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: email@example.com (907) 310-8176
ALWAYS LOOK AT ANY ISSUE FROM TWO PERSPECTIVES:
1. THE EGO'S PSYCHOLOGICAL(SCIENCE/REASON) PERSPECTIVE
2. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S LOVING PERSPECTIVE (IRREASON)
Both perspectives are correct on their terms; the ego is adaptive to the world and the Holy Spirit's perspective responds to a different interpretation, from the perspective of ego transcending, irrational perspective of love.
THE CONTRADICTION OF SPIRIT (LOVE) AND MATTER (HATE)
The contradiction between spirit (love/union) and matter (hate/separation) cannot be eliminated while people live in body. As long as people live in bodies they will have spirit and the capacity for love but also have the influence of body and its design intent as means of separation, as anti- love/union.
This contradiction is in me and I have not been able to eliminate it from me. If it has not been eliminated in me how can I eliminate it in other people.
To teach only love and hope that people will be loving and not hate, as their bodies made them do, is to be unrealistic.
You cannot expect only spirit in a world designed to be the opposite of spirit (ego and body are the opposites of spirit).
One must live with spirit (love/union) and matter (hate/separation) for that is the nature of this world.
It is only when one exits from space, time and matter, from our physical universe and return to the unified world of spirit that one will escape from the contradictions of love and hate in people.
Therefore, deal with people as they are: loving and hating people; do not expect them to be either (love) or (hate) for as long as they are in bodies. The earth (life in body) is not heaven (life outside bodies).
March 29, 2017
BY THE END OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BLACK PEOPLE WOULD BEGIN TAKING OVER THE WORLD
By the end of this present century, twenty first century, black persons would begin taking over control of this world. The takeover will take several hundred years, if not thousands of years before it is completed.
This is not a prediction but a statement of what is inevitably going to happen; by the end of the twenty first century Africans would have acquired the basics of scientific culture and would be ready to make civilizational moves; they would simply take over Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
This is because Africans are really morally a superior breed of humanity; they are also physically stronger than the other breeds of humanity but currently lack mental sophistication; when they acquire that sophistication through mass education, especially in the physical sciences they would be better equipped to rule the world.
Just as Africans left Africa about sixty thousand years ago and took over Europe, Asia and the rest of the world and displaced the less human creatures living in those lands they will do it again.
At present, those living in Europe and elsewhere are less morally developed human beings. As you watch American white folks and their uncaring nature, their inability to do what common sense requires people to do, such as give all their people publicly paid health insurance and publicly paid education through university (instead of doing the right thing they use statistics, the phony mathematics to rationalize not doing so; they tell you how expensive it is to do so while spending most of their country's moneys on manufacturing the weapons of death and selling those to third world dictators with which to kill their people) you recognize that they are not really completely human beings but pseudo human beings.
Listen, in my judgment, white Americans (I have lived with them since I left high school in Africa and came to America; I have lived with them longer than I have lived with Africans and ought to know them quite well) are not morally developed; they are stuck at near Neanderthal level of emotional and moral development; therefore, they must be replaced by a more morally advanced breed of human beings, Africans.
It does not mean that when Africans go to Europe, Asia and the Americas that they would kill off the morally inferior people already living there; no, just as in the past where they mixed with Neanderthals they will now mix with the non-Africans living wherever they go to and the resultant product of the race mixing would be a better breed of humanity.
One is not saying that the other races have no useful contributions to civilization. Europeans have given the world science and technology and for that we all must thank them; as of today they are admittedly better at doing science and coming up with technological innovations.
Orientals, especially Hindus and Chinese have given the world useful metaphysics: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism etc. but other than that they have very poor interpersonal relationships.
Despite their useful musings on God, Hindus are probably the most racist human beings on earth; indeed, they organized their society in such a manner that black folks (called Dravidians) are placed at the bottom of society. Hindus use religion to rationalize the oppression of a group of human beings; Machiavelli could not have come up with a more pernicious means of oppressing and abusing a group of people. Simply put, despite their useful religions Asians are not sufficiently morally developed to be role models for mankind.
Contemporary Africans are not angels. All you need to do is observe African leaders self-centeredness, their carting the moneys that they could have devoted to bettering the lot of their people to their private pockets.
Moreover, Africans do not seem to know anything about leadership and management.
In several writings, I pointed out that Africans are inherently a loving people but at the present are a primitive people; they are primitive in their science, technology, governance and business practices. They are trying to catch up with the West and in the process resort to uncaring behaviors (even when they steal money, having used it to gratify their craziness to seem very important persons, they spend it on their people!).
At root Africans practice the Biblical injunction for human beings to be their brothers' keepers more than other members of the human race.
Africans are decidedly a more morally developed people. Civilization moves from lower to higher and higher levels of moral development, not backwards.
In as much as Africans are more morally refined they are at the apogee of contemporary human development.
At their best, human beings transcend their individual egos and do what serves the common good, what Alfred Adler called serving social interests.
The above observations are not based on self-serving prejudice but on pure empiricism; the black race is a morally superior race but unfortunately is very primitive. However, as they acquire the rudiments of science and technology, civilization they would have no competition from the other races of mankind; they will literally walk into Europe and take it over.
