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

 

WHY IGBOS HATE ME: I PUNCTURED THEIR BALLOON OF LIES

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

 

      It does not take a rocket scientist to see that most Igbos have an obsessive-compulsive desire to tell the world that they are a special people, a very superior people, a very important and powerful people. Their presentation to people is this: folks, see us as special, and as better than you and all people. This is their social trajectory.

     They tend to work very hard to seem the superior people they want to be; some of them do, indeed, appear to be achieving; they have neurotic achievement (they boast about their so-called achievements), not the calm, non-boastful achievement of mature people.

     If they can browbeat you into believing in their neurotic and delusional desire to seem better than other people they see you as a friend but if you see through their neurotic maneuver to mask their existential sense of nothingness (which they must accept if they are to become mature and wise people) they feel angry at you.

      In Nigeria, having identified with the lie that they are special they look down on other Nigerians, especially on Hausas and Yorubas (their rivals for political power in Nigeria).

    Yorubas are civilized and do not kill any one, they just shine off Igbo arrogance and do not let it bother them.

      Hausas are a different story. When they can no longer tolerate Igbo empty arrogance they sharpen their machetes and begin killing every Igbo in sight. Thus, since 1942 they occasionally massacre Igbos living in the North.

     I understand the function served by human desire to seem superior to other people. Existence makes people feel inferior. We are born and will die and worms eat our bodies so we feel like we are nothing.

      We would like to believe that we are important. We are not important.

     Neurotics want to feel important but still know that they are not important.

      Psychotics (deluded persons) actually believe that they are important and present themselves as important.

    (Please note the difference between neurosis and psychosis; the neurotic does not like his reality and wants to change it but has not totally fled from it; the psychotic not only rejects his reality but fled from it and now identifies with a false powerful self, hence has lost ability to test reality and is insane.)

         Everywhere on planet earth human beings wear masks of importance. See, Donald Trump, a literally empty headed baboon, masquerades around as a very intelligent man (he has narcissistic personality disorder, that is, he feels special and wants people to see him as special when, in fact, he is a chipmunk).

     I understand these things but also know that to be mentally healthy one must remove the mask, remove the veil of specialness and accept that one is unimportant and leave it at that.

     When you accept your existential lack of importance and stop pretending to be important you feel peaceful and happy and become a mature and wise person. But as long as you pretend to be important you come across as an asshole.

     Igbos pretend to be important when they are not so; therefore, they come across as ass holes. Their current lying is to deny that they are Africans and claim to be Jews. Why this pretense?

     Jews have an illustrious four thousand years history whereas Igbos written history is just about a hundred years (from when the British began ruling them and built schools in their world and gave them Christianity).

     Deep down Igbos feel totally ashamed of their primitive status and want to wash away that status by claiming to be Jews. Even when DNA testing shows that they are not Jews but Negros who are related to their Yoruba, Edo, Ijaw and Idoma neighbors they deny that reality and keep hankering for the delusion that black folks can be white folks.

     This is the nature of delusion disorder. The deluded person feels inadequate and rejects his self and uses his imagination to posit a better self and identify with that fantasy self and present it to other people to see him as it and when they are deceived and see Igbos as gods Igbos feel fine and if not they feel angry at you for looking down on them.

     Deluded, paranoid persons are always accusing people of looking down on them, humiliating them, when, in fact, all they do is humiliate other people.

     Deluded and sadistic Igbos seek pleasure from degrading other Nigerians.

     I came along and appreciated their neurotic and sometimes psychotic dance for existential importance and told them that they are not important.

     They do not want to accept their existential reality of nothingness and see me as the person who popped their balloon of lies. They would rather I did not tell them their truth:  human nothingness.

      Thus, they think that they hate me (of course they do not hate me; deep down they love me for they know that I am their savior...saviors are not so recognized in their lifetimes).

      They look for every opportunity to attack me. If they could kill me (destroy the truth) so as to keep on pretending to be what they are not, important animals, they would do so.

      I understand what they are doing.

     Those of us who are born to tell the truth are always hated. Jesus was killed because he told people the truth that they are the same and coequal and should love one another instead of having a social structure where some seem better than others.

     Igbos will always attack me. It goes with the territory of being a prophet. Will they succeed in silencing me? Of course not.

     They are making fools of themselves. If they are a serious people they would be grateful to me for telling them the truth; if they lived that truth it would bring them people's love not hate.

     At present, wherever they are they tell lies about their specialness and people hate them for doing so. As we speak, in America if you apply for a job and the white employers know that you are Igbo they would not even interview you for they think that you are full of shit, besides, you are more likely to rob their joint.

     Here is the deal. I will keep on stating the truth and leave it at that. Let those who have ears hear and those who insist on lies keep on living lies.

      Existence does not bend to lies but always reward truth; the truth is human equality and the need for love for all creation and its creator, God.

 

Post Script:

 

I just got back from church and read what some Igbo Internet trolls have been writing about me. My inclination is to shine them off as one shines off fools but on second thought decided to understand their visceral hatred of my person, a hatred that blinds them to the simple truth that I harp on. Ezeana, Madu, Nebu, Dan, Collins, Ezekwe, Assigwara, and the other  members of the Igbo cabal at Nigerian Internet forums propagating the impossible notion of Igbo specialness please see if you can understand the above essay. It might save you from making assholes of yourselves, as you do when you call your savior your enemy. You should note that no other Nigerian joins you in making fools of yourself in assaulting me. Contrary to your idiotic renditions of my writing all you need to do is open Nigerian newspapers and Internet sites and read them there. Those who want to learn from masters do but fools close their eyes to the truth that stare them in the face. You cannot make the truth go away no matter how hard you try. In my neck of the woods, Anchorage, I do weekly Monday evening public lectures and folks come to listen to a sage. I will soon start doing a weekly radio and TV talks. You folks choose to live in your absurd ignorance. This is very sad, but as they say, you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink; all that I can do is share knowledge and leave it to you to choose to learn or continue living in your primitive state of mind.

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 21, 2018

www.centerformindscience.org

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICA IS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE BUT MUST CHANGE

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

 

     America, a country, like individuals, is the sum of its past. The sum of America’s past determines where it is at today.

      America’s past was one where Europeans came to the Americas and expropriated the land from Native people and imported African slaves and used their labor for free to cut down the virgin land.

     From about 1830 America began to industrialize. It imported working class Europeans to the country to work in the factories. They were worked for sixteen or more hours a day, pretty much like the African slaves working on America’s farms.

      America began as a slave society. Slavery influenced America’s culture to the present. America is a slave society (beneath the veneer of democracy is slavery; white working class are supped up slaves). 

     American politics is the politics of slave masters and slaves. The political class works for the economic class (the real owners of America); the political class passes laws to oppress white working class and, of course, black and brown folks.

      Is this dreadful situation going to change soon? I wish that my wishful thinking could change America but it will not change it.

      I wish for a social democratic society, as exists in Scandinavia but that is not going to happen in the USA in the next one hundred years.

     America has a slave culture; it specializes in oppressing folks while giving them the impression that they are free. Exploitation is in the bone marrows of Americans.

     One must accept the slave culture of the USA. This does not mean that one should be fatalistic but that one should not engage in magical thinking and expect changes today.

     One must quietly work for the type of society one desires. I work for a social democratic society where the public gives all people education through university and gives all people health insurance.

      I accept capitalism as the most productive economy there is but want to add some socialism to it, as in mixed economy.

     Will this happen in my life time? I am not sure but the desire keeps hope alive in me. When hope for a better future dies in a man he gives up the spirit and dies. So, I will cling to my hope even if at present it seems utopian.

