Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:25

From criticism to doing

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

This morning I talked about my need to be a doer rather than a mere thinker and how doing what one knows is true is better than dedicating one's self to a life of thinking about the nature of phenomena. I forgot to add a point; that point is that one must go from being a mere school boy or teacher to being an adult.

In doing things you find out what is doable and what is not; in mere ideation you can conceive every possible project; it is when you try to do them that you find out which ones can be done and which ones cannot be done in the real world.

It is easy to talk, to be idealistic and from the yardsticks of one's ideals criticize doer; what is difficult is to be a doer; one can have dreams, visions and lofty goals but real leaders are those who try to realize their visions, men who gather men and material and use them to actualize their dreams and hopes for mankind.

School boys, teachers and professors see their world and study them and see what is good or bad in it and write about it. They do not actually do anything to fix the problems they identified but merely talk about them.

For example, in the UK I sat in the House of Commons and observed the proceedings and thereafter observed what the government of Theresa Mays has been doing and decided that she is not a leader in the mode of Margaret Thatcher, whom I also observed while she was in office.

Emmanuel Macron of France is a leader, he is bold, see, he is already engaged in political incorrectness by telling idiot African leaders to stop blaming everyone and get a hold of their governments, to not produce too many children and not steal too much. He states the truth and could care less what you say about him; African leaders are criminals in office but expect the white man and his political correctness not to call him out for what he is: a thief and if called out he cries racism. Well, we must call Nigerian leaders thieves in political offices.

In the USA it is said that those who can do and those who cannot teach. Teachers like me have very little social prestige in the USA; but in Nigeria people run around with the title of professor and kind of think that that makes them important fellows but in the USA that makes them talkers but not doers. Americans respect doers not talkers; they want you to try to implement what you know is true and don't just sit around talking about what is wrong with their country and life in general.

Bold, courageous persons do their bit to improve the world whereas fearful cowards merely talk about the problems of the world. You see, you are allowed to just criticize the world, politicians etc. but when you actually try to improve the world is when you realize the difficulty of doing so; moreover, those with invested interest in the status quo would fight you, even kill you if you are a real threat to their economic interest.

Imagine anyone who accepts some socialism, as I do, trying to bring about a socialist democracy in the USA and how the oligarchs who rule America would look at such a person. They do not mind it if you are at a university and teach leftist doctrines but if you come to the real world and try to change society they will play power politics with you, including getting you to prison and or killing you.

Any way, if you believe in something to be true you must fight for it and don't just talk about it as I have done; live what you believe is the truth.

It is in living your truth that you are fully alive.  Of course, what is your truth may not be another person's truth. Some conservatives, for example, believe in the capitalist political economy and see socialism as rubbish. I myself accept the rational aspects of capitalism but also know that in every competition there will be winners and losers so we have to figure out a way to help the losers of society in social welfare programs, as in the post second world war Labour's Bevin government and  current Scandinavian social programs.

The relevant point is that what one believes is the truth may not be the truth for others and one must expect criticism and opposition and nevertheless be honest to one's self and live ones truth.

For example, I know that our real self is love so I must live love by loving all human beings regardless of their race and gender, white, black, man and woman and child.  If I did not love a human being and gave a rationalisation why I did not do so I would have disobeyed my own personal beliefs and would not respect me; to respect me I must love all people.

In the end the time for mere idealism is over, it is now time for action, praxis. Actions change the world; ideas prepare folks for action, so what matters are actions, doing, not just empty talking and writing.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

July 12, 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