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Friday, 30 December 2016 07:21

A new philosophy for mankind

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The extant world is predicated on science; its culture is increasingly scientific culture; instead of trying to become a part of this new world, Africans run around extoling what they call their African cultures, cultures that are by all indices primitive; they must change their cultures and make them scientific. Additionally, they need a new mythology of creation, a story of how they came into being and a culture that springs from that myth (I say myth for no one knows how we came into being). As a myth maker, my function is to provide mankind with a story of…
One only needs to read the story at the end of this piece to understand why President Buhari’s purported corruption fight is a hoax being perpetrated on Nigerians and the world. Here is a quote from the minister of information Alhaji Lai Mohammed: The Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office The minister of information could not name the corrupt permanent secretary; could not give when…
In the age of Globalization when information travels faster than the speed of sound pretty much like the air we breathe, the path to peace in the world and the path to Nuclear Freeze should be of serious concern to all of Humanity regardless of ideology or national or partisan loyalty. Kim Jong Un of North Korea has now carried out more than 50 nuclear tests compared to 17 under his father and grandfather. Even though those test are carried out in the Pacific and in North Korea's territorial waters and air space, the whole world could predictably suffer a…
I am very pleased to see Mr. Obama's two terms as the president of the Unites States come to a successful end. I am so grateful that he overcame those who wanted his presidency to fail. I thank God that those who wanted to make him a one-term president failed. I am so glad that his terms in office are almost over. I have never been as involved in the political process as I was in Obama's elections and administrations I campaigned in three states including Ohio and attended both inaugurations. The cold winter of 2008 did not stop me…
On December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, a woman was stripped naked and paraded throughout a village somewhere in Igbo land. Her picture was flashed all over social media, especially Facebook (where I saw it). It was reported that she had stolen a live chicken (for her Christmas meal) and was caught. The chicken was hung on her back as she was paraded through the village's byways. I do not know that she, in fact, stole the chicken hung on her back; that is not the issue; the real issue is what the villagers wanted to accomplish by parading her naked.…
It is you, again, Chinasor Onianwah. I just read on Facebook where you are saying that I am against sex. I am not against sex. Let me explain my attitude to this sex business. As you probably have heard, Sigmund Freud saw the individual as driven by natural forces that he called Id. The id is the instinct for sex and aggression. To Freud, we all inherited a proclivity to desire sex with every member of the opposite gender in our world, even with our parents and siblings. The man said that if one were to give in to this…
Chinasor Onianwah: When I first read your write ups at Facebook two things struck me: I saw you as bright and also as an angry person. I wondered why you are full of rage, for, clearly, without your underlying anger you would produce good writing (you have the writers and artists flair for using the right turns of speech, phrases and sentences...I am not a writer; I am a social scientist and public manager who uses words to articulate my thoughts; I do not have the ability to use fancy words to say what I want to say). Now I…
GIVEN THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM, THE WEST NEEDS SCIENTIFIC CULTURE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER Ozodi Thomas Osuji Every society needs a shared belief to unify its people. At present the West has no overarching philosophy that it teaches that holds its people together. As a result, the people are floundering, groping for a new belief and seem ready to fall to another Middle Eastern religion, this time to Islam. Islam would drag the West back to another one thousand years of dark ages, as Christianity did to Europe when it became Europe's sole weltanschauung. Ordinarily, people need gods to…
Surely, indisputably, indubitably, and for sure A thing is a thing when it is a thing And I said to the Nigerian man Who stood in the middle of Onitsha Bridge Your nation is a failed state without Anyamiri presiding Tell me Truth That I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied gruffly, “Go out into the shade And put your hands in the hand of Satan. That shall be to you better than Truth And a little cozier than what you seek!” So I went swiftly and finding the hand of Obi Clasped it firmly with both…
The 2016 election is over and the winners and losers have been identified. In this preliminary result sheet are the major winners and losers. As time goes on we will keep updating the results. The final report card will be issued in 2018 December which will correspond to Mr. Donald J. Trumps mid-term. Readers are invited to add, delete and move around the pieces as they see fit. Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Boston, Massachusetts December 20, 2016 WINNERS LOOSERS 1 Donald J. Trump For beating Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Mitt Romney. Trump ended his political career 2 The Republican Party…
Monday, 19 December 2016 03:58

God is imaginative and other matters

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Notes from Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal GOD AND HIS SONS ARE VERY IMAGINATIVE My Mind is very imaginative; it imagines all sorts of scenarios of what could go wrong for me and comes up with plans on how to cope with them. It pursues ideals of perfection and power. What it does during the day it also does during the night hence it has vivid dreams. I have incredible dreams whereas some people tell me that they either do not have dreams or do not remember their dreams. I believe that God is an imaginative person and imagines all kinds…
During the campaign season, Mr. Trump promised to change the ways of Washington permanently. Based on his cabinet selection thus far, he seems to be on his way to actualizing the promises. The best part of his choices is that it would end long debates over some very important America’s policy issues. The case of US foreign policies come to mind. From the end of World War II US intelligence has seen Russia as the greatest security threat to US. A few liberal politicians had called for an easing of tension between the world’s number one and two powers but…
Friday, 16 December 2016 03:27

Who is in charge of your life, ego or God?