    Regarding African societies I do not expect them to change soon. If we succeed in getting Africans, especially Nigerians to become less thievish we would have made tremendous progress. I do not expect Africa to be well governed in this century. But out of the chaos and anarchy that is Africa a future well governed Africa will emerge, say, in the twenty second century?

      The present Africans are too corrupt and, as such, only a fool would expect them to change in their present life times. Give Africans money to develop their continent and they steal it. That is not going to change soon.

     When I see people I immediately appraise their character strengths and weaknesses and wish that they had only healthy characters. Is my wish going to change and make people have healthy, that is, loving characters?  If wishes were horses poor people would ride them!

      People’s characters are the sum of their body and social experience up to now. They cannot be suddenly changed because one wants them to change. It takes several centuries to understand and change the human character and culture.

     Therefore, I live with people as they are now.  I am a social-political realist and accept people and their cultures as they currently are: imperfect and do not hope to change them. However, I quietly articulate what they could become in the future but do not expect that future now.

 

BYRON KATIES’S LOVING WHAT IS

 

      Byron Katie is correct in saying that what is happening to the individual is what is happening to him and that that is his present reality.

  For example, I could not do all kinds of jobs; the only jobs I could do were the jobs that I did; not ideal jobs but those my body could do. I spent a lot of time wishing for ideal jobs.

    Every person is doing what he can do at any point in time. One’s reality is ones reality and cannot not be it given his biological and social experience.

     Wishing for another reality is pointless, for one’s reality is what it is; it cannot be changed but could be understood and made less painful.

      Byron Katie’s Taoist philosophy dovetails to my realistic philosophy; we have a meeting of minds.  I will give a public lecture based on her philosophy and the Work (I do Monday evenings, two hours, public lectures).

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 21, 2018

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:48

Byron Katie and Taoist Psychotherapy

BYRON KATIE AND TAOIST PSYCHOTHERAPY

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

According to Byron Katie, there is mind; thoughts enter mind and will always do so for that is the nature of mind and thinking.

You cannot prevent thoughts from entering your mind; what you should do is let thoughts enter into your mind and then flow out and you remain calm.

If you identify with any thought that enters your mind and take it too seriously it might disturb your peace.

You are not your thoughts. The thoughts that enter your mind are not your mind; the nature of mind is for thoughts to come into it and go out.

Problem arises when mind accepts particular thoughts and says that they are who it ought to be.

Byron Katie:

"Discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. Katie calls her process of self-inquiry "The Work.Katie's experience, as described in her book Loving What Is, is that all suffering is caused by believing our stressful thoughts. This, she says, puts people into painful positions that lead to suffering, as she recognized to be the case with herself. Through self-questioning, she describes how a different, less-known capacity of the mind can end this suffering.Specifically. The Work is a way of identifying and questioning any stressful thought. It consists of four questions and a turnaround.

The four questions are:

Is it true?

Can you absolutely know that it's true?

How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?

Who would you be without the thought?

The next step of The Work, the turnaround, is a way of experiencing the opposite of what you have believed. For example, the thought "My husband should listen to me," can be turned around to "I should listen to my husband," "I should listen to myself," and "My husband shouldn't listen to me."

Wikipedia

(Below are my views.)

ONES BODY DISPOSES ONE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC TYPE OF MIND

Mind is one everywhere but given our lives in bodies, the specific nature of one's body determines the ideas that enter one's mind or that one pays attention to.

For example, if you are weak in body and feel weak the wish for strength and power enters your mind. If you identify with that wish for power and superiority and pursue it you may become neurotic. If you actually believe that you are important and powerful you may become psychotic.

On the other hand, if the ideas of power and superiority flow through your mind and you did not become attached to them you would remain peaceful and joyous.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES SAID THAT OUT OF NOWHERE THE THOUGHT OF SPECIALNESS AND SEPARATION ENTERED THE MIND OF THE SON OF GOD AND HE FORGOT TO LAUGHT AT THE IDEA THAT INEQUALITY AND SEPARATION IS POSSIBLE AND TOOK THEM SERIOUSLY, IDENTIFY WITH THEM AND PURSUE THEM HENCE THIS WORLD, A DREAM FOR HE STILL HAS NOT SEPARATED OR BECOME SPECIAL

A course in miracles and Byron Katie's Taoist (Tao the Ching) derived teaching agree. Taoism teaches that one is mind and that ideas flow through one's mind and that one should let them pass through without attachment to them. This is what A course in miracles teaches.

CHINESE PSYCHOTHERAPY

Chinese psychotherapy is based on Taoism. In Taoist psychotherapy there is mind; mind is forever filled with thoughts.

We identify with some thoughts, become attached to them, defend them as who we are and as a result are stressed out by them.

We are supposed to see the thoughts as what flows through our minds but are not who we are and not become attached to them and that way remaining calm, peaceful and happy.

Mind is forever; it is not born or dies; it is there and the idea of body flows through it and it sees body and appear to live in body and the idea of death enters it and it seems to die, but it is not body; mind is not born and does not die when its body appears to die; mind lives forever.

Thoughts will forever enter our minds but we should know that we are not those ideals; we should let them pass through our mind without identifying with them.

Of course we are to think about things and take those that are scientifically useful to us and discard those that merely cause us stress.

For example, one can think about one's body and personality but while doing so know that one is not one's body and personality; one can detach from body and personality and think about them as if they are ideas to be thought about but not accepted as who one is.

Who one is one does not know.  I believe that our real self is part of what I call unified spirit, aka God; that spirit has mind; spirit and mind are eternal but body and personality are ephemeral and transitory.

HERE ARE FURTHER THOUGHTS ON MY DAUGHTER

In Karen Horney's (1950, Neurosis and Human Growth, New York: Norton) categories, my daughter rejected her real self and seeks an ideal self; he posits ideals of everything and uses them to judge me, her mother and all people. No real human being can live up to an ideation not housed in body. Thus, I do not live up to her ideals and so I am not good enough to her. Given her idealistic (neurotic) nature, she would never see me or any human being as good enough.

For me to be her ideal father is for her to create me; seeking ideals is seeking a people and world that one created. She did not create me or people so no one is her ideal self.

In the meantime, she will not respect me and people because no one lives up to her ideal, her mentally constructed idea of perfection (which she is not, either).

Having dismissed her parents as not good enough she talks about how her friends are better than them; but when she needs money she comes to her parents, not her friends, the supposed ideal persons!

To try to become the ideal person an idealistic person asks you to be is to become either neurotic or psychotic; you cannot become ideal; you must resist any temptation to become ideal; ignore people who expect you to become ideal before they like you; you do not need their liking you.

WOULD YOU TRY TO LIVE UP TO WHITE RACISTS IDEAS OF WHO BLACK FOLKS OUGHT TO BE?

White racists have idea of who black folks ought to be before they like and accept them; if black people try to become their ideals they become as mad as the white racists they are trying to please so as to be accepted by them.

You do not need to be accepted by anyone who asks you to be an ideal person before he or she accepts you. You are either accepted as you are or you are not accepted; only your façade is accepted by those who seek to accept the ideal you.

You should just be who you are; you cannot be another person, anyway. No matter how much you try you cannot be other persons. Your body and experience makes you unique.

FURTHER READING

Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching. (Published 2500 years ago in China.)

Mitchell, Stephen (1988). Tao Te Ching. A New English Version. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Schucman, Helen (1976) A Course in Miracles. Tiburon, California: Foundation for Inner Peace.

