of electrons in the brain, and since electrons are light with some mass, the product of light.

Let us agree with these folks that light is responsible for people's dreams, visions and NDEs and OBEs. Is this is a simple phenomenon?

Actually, what this teaches us is that light is a powerful thing; it is light that produced our physical universe. So what is light? Do we know?

Light has intelligence in it; light is probably what our ancestors called God. Just as we do not understand God we do not fully understand light, especially spiritual light.


I believe that our real self is made of spiritual light, not physical light. I believe that spiritual light transformed a speck of it to physical light. This probably happened during the Big Bang explosion. Spiritual light is so powerful that just a speck of it was sufficient to form our physical universe.

I accept what physics, chemistry and biology says about our physical universe. In fact, my culture is scientific culture; I do not accept any proposition that is not based on the scientific method. You must show me how to verify your proposition and when I do so I accept it, if not I reject it. I can verify the existence of light.

Light is our true self. That light contains knowledge.  This may sound mystical but it really is not. Even physical light contains information.

The physical universe works on the information written into photons of light. Just think about what takes place inside an atom and you marvel at the information that is built into that speck of existence. Electrons circle nuclei; nuclei contain protons and neutrons; the latter contains quarks which in turn are made of photons. All of matter is made of photons, light.

Our bodies seem dense but if you subject them to scientific analysis you learn that they are composed of sixty-four elements; those elements are composed of electrons, protons and neutrons and those are made of photons, light.

Where you see our bodies is actually light but you do not know it. Where you see our bodies, animals, trees, mountains, planets, stars, galaxies are nothing but light in a disguised form.  We are light in disguised forms.

When we die our bodies decompose and eventually return to physical light. Ultimately, the entire physical universe will decompose and return to spiritual light, from where it came. This will of course take trillions of years before it happens.

Light has information in it; light contains more information than our brains at the present is able to comprehend.

Consider that light from the sun and stars pass you and those around you; as it does so it takes pictures of you and what you are doing; and that includes the sound that you are making.

In the future when our technologies are more advanced we shall be able to do past time travel and go to the past and see our hunter-gatherer ancestors sitting by a camp fire roasting the animal they killed that is their dinner for the night. Yes, what they were doing thousands of years ago were captured in light and are somewhere in space and is waiting for us to have the right instrument to see it.

Light does these marvelous things without our asking it to do so. Therefore, it seems obvious to me that light does many more wondrous things than we can currently comprehend.

What folks call God is light. God is the wave of light. That wave of light has particles, photons to it. Wave and particles, quantum physics tell us, is one; they are inseparable but can act as the one you want them to act for you.

Spiritual light is what our ancestors called God; that spiritual light contain infinite knowledge.  I do not yet have the capacity to fathom how all these work. I accept that there is mystery in our lives; we shall gradually unravel that mystery.

It may help you to understand mystery by considering visions. I have had spiritual visions.  In some visions I am in a world where everything is in light form. In it I see people who look like they are on earth but are in light forms.

And what produced one's visions? Light. A speck of light in my brain somehow shut out my present universe and suddenly I am in a different universe.

From my experience with light, I have reason to believe that our real self is made of spiritual light. We think and create with light. That light is God or whatever you may choose to call it.

In sum, our real self is made of light; each of us is a particle of light in a wave of light that folks call God. You do not have to call it God; you do not even have to give it a name, it just is.


There are three levels of the self. There is the self in our current awareness, the self in dense matter. There is the refined self, the self in light form and finally there is the formless self, the self as part of the wave of light that folks call God.

The self as we know it is in matter; this self is clouded by matter and by our desire for separated self, ego, hence does all the unloving things we do on earth.

If we learn to love one another, upon death we live as selves in light forms. The self in light form is what folks metaphorically call being at the gate of heaven.

It should be noted that even while on earth, in dense matter we already have selves in light forms. With purified eyes, that is, with loving eyes, even while one is still on earth one can see oneself and other selves in light forms.

The light self was created by God (Holy Spirit) immediately after the son of God invented the self in dense matter, a self he uses to hide from God.

Heaven is a formless place so when we return to it we lose sense of form and individuality and become part of the formless intelligence that folks call God.

Some people call these three levels of being dimensions; our world is said to be three dimensional (length, width and depth); our world plus time is four dimensional; the world of light forms is called fifth dimensional world; heaven is called the sixth dimension.

Call them what you like, the relevant point is that there are verifiable three levels of being: in our world of dense matter, in the after death world of light forms...here people and things still look like they do in our world of dense matter except that they have bodies made of light; finally, is the world of formless selves, heaven.


Our true self is part of light; that light is eternal, permanent and changeless. A part of that eternal light transformed itself to physical light and through it constructed our physical universe.

Astrophysicists, astronomers and cosmologists tell us that 13.8 billion years ago, out of nowhere a point of light emerged. That light transformed itself to matter. That light created space, time and matter (what difference does it make whether we said transformed or created?).  Light created galaxies, stars, planets, animals, trees human beings.  Only one little speck of light produced our entire physical universe.

If this is true, and it is true then common sense tells us that light is indeed very creative and powerful.  Just think of it, a speck of light produced our physical universe! How powerful was that particle of light to create the galaxies, stars and planets? It is amazing that one little point of light can produce our universe.

God is light; that light if God is our true self. In that light we lose our separated ego selves and live as one shared self with one shared mind and in so doing experience perfect peace and joy.

On earth, while living in the illusion of space, time and matter if one lets go of ones ego and lives relatively egolessly one attains relative peace and joy, not perfect peace and joy for those can only exist in formless heaven, not on earth where we are in forms, not even in the world of light forms for there we still have forms, albeit them in light. 



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