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It is now time to go from thinking to doing

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PHILOSOPHIZING WITHOUT PUTTING THOSE IDEAS TO ACTION IS A WASTE OF TIME

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

I have devoted a lot of my time to reading philosophy, psychology and science; it is not grandiose to say that I know about those subjects as much as any human being does. I am generally a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge.

What is missing from my life is putting ideas to work for me. I read and think but do not put into practice what I have read and especially those that I know are true.

You can have all the knowledge of this world but until you can put some of them into action, do what you read and teach you are not going to benefit from them.

For example, I know as much as any Marxist but I do not put such ideas to work. I probably know about economics as any professor of economics at any American university but I do not put into work what I know. I can train students to obtain the MBA (finance, marketing and accounting are the most useful subfields of that field) and yet I do not put that knowledge to work for me.

Regarding metaphysics, well, I do not need to boast; I am simply second to none in it. Yet, I do not actualize what I know.

So what is holding me back, what is preventing me from living what I know is the truth? I do not know. What I know is that hence forth my goal is to do and not just talk about ideas. I have talked enough about ideas.

Tomorrow I leave London and head on to New York and a day latter to Seattle and thereafter to Anchorage, Alaska. My goal is to put to work the encyclopaedic knowledge in my head. I will start a College where students are taught both scientific and spiritual psychologies (they must already have a bachelor's degree in regular psychology but come to do graduate work leading to MSC and PhD at the college). Secular psychology only does not heal folks; I know that from practicing it for over twenty years.

I have understood my personality. My inherited somatic issues, cytochrome c oxidase deficiency, spondylolysis and mitral valve prolapse, made my body feel traumatized by the activities of daily living; my body, from the day I was born, was on fire; I was stressed and traumatized.

When a person is in trauma he seeks escape from it; he does whatever reduces his physiological tension. Thus, in childhood I sought ways to reduce my physical tension. In a manner of speaking, I developed aspects of avoidant personality disorder in the sense that I avoided many things, including people. With people I anticipated rejection from them and felt anxious around them and to avoid the anxiety withdrew from people; I kept to myself and read. All I have done with my life is read and read some more.

I returned to Alaska five years ago already one room in my apartment is filled with books; my house is generally a library, often larger than some public libraries.

I do everything that I do rather fast. I write very fast; I type very fast, perhaps, I type over 100 words a minute; it takes me only a few minutes to type several pages, what average persons' belabour over for hours.

Why do I do things very fast? My physical stress and tension required me to do things quickly and get them done and over with and go relax. I write quickly and do everything quickly to reduce my somatic tension from those activities (when I am writing I feel tension in my fingers, hands and shoulders so I write quickly to get it done).

When I was a student, say, secondary school, ask a question on an examination, say, on history, literature etc. and I would write twenty pages on it and other students probably could not write two pages during the allotted time interval. Teachers used to come to me and ask how I am able to write so many pages and do it quickly; some of the more unintelligent ones doubted that a boy could write and tell him all he needed to know, say, about the history of England in an examination and accuse me of copying the answers before the examination. My school days was interesting, for, clearly. I knew more than most of my teachers.

One of the lessons I learned during my undergraduate education at the University of Oregon is that my body is under tension most of the time and how to reduce that somatic tension. Thus, in the evenings I do systematic relaxation of all parts of my body, from my feet to my head; during these relaxation exercises I could see tension oozing out of my body! I then do meditation for an hour to calm down my mind.

If one's body is tense and anxious one's mind is filled with stress, anxiety and fear; thinking done when one's mind is in a state of fear is not useful.

It is when one relaxes one's body and mind that one can think without fear and therefore can think clearly.

When my body and mind is calm I can do physics as well as the top physicists in the world but when my body is tense I cannot have the mindfulness to solve even simple equations. It is somatic tension that led me not to make physics my major for I am incredibly good at it.

I believe that physicists tend to be those with calm bodies and minds; they have the calmness needed to do mathematics which physics needs.

Well, as I learn to relax my body and mind I find myself able to do what as a kid I could not do or found difficult to do.

Regarding Nigerians, Africans and black folks in general I believe that they are too primitive to be relevant in the extant world. Most of them do not even have the mental ability to understand my writing. I believe that it would take Nigeria and Africa, may be, another five hundred years before real human beings who can think emerge from Africa.

In the meantime one must accept that Africa is the home of dunces who do not know their left from their right hand. I expect Nigerians to be thieves; I do not have the illusion that they can see money and not steal it. They cannot tax themselves and use the tax revenue to run their idiot government. They do not even want to pay tax. They depend on revenue from oil to support their criminal governments. When oil runs out Nigeria would collapse, and become another failed African state. There is no way this can be avoided.

Moreover, Nigerians are freaking cowards; each of them wants to live forever and at all costs and is afraid of death. He knows that to fight for good government some people have to die.

The tree of liberty is watered with patriots' blood. But in Nigeria no one wants to die fighting for good government. Thus, they tolerate the criminals who rule them.

Nigerian politicians are literally, not figuratively thieves; they go into government not to serve the people but to steal from the national treasury and occupy positions that gratify their narcissistic need to feel like they are bush important persons.

Nigerian leaders have total contempt for Nigerians, for they know that the people just complain and talk but would not stand up and like men fight for good government.

Nigerians are cowards; their ancestors sold their people into slavery and the slaves in America and Arabia did not fight for freedom but tolerated white and Arab abuse.

Black folks are cowards; cowards to not produce good government.  I have given up on Africans and do not expect them to govern themselves well.

My European tour is now over. Tomorrow, I fly to New York and a day later to Seattle and thereafter to Anchorage, Alaska. In Alaska I will seek money to start my own college where we give bright students graduate education in both secular and spiritual psychology.

I know that my putative students would be mostly middle class whites; Africans don't even have the mindfulness to introspect about their plight; all they do is blame the white man for their issues. Anyway, my target market is middle class white folks; Africans are not yet ready for the type of knowledge we intend to teach.

I will not have African faculty for those like their kin in Africa are not yet professionals who give their all to their students; instead, they seek shortcuts and often steal from whatever organization you bring them to work in. I do not want thieves around me. They destroy whatever organization hires them and I would rather not deal with their thieving and ego related issues (they are always struggling for prestige and instead of doing the work want to be the leader even as they do not understand that the leader is the person who has the vision to start a business, gather people to realize it and not just a man who wants to seem an African big man).

Finally, I go from the world of contemplation, thinking and reading to doing; it is now time to put into practice the tremendous knowledge in my head.

I will no longer give away ideas for free; what people did not pay for they do not take seriously; from now on folks have to buy my over sixty books and read them and go to my website and pay to read posts there (I will use PayPal to charge folks to read articles on my website).

The time for free goods is now over.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

July 12, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

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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