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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:40

From idealistic politics to realistic politics

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FROM CRITICIZING POLITICS FROM IDEAL POLITICS TO REALISTIC POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am an idealist, I want to be better than I am; in pursuit of the ego ideal I juxtaposed ideal everything and seek to actualize them. I use the ideal standards of my ideal ego to judge American politics and necessarily find it not good enough. From my idealistic perspective American politics is the politics of madmen (both conservatives and liberals are madmen). Now, suppose that America's politics is not the politics of madmen, suppose it is the politics of sane men what would it look…
Sunday, 12 March 2017 00:00

FAREED ZAKARIA:"Above and Beyond"

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A Television commercial in America describes the Range Rover Jeep above and beyond in performance. In the interest of full disclosure and to avoid being accused of Plagiarism, I confess to borrowing this title from that commercial. Fareed Zakaria as a News reporter and analyst is truly deserving of the Nobel Peace Award in Journalism if the choice were left to me alone. The young man makes a huge impression on me in the way and manner he handles his Global Public Square talk show every Sunday. I am impressed by the high level of research that goes into his…
Igbos who claim that Jews are Igbos, that Igbos started Jewish, Greek, Roman, English, German, French civilizations and, indeed, all human civilizations are clearly demented (they are suffering from delusion disorder, grandiose type). They appropriated the accomplishment of other people and in so doing now are the owners of the accomplishments of those illustrious people; they are no longer primitive Igbos running around the jungle, naked, kidnapping and selling their people into slavery and or holding them hostage for ransom money but are now the illustrious progenitors of great human civilizations. This is how delusion disorder works; the deluded person…
Human beings find it difficult to accept that they are only animals. Thus, despite the evidence that they are animals (their bodies composition is the same as those of animals, trees and other biological organisms, made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and traces of other elements) they deny the empirical evidence and keep claiming that they are something more than animals. Generally, human beings posit what they call gods and claim to have come from the gods; the gods are made to look like human beings except that they are not in body (matter, space and time); they transcend…
Igbos Claim To Be Responsible For All Human Civilization Is Problematic Ozodi Thomas Osuji I just read excerpts of a speech by Dr. "Prince" Philip Njemanze (see below paste) in which he claims that Igbos are responsible for practically all human civilization. He said that in his book (which I have not read) he showed that Igbos are responsible for Greek civilization, Roman civilization, ancient Jewish civilization, English civilization and for whatever civilization there was in Africa? He said that the Igbos that started ancient Jewish civilizations are not related to the current Jews of Israel whose DNA has nothing…
I Do Not Know Many Things To Be True; But I Do Know This One Thing To Be True: Human Beings Are Mysterious Creatures Ozodi Thomas Osuji I do not know for sure if there is God or not; all I know about God is what other folks told me about him or what I read in books. If I am honest with me I must say that it seems to me that God is our human construct, that we invented God and turned around to say that he created us. Be that as it may, there is something in…
HOW SHOULD ALAIGBO REPUBLIC BE ORGANIZED AND GOVERNED? Ozodi Thomas Osuji While welcoming the Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osibanjo to Owerri, on February 15, 2017, the Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha noted the federal absence in South Eastern states; he said that the federal government has not been building infrastructures, industries or anything for that matter in the South Eastern states, aka Igbo land. He decried this neglect of his region and called for Igbo land to be given its fair share of economic projects. The Governor, Indeed, informed us that only one indigene of his state has…
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC Dear President Donald J. Trump, I am one of your subjects and a proud American along with over 300 million others plus additional 11 million (or so) illegal aliens. We all love our America. But our love pales in comparison to your love which you have demonstrated in the many years you have invested in American politics, albeit from the sidelines. You devoted less than your full attention to the Trump Empire of billions of dollars in 2015-2016 and now you have practically abandoned your empire to serve the country at a…
I put the blame for the election of Donald Trump, the craziest and the phoniest President in the 240 years of American History on the American Constitution which is crying for the most fundamental amendment to its provision on the Electoral College Malady. For you to full understand the tragedy of the Trump Presidency, you have to watch Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live and Steve Colbert who replaced the great David Letterman of CBS News. I watch both programs every week and I could barely hold my breath. America is in big trouble. I make this statement as an…
Friday, 17 February 2017 05:33

Could Biafra be the land of criminals?