Europeans cannot really fight with Africans for they are too degenerate to be able to do so. What will happen is that the white race will take cowardly refuge in homosexuality and kill themselves off from the diseases that emanate from that bestial behavior. (This is not a politically correct thing to say; in our age we are supposed to close our eyes to stupid behaviors so that we do not offend those who engage in stupid behaviors. Nevertheless, truth must be said regardless of who is hurt.)
Africans really do not have to do anything to conquer Europe; all they need to do is build schools and give their people mass education through university and by the end of this century they will produce a critical mass of educated and sophisticated people. With sophisticated people they will find that the other races cannot compete with them.
Africans do not have to say or do anything about other people; they do not have to worry about other people's motivations (you cannot know what other people are thinking for you are not a mind reader); all they have to do is do what they believe is right: love all people and leave Europeans to specialize in exploiting and oppressing people; the oppressed always have the last laugh.
If you speculate about what is in other people's minds your conclusions are mere conjectures and not facts; let facts speak for themselves. The facts are that white folks are less moral human beings; by white folks I include Arabs and the Semitic races, Hindus etc.
In the meantime, we must consciously train Africans in leadership and management and help them learn how to organize their societies; a well-organized social democratic Africa (with mixed capitalist and socialist economy) will take over the world and transform it to a better world.
AMERICA IS THE EMPIRE OF THIEVES, NOT A PEOPLE SERVING EMPIRE
My perception of the American people and their society is that America is really not a human society but an organization of anti-social personalities, thugs and thieves using the law to rob the poor and using their goon squads called the police and military to keep the poor oppressed.
Americans are organized thugs; America is an empire of thieves; America is a criminal based civilization; it has to be changed.
America must be replaced with a loving civilization where folks finally answer Caine's question to God: am I my brother's keeper with a resounding yes.
We are each other's keepers and helpers. A human being must transcend his ego selfishness and serve public good to have attained the fullest human potential. When he does so he knows peace and joy, bliss; he is now at the gate of heaven, waiting for other people to developmentally reach where he is at before we all reenter heaven.
We all left heaven at the same time and will return to it at the same time; those who have attained higher levels of spiritual development help those still caught at animal levels to reach where they are at.
Heaven is not a place; heaven is a state of mind; it is the awareness of our oneness, our eternal state of union; it is a formless state, an eternal, permanent and changeless knowledge of our interconnectedness and oneness; that knowledge is followed with total caring for all people for one knows that all people share one self and one mind: the self and mind of God. (God is not a person apart from us; he is the consciousness that we all share).
Our true home is in heaven (oneness); we decided to separate from it and invented space, time and matter and now seem to live in them.
We have actually not left oneness, heaven, aka God; we are still in the state of oneness but while in it cast a magical spell on us and seem to be sleeping and dreaming that we live in a universe that is the opposite of oneness.
The galaxies, stars, planets, plants and animals and the entire physical universe of energy and matter was invented to produce the 92 elements that exist in nature and with 64 of those our animal and plant bodies are made.
The same elements in human beings' bodies are in animals, plants and rocks and in in stars and everything.
The goal is for us to use those elements to produce animals that live in flesh and have them seem to think through flesh, their brains and come to understand their selves and the universe they made.
People came into being in bodies with the goal of understanding the universe of bodies they made. When they have completely understood how the physical universe is put together and use science and technology to manipulate it, for example, travel at the speed of light (186, 000 miles per second) and, ultimately, travel instantaneously (experiments on the non-locality of entangled particles show that that is already happening at the microscopic part of nature), when they have completely understood their universe they would end it.
In the future, we shall scramble the whole physical universe of space, time and matter , momentarily awaken in heaven and thereafter go back to another sleep and in that sleep try to understand our new universe and when we have, in billions of years, done so we awaken and repeat the pattern.
This process has been going on forever and ever; it is what the children of God do to amuse themselves and give themselves a feeling that they are doing something worthwhile.
When you are doing science and technology you feel like you are engaged in a critically important work but when you awaken in God you know that you did nothing; you know that you are part of an already existing all-knowing self and did not have to struggle to know anything for you already know everything. By playing ignorant by the sleep of self-forgetfulness and dreaming you feel like you are doing important work.
The American basic premise that people are competitive and that each of them is out to win and have others lose is wrong; at root people are cooperative, loving and caring; people are by nature creatures that would like to work for each other's social interests.
However, in the here and now obviously people are competitive and few win and the many lose. This is due to the aspect of people that society currently accentuates, their evil side; people chose to ignore the good side of them.
The American polity is based on a faulty perception of the nature of people and therefore produces the sick and warped people that we call Americans. The American constitution simply has to be rewritten to accentuate people's caring nature.
The basic structure: Congress, President and Judiciary may remain the same but their functions have to be reconfigured; they have to be charged with the mission of propagating love and caring among the people.
I do not expect Americans to make this change for I believe that Americans are in personality structures mostly narcissists, sociopaths and amoral; I do not expect anti-social personalities to behave like loving and caring persons.
