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Fear shapes extant human civilization

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

Yesterday, I wrote about Africans and Nigerians being fearful cowards who out of fear of harm and death tolerate abuses by the criminals that rule them. What I wrote is observable, empirical fact. However, let me quickly say that the same phenomenon is found in all human beings: black, white and Asians. All people are fearful.

It is fearfulness and the desire to live in body and fear of death that made it possible for governments to coral people and control them.  Most governments are unjust, be they monarchies, oligarchies, plutocracies and so-called democracies; they all entail a few persons telling the many what to do and punishing or even killing them when they do not do as told to do.

It is fear that makes human civilization possible. Without fear people would not be human beings and would not be on earth (by earth I mean our three or four dimensional universe).  Most things that people do on earth are motivated by fear, by desire to protect their vulnerable bodies.

People tend to see the death of their bodies as the death of their egos (the consciousness of separated self in each of them). They fear finitude and oblivion and would do anything to seem alive, even if it means tolerating slavery from the person pointing guns at them.

Only one person in millions would tell the person pointing a loaded gun at them to go ahead and shoot if the alternative is servitude to him; such less fearful persons are the handful of free human beings on earth. The rest of the people are, in one form or another, slaves.

As slaves they have hope of a future freedom from slavery but they merely go from one slave status to another (for example, white Americans are wage slaves whereas Africans and African-Americans are undisguised slaves).

Without fear this world, as we know it, ends; all we do here on earth is respond to danger and protecting ourselves from perceived real or imaginary danger. If we do not have danger that we are afraid of what would we be doing on earth?

To live as a human being means that one must be fearful; therefore, one should leave people to be fearful and not ask them to be fearless for that would mean their exiting from this world.

Both black and white folks are fearful folks; it is fear that keeps human civilization going. The few persons who are less fearful, they are not entirely fearless, for if they are totally fearless they would not be in this world, are the ones who rule the totally fearful.

Unfortunately, less fearful persons tend to be anti-social personalities, sociopaths and psychopaths; they rule this world.  Soldiers, politicians and criminals are less fearful but fearful nevertheless; they are the rulers of the entirely fearful persons in this world.

Every once in a while, a fearless person comes to this world and talks about what he calls God; folks like Krishna, Gautama Buddha and Jesus Christ were such persons. These are the folks that establish the world's religions. (Scientists tend to be as fearful as normal folk.)

Fear protects the human body and what it houses, the ego sense of separated self; if one let go of fear the ego sense of separation and its body would disappear into unified spirit self, from whence they came.

Totally fearless people are in formless unified spirit; fear maintains separated selves in bodily forms.

Here is a philosophical question for one to ponder: since our lives are maintained by fear and physical and ego defenses can such lives be positive?

It seems that life in ego (that is separation from other persons and from the whole called God) and body is inherently negative for it is maintained by fear, a negative emotion.

The good, love, can only exist in formless state, aka heaven.

Post Script:

Please reread what I wrote above. This is the type of thinking that preoccupies philosophers. You seldom find such thinking in Africans. Africans seem to live extraverted, here and now lives, lives preoccupied with desire for food and material things and for fictional ego importance; they seem to live lives bereaved of introspection and reflection. I hope that a future generation of Africans would become thinkers, not the present seeming mindless persons one runs into when one is with Africans. Finally, in other papers I explored the biochemistry of fear; that subject is not my focus here.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

February 12, 2018


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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

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

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