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DANIEL AKUSOBI PLEASE PONDER THE FOLLOWING FACTS OF YOUR IGBO WORLD Ozodi Osuji Daniel Akusobi, your below response to Jerome is evidence of my belief that you are capable of rational thinking if only you choose to do so. In your response you noted that the reason, among others, why many Igbos are hell bent on obtaining money, to the extent of doing criminals things for it, such as selling drugs in countries where arresting them means hanging them, stealing from their people and kidnapping their people and holding them hostage for ransom money is because of Igbo society's structure.…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:38

Why there are criminals in our world

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I UNDERSTAND WHY THERE ARE CRIMINALS IN OUR WORLD Ozodi Thomas Osuji Lately, at Facebook, I have been exchanging words with an African American guy called Marvin Bryant. His perspective can be summarized thus: white folks are no good, they did terrible things to black folks; black folks are always good and can do no wrong; in so far that black folks do wrong it is the fault of their social situation; the white man placed black folks in untenable social situations, such as inner city ghettos, makes sure that they have no jobs and money and make them hate…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:53

The Trump Presidency may not end well

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I am not necessarily a believer in karma but something tells me that Donald Trump's presidency may not end well? Somehow, I believe that there must be a payback for the man because of what he did to Obama; I am talking about the Birther thing. Trump jumped unto the Birther movement and doubted that Barack Obama was born in the USA. He knew too well that he was born in Hawaii but he chose to make hay of the doubt raised by racists who did not want a black man to be the US President. That birther thing was…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:11

If you want to marry a husband...

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“If you want to marry a husband, never you marry a waka about. If you marry a waka about o, tomorrow, trouble, trouble, trouble…” goes Nelly Uchendu’s 1970s highlife classic, “Waka About.” The song tells the story of a sweet sixteen seduced by an older man whom she met at a superstore. He was ‘all correct’ – fine looks, fine clothes, fine car. Against her parents’ advice, she married him in a flamboyant society wedding. Post-marriage, she found out he was a womanizer, fraudster, and abuser who regularly used her as a punching bag. Unfortunately, the story ends with her…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:08