Americans perverted the very teaching of Jesus Christ that in the parable of the Good Samaritan delineated who is a Christian: a caring person, to mean that a Christian is a person who oppresses other people and does not care for the welfare of the people around him.
It is left for a different type of people and society, a society predicated on the African world view of seeing people as part of us to bring about the changes that mankind is yearning for.
In sum, human beings are moving to higher and higher levels of moral evolution. Africans carry the germ of higher morality; they will, by the next century, begin taking over the entire world and showing the people in the world what it means to care for all of us.
This is the next phase of human evolution; it is the African phase of civilization, the African centuries. People began in Africa and Africans will teach all people what living fully as human beings is: loving and caring for all people.
If you abuse, oppress and exploit people you are not quite a human being yet; you are a mere animal. Africans are the most human people on planet earth. They are so because they have a moral sense and understanding that what you do to other people you do to yourself, for you and other people are intrinsically intertwined.
Love and care for people and you love you; hate people and you hate you.
March 28, 2017
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN LIVING AND TEACHING EGO OF LOVE
If one completely lets go of ones ego one would exit from this world; this is what forgiveness accomplishes; if you forgive what is done to you by other people you overlook the reality of this world, the attack and defense reality of the world and become defenseless.
If you are defenseless (forgiving) you escape from this world of attack and defense and first return to the awareness of a different world, the world of light forms and, ultimately, to the formless world of light (God, and his heaven).
But if you want to live in this world of separation, space and time you must retain your ego of separation; what you can do is transform it to ego of love; here, you use your ego to love you (including your body although the body is designed to separate from other selves); you now use your ego to love other egos in bodies. Your ego becomes ego of love, an ego used to unify with all people instead of ego of separation and hate that the ego was designed to be (the ego and body are means of separating from God, the whole, and from other people, parts of the whole).
This means that you do not forgive this world totally, you do not overcome the world totally; you are still defensive, your immune system still attacks and kills germs trying to attack and eat your body; you still kill animals and vegetables and eat them. But as much as is possible you use your ego to love other egos in bodies.
If you do so you attain relative peace and happiness, not the perfect peace and happiness of heaven (egoless unified state).
If you have learned to love you and other people then you can teach other people to transform their egos to egos of love; you do not make them love for only they will decide to love and obtain relative peace and joy; your job is to love you and people and teach them love by modeling love but not to make them love.
My conclusion is actually Ramakrishna's conclusion; he, too, taught transforming the ego of hate to the ego of love (see the Gospel of Ramakrishna by M and the writings of Vivekananda). Bahaullah, too, wanted to make his followers, Baha'is, loving egos but not awaken them to their truth as the formless children of God; he wanted to give them what he called the lesser peace outside the gate of heaven but not the perfect peace of heaven, for heaven requires egolessness and formlessness.
Many people will still choose to retain their ego of hate and not transform it to ego of love; it is not for you to worry about what they do.
Your leadership function is to understand that love is good for you and people and live love and establish an organization to teach ego of love. Your management function is to manage the business organization committed to teaching love in this world. This is because you are in the world, not outside it, yet.
In the world of egos you need leadership and management but if you are outside the world of space, time and matter, in the world of light forms and or in the state of pure light you do not need leadership and management.
Africans, as they are currently constituted have egos of hate and separation; it would take centuries before they learn the ego of love.
Europeans actually would learn the ego of love quicker than Africans.
Hindus, for all their talk of God, are as discriminatory as other human beings hence are as hateful as other people hence separate from other people and need to learn about the ego of love before they forgive their egos and attain the Samadhi (egoless state) that they talk about in their religion.
March 26, 2017
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal:
LIFE SHOULD NOT BE SICKNESS TO BE ENDURED
All my life, I have lived with constant stomach upset; that stomach pain is registered on my face; my face looks strained and has been that way all my life, this is no longer acceptable to me.
Sadly, this situation is so while I study and talk spirituality; apparently, spirituality does not help me straighten out my bodily issues.
Those who talk spirituality invariably die from the bodily issues they have and neglected to pay attention to. Jane Roberts, Helen Schucman, Kenneth Warpnick, Wayne Dyer, Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha all died from physical issues.
Apparently, religion and spirituality is escape from physical reality. Religions, Spirituality and their God do not heal any one's physical issues. Therefore, one should not look to them to heal one's physical issues; one should look to science and medical technology. Spirituality heals the mind not necessarily the body.
BUT HAVE I REALLY LIVED A SPIRITUAL LIFE?
I have not lived a day without ego and its fear hence have not practiced spirituality, if spirituality means living without ego and fear; the same goes for Helen, Kenneth, Jane, Rufus and others who claim to be spiritual persons; we all have egos hence have pride and fear.
If one has not transcended ones ego why then does one expect to be healed if healing means transcending the ego?
IF YOU TRANSCEND THE EGO YOU WILL NOT SEE THIS WORLD OF EGOS
If you are not in ego you are out of this world, for this world is a place of ego. You will not even see this world if you awaken to your true state as the son of God.
You may identify with the Holy Spirit and see this world but know it as a nonsensical dream and ignore it.
