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by Dr. James C. Agazie Most writers and cementers, Igbos and non-Igbos, have very little good to say about the Igbos. The purpose of this essay is to point out one or two things positive about the people known in Nigeria as the Ibo or Igbos or Ndiigbo. This essays concludes with a simple appeal to the conscience defined as scruples or sense of right and wrong. We Igbos can do without the well-meaning but misplaced, malicious, and condescending criticisms of detractors. We Igbos do not deserve to be over-psychoanalyzed. Of all things the Igbos lack and need the most…
IGBO IRREDENTISTS LIKE CHUKWUMA AND NEBU ARE NOT ONLY MENTALLY ILL BUT EVIL SOULS Ozodi Osuji This afternoon my girlfriend and I went on a long walk on the snow (on a cross country ski trail; we, walkers, shared the trail with folks on skis). The temperature was less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit so we were chilled to our bones despite wearing the best cold weather clothing. My girlfriend is extroverted and chatted with folks as they walked by us or skied by us. I am introverted; my life is devoted to introspection and reflection on issues. I take an…
IT IS NOT FOR ME TO CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE BUT FOR ME TO LEARN FROM THEM AND CHANGE ME Ozodi Thomas Osuji The purpose of seeing other people doing what to you seems unacceptable is not for you to undertake to change them but to change you; the purpose of misbehaving people is for you not to do what you see them do. What you see other people do, whether you acknowledge it or not, is in you. This is because perception is projection. You cannot see anything as out there that is not in your mind. In fact, the…
My confidence in Democracy is a little bit shaken with the emergence of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Next to Great Britain which owns the Mother of Parliament, I used to think of America as the bastion of Democracy. I so much love America. I voluntarily encouraged two my sons to join the US Military. I am very proud of the two young men because the love of the Military runs deep in my family. I come from the Sao Ofobutu and Sao Apatapiti family of Akure on my father side. The Sao of Akure as the…
TO HAVE AN EGO IS TO HAVE FEAR; TO HAVE NO EGO IS TO BE FEARLESS Ozodi Osuji To have an ego, a sense of self apart from other selves and apart from the rest of the universe is to have fear. Animals, although their bodies are made of the same material found in inanimate objects, of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, have a sense of self that is apart from the whole universe hence do have fear (they run from danger to go protect themselves). Inanimate objects like rocks etc. do not have a sense of self that is…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:16

Only a few human beings change the world

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ONLY A FEW HUMAN BEINGS MOVE THE WORLD FORWARD 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…
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:14

Sequel to Igbos wish for death

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SEQUEL TO MY YESTERDAY'S ESSAY ON IGBOS WISH FOR DEATH Ozodi Osuji With this piece I end my preoccupation with Igbos apparent insensitivity to how they relate to other Nigerians. I do not ever want to hear an Igbo coward that hides in the Diaspora, in America and from there dishes out streams of verbal abuses towards Nigerians. Such Igbo cowards are unaware that their abusive talks have consequences for unfortunate Igbos trying to make a living in Northern Nigeria. If Igbos in the safety of North America abuse Hausas they make it likely for Hausas to machete Igbos to…
Monday, 30 January 2017 15:21

Igbos have death wish

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ABSTRACT All our thinking and behaviors are based on choices and decisions; we choose to think this way, to behave this way or that but not this way or that way. All choices, all decisions have consequences. Our choices are rooted in our desire to separate from each other or to unify with each other. It was the choice to separate from God and each other that led to the origin of this world. This world exists because we chose to separate from unified spirit state and go live as separated selves; we invented space, time and matter and use…
Sunday, 29 January 2017 23:35

There is method to Donald Trump's madness

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The script of our nightly dreams is not written before we go to sleep but are written as we sleep; we sleep and write the script and enact the dream drama based on the script as we sleep. However, before we go to sleep we have something in our minds that lead us to enact the night's script and play. Before going to sleep and dreaming the existence of this world we desired to separate from God and from each other; we desired to separate from our real self, unified spirit self. That desire led us to go to sleep…
Saturday, 28 January 2017 21:01

Are you a true leader?

