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James Comey the FBI Director who is generally well regarded as fiercely independent and non-partisan by both sides of the isle has just put himself in the middle of a political quagmire that he should have seen coming, if he was more politically-savvy and sensitive to what is happening around him. I would nonetheless cut him a slack on his little but serious mistake just like he himself had cut Hillary a slack when he wisely recommended to Loretta Lynch the Attorney General that while Hillary may have been careless with some of her E-mails, the FBI has not found…
Sunday, 30 October 2016 02:37

Who rules America?

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Mr. Adeyinka Makinde: As promised, I attempted writing a rejoinder to your excellent piece on how a small oligarchy rules America but I found out that to do a good job of it I would have to write several pages (twenty five pages, at least). I do not want to do that so I provide the below abridged response to your piece. In my view, America is ruled by many groups; I tend to adopt Robert Dahl's pluralistic approach to understanding politics in America. Cheers, Ozodi Osuji WHO RULES AMERICA? Ozodi Osuji Political scientists have had a field day writing…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:37

The world needs a new philosophy

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A Course In Miracles Has A Condescending Attitude To Society And Its Laws; What Is Needed Is A New Philosophy That Enables People To Live In The World While Accepting Spirit Ozodi Osuji A course in miracles has a condescending and patronizing attitude towards society and its laws; it sees laws as something done by the sleeping sons of God that they think keeps them in the dream (while in fact they are still in spirit); their various laws, be they society's laws, nutrition laws, economic laws, medical laws and medications and so on are all meant to keep people…
People want to live in body and ego at all costs; they are also aware that other people can hurt or kill them, as they can hurt or kill other people; the idea of love came into being to say to the other person: please do not hurt or kill me; please constantly reassure me that you will not hurt or kill me. Thus, a woman wants constant reassurance of love; this means that she wants the man in her life to constantly tell her that he would not harm her or kill her, for she knows that at any…
As I get on my keyboard to start making this prediction, I cannot help but remember three folklore songs my siblings and I used to sing in the Deji's Palace where I was born and raised during the long reign of my grandfather, Ogiso Otolu Apaara, Okun Arabaribi, Deji Alaiye luwa Alaiye gbede gbede bi oni layin, Adimula Afunbiowo Adesida the First (1897-1957) The songs were, "Wo t'Oba ria, Okun lila ba Omi Okun" The second was, "Olule se t'Oba, Alejo se t'Oba, Ko ba loni ke se t'Oba o, Erun ara re lamu wi Ege ko". The third was…
When I wake up in the morning I pick up my tablet (computer) and read my emails and check out the news of the day. Thus, on the morning of Monday, October 24, 2016 I woke up, picked up my tablet and looked at it. After reading the news section I went to my email. A Nigerian guy (I will call him nameless) wrote several pages of stuff on me. I had not written anything about him, certainly not in months so I was surprised that he saw it fit to write a missive about me. I took a look…
See if you can understand this piece; this universal teacher of God is trying to help folks extricate themselves from the bastardized religions called Christianity and Islam and come to know God. PEOPLE AS EGOS ARE LITERALLY APPARITIONS AND GHOSTS OF THE SONS OF GOD Ozodi Osuji People are literally ghosts, apparitions of their real selves; therefore, if you respond to their behaviors you are responding to the behaviors of their ghosts, not their real selves. What happens in what we call social interaction is that one ghost, you, responds to what another ghost, the other person did. Thus, two…
Monday, 24 October 2016 11:12

Is there life on other planets?

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IF ACCIDENTS DETERMINED OUR UNIVERSE THERE OUGHT TO BE LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS! Ozodi Osuji If it is true that the universe came into being in a big bang and is expanding and accidents determined everything, those same accidents would have produced life forms on other planets in the universe. Thus, humanoids probably exist on some of the trillions of exoplanets in the universe? It does not make sense to assume that the universe could produce biological life forms on one planet and not on others. Perhaps, other forms of biological life were produced on other planets? Alternatively, an intelligent…
Sunday, 23 October 2016 21:07

How Nigerians Abet Exploitation of women

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When Nigeria's President Buhari announced to the world that his wife belongs to his kitchen and bedchamber, most Nigerians feigned both blindness and deafness. Some, a large number of Nigerians were unimpressed, unconcerned, or just pretended it was "no big deal." Others felt nonchalant, blasé, indifferent, detached, or "he mustn't be talking about me." Buhari's damage-control handlers explained the President's misspeak as being light-hearted; that the old man was only joking. The women liberation warriors around the globe didn't take the insult on women lying down on perfumed and feathered beds with their bottoms partly open or half closed. They…
We ordinary mortals on the Democrat side at least see "Trumpism" as nothing short of a bad dream but I strongly believe that God Almighty who made it possible to begin with sees it differently because the Scriptures tell us that God uses the foolish things of the World to confound the wise. "Jehovah Jireh" "Jehovah Nissi". "Araba Nla to so ile Aiye ro" The mighty Force that holds the whole world together deliberately allowed Trump to emerge as the nominee out of a long list of better candidates the Republican Party could have nominated. The Almighty God had done…
I was idealistic; my mind was preoccupied with how it wanted me to become ideal and perfect, how it wanted other people to become perfect, how it wanted social institutions to become perfect and how it wanted nature (plants, animals and physical phenomena) to become perfect. My mind did not accept anything it sees as it is; it always sees something not good in something and wished for it to become better. I was preoccupied with trying to improve me, people and the world. DESIRE OF IDEALS LEADS TO FEAR The more I desired ideals and perfection the more I…
I took Comparative Religion as my elective in my first year at the great Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife way back in 1963. My major was History and International Relations, I added Comparative Religion by choice. I