YOU ARE NOT THE EGO OR HOLY SPIRIT
You, the son of God, are not the ego or Holy Spirit but can identify with either and live as such. Right now we, in the world of egos, identify with the ego and live as ego; we can also identify as the Holy Spirit and live as such, and see this world and overlook it.
If you live as the Holy Spirit and Christ you reclaim the power of God and can heal the minds of those who asked to be healed by you, not those who did not ask you to heal them, for the sons of God have a right to be in hell, in ego, if they so choose.
PEOPLE WANT TO EXPERIENCE WHATEVER YOU DID TO THEM, AND YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE WHATEVER THEY DID TO YOU, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD DO BAD THINGS TO THEM
People want to experience whatever you did to them, good or bad, and what you will do to them in the future; you also wanted to experience whatever people did to you in the past or will do to you in the future. However, that does not mean that you should do bad things to people; you may decide not to do to them what their ego personalities called on you to do to them.
All the women that I have dealt with in my entire life asked to experience my treatment of them but I could have chosen to overlook their call to experience victimized ego status (women attack men and then act as if they are victims should you counter attack them) and love them, not ego love but spiritual love.
The point is that one should not go about feeling guilty for what one did to people in the past but from now onwards should overlook what other people as egos ask one to do to them and simply be a passive figure in their dreams that they are egos and want to experience attacks by attacking each other (they will not attack one if one has transcended the ego).
WHAT IS HEALING?
HEALING IS LETTING GO OF ONES IDENTIFICATION WITH THE EGO;
MODERATING THE EGO IS NORMALCY NOT HEALING
If you are healed you have let go of your ego and no longer behave from the ego; you now live in peace and joy.
If you have not let go of your ego you are unhealed and therefore cannot heal another person, for to heal him is to get him to let go of his ego; if you retain your ego you are an unhealed healer and cannot get another person to let go of his ego.
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AND PASTORS ARE UNHEALED HEALERS HENCE HEAL NO ONE!
Psychotherapists retain their egos and therefore are not healed; they cannot heal other people by getting them to let go of their egos.
So-called ministers of God retain their egos and therefore cannot heal other people by getting them to let go of their egos.
Only those who have let go of their egos can get other people to let go of their egos hence heal them.
In this world there is no one who has completely let go of his ego so there is no healed person in the extant world; therefore, there is no healer in the world today.
YOU CANNOT ASK OTHER PEOPLE TO RESPECT YOU IF YOU ARE NOT RESPECT WORTHY
The other day, my girlfriend of three years (apparently, she has come into money, we are talking real money, millions) inadvertently, told me that she is looking for a house, in the state where she lives, to buy. She told me this in passing, as an afterthought for she had been out with a girlfriend looking at houses. She called me in the evening and I asked her what she has been doing with herself and she told me that she has been house hunting. Apparently, she did not need my input into her decision making.
What this means is that she does not value my input into her behavior; it means that she does not respect or even love me.
Question: should she love and respect me and consult me before she does anything? The answer is no.
By the same token, I do not have to love or respect her or consult her before I do anything. In this world the truth is that as one does to other people they inevitably do to one; she does not value my input and I do not have to value her input in doing anything.
My business is to overlook her behavior and not allow it to bother me; I leave her to dance her loveless dance and still see herself as a victim of men whereas she asks for the way she is treated cavalierly by men by not respecting them.
In my entire life I have never asked any human being, not even my parents for financial help and am not about to start doing so now. So, if it got into her head that I may ask her for money she is badly misinformed.
I must now let her go, for one should not be around a disrespectful woman. This is not an issue of power and control for I do not control anyone; I simply will not be around a person who disregards me in making critical decisions that supposedly affect me. If you are in a situation where you are not consulted before major decisions are made it damages your self-esteem and self-confidence, so I must pack it up and move on. I will no longer pick up her phone calls. I end our unhealthy neurotic dance.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 25, 2017
SEEK AND LIVE YOUR OWN INDEPENDENT POINT OF VIEW
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
Here are some truths that cannot be denied; if you look at Africans they seem uneducated and ill informed; they seem to be living in a different century, may be in the thirteenth century (before the age of discovery and science); their views are simply not up to par with what you would expect in people living in the twenty first century who are educated in the scientific method and are up to snuff on modern science.
Many Africans talk in religious terms (Christianity and Islam) that, at best, seem primitive and magical religions; you are motivated to see them as primitive folk and avoid them.
Simply put, one, if rational, is motivated not to respect Africans points of views; one is motivated to dismiss Africans as not relevant for one in rational discourse. Honestly, one cannot respect typical Africans because their views seem superstitious and silly.
If you look at white folks, especially white Americans what you see are ill-educated people; they seem to be silly in their views; despite living in the most scientifically advanced country in the world their individual views are usually uneducated; in fact, most of them sound stupid. Thus, you cannot honestly respect individual Americans points of views and you dismiss them and move away from them.
If you look at the white American government, such as Donald Trump's government what you see is craziness; the government of America appears run by idiots; the government certainly does not seem to be governing on behalf of the people but on behalf of the few rich folks in the country.