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In all my life I have not found a black man (including African Americans, Africans, Nigerians and Igbos) who has completely let go of his ego and behaves egolessly; all the black people(myself included) that I know of cherish their egos. While black folks seem capable of doing some social good when push comes to shove they behave egoistically. Humility does not seem part of black folks mental set; black folks are arrogant, prideful and vain and narcissistic. If giving up the ego and its pride is the precondition for salvation, for enlightenment to one's real self, this means that…
The newly elected US President Trump has come to office with a promise to make America great again; to secure her borders; and to make America's interest the corner stone of all negotiations. In his first week in office he has used his pen to put into effect some of the foundations for accomplishing these goals. We do not know now how far he can go. The next few years will show how far. Some of the foundations put on paper include the start of building the wall with Mexico which Mexico would pay for. Mexico has made it clear…
ALL HUMAN BEINGS PROBLEMS ARISE FROM THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE SEPARATED SELF CONCEPTS Ozodi Osuji All human beings problems arose from their desire to have separated self-concepts; with that desire they invented space, time and matter and used matter to house each of their seeming separated self in bodies and have it seem to walk in space and time and defend it; defense makes it seem to exist for them. In truth, the ego separated self does not exist; the ego is an illusion; the ego self-concept and the world of space, time and matter it lives in are illusions,…
America is a nation of icons, legends, heroes and heroines. It is a nation that has more often than not captured 2/3rds of all the Nobel Peace Awards. It is a nation that has dominated the Olympics by always winning the greatest number of gold medals. America was the first nation to colonize the Moon and has already landed a robot on Mars as we speak. It is a nation founded on truth and nothing but the truth which is the opposite of "alternate fact" which actually means a whitewashed falsehood. You cannot call America a nation in decline unless…
MENTAL DISORDERS ARE MEANS FOR SEPARATING FROM LOVE AND BEING EVIL Ozodi Thomas Osuji The twentieth century saw the rise of Western psychology and psychiatry. This Western conception of what constitutes mental health and mental disorders were presented as rooted in science. The world had already been prepared to accept whatever is seen as scientific; thus, folks are supposed to accept Western psychological conceptions because they are scientific. An uncritical world accepted the West's conceptions of mental disorders. I, too, did initially swallow this propaganda presented as science until I began reflecting on what I was given as the scientific…
You can only solve a problem you fully understand. I am not so sure that Trump fully understands the true meaning and import of governing a complex country like America and making peace with his critics if the word "enemy" is just too strong. There is no question that Trump is a very smart man, but like Adolf Hitler he is a devil in his heart. He thoroughly understands the twist and turns of running a Business which is based on competition and survival of the fittest. He knows how to navigate his way in Business and how to cheat,…
Sunday, 22 January 2017 16:16

Psychology makes people victims!

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PSYCHOLOGY MAKES PEOPLE VICTIMS; PSYCHOLOGY TAKES AWAY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR BEHAVIORS FROM PEOPLE; PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BEHAVIORS HENCE CAN BE EVIL Ozodi Osuji Adolf Hitler planned and killed over 50 million people. Why did he do it? Psychology proffers explanations, such as say that he was neurotic or psychotic; he was born with a weak, problematic body and felt inferior and compensated with desire for power and superiority. In pursuit of power and superiority he felt the need to kill people so he killed people. This is Alfred Adler's take on the nature of neurosis. The apparent evil…
Imagine waking up one morning ready to start the day, then notice there’s a strange looking massive structure suspended in the sky. Curiosity lures you along the investigative path then you realize, yikes! It’s an alien ship! What!!! How did they sneak in? What do they want? Are we going to hear the famous words “Hello Earthlings”? Hold on to your horses because Hollywood’s ace director Denis Villeneuve beautifully adapts Ted Chiang’s short story titled "Story of Your Life" to produce the blockbuster Sci-fi film titled “Arrival”. The film stars Amy Adams (one of the highest paid actresses in the…
They first arrested Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for possession of broadcasting equipment which is legal in Nigeria. We shouted Y-E-A-A-A! that is good for him, for he was/is one of those Biafrans. Mr. Ojutalayo and others exclaimed “Let him rot and die in jail!” They next arrested, gestapo style, some judges. We cried “and them too!” for they accept tainted money from Wilke and PDP! They are dirty judges and part of the corruption. Jail them! Jail them! Nigeria must get rid of corruption! Them too! Then they arrested the publishers of Sahara Reporters. Many more joined the rabble and proclaimed…
Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:20