Mitchell, Byron Katie and Mitchell, Stephen (2007).  A Thousand Names for Joy.  New York: Three Rivers Press.

Katie, Byron with Mitchell, Stephen (2002) Loving what is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. New York: Harmony Books.

Katie, Byron, with Katz Michael (2005). I Need Your Love—Is That True? How to Stop Seeking Love, Appreciation, and Approval and Start Finding Them Instead. New York: Harmony Books.

Katie, Byron (2007). Question Your Thinking, Change the World: Quotations from Byron Katie, edited by Stephen Mitchell. Hay House.

Katie, Byron (2008). Who Would You Be Without Your Story? Dialogues with Byron Katie, edited by Carol Williams. Hay House.

Katie, Byron (2009). Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? Illustrated by Hans Wilhelm. Hay House.

Katie, Byron (2010). Peace in the Present Moment, with Eckhart Tolle, Hampton Roads Pub Co Inc. Newburyport, MA.

Katie, Byron (2016). The Four Questions: For Henny Penny and Anybody with Stressful Thoughts. Illustrated by Hans Wilhelm, Tarcher Perigee.

Katie, Byron (2017). A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around, by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell, Harper One.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 19, 2018

www.centerformindscience.org

Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:35

Using Byron Katie's The work in psychotherapy

USING "THE WORK"

By

Byron Kathleen Mitchell

 

Years ago, I, Ozodi Thomas Osuji, read Byron Katie's books: (1) Loving what is, (2) I need your love, is that True (3) A Thousand names for Joy (written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell).  Her books have what she calls the work.

This evening (January 17, 2018), for some reasons, Byron Katie entered my mind and I decided to revisit "the work". I went to her website:

www.thework.com

JUDGE YOUR NEIGBOR

The work begins by asking you to judge your neighbor. Most spiritual teachings ask us not to judge other people. As we all know, we spend much of our time judging people. So, Byron Katie asks us to judge our neighbors. Select a neighbor and judge him or her.

You begin the work exercise by stating who the neighbor you are going to judge is; you write your judgment down on paper; you write what you judge to be good or bad in him or her.

I am going to judge my daughter.

I hate her because she disappointed me; she is opposition-defiant and does not do anything that her mother and I ask her to do; she has grandiose self-concept and believes that she knows it all; she tells us that she knows more than us and knows more than teachers and all people.

Because she believes that she knows it all she does not listen to any one and dropped out of school.

She does not have respect for her parents and for other people. This is my perception of her.

I value education so her dropping out of school was like sticking a knife into my heart. I cannot forgive her for dropping out of school!

I had expected her, given her smarts (she attended a school for gifted kids), to become, say, a medical doctor or mathematician (she is very good at mathematics) in her early twenties. Instead, she did not graduate from college, even though universities recruited her at age fourteen.

Byron Katie would say that this is the story my mind tells me about my daughter; I tell me the story of who she shouldn't have been, which implies who I want her to be.

In other words, I do not accept the reality of who she is but want to change her present reality; I want to change who she is and have her become who I want her to be; in effect, I am playing the creator of reality; I am playing God.

According to Byron Katie, I ought to merely accept her reality as it is, not as I want it to become.

The work says that I must ask four questions called:

INQUIRY

Is it true?

Can I absolutely know that it is true?

How do I react when I believe the thoughts?

What would I be without the thoughts?

I should apply the four questions to the person I am judging:

Is it true that I hate her for being defiant, oppositional and disrespectful?  My answer is yes.

Can I absolutely know that it is true?  My answer is yes, she is oppositional.

How do I react when I believe the thoughts I have about her? I feel disappointed and angry at her.

Who would I be without the thoughts? I would accept her in an unconditionally positive manner and in doing so feel peaceful and happy.

TURN IT AROUND

Here, I am required to address the questions to myself.

Is it true that I hate me for being oppositional, defiant and disrespectful and grandiose? Yes.

Can I absolutely know that it is true that I hate me for being disrespectful, oppositional and grandiose? Yes.

How do I react when I believe the thoughts that I am oppositional, defiant, disrespectful and grandiose?  I feel disappointed and angry at myself.

What would I be without the thoughts? I would accept myself in an unconditionally positive manner and as a result feel happy and peaceful; I should not blame myself for being oppositional and grandiose.

As is self-evident, Byron Katie is saying that what I say (what you say) about other people is really what I say about me (what you say about other people is what you say about you).

What I say about my daughter is what I say about me, perhaps, deny it, and project it to her. I am employing the well-known ego defense mechanisms called denial and projection.

We think thoughts and project our thoughts outwards to those around us. Having projected what we see in us, that we do not like, to other people we see them doing those things and blame them and want to change them.

In doing so, we do not look inside us and see our thoughts and change them. We want to change other people and the world but not ourselves! As it were, we say: other people and the world must change for us to be happy (even if other people changed unless we change we cannot be happy!).

The reality is that no human being can change other people and change the world. The only person that one can change, if at all, is one's self.

Instead of trying to change other persons and the world one should try to change one's self. Instead of being disappointed and angry at other persons and the world for not being as we want them to be, we accept that we are angry and disappointed with ourselves for not being as perfect as we would like to be.

Having accepted that what one really wants to change is one's self, that is, ones thoughts about one's self, the next question is: is what one wants to change in one, other people and the world changeable?

In other words, can the reality we see in our lives be changed?  We probably cannot change all of our reality but only minor aspects of it.

ANGER AT OTHER PEOPLE IS ANGER AT ONES SELF FOR ONES IMPERFECTION

I used to be very angry at Africans for not being able to do the right things; everywhere I look in Africa I see misgovernance; I see thievish leaders carting their people's wealth away and not developing their countries. I blamed the leaders of Africa for the shithole, as the US President, Donald Trump said, Africa is.

If I turn it around what I am doing is blaming me for not changing Africa and making it perfect; instead of self-blame I project blame to Africans and other people in general (those I see as miss-ruling Africa).

Regardless of whether I blame others or me, what is, is that Africa is not well governed. That is the reality in front of me.

If I accept what is, Africa's poor governance, without blaming me or anyone else for it, I ask: why is Africa the shithole it is (shithole is a negative judgement; Byron Katie asks me to judge as harshly as is possible; no political correctness that sugar coats a bad situation)?

Africans, until about a hundred and fifty years ago, were running around naked; they did not know how to read or write. They were primitive folks. This is ugly, stark reality; it makes Africans feel negative self-esteem so they mask it by blaming other people for their apparent backwardness.

Africans were recently exposed to Western civilization; they are trying to catchup to the West.

It took the West twenty five hundred years (from ancient Greece to the present) to get to where it is at today.  I expect Africans to do it in a century? That is unrealistic expectation! Culture and people do not change that easily.

All things considered, it would take several centuries before Africa catches up with Europe; Africans will eventually catch up with the rest of the world but not as quickly as I want it to be.

Given this realism, instead of blaming Africans or me for our apparent backward state I can do my bit to move the ball a bit forward.

Reality is what it is; I got to live with it and make the small, incremental changes that can be made in it.

Even when we improve aspects of reality it is still not going to be perfect, as our minds want it to be.

BYRON KATIES PHILOSOPHY IS PREDICATED ON TAOISM

Byron Katie's books are predicated on Chinese philosophy, although she did not consciously say so. Her husband to be, he met her while she was already teaching her philosophy, recognized Taoism in her teaching.  Stephen Mitchell, the husband, had studied Taoism and Zen and written books on them.