What seems rational is for the American government to give all Americans publicly paid health insurance and give all Americans publicly paid education through university.
American legislators and leaders in general still debate whether their people need health insurance or not. While they are having such silly debates they are shifting the tax payers' moneys to military and other areas that serve the wealthy contractors supplying the military with means of killing people.
The American government, to put it honestly, does not deserve respect; in fact, it is contemptible. I do not see how a rational person with integrity can respect the American government (to some extent the same goes for the other western governments).
As for non-Western governments, such as the Muslim governments in the Middle East, those are honestly sub human governments; no rational person can respect them.
So, what should you do? What the individual should do is seek the truth as he sees it; seek and come up with your truth and live it.
One should not live in accordance with what other people tell one are the truth but only what one concluded is the truth. You must live your truth if you want to have integrity and self-respect.
Therefore, sit down and write down what you believe is the truth for you and live it. You should not seek approval of that truth from other people; nor should you try to approve other people's truth; you leave other people to live their own self derived truth.
You may identify people who seem to be living your truth. In US politics the only politician that lives the truth as I see it is Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-styled democratic socialist. He advocates publicly paid health insurance for all Americans and publicly paid education for all Americans through university. I like what he represents although I do not call myself a socialist; I accept aspects of capitalism and aspects of socialism to form a mixed economy; I am a mixed economist. My own independent thinking leads me to reach my politics and there I stand and will not budge.
Bernie Sanders is apparently a pacifist; he does not want to use the military to go after Muslim terrorists; I disagree with him; I want us to go after the Muslim terrorists and cut off their heads wherever they are in this world.
In fact, I want us to stamp out Islam for it is not a religion; it is a political ideology used for enslaving people to worshiping Mohammed.
I tolerate Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism as useful mythologies that help people to live peacefully with one another but if you ask my choice it is to do away with all religions and replace them with a rational approach to phenomena, what I call scientific culture.
Finally, you have to take back control of your life and live it well; you should not engage in self destructive behaviors such as eat too much and get fat ( my weight when I was twenty five was 145 lbs. but lately I found myself weighing considerably more than that so I decided that it is time to take back my life and went on starvation and did not eat for weeks and reduced my weight to under 150 lbs. and will keep it there even if it means not eating at all; I got into self-destructive habits of eating too much due to laziness and despair).
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 23, 2017
COINCIDENCE OR SERENDIPITY OR SPIRITUALITY?
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
This morning I woke and out of nowhere it occurred to me that since the Nigerian state has kept Nnamdi Kanu in detention for an extended period of time and, apparently, plan to keep him there much longer and there is nothing that he can do to get out, I decided to write to him a letter urging him to use his time in prison to write a book delineating what his Biafra struggle is all about. Moreover, it would help him kill time if he did that writing. I also suggested to him that other people who were jailed had taken the opportunity to write about their experiences and or philosophies and have other people edit them and thus tell the world what they stand for. Finally, I urged him to read the Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf as a way of killing time and learning from them.
This evening, bored I tried to find something to watch on TV that is not the usual American TV faire of escape and trivia. I did TV surfing and lighted on channel 63 (Newsmax TV) and lo and behold they are showing Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the writing of the Gulag Archipelago. Naturally, I am watching it (as I am typing this piece at 11: 30).
Is this a coincidence, serendipity or influenced by a higher part of my mind? If you are an atheist, of course, you would say that it is pure accident but if you are a believer in spirituality you would probably say that it is due to a higher part of my mind, spirit and that that part of me, made me do what I do.
Let it be said that generally I do not care that much about Biafra and Nnamdi Kanu but lately he has been in my mind, for I believe that he has been detained for too long, he ought to be tried and if found guilty imprisoned and if not released but not just held for over two years. His detention, to me, seems unfair.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you the type of life that I find myself living: I would be thinking of something and it occurs and so on. You make of this type of life what you like. (Below is my little piece to and on Nnamdi Kanu this morning; it was posted at some Nigerian Internet fora).
On Nnamdi Kanu
While in detention Nnamdi Kanu should take the opportunity to write a book on his vision for his Biafra. Many folks who were imprisoned have taken the opportunity to write books delineating their causes' philosophies, manifestos.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote the Gulag Archipelago* while in Siberian prison. When Adolf Hitler was imprisoned in 1925 he wrote his manifesto, Mein Kampf, My struggle and had his friend, Hess edit it.
Kanu should write a book on what Biafra means to him and get one of his lieutenants to edit it for him and publish it; that way we get to know what this Biafra business is all about.
Moreover, writing a book would give him something to do as well as sharpen his writing skills; he should not be all talk and just commit his ideas to writing.
Put your ideas down on paper if you want them to be known by other people and to posterity. A four hundred and fifty pages book on Biafra would do more to sell Biafra than merely having unemployed Igbo youths demonstrate for it and get shot to death by the Nigerian state.
Africans should stop being idle motor mouths and become writing people.
If you have access to Mr. Nnamdi Kanu please relay this message to him. Thank you.
While in prison Nnamdi Kanu could also while away his time by reading the Gulag Archipelago.