Ìfẹ́: Loving, the Yoruba Way

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Love in Yoruba culture is playful on one hand and serious on the other. Love consists of afẹ́rí and ojúṣe. Afẹ́rí, the closest form to romance, includes use of praise names, endearment, and ìtage or oge. Lovers often engage in playful banter called "oge" whereas they tease and cajole one another. Oge can be used to coax an angry partner out of a bad mood or bribe one into making concessions. It might go thus: "O dẹ̀ wa n'bínú. Áh, ah! Kí ló dẹ̀ lé to yẹn?" goes the husband nudging his wife's playfully. "Fi mí 'lẹ̀ jọ̀ ọ́. Má…
President Donald Trump is an amateur in politics. He has never been elected to any political office in his life. He has played politics much as I have played football, from the sidelines. I can make almost any calls that a referee would make and debate all questionable calls ad infinitum. Or if you prefer, J can second guess every political action taken by any president or senate or the House. I am a good at what Americans call Monday Morning quarterbacking Not only is Mr. Trump an amateur, he has surrounded himself with other amateurs in high places and…
MARVIN BRYANT, BLAMING OTHERS FOR ONES ISSSUES MAKES ONE A CHILD Ozodi Osuji Marvin Bryant, it does not take a rocket scientist to conclude that you are the extroverted and irascible type; you talk without thinking about the consequences of what you are saying; you call people names to suit your present whim; your present state of mind determines what you say, not thinking. All that notwithstanding, your main issue is that you do not understand the difference between being a freedom fighter and a governor; there are differences between the two. When one is fighting for independence it helps…
AS LONG AS AFRICANS BLAME OTHER PERSONS FOR THEIR FATE THEY CANNOT MOVE AFRICA FORWARD Ozodi Thomas Osuji Africans blamed Arabs for slavery; they blamed Europeans for slavery; they blame what they call European colonialism for their present backwardness; each ethnic group blames other ethnic groups for its backwardness; individual Africans blame other Africans for their poverty; yet as they blame other people give them opportunity to govern themselves and they transform their country's public treasury into a personal piggy bank. Corruption and bribery is so astronomical in Africa that we might as well consider it part of the African…
God, the son of God, the ego and the ego ideal are not separated from each other but are a continuum. The son of God that contains all of God (and the universe of universes) projected his self into a seeming separated world and take on a seeming separated personality called the ego (ones earthly personality) and houses it in body. If the body the son of God seems housed in is problematic it makes its ego pursue more power (aka ideal, powerful ego); it does so in its efforts to survive on earth. There is no split between the…
If the individual's self does not seek to become a better self, an ideal self, a powerful self and just be what it is (whatever that is) he will be calm and peaceful. But this is easier said than done. Some people posit desired ideal self and pursue it. Once the ideal self-concept and self-image is posited the individual's thinking and behavior is aimed at approximating it. As long as the individual pursues becoming a better self, an ideal self and a powerful self he has said goodbye to inner peace and somatic calmness; he is now prone to fear…
The slogan for Nigeria’s development ought to be in the words of Booker T. Washington in 1895, at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Convention, during which he called on Blacks to “Cast down your bucket where you are.” It was the story of a ship lost at sea that sent passionate pleas to a friendly ship at a distance to send water. The friendly ship knew where the lost ship was and that fresh water was everywhere around it, so he ordered the captain of the lost ship to cast his bucket where they were. The captain of the…
I think the 3 times Governor of New York State who lost a Mayoral race to the late Ed Koch of New York at one point in his amazing career was the kind of father I love to be. I used to pray in my youth to be like my grandfather Kabiyesi Deji Afunbiowo Adesida the First who lived for 125 years. I wanted to be like him because I was only looking at the sunny side of him. The man had sought the throne three times before he finally got the nod of Akure Kingmakers in 1897. He had,…
Thursday, 09 February 2017 21:14

It is now time to get rid of fear from my life

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Human beings have a tendency to denying what they see in them and do not like and, instead, pretend it's opposite. Fear, for example, is in most people and holds them down but because fear is a negative affect people do not want to acknowledge that they have fear. Instead, most people pretend that they are fearless and courageous. Then say boo and they panic, pee in their pants and run to go seek safety. Consider Nigerians and Africans; Nigerians and Africans are totally fearful; they are freaking cowards; they want to live forever and ever and do so at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 22:36

American Democracy is Under Siege

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All the stars are properly aligned for the Republican Party to mold and shape the future of America for the next half century. The presidency, the senate, the House, the judiciary, majority of state houses and legislatures, etc., are all under the Republican leadership. This is good and bad. Good, because most of the gridlock in Washington that stymied the Obama Administration and some others before it can now be overcome. Bad because United State of America can now be counted among nations that have a one-party government. The one party is the Republican Party. It gets worse. The Republican…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: bits of information from A course in miracles. HOW WILL THE WORLD END ACCORDING TO A COURSE IN MIRACLES? According to A course in miracles the world will end when each of us accepts atonement, forgives the world, overlooks his sins and other people's sins and sees himself as innocent and sees all sons of God as innocent. This will not happen in one day but for each person at a different time. We would then all transit to the world of light forms and have a happy dream at the gate of heaven and…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:30

What is healing?

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WHAT IS HEALING? HEALING IS RETURN OF SEPARATED MIND TO WHOLE MIND Ozodi Thomas Osuji What is healing? What does it mean to say that a person is healed? (The terms healed, saved, delivered, redeemed are synonymous so to be healed is to be saved, delivered and redeemed.) THE SICKNESS TO BE HEALED IS SEPARATION To understand healing we must first know what is to be healed; we must understand what the sickness is. The sickness is our sense of separation from each other and from God. At present each of us is operating from his separated mind, aka the…