All she knows, she said, is that she was a depressed housewife who one day in February, 1986 woke up one morning and her life changed. She said that her way of looking at reality totally changed and she became a peaceful and happy woman.  She said that she used to be a fearful and depressed woman but fear and depression completely dropped away from her life.

She examined what changed inside her and recognized that it had to do with how she looked at herself, people and the world. Her mind stopped doing what it was doing in the past, not accepting reality as it is; her mind used to give her stories of how things ought to be and because she was not the oughts and shoulds she depressed herself.

She, in effect, did what psychotherapists call cognitive behavior therapy and changed her pattern of thinking and behaving: she decided to accept reality as it is, not as she would want it to become.

Reality, as it is, in Taoism's perspective is composed of good and bad, white and black, man and woman, light and darkness, pleasure and pain, Yin and Yang.

See Lao Tzu's book, Tao Te Ching. This book was written 2500 years ago, the same time that both Buddha and Confucius lived.

Taoism, pronounced Daoism, is the primary philosophy of China (plus the Buddhism brought from India to China and, of course, China's native Confucius).

Lao Tzu's book teaches "the way things are"; we are supposed to adjust to the way things are, not as we want them to be. (The West calls this oriental approach to phenomena fatalism.)

The mature Chinese person, who is a Taoist, accepts reality as it is.

No one on planet earth understands the nature of reality, "for the Tao that can be understood is not the Tao".

We do not understand absolute reality but on earth Taoism teaches that that reality manifests in dualities of good and bad, pleasure and pain; where you see one the other is; if you are feeling pleasure you will also will feel pain. Our world is the place of opposites and multiplicity.

This is our world's reality; to expect one (yin) and not the other (yang), say, pleasure and not pain is to be unrealistic.

DISCUSSION

It is true that ultimate reality is unknown to us and that we cannot change it; it is also true that we should not go about trying to change people; the individual cannot change reality and other people no matter how hard he tries.

But that being said, there are aspects of reality that we can study, understand and change what we can change in it and live with what we cannot change in it.

Regarding my daughter, who is like me (she exaggerates all the traits in me), we really cannot completely change her nature; she is defiant, oppositional and grandiose; she wants to do her own thing, live her life as she sees fit and not live to please other persons. She seeks absolute individualism in an interconnected and interdependent world. I get it.

We can understand the psychological processes involved in her drive for excessive independence; while we cannot completely change her behavior trajectory we can change aspects of it so that she is not self-defeating.

It is self-defeating to drop out of school just because she believes that schools teach mostly rubbish. Schools do manage to teach some useful subjects.

Physics, chemistry, biology (neuroscience), astronomy, astrophysics and geology are, by and large, objective sciences; we can study them and benefit from them. We can benefit from their applied forms in medicine, engineering and technology.

The social sciences are, as she observed, mostly used to perpetuate oppressive extant political systems.

American political economy needs to change to a social democratic and mixed economic system.  We do not have to accept what Karl Marx called primitive capitalism; we do not have to accept oppressive white rule over non-whites just because it is what is.

We can make some changes to our society realizing that society is not ever going to become perfect. There will always be rulers and the ruled, the powerful and the weak and the rich and the poor but we can have a Scandinavian type society where the public gives all people publicly paid education at all levels, publicly paid health insurance, day care centers for children while their parents work and so on.

We do not have to blindly accept present social reality as it is, as Byron Katie seems to suggest we do if we want to live in peace and harmony.

We do not need the peace of graveyards, the peace of the defeated, aka Carthaginian peace.

Some tension is good for us. We must work to change whatever we see as our reality. Some idealism is necessary for society to improve itself, although excessive idealism shows inability to deal with one's reality; too much idealism is rejection of reality and pursuit of impossible perfection. Determining what is possible and what is not takes wisdom.

CONCLUSION

I find Byron Katie's books and "the work" useful. She is clearly conservative and acquiesces to what is. Well, what is can be oppressive.

We do not have to, for example, accept Islamic societies that oppress their women; we must work to give women social and political equality. We do not have to accept racism, as President Trump is currently practicing in the USA.

Trump is about to generate a civil war in the USA, a war that would destroy the country unless he cuts out that nonsense.

No healthy human being will ever tolerate being treated as second class, as the white racists who support Trump would like to treat black and brown people. They say that they want to take their country back from President Barack Obama and the rule of nonwhite folks.

Who gave them the country? We are all immigrants in the USA, even Indians and Eskimos came from elsewhere! We must figure out a way to live together and get along with each other respectfully.

All human beings are the same and coequal; if you cannot deal with that reality you are free to go jump into the ocean and drown your problematic self. The world could use your riddance.

In struggling for ideal society we are fighting extant social reality. Who said that we must accept reality?

What is reality, anyway? We do not know what reality is; reality is always a social construct; if our present ideas of reality are not working out well for us we must deconstruct them and reconstruct them and make them work for us.

That been said, Byron Katie's books and "the work" based on them is useful in thinking about ones pattern of thinking and behaving; one can use her system to understand and make some changes in one's personality and thus find some inner peace and happiness.

However, the book is not likely going to give one perfect peace and joy for that is not probably available in our imperfect world.

Would Byron Katie's philosophy heal my daughter's tendency to oppositional behavior? No. She inherited some biological issues that, in Alfred Adler's categories, made her feel inferior and inadequate and she compensated with desire for superiority and power. She does not tolerate any one seeming better than she. That is neurosis (with some delusion, grandiosity).

She must give up her desire for a big ego self. When the grandiose ego is given up one feels peaceful.

As Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Zen correctly observed and Byron Katie affirmed, the mind is a means of thinking but is not its thoughts.

You can wish to be important and powerful (thoughts) but that is not who you are. If you identify with your desired importance you feel anxiety and depression from not attaining them.

If you give up the desire for importance and power and have no grandiose ego self you feel like a void and in that void state feel unified with all life and have real power, a power that sees itself as one with all people but not one that feels superior to other people.

Where there is neurosis (desire for superiority) one has low self-esteem and low self-confidence. One may grandstand about ones supposed superiority all one wants to but that is not the same thing as positive self-esteem.

My daughter needs to learn self-assertiveness and give up her tendency to passive aggression and aggression; she needs to moderate her oppositional behavior and learn to see herself as the same and coequal with all people.

A combination of western psychotherapy and Oriental religions, as in Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Zen is useful for this extraordinarily bright woman to improve her life.

At the moment she has made her life a royal mess; she blames her parents for her unenviable situation, a situation where a mentally gifted woman does not have marketable skills, hence is poor.

Regardless of who caused her problems, she can change her thinking and change her behavior. Byron Katie's book might help her help herself.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (University of California)

January 18, 2018

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:39

It is now time to move on from God

I HAVE TALKED REAL SELF REALIZATION FOR THIRTY YEARS AND IT IS NOW TIME TO MOVE ON

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

I have talked about God and real self-realization for thirty years (1988-2018). During that period of time I have not really worked for money hence remained poor. Did I become God realized?

Shouldn't someone get some kind of payoff for what he does?  I have not become God realized.

I assume that there is something called God realization, as gleaned from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism and A course in miracles.

How do I know that there is such a thing? For all I know, the idea of God may be a pipe dream, smoke and mirrors, a wish of the wasp.

If I have not God realized why should I ask other people to strive after God realization, shouldn't someone first experience what one teaches other persons to do, if not one is a hypocrite, right?

Why haven't I God realized?  It is because I have not given up my big ego and lived from the Buddha self, the Atman and the Christ. I am still my old big ego self; If you provoke me my response to you would be exactly as it was when I was a child: egoistic and angry, a vigorous defense of my grandiose ego (I may actually physically attack you; in childhood I used to attack with all my physical strength with the full intention of killing the person I attacked; I did not tolerate any one who humiliated my ego).