The Gulag Archipelago - Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The Gulag Archipelago. The Gulag Archipelago is a book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Soviet forced labor camp system. The three-volume book is a narrative relying on eyewitness testimony and primary research material, as well as the author's own experiences as a prisoner in a gulag labor camp.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 23, 2017
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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE MOTIVATING DESIRES OF YOUTH DISAPPEAR
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
In youth we have pleasant illusions that we have it in us to change the world. With that desire in us we are motivated to accomplish great things. We go to school and obtain useful education. Thereafter, we secure jobs, marry and have children. We devote ourselves to trying to actualize our youthful desires.
Our youthful desires pretty much take us into our mid-thirties. Thereafter, one begins to realize that the world is not for one to change it and that despite ones ideals that the old world would remain as it was when one was born. The world's core does not change, although we make changes in its periphery.
In our forties the goals that had excited us in our youth die and most people begin to die a slow death.
Actually, all death is self-inflicted. People inflict death to themselves when they realize that their youthful ideas are not going to be realized. By their fifties people are eating too much, drinking too much and no longer exercising regularly and generally do things that destroy their bodies. They get fat and bloated with protruding bellies (see a man with big belly see a walking dead man).
By age sixty many persons have given up on life and are now living shadows of their former selves; they are now ready to kick the bucket; they soon die from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and stroke and other diseases caused by their bad habits.
The question is what to do when one experiences midlife crisis in ones fifties (now ones former vigorous physical powers is almost gone and one is getting physically old and find it difficult to run a few miles without collapsing).
What you should do is rethink your youthful goals and come up with more realistic goals, not the idealism, illusions and delusions of youth. You do not have to be despaired, desponded and depressed and give up; you can give yourself mature goals to live for during the rest of your life. You do not have to overeat and get fat and look ugly.
So, what goals are realistic for you and excite you to action? Clearly, it cannot be the delusional goal of changing the world, for if you have not changed the world by age sixty you are not going to do so anymore; you simply do not have enough time left to do so, for, give and take you have no more than thirty useful years to live and that is not enough time to change the world.
According to Hinduism, folks over sixty should have had their children trained and now have the time to ponder spiritual matters; thus, Hinduism says that folks in their sixties should now devote themselves to the search for God and see if there is God or not.
I began my search for God in my thirties and pretty much have concluded that I cannot use the intellect to discover whether there is God or not; science cannot help me understand whether there is God or not, either. So, instead of making my life miserable seeking God I do what seems to me the next best thing: love me, love all people and forgive what can be forgiven and correct what can be corrected. I live love and teach love.
For the past two decades I have been engaged in philosophical and psychological writing. I have written enough books to make a difference in the world of ideas.
I did all these hiding in plain site; I propagated a new philosophy for mankind, one that says that God is unified state, and unified state is love so we must love one another, not as a moral issue but as a rational issue, for if we love one another we live in peace and enjoy some happiness in this impersonal and sorrowful world.
So, what are your own rethought mid-life goals for you? Only you can determine it, my friend; no other person can do so for you. Good luck in that endeavor.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 23, 2017
YOU BEGIN WITH SENSE OF DEFICIT AND MAKE THE MISTAKE OF ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE YOU LESS DEFICIENT
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
In childhood, I began out with a sense of deficit; I believed that there is something wrong with my body. I ended up asking other people to tell me that I am good enough.
I wanted to be like those that I perceived to be good so as to make me seem good. I wanted to attach me to those that seem good so as to feel good.
At school, I wanted to be like the children of the rich; in youth I wanted to be like the rich; in America I wanted to be like white folks.
Eventually, of course, I learned that the children of the rich are mostly garbage, the rich are mostly idiots (see Donald Trump the buffoon despite his billions of dollars) and white folks are mostly sociopaths).
So, where then do you go after you discover the nature of reality? You go to where you ought to have been all along: you accept yourself as you are in an unconditionally positive manner and have no desire to be like other people; you give up the sense that if you are this or that way other people will approve you.
You do not need to have other people's approval and nobody needs your approval to be who they are; you do not need to judge you or other people as good or bad; you just have to accept you and other people as they are.
You only concern yourself with other people if other people attempt to harm you; if they harm you thereafter you have every right to defend yourself and since the best defense is offense you attack and if needs be kill them (or if you so choose you forgive them and insist that they not harm you again, for forgiveness does not mean tolerating harmful behaviors from the forgiven).
Accept yourself as you are; do not make any efforts to approximate what you think that other people would like you to be before they accept you; you do not need other people's acceptance and they do not need your acceptance.
If you do so you have good mental health but if you insist that other people need to accept you then you are a neurotic.
Those you seek approval from are like you; we are all animals that live, die and rot and smell to high heaven so you do not need any such person's approval.
You may have medical and or biological deficits but that is your personal issues, not other people's issue; your medical deficit does not mean that there is something wrong with you. Just learn to deal with your issues without getting other people involved.
Whereas all over the world children call each other negative names and make fun of other children with physical deformities, certain primitive folks, such as Igbo adults, will call you put down names if they believe that you have physical deformities; what they do shows their uncivilized state so you do not have to worry about them; you overlook them as one overlooks savages; their infantile opinions do not matter.