Are events in our lives teaching us lessons?

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There are essentially two approaches to life, to see it as meaningful or as meaningless. Science seems to suggest that everything came into being through the random concatenation of accidental events and thus life is meaningless and purposeless; on the other hand, something in us want to believe that our lives have meaning and is purposeful. It is an either or proposition; if one is correct the other is not correct; and you cannot combine both and say that life is a little meaningful and a little meaningless for the criterion of one invalidates the other. We know where science…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:31

2017

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We have entered 2017, a year that promises to change the world in radical ways. Change is both good and bad and it is this ambiguity that makes the world tremble, tremble, tremble. We do know that changes must occur and that we should not be afraid of them but somehow, we are not able to shake off our fears of the unknown. Here are some of the anticipated changes that could make the world shake: In America (and in much of the world) the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States is worrisome. The influence…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:11

The function of the critical person

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THE CRITICAL PERSON IS SELDOM LIKED BY PEOPLE BUT SERVES PUBLIC GOOD Ozodi Osuji Generally speaking, human beings like to be admired by their fellow human beings. People like it if you said nice things about them. If you want people to like you then flatter them. I think that most of us are aware of this narcissistic tendency in the human psyche and therefore try as much as is possible to say mostly nice things about people and desist from saying anything that people could construe as unflattering to them. The safest place to be in this world is…
In less than 72 hours from today, Donald Trump would be taking his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States and leader of the Free World he has so much criticized and undermined on his way to the most powerful job on face of the Earth. I want this piece to be my last article before the apocalyptic "Rupture" and the arrival of the new sheriff in town whose inauguration is going to be greeted with placards and demonstrations never before seen in similar ceremonies in the close to 250 years of American History. Congressman John…
Monday, 16 January 2017 19:21

What kind of persons would kill their people?

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In the picture below (at Facebook, January 16, 2017) an Igbo man who lives in the USA, who serves in the US army, Chuks Okebata, came home to Alaigbo to visit his people and, apparently, a person or persons killed him. Speculation is rife as to who might have done such a dastardly thing. Some conjecture that he was murdered by those who are jealous of his wealth (apparently he built a big house). The question is this: why do Igbos do such iniquitous things? The moment you ask that question Igbo irredentists would immediately remind you that people are…
IN DELUSION DISORDER YOU DENY YOUR IDENTITY AND IDENTIFY WITH ANOTHER SELF Ozodi Osuji In delusion disorder a person denies his true identity and identifies with another person who he believes is better than his own self. Actually, the term paranoia, which is the same as delusion, is of Greek origin; it means denying one's true self and behaving as if one is another self. A person who denies his real self and pretends to be another self, the Greeks saw such a person as mad! Delusion disorder is the quintessential madness (if you add hallucination you have psychosis). Generally,…
I hope that Igbo egotists read this essay and begin their overdue learning on what constitutes success. At present they are on ego trips taking their insanity that to do well in this world is to be successful as the best way to live. Out of their insanity they look down on those they call failures, those who are actually closer to God than them. The egotist is as far away from God as is humanly possible. One of my functions is to help bring Igbos near to God. To come to God one must jettison ones ego; the ego…