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IF YOU ARE IN FEAR YOU HAVE MADE THE MISTAKE OF SEEING YOU AS EGO Ozodi Osuji First mistake: One desires a separated self and in pursuit of that illusory self-one separates from God and formulates a separated self-concept housed in body. Each of us has an ego separated self; that is what it means to be a human being. Each of us tries to juxtapose his ego to the tasks of living on earth, use it to adapt to the tough exigencies of this world. In folks with healthy bodies, generally, their egos are enough to adapt to the…
The purpose of this essay is not an indictment of all Nigerian men and women. It is a celebration of the Nigerian life of yesteryear, and a reflection on the differences this writer has observed over the years in Nigerians who came to America in the 70's versus the new arrivals. The Nigerian men and women this writer had the opportunity to meet and interact with during the sweet but difficult years he spent living in Washington DC; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia were of a saintly breed. Saintliness is synonymous with goodness, innocence, piety, virtue, righteousness, and goodness. Saintliness…
In the words of my favorite Gospel song titled, "Nobody greater than you" by Darius Paulk, I am inclined to say the opposite about Trump. I have searched high and low and I have looked high and low and still cannot find anybody worse than Donald Trump when it comes to conflict of interest in Government. Trump believes that a President can do anything even though he was the most vocal in calling Obama an outlaw President for using Executive Orders to deliver some of his campaign promises and mandate the Republicans have used their majority in Congress to block…
PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FIND MEANING IN THE WORLD AND ITS JOBS HAVE NO VOCATION Ozodi Osuji My son has not found anything to do that makes sense to him. The usual professions of the world, studying matter, space and time or applied technologies or helping people to make a living in body does not appeal to him. He has found no vocation to devote his life to. As of now he finds nothing worth doing and is floundering. Because nothing makes sense to him he cannot channel his considerable physical and intellectual energy to doing anything; thus, he vacillates…
EACH OF US HAS A DESTINY AND MUST DO WHAT HE CAME TO DO AND NOTHING ELSE Ozodi Thomas Osuji Each of us has a destiny, a fate; each person came here to do something and only he can do it; if he tries to do something else he will not succeed; this is more so for those with special functions to perform and who have special skills; not every person came to have special functions and has special skills. I am one of those persons with a special function with special skills to perform it. Even if I tried…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: YOU DIE WHEN YOU NO LONGER HAVE ANYTHING TO DO ON EARTH People don't just get up one day and die; they die when they no longer have anything their minds deem important that they are doing; when they are done and staying on earth is a waste of their time. The individual's mind defines what is important for him to do. In Africa what is important for parents could be giving their children food, putting them through elementary, secondary and if possible university schooling. What is important to them may be seeing the children…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 02:14

Political scientists versus political ideologues

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A scientist has to be willing to take feedback from other scientists. From what I have seen of your writing you have a powerful intellect; you tend to have strong opinions on what you want the government to be like and do. One is perfectly entitled to ones opinions on politics but for such opinions to come to fruition one must work to bring them about. Political beliefs and ideologies have to be enforced by force. You have to pick up arms and form a military group, a movement and struggle to bring your ideologies about, a different social order.…
THE NATURE OF POLITICAL REALISM VERSUS POLITICAL IDEALISM; POLITICAL SCIECNE VERSUS OPNIONIZING ON POLITICS My telephone conversation with you this morning actually helped me to understand you more than I did before. Apparently, you hold strong opinions and argue them with all the strength you have. That is good; one should be opinionated. I actually admire your political idealism for I used to be that way. Most political science professors would see you as dogmatic, full of self-assertions and seemingly unteachable because you do not seem willing to listen to facts as opposed to your subjective opinions on political phenomenon.…
Sunday, 11 December 2016 22:49

More on Dreams

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ONES BELIEFS BURIED IN ONES UNCONSCOUS MIND SHAPES ONES LIFE Dreams tell one what one's unconscious beliefs are Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you want to know about your real beliefs and motivations you have to go beyond what your conscious self tells you about you. There is an unconscious part of you that determine what you do at the conscious level. That unconscious part of you is where your beliefs are, and those beliefs shape the world you see. Ones beliefs literally determine the world one sees and reacts to. Human society is really the product of our collective beliefs…
DR. QUANZY SALAKO I NEED YOUR HELP! Dr. Quanzy Salako where are you when I really need you! In the past you showed uncanny understanding of dreams; you interpreted some of my dreams better than the best psychoanalyst would. I need you to interpret the following dream for me. So, if you are reading this piece please feel free to give me your interpretation of it. My Igbo compatriots do not pay attention to such things as dream interpretation; they are lost in living life at the appearance level; they are mostly only chasing prestige and material wealth and do…
To save what is left of his dignity, before official announcement of Mr. Trump's choice for Secretary of State, Mr. Romney should remove himself from consideration. Mr. Romney was my governor once and I will hate to see this his public humiliation keep going on longer. He has smelled power and done so many important things in his life: multi-millionaire; partner in Bain Capital; Governor of Massachusetts; ran World Olympics; Republican nominee for the president; etc. There are not many people whose resume look as good or better than his. He got it made already. Most analysts know from day…
Ejiro: I AM NOT A CULTURAL AND MORAL RELATIVIST I ACCEPT SCIENTIFIC CULTURE Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am around college campuses. I see Campus anthropologists patronize third world students who are smarting under the fact that their cultures are primitive by telling them that all cultures are useful because each culture enabled its owners to adapt to their world. They teach cultural relativism and that morphed to moral relativism. It should be noted that these anthropologists do not generate a penny in their lives; they are paid by the tax payers who support universities; left alone most anthropologists would starve…
The preamble to the United States Constitution begins with these words: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America" "We the people" is from the Greek word demos which means the common people as in: The common people of an ancient Greek state. 'In Sicily the tyrant is the ally of the rich and the foe…