If you are a black man you do not need the approval of white folks; you do not need the acceptance of slave masters and sociopaths; if it ever crosses your mind to get white folks approval stop right there and give it up.
I hope that this insight from my own life helps you.
PS: Last night, I watched on YouTube a replica of an Igbo compound or village in Virginia, USA. They constructed thatched huts; the huts are in a village exhibiting what life was like in the places from where Americans came from: England, Germany and Africa; the huts are part of the American heritage; many American slaves came from Alaigbo. Those type of houses actually existed in Igbo land through the 1970s. I had been ashamed that our African people lived in such primitive state. I had put as much distance as is possible from such houses. I would not come to the USA and construct such primitive houses and exhibit them for the rest of the world to see how primitive Africans were. But I saw an Igbo professor proudly talking about the houses of his people. At that point I realized that what made some people ashamed does not make others ashamed. The proud professor accepted his people's primitive status while a shame bound professor did not like his people's primitive past. The proud professor is, of course, healthier than the shame feeling professor. Clearly, Igbo houses were primitive but why should one be ashamed of them? Are there people who were not in the past primitive?
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 22, 2017
THE WORST MISTAKE MADE BY THOSE INTO METAPHYSICS IS TO IGNORE PHYSICS
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
I have read where those who are into metaphysics and new age religions deemphasize physics. This is a mistake. We on earth live in a three dimensional universe; we live in space, time and matter. Our bodies are made of matter (64 of the 92 elements in nature are found in our bodies). We walk in space and time. Simply put, we are part of the world of space, time and matter; those three do affect our bodies.
Our bodies do get sick (from shear wear and tear, fatigue and from germs, such as bacteria, virus and fungi) and need to be healed with medications; we do get hungry and need food; we are affected by inclement weather and need to wear clothes (I live in Alaska; it is spring in other parts of the world but in Anchorage the weather, as I type, is about 10 degrees Fahrenheit so if you go outside without thick clothes you will die in a couple of hours; you simply have to wear weather appropriate clothes, and live in a well-insulated and heated house and drive in a heated car if you want to survive.
There is no two ways of going about it. Your new age religion will not enable you to survive in Alaska if you do not abide by the dictates of its punitive weather.
The human body responds to the climate it lives in; the body's inherited nature plays a role in its response.
For example, since I was a born I have had low energy. I do not have physical energy to do physical work, never had, not even as a child or young boy. I intuitively understood my nature hence avoided physical work. If I were to go do physical work I would probably collapse, faint and die in a few days.
I know enough about the human body and medical science to understand why I do not have physical energy. I can explain the biological reasons for it.
The point is that I cannot deny my physical reality and go follow those with sufficient physical energy to do physical work and do physical work. I cannot smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, drink alcohol, or do drugs; if I do I die. Indeed, I can only eat certain food, mostly vegetables and fruits. That is simply my reality.
We are each different. Those with abundant physical energy do physical work and sports and eat whatever they want to eat. People like me with low physical energy interestingly have abundant mental energy and do mental work; people like me read, think and produce ideas. No one expects the athletic type to produce philosophical ideas; they are too dense to do introspective thinking (they are more like work horses, no brains).
Physics, chemistry and biology influence the human body and determine what each of us can do; physics shape our behaviors; there is no use denying this reality while jabbering about spiritual matters. To deny matter while one lives in matter is delusional.
I say this because I hear my new age religionist friends tell me that they are praying and that through prayers and other magical thinking that they can heal their bodies; Christian scientists take that delusional thinking to a whole new level and desist from taking medications and, of course, die.
Yet, there is spirit; our bodies are masks through which spirits act in the three dimensional universe. We wear bodily masks of different types and the mask, that is, bodies we inherited affect our behaviors while we are in body and on earth. In fact, our bodies enable us to play the roles we play on earth; spirit disguises itself as body and plays a role that its specific body enables it to play.
If you are physically strong your body probably designed you to be good at sports and physical work but you cannot do what my body disposed me to do, such as read most of western philosophy while a teenager and do psychology and then branch off to doing other things.
Body hides our real selves, which are spirits, but as long as we live in bodies body do affect what we do; there is no use denying this reality.
There are those who are so spiritually advanced that with practice they can leave their bodies and experience other universes. I have experienced the universe of light forms (in it people are like they are in our world but are made of pure light energy, they are in light forms; with thinking and wishes they can be anywhere in their universe of light forms; that universe still has space, time and refined matter).
Some people have experienced other universes including the universe where we are not in forms, dense or light but are pure thought, a universe where we are ideas in the whole idea that folks call God. Yes, there is heaven, a place of pure light; heaven is a wave of spiritual light and each of us is a unit, particle of that light. Wave and particles share one self and one mind and are thus one; there is no space and time between them; you can act as the whole or as the part of the whole.
You cannot understand heaven, in my terms, unified spirit self, by my talking about it for until you have experienced it you cannot know it, so, it is pointless for me to talk about it.
