Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:16

Only a few human beings change the world

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

For a long period of time I wrote long essays for my three brothers; and for over a decade I purposely wrote essays on philosophical and psychological subjects and posted them at Nigerian Internet forums; I had assumed that, at least, one percent of the people have interest in philosophy and psychology and would read the write ups and that a fraction of them would thereafter take them to heart and, hopefully, think and act like philosophers and psychologists.

As anyone with eyes can see, Africa has not produced a single philosopher or psychologist or scientist of world status.

After a decade of writing these extended essays I evaluated my behavior and found that not even one person seem to have benefited from what I did; in other words, I failed in my efforts. Why was that so?

It is because it is true what they say that humanity produces a philosopher or a psychologist once in a while. Mankind has only produced a handful of real thinkers, philosophers and psychologists.

The lesson for me is that most of humanity is not that smart and that it is only once in a while that a bright person comes along and changes world history.

There is elitism in human existence. I would say that at any point in time less than one hundred persons are truly intelligent enough to be revolutionary in their thinking; the rest of mankind is like cattle merely grazing grass, die and disappear from existence and leave no  information on them to make people remember their existence thousands of years in the future.

The feedback to me is to give up my idealistic and childish desire to make dense people use their minds to think and produce fruitful ideas.

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus Christ, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Hume, Berkeley, Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, Mill, Adam Smith, Pascal, Voltaire, Rousseau, Bergson, William James, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Buddha, Confucius, Shankara and psychologists like Freud, Adler, Jung etc. are really rare human phenomenon; they  come to the world only once in a while.

The same goes for scientists such as Galileo, Kepler, Huygens, Tycho Brahe, Newton, Boyle, Dalton, Thomas Young, Charles Darwin, Laplace, Pasteur, Jenner, Alexander Flaming, James Watson and Francis Crick, James Clark Maxwell, Boltzmann Ludwig, J.J. Thomson, Henri Becquerel , Rontgen, the Curies, Max Plank, Einstein, Ernest Rutherford, Neils Bohr, Broglie, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrodinger, Lise Meitner, Enrico Fermi, Wheeler, Hugh Everett, John Bell, Murray Gell-Mann, Lemaitre, Alexander Friedman, Edwin Hubble, Fred Hoyle, Gamow and so forth are truly rare human beings; they bless the world once in a while; they are not nurtured by human beings; they came here to do what they did; the rest of mankind are chaff, more or less, cattle eating, having sex, producing useless children and dying off as chaff.

One must not bother with the chaff or try to help them by training them and simply concentrate on actualizing ones inherent potential and leave the masses alone; the masses exist for nothing and should be ignored. It is a waste of time thinking or trying to help the masses; such help is a waste of time for they are not ever going to amount to anything but cattle like existence.

The implication of what I just said is that I am an aristocrat and elitist. Yes. One should be truthful to what is empirical and observable and not waste ones time and energy fighting the truth. If ninety nine percent of the people died they would make no difference to human march towards rational and scientific enlightenment.

This is not a racist view but a realistic one, for although Africa has not produced any significant human being in philosophy, psychology and science, I know that a handful of Africans are smart and could join the club of the world's purveyors of revolutionary ideas that change the world.

Post Script:

I wrote reviews of the philosophers, psychologists and scientists (and more) mentioned above; I wrote under the caption of "ideas that changed the world".

Ozodi Osuji

February 2, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

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

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176