India, for three thousand years, devoted its time and energy to trying to God realize. Occasionally, some Hindu claims to have been God realized, such as Gautama Buddha and Ramakrishna or writes about it philosophically, such as Shankara and Ramanuja (I am a kind of authority on Hindu and Buddhist religions; I understand their literature like the back of my hands).

We have no independent way of verifying their claims. Moreover, they lived poorly and died from preventable diseases. Ramakrishna died in his fifties of some kind of cancer and his God did not heal him of it (see M. The Gospel of Ramakrishna and the writings of Vivekananda).

India remained poor for as long as it sought God realization. So, why would anyone want to be like Indians, poor?

Looking at extant Indians their bodies are twisted by malnutrition and diseases; they look weak, sickly and non-athletic; and this is all because they are building a castle in the sky!

If you have related to Indians you probably know that IQ-wise they, the Chinese and Japanese are probably the smartest people on planet earth (their average IQ is 115, whites average IQ is 100, Africans average IQ is 85).  Yet, these smart people remained poor all because they were obsessed with God realization!

Now that they have turned their attention to science and technology and the phenomenal world they are excelling in it and are probably going to take over the world's economy and become the world's number one economy (say, in fifty years).

By the same token, given my intellect, if I turn my gaze to science and technology and embrace the world of the here and now and give up the shibboleth of God I have no doubt that I would match the progress of the Asians.

So, should I do what Indians are doing: give up on God and embrace living from what our western realists call enlightened self-interest?

See Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, George Berkeley, Karl Marx, David Ricardo, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and the other advocates of pursuing ones self-interest while also serving social interest but accepting that the ego is all there is to us and there is no God. During my college days I was an English logical positivist, a total scientist and did not tolerate any talk of ideas that I could not verify in the empirical world. I must return to my roots in pure reason. Ah, Descartes, Pascal, Leibnitz, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Saint Simon, Auguste Comte, William James, Henri George Sorel, Joseph Proudhon,  Bergson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Popper etc. the  guys that gave my youth tremendous joy!

I have given God enough time to prove that he exists; I have no more time to waste on him. I must now live only by what makes sense to me.

If truth is said, stoicism is my natural inclination. See Zeno, Virgil, Horace, Quintus Horacio Flaccus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, Seneca and other Roman thinkers who embraced the world as it is without sentimentality; grind your teeth and deal with ugly reality as it is, is the idea; complaining would get you nowhere or change the world.

The world is spilled milk, or, as my grandmother used to say: life in body is like the human anus, you can wash it with all the soap in this world and it would still smell like feces!

My foray into spirituality and metaphysics, I must say, was not a total waste of time. I have learned one lesson and learned it well: to live in ego is to suffer (as Buddha said); therefore, to have peace and happiness one must either shrink down ones ego or eliminate it, if it is possible to do so.

I consider Plotinus' Ennead my most helpful read; it helped me learn how to shrink my ego as well as grasp Gnosticism.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 16, 2018

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EACH PERSON, FAMILY, GROUP, TRIBE AND RACE HAS A FATE

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

IN ONES FATE AND SUFFERING IS THE GERM OF ONES LIBERATION

It is difficult for modern man bathed in science to consider the concept of fate but the fact is that each human being, family, ethnic group and race (and all human beings) has a fate.  The individual's fate is there for him right from the moment of his birth.  He cannot escape his fate. All he can do is study it, understand it and seek realistic overcoming of that fate.

In overcoming his fate the individual becomes enlightened to his real self and is liberated from human suffering (which, as Gautama Buddha said 2500 years ago, is due to identification with a false, ego separated self).

If insanity runs in your family that is your fate; if personality disorder runs in your family that is your fate; if you are a black man in a world controlled by white folk that is your fate.

You cannot escape from your fate by sugar coating it for you are experiencing it right from your birth. From your birth you experience racial discrimination and can only pretend that it does not affect you.

In my family is a serious medical issue (mitochondria deficiencies; cytochrome c oxidase deficiency) that makes us feel weak and inadequate and we compensate with drive to over adequacy, power and superiority.

My grandfather sought to become superior and powerful; my father did and I did. Some of my children do. I cannot deny this fate for it is both biological and sociological in origin. All I can do is study it and understand it.

I understand that the pursuit of superior ego self-causes me suffering and anxiety and is not in my best interest. I do not have to pretend that I am very bright, wealthy and powerful (that would be delusion disorder); I ask: what is the alternative to the big ego self?

Since the pursuit of the big, powerful self is phenomenological and existential it follows that the solution to it is to ask if one can let go of that pursuit and still be alive.

Can I stop seeking a powerful ego self and still is alive on earth? Don't I need a powerful self to be able to master my environment?

Yes, I can live without an ego self. I can consciously choose not to seek becoming a powerful ego self and simply say that I do not know who I am and have void, emptiness where I had placed the ego false self. If I have inner void, no ego self, powerful or weak then what and who am I?

Gautama Buddha said that when the ego self is extinguished that one experiences not no self but ones real self, a kind of universal self that is one and simultaneously all selves, God.

If one lets go of the ego self-one regains awareness of the universal self, the oneself that all of us share and in it one is saved from the suffering of the ego self.

That is, in understanding ones ego type, seeing the pains it causes one and letting it go one attains salvation from psychological suffering.

One could not attain salvation if one did not pursue a false ego self that caused one psychological pain and one lets it go.  That is to say that in ones problems, weakness lays ones salvation.

By the same token, if one is a black person in America and one is discriminated against by white folks one can understand the nature of racism, why white folks desire to feel superior to black folks (they feel small and looking down on black folks gives them false sense of bigness) and realizing that no human being can ever be superior to others one decides to not seek superiority.

In learning about human equality and behaving as such one attains a level of maturity seldom seen in white folks who fancy themselves superior to other people. That is to say that in black folks suffering lays the germ of their salvation. They cannot attain that salvation by denying their suffering, denying racism; they have to see racism for what it is, insanity, and learn its cure, human equality and love for all people regardless of race and gender.

CONCLUSION

One must embrace ones fate, study it, understand it and learn how to overcome it; in doing so one is saved.

What one cannot do is deny ones fate or wish for a different fate (or a different self). The moment you are born in a certain body and society your fate is set in stone. All that you can do is suffer what your fate gives you and learn to overcome that suffering and in doing so get to a non-suffering state.

We suffer because we deny our spirit self (unified spirit self, aka God) and identify with separated ego selves.

When we jettison ego selves we return to the awareness of our partness in unified spirit self and in it feel peaceful and happy. In unified spirit we are enlightened and illuminated to our real self.

The attainment of unified spirit may or may not occur for the individual in this life time. Each of us awakens to spirit at a different time.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 15, 2018

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MIND IS A NEUTRAL MECHANISM THAT DOES WHATEVER YOU ASK IT TO DO

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

What is mind?

Mind is consciousness and intelligence, a mental energy with which we think and do things. Mind is a neutral mechanism that does whatever we ask it to do. It has no volition of its own but does what we ask it to do.

We also use body, another neutral mechanism, to do whatever we want to do (within the limitation imposed by matter, space and time).

Our real self, which I believe is spirit, has mind and sometimes body; it uses mind and or body to do whatever it wants to do or experience.

FEAR

If you want to feel fear you put fear into your mind and that makes you feel fearful, both in your day life and in your nightly sleep-dreams; you can literally believe that anything, even what does not exist, such as ghosts and gargoyles, can scare you and your mind would produce a fearful scenario to scare you; you would have nightly nightmarish dreams in which ghosts, Satan and devils (that do not exist) attack you and you feel fear and shake in your dream and wake up shaking on your bed (dream and day life are continuous).

FEAR OF HARM AND DEATH LEADS PEOPLE TO TOLERATE ABUSE

The role of fear in people's lives is so total that it is tragic and comedic. It is tragic because of its consequences and comedic because all that people have to do is let go of fear and it goes away from their lives.

Consider Africans; they feel that if they ask for good governance that their criminal leaders would kill them. They would kill some of them but if many Africans overcome fear and insist on good governance how many people will the thugs that rule Africa kill before they give them corruption free governance?

Americans, white and black, tolerate their inhumane government because they are afraid of it throwing them into jail or blacklisting them and preventing them from getting jobs if they criticize it. If they overcome their fears they would work for a social democratic, mixed economic state that serves all peoples interests.

Fear makes human beings tolerate abuse; their freedom begins when they decide not to live in fear.

SEX AND GUILT

You can tell yourself that an activity is bad and you would feel bad and guilty from doing it, such as sex.

Sex, properly speaking, is an animal behavior; it can be made a source of guilt feeling; thus, even thinking about it, talk more doing it, makes one feel guilty.

One can change one's mind about sex and see it as a neutral activity, as nothing and it would no longer make one feel guilty.

HOMOSEXUALITY USED TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BAD BUT IS NOW CELEBRATED

In the past homosexuality used to be a source of guilt feeling. These days' homosexual men do not feel bad sticking their penises into other men's anuses and lesbian  women do not feel bad licking other women's vaginas.

If homosexuals can justify doing what they do why would anyone feel guilt from heterosexual sex?

Guilt feeling is not natural but what we can choose to feel and feel it.

YOU CAN TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE WORTHLESS, BELIEVE IT AND BEHAVE AS SUCH

You can tell yourself that you are worthless, insignificant, shit, believe it and feel like shit. Conversely, you can tell yourself that you are the greatest human being alive and you feel so (Donald Trump, an empty head, tells his self that he is great and feels great).

In the past white racists told black folks that they are worthless and got black folks to believe it and act as such. But when black folks get close to white folks and observe their behaviors generally they see them as human beings and no longer allow what they said about them to govern their lives.

Racism was maintained by keeping the so-called races apart from each other; bring them together and racism is gone from human society.

CHILDHOOD SICKNESS THAT MAKES YOU FEEL PHYSICALLLY WEAK MAY MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR AND YOU COME TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE INFERIOR AND ACT AS SUCH

In childhood if you had serious limiting illness your mind may draw the conclusion that you are weak, inadequate and inferior and you act as such or compensate with desire for superiority hence become delusional.

IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS YOU WILL ACT AS SUCH

If you believe that you are strong you will act strong regardless of the state of your body. If you believe that you are fearless and courageous you will act as such.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN POVERTY YOU WILL ACT POOR

If you believe that you ought to be poor and that you do not deserve wealth you will be poor.

Conversely, if you believe that you ought to be successful you will be successful; if you believe that you ought to be famous you will be famous (by doing what would bring you fame).

AVOIDANT BEHAVIOR IS ROOTED ON NEGATIVE SELF PERCEPTION

If you believe that you are so bad and that as such other people will see you as no good and reject you and that you should hide yourself from people to avoid being rejected by them you will hide yourself from people to avoid them seeing you as bad and rejecting you. In social isolation you may nurse a d false grandiose ego.

Conversely, if you believe that you are good you will relate to other people and do so with ease.

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

Whatever your mind is thinking about tends to be brought into your purview; in effect, you attract to your life what you think and wish for.

SYNCHRONICITY

What your mind is preoccupied with often produce what matches it so that they seem like coincidences.

YOUR MIND CREATES YOUR REALITY

What you think about is mirrored for you in the external world for you to see it and in that sense your mind creates your reality.

Our individual and collective thinking projected out the external world we see; in dreams our minds project out the dream world we see; in dreams the part of the mind that produces the dream world is not the day time conscious mind but the subconscious or unconscious level of mind.

Mind has many levels, including conscious, subconscious and unconscious and superconscious (spiritual level).

YOU EXPERIENCE THE WORLD YOUR MIND WANTS TO EXPERIENCE

There is no one reality that fits all people's realities; instead, each of us thinks certain thoughts and those determine how he experiences our world.

You experience joy, happiness and peace if that is what you want to experience and you experience sadness, anger and conflict if that is what you want to experience.

THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS IN OUR LIVES

The world one is experiencing reflects ones thinking so that there are no accidents in one's life; one is where one wants to be and is  relating to the people one wants to relate to  and not relating to those one does not want to relate to.

Those around you were brought there by your mind; those you do not want to relate to your mind would not project out and they would not project you out into their orbit. Those you projected out projected you out (there is only one mind that projects all of us and the universe out).

ANGER AND FEAR ARE THE ABSENCE OF LOVE

Only love exists.

Love is the union of everything as one thing.

When we experience the opposite of love, such as fear and anger it is relative to love and in effect fear and anger are part of love, albeit a perverted kind of love one wants to experience.

DISCUSSION

Mind is a neutral thing and does whatever you ask it to do for you. It does not matter what you ask it to do, it will blindly obey you.

The you that asks mind to do whatever you want it to do for you is spirit. Your real self is part of unified spirit self, what folks call God.  That real self, the son of God, has a mind. It uses its mind to wish whatever it wants to experience, good or bad, and experiences it.

Sometimes the son of God, your real self, wants to experience life in body and uses mind to write mathematical and physics equations and enacts them as the physical universe and our bodies and now seems to live in body. But it does not live in body.

The son of God, spirit, is not his mind or body. Mind and body are instruments with which the son of God, spirit, plays with.

The son of God has mind but that mind is neutral and merely does whatever he asks it to do for him at any point in time; by the same token the son of God uses a neutral body to do whatever he asks it to do for him (you).

CONCLUSION

You must examine whatever you put into your mind and believe as real for you, for it will manifest in your day and nightly dream.

We are not talking good or bad for there is no good or bad; the son of God is eternal, permanent and changeless; he knows that he does not die so he can experience whatever he wants to experience, including the death of his body for he knows that he is not his body and that the death of his body is not his death.

If you want to experience peace and joy put loving thoughts into your mind; conversely, if you want to experience war put hateful thoughts into you mind.

Whatever you put into your mind shapes the world you experience. Therefore, the choice as to what type of world you want to experience is yours to make.

Post Script:

If you understand what I said above and practice it your life would be changed 180 degrees; you will be liberated from whatever ideas you have in your mind that limit your behaviors and prevent you from living fully.

So, how much do you think that a person who gave you this emancipating information is worth for you? How much is my services worth to you? You can show gratitude for the useful information given to you.

If you have money and want to contribute to my work please visit www.centerformindscience.org; my contact address and phone number is there; contribute whatever you can to keep the work going but if you do not have the ability to contribute to my work just say thank you to me and leave it at that. Thank you for reading my works.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

January 15, 2018

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TRUMP MANIPULATES THE MEDIA TO APPEAL TO HIS RACIST POLITICAL BASE

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

I just read in the Washington Post (January 13, 2018) where it is revealed that Donald Trump calling African countries and Haiti shitholes was calculated. He said it in a meeting knowing that it is outrageous and that one of the Democrats in the meeting would leak it to the media and it was leaked.

His plan was to tell his racist 33% of white Americans, his political base that he, like them, does not want Africans and brown Latinos in the USA and that he wants only white folks from Norway in his America.

He said it and Africans are all angry at him for allegedly being racist; he wants them to see him as racist because his political base are proud racists who do not want black and brown folks in their white America. The 33% are, in fact, jubilating from what Trump said. So, contrary to seeing what he said as a mistake it was exactly what he wanted to say, what is music to his racist crowd.

The African Union asks him to apologize to them. Of course, he is not going to do such a thing for, to him, Africans are uncivilized, primitive savages that he does not want in his America.  Indeed, he wants Nigerians to return to Nigeria and go live in their huts!

To racists, primitive Africans drag America down to their uncivilized African status and they want to keep Africans out of America at all costs.

Trump's latest stanza is to stop Visa lotto and immigrant extension that allows Africans to bring their folks to America.

He said that he wants folks to come to America on the basis of merit; that pretty much rules out supposedly dumb Africans (how many Africans are smart nuclear and or computer engineers?) and limits immigration to the USA to Europeans and smart Asians, as is the case in Canada.

David Duke, the arch wizard of the KKK, twitted Attar-Boy to Trump for a job well done; he got Trump's racist message loud and clear.

Trump believes that he is very smart and is manipulating the media to get his message across to his 33% base so that they know that he is doing their bidding and thus always support him.

But the other 67% of Americans that are not part of his racist base hate him for being racist. Because he alienates the majority of Americans that are not racist he is probably going to be a one term president or will be disgracefully removed from office.

There is the law of unintended consequences. Trump believes that he is smart in doing what he is doing but he has managed to convey to the rest of the world that the American president is a dumb ass. Who now has respect for American leaders? If you do you must be as dumb as Trump is.

Trump has lowered the prestige of the American presidency in the eyes of the rest of the world; so, while he may have won the battle he has lost the war.

That is how the world works. After him no one would see white folks as gods to be feared; that is the purpose the universe used him for, but the clown does not know that he is a chomp used to rearrange perception of white folks, from gods to shitholes.

Trump is a cock sucking, mother fucking son of a bitch but does not know it. The man is a sucker of the first order but thinks that he is such a big deal.

Trump will overdo his amorality thing and probably gets slapped into prison.  His cynicism will surely get him into trouble.

The man will probably collapse and be removed from office because of insanity, as demanded by the 25th amendment of the US constitution.  Why?

I know a thing or two about mental disorders, especially about narcissistic personality disordered persons. Narcissistic people are at rood depressed; they use self-admiration and seeking of people's admiration and shallow success to mask their underlying depressed self-view.

Trump is depressed with a veneer of self-love.  But, sooner or later, he will have a serious failure and contemplate suicide.

Indeed, he may even commit suicide, as narcissists do; narcissists are terribly lonely people for they use people hence do not connect with people thus when they meet with set-backs they commit suicide (on several occasions, in the past, Trump contemplated suicide, especially when his first wife, Ivana, left him).

His death will be announced to the public as due to heart attack or stroke. Thereafter, the fat slob will be carted to an unmarked grave.

Despicable and contemptible folks like Trump always end ignominiously. He is smart by half.

Listen, I worked as a psychotherapist for twenty five years, including been the executive director of a couple mental health agencies in the USA, and ought to know a thing or two about the human psyche.

I know that Love is what makes us sane and happy, not hate and racism. Trump is a misguided, pathological narcissist; he is a sorry figure, really; I wish that I could help him but he is too lost to be helped. Pity!

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

January 14, 2018

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EXTANT SOCIETIES ARE BASED ON PARTIALLY CORRECT VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

America, Europe and much of the extant world are based on false perception of human nature.  People are capable of behaving differently than they behave in the West and much of the world.

People are capable of loving behaviors. In so far that they have a tendency to evil it is not their nature but a result of the weakness induced in them by their weak bodies.

In spirit people are strong and love but in body they are weak and are capable of self-centered, evil behaviors.

The currently accepted notion that people are motivated by only self-interest hence look after their good at the expense of other people, the operating premise of Western society, is wrong.  The result of this wrong assumption of human nature is that people are not encouraged to engage in loving acts towards one another but instead to do only what serves their self-interests.

And since people need to feel connected to other people to feel alive they seek other people's attention in a narcissistic instead of loving manner.

The women dress up in beautiful clothes and bedeck their bodies with jewelries and present their bodies to other women and men to admire them and if they feel admired they feel connected to the admirers; this is not real connection but pseudo connection, for the women still feel lonely.

The men seek egoistic goals of power and prestige; if they obtain a sense of importance in other people's eyes they feel connected to them (this is false sense of connection for they still feel alone).

These are sick, unnatural ways of obtaining connectedness with other people; people can obtain connection by loving other people and serving their collective goods.

Given human nature, loving, social democracy with a mixed economy is the best political and economic system for human beings.

NATURALISTS ARE CORRECT IN THEIR VIEW OF PEOPLE BUT PEOPLE ALSO HAVE A LOVING NATURE

Naturalists such as Nicole Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, folks on whose writings what is called political realism is based, are partially correct.

We all begin our life on earth as self-centered and selfish and caring only for ourselves. Yes, Hobbes is correct in stating that life on earth is war of each against other people and that the result is that our lives are nasty, brutish and short. He is also correct in stating that we need government to pass laws that protected us from each other's evils.

Charles Darwin is correct in stating that animal life is pure and unadulterated competition in which the fittest survive and the weak die out.

The world these Western observers describe is what I see with my naked eyes. I see the egoistic self they painted in me and in the people around me.

Having accepted naturalism, I also see another part to me and people. People also are loving beings. I do not use the word love in a religious or sentimental manner but in an objective, scientific manner.

People are wired to be selfish and also to love and care for one another. Whereas we begin out being self-centered the eventual goal is for us to learn to love one another.

In love one sees other people's bodies and egos and sees what they are doing: self-centered behaviors, without denying the evidence of one's eyes.

My perception shows me men and women who mostly work for their own good and do not care for other people's good.

Love tells me that self-centered people are misguided in their egoistic behaviors and asks me to overlook their bodies and what they do with their bodies and still love them.

If their behaviors are anti-social and criminal, of course, they are not to be overlooked but to be corrected, for no one has a right to harm other persons.

WE CAN SET UP A GOVERNMENT THAT TEACHES PEOPLE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

We can set up a government and society that accepts people's proclivity to self-centered behaviors and attendant depravity and at the same time accept their capacity for love. Thus, we see people working for their self-interests but teach them to work for social interest and public good and positively reinforce their social serving behaviors.

The type of government that would carry this goal out is a social democratic government (as exists in Scandinavian countries).

The extant American government and economy is predicated on political realism, the position that people are self-centered and that laws must be passed to protect them from each other's evil behaviors, to arrest, try and punish antisocial persons.

Clearly, we need political realism; this is because we are capable of tremendous evil but, additionally, it is the function of government to teach people to care for one another, to strive after our highest good.

American and Western governments that stop at political realism, I believe, only see people as sub human savages to be controlled and set up a government that deals with supposed sub human beings.

Whereas we are sub-human beings we are also capable of having Christ like loving behaviors. It is a mistake to see people only as egos and as evil; people are complex creatures that combine both ego and Christ, hate and love, self-centeredness and social centeredness in them.

FROM PATHOLOGICAL TO HEALTHY SOCIETY

Alfred Adler in his individual psychology (see his The neurotic constitution, 1911) argued that the neurotic (what today we would call persons with personality disorders) feels inferior and compensates with desire for superiority; the neurotic pursues superiority and power with obsessive compulsive quality; he must seek to be powerful and important in an all or nothing manner; if he did not do so he would feel inferior and anxious, like he would die.

Karen Horney, in her book, Neurosis and Human Growth, pretty much said the same thing that Adler said; she said that the neurotic rejects his real self and pursues an imaginary ideal, powerful self with obsessive compulsive quality and feels anxiety from not attaining it.

These seminal psychoanalysts say that to be psychologically sick is to seek to become an alternative to what one is for one deems ones real self not good enough.

Adler defines mental health as devotion to doing what serves social interest. The healthy person does what is good for his self and his society.

So, is it true that the healthy person does what is good for society and that to be self-centered and do only what is good for one is neurotic, sick?

The unequivocal answer is yes. If one is healthy one tends to think and do only what serves public good, what is good for one and for other people. This is not a moral and or religious issue but a self-evident fact. It is psychologically sick to think only of doing what serves ones good.

Therefore, if we seek a healthy government and society we must construct governments and social institutions that encourage people to serve social interest.

(What is social interest is what people in utilitarian fashion believe gives them more pleasure than pain.  On Utilitarianism see the writings of Jeremy Bentham, John Mill and John Stuart Mill.)

Extant Western society and much of human society is predicated on people who take serving their private interests alone as what is good for society.  Everywhere people are self-centered and do not care for other people.

Most of our social and political institutions originated in folks serving their self-interests at the expense of public interests. This is why it is not really scientific if social science merely describes social institutions and peoples behaviors, for what it is describing is sick people and their sick society.

What is useful is for social science to tell us what constitutes healthy society, healthy human behavior and encourage political actors to change social institutions and make them serve public good.

It is not enough describing the social pathology that is, for example, American politics and society, what is necessary is to change that pathology to a healthy politics and society. We need to restructure the human polity and make our institutions and people serve people.

A social democratic and mixed economy is what serves people best. Take a look at the Scandinavian countries and see the best organized human society; a society that provides all children, through university, with publicly paid education and gives all people publicly paid health insurance.

Compare and contrast Scandinavia with the USA; the USA is a jungle where each person looks after his interests at the expense of other people and if he can get away with it he screws and even kills other people hence the absurd high level of criminality and homicide in America (borrowing from the colorful language of Donald Trump, the USA is a shit hole country).

Whereas excessive idealism and socialism is neurotic some idealism and socialism is useful; we need some idealism to help us contemplate ideal human behavior and society and work to bring them about.

Clearly, capitalism is the most productive economy but it tends to benefit a few and leave the many homeless, as is in America; therefore, we must incorporate some socialism into capitalism hence mixed capitalist-socialist economy is ideal political economy.

We may not have perfect human behavior and society, for to be human is to be imperfect but we must continually strive for some attainable ideals.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 14, 2018

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WHAT IS BEHIND INCESSANT KILLING OF CHRISTIAN NiGERIANS BY MUSLIM FULANI HERDSMEN?

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

If an event is occasional people tend to shrug it off and move on but if it is frequent they ask why it occurs.

If people can ascertain the reason(s) why it occurs they deal with it but if the reason is unknown that leads to conspiracy theories.

In Nigeria it has kind of become frequent for Fulani cattle herdsmen to kill people. They have done so at many states, especially in those states bordering Hausa-Fulani states.

The latest killing is the mayhem at Benue state; in it over twenty one people were hacked to death by Fulani herdsmen.

Why do they do it? No one but the herdsmen knows for sure why they seem sadistic and enjoy killing their fellow country folk. Because folks do not know why these acts of savagery occur they speculate as to why Fulani herdsmen do it.

Conspiracy theories now abound as to why these people callously, as if they have no conscience that killing is wrong, no feelings, and no sympathy for people, kill men, women and children in several parts of Nigeria.

Worse, when they do it the President of Nigeria, a Fulani keeps quiet and says or does nothing to rein in his people, the sadistic killers. By his silence he appears to encourage the killing of the people he is supposedly there to protect, Nigerians.

So, what is going on here? Why are Fulanis killing Nigerians?  That is what I want to know.

Right off the bat let me quickly say that I do not know why these cattle Fulani act like the worst barbarians and vandals the world has known.

One of the conspiracy theories that have reached me is that there is a plan in these killings. Folks say that the Plan is doing what so-called Janjaweed Arabs did in southern Sudan: randomly kill people so as to intimidate them into leaving their lands and running away and thus leave the lands for the so-called Sudanese Arabs to take over.

Sudanese Arabs systematically terrorized African South Sudanese, enslaved and killed them in raids at night and day.

The Janjaweed Arabs, who are as black as charcoal but claim to be Arabs, systematically terrorized southern Sudanese folk.

The consequence was that the various African tribes in the south, mostly Dinka and Nuer felt their backs against the wall and had one of two choices: give in and be killed or fight back.

They chose to fight back and after many years of protracted war succeeded in separating from the strangle hold of Northern Sudanese so-called Arabs.

Fulanis are said to have Arab origins; they supposedly were part of the Arabs who swept into North Africa in the 700s and thereafter moved into Spain; apparently, some of them drifted southwards and reached today's Guinea in West Africa; they settled in Guinea (and mixed with local African groups...their language is a mix of Arabic and African languages) and subsequently became cattle herders; they took their cattle to all over West and Central Africa.

The Fulanis or black Arabs are said to be invested in doing in Nigeria and other West African countries what they did in Sudan, use terror to intimidate the people to accepting them as their leaders (they tried it in Ghana with their cattle eating farmers crops until the Ghanaian government put a stop to it).

In Nigeria, beginning with Othman Dan Fodio, in 1804, Fulanis took over the Hausa states and imposed their emirs on Hausas.

They are said to be on the march, once again, this time to extend their rule to all over Nigeria and appoint their people as the emirs of all Nigeria towns.

Many Southern Nigerians say that the Fulani are trying to extend their Sokoto based Muslim Caliphate, begun by Othman Dan fodio, to all over Nigeria.

As they did in conquering Hausa states in the early nineteenth century, they use terror, intimidation and random killing to arouse fear in the people so that the people fear death and therefore allow Fulanis to rule over them or they are killed.

I do not know whether this conspiracy theory, that Fulanis want to take over Nigeria, is really what is going on.

As noted, where folks do not know the cause of activities they speculate.  The idea of extension of the Fulani Sokoto Muslim Caliphate is probably conjectural, but it is not a farfetched conjecture.

Whatever is the cause of Fulanis killing Christian Nigerians, clearly, the killings must stop. If it continues the effect will be exactly as in South Sudan.

Christian Nigerians will have no choice but to fight back and the result will be the fragmentation of Nigeria into small countries.

I do not know if this is the result that the Fulanis expect but that is exactly what they will get if they continue their random killing of people.

Human beings are not flies for Fulanis to swat to death at will. Fulani herdsmen must immediately stop killing Nigerians.

Insensitive President Mohammadu Buhari, who does nothing as his Muslim people kill Christian Nigerians, must immediately intervene and stop his people from killing Christian Nigerians.

Christian Nigerians have had enough of Muslim Fulani barbarism.

Post Script

The herdsmen should have ranches in Northern Nigeria where they care for their cattle; let them grow grass with which they feed their cattle and stop roaming all over Nigeria with their cattle. Ranching is how Westerners grow their cattle; they did roam around with their cattle in the nineteenth century and the problem they generated for farmers, as they are now doing for Nigerian farmers, led to ranching.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 14, 2018

www.centerformindscience.org

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