Moreover, in our three dimensional universe perhaps ten people have actually experienced union with all being; people are at different levels in their evolution through matter, space and time. You cannot rush your evolution; you are where you are in time and space and that is all there is to you.
For now the point that I am making is that we are in the universe of space, time and matter and live in bodies and bodies affect us and we must take care of our bodies with good food, medications, clothes and the other things we do on earth; above all we must study science.
If your level of science is below bachelor's degree you ought to improve your study, especially of physics and chemistry and bring your understanding of them to bachelor's degree level, at least.
Do not delude yourself that you are spirit and therefore deny your present reality: living in space, time and matter; those three limit what you can do. If you jump from a high rise building you will smash your body on the ground and die.
Even if you are one of those spiritually highly evolved persons who know that you are, in truth, not matter and that the physical universe does not exist, is a dream, as long as you opt to live in our universe that universe will affect you.
When you experience other universes, as I have, you have the choice to stay in one of them or to come back to our universe; nobody forces you to return to our universe.
As long as you have chosen to live in our universe that universe has its laws and dynamics and they do affect you and you might as well study physics to be able to adapt realistically to our world.
When you have had enough of our world then you leave it and stay in other universes. We all have that choice.
What knowledge of other universes does for you is give you a sense of immortality; you know that when you seem to die on earth, in the dream of separation, you merely awaken in another universe (for those on earth, you awaken to the world of light forms).
You know that life is eternal, permanent and changeless. With this knowledge at the back of your mind you will no longer be prone to fear, anger, depression, paranoia, mania, schizophrenia, delusion and the other mental illnesses that afflict human beings.
For example, even if you point a gun at me I would not be afraid of your killing me. Indeed, that has always been the case with me. When I was a graduate student at UCLA (in my twenties) I had a part time job at a psychiatric hospital in Hollywood. Despite what you may have read about the glitter of Hollywood that tinsel town is mostly ghetto; it is smoke and mirrors!
(UCLA is located in heaven on earth; it is wedged between Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood, the most expensive real estate on planet earth; the campus is certainly better looking than any campus that you can think of and I have been to most of the good ones, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Caltech, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia etc. and they pale in comparison to the architectural beauty of the bruins.)
Anyway, I was in Hollywood and walking down a street and a Latino boy, no more than fifteen years of age, ran towards me with a gun pointing straight at my face. I went into my warrior mode and simply ignored him. He asked for my wallet and I ignored him and looked him in the ace without fear or saying anything. I remembered that the most he can do is shoot and kill me. I am born and will die so what is the point in being afraid and out of fear do what another person ask me to do. Thus, I simply ignored the rat. He stood there looking at me, fear written all over his face (criminals are cowards). Other people were coming along and the coward decided to run off.
As long as you are not afraid other people cannot do any harmful thing to you but when you are in fear other people can screw you in any which way they want to.
The point is that if you know that there are other worlds you will overcome fear and anger for you accept your immortality and thus nothing can threaten your peace. That is what knowledge of spiritual matters does for you.
Spirituality does not give you the power to do magic, to physically heal people or awaken the dead etc. In the meantime, go study physics and science in general and use that information to make the most of our physical universe.
Don't ever deny your present reality of physics and pretend that the study of metaphysics would make you not affected by your physical environment.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 21, 2017
Fear assumes that one is a body that can be harmed and destroyed; ultimately, fear is predicated on fear of death.
A course in miracles says that we are not body, that body is a dream figure we take on in our dream that we are separate from God and from our real self, the son of God. It says that our true self is eternal, permanent and changeless. It says that we choose to separate from God and each other but could not do so in reality, eternity, in unified spirit self and went to sleep and seem to be dreaming and in our dreaming now seem separated; that we invented space, time and matter and now house ourselves in bodies and in bodies seem separated from each other.
The book says that we do not live in space, time and matter; indeed, it says that space, time and matter are illusions.
There are no bodies but we seem to live in bodies; we made those bodies seem vulnerable and destroyable and we came to fear that our bodies could be destroyed. We are told that we are not bodies and therefore should not fear the destruction of our bodies.
Since we believe that our bodies can be destroyed other people believe that they can destroy our bodies; we fear that our bodies can be destroyed.
People do attack, harm and destroy our bodies but it is done in dreams; the book tells us that even when folks harm our bodies and destroys them that we are not harmed.
The book tells us not to be fearful for we are eternal; it says that we must forgive those who seem to harm our bodies for they did not harm or destroy our real selves.
IDENTIFICATION WITH THE EGO IS NOT JUSTIFIED
The logic of this view is the same as the logic that fear is not justified; we are not egos; egos are the false identities we take on in dream states, dream figures.
Our true selves is said to be the eternal sons of God and that in our true states we are spirits and went to sleep and in our dreams take on dream figures called egos in bodies.
Believing that we are the dream selves we made we fear their death. A course in miracles tells us that we are not the dream figures, egos; that we are not ego s and bodies but are the sons of God.
If we are not egos and bodies then we must not fear the harm and death of our egos and bodies.
AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT AFRAID YOU WILL NOT SINK.
Mao Tse Tung.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
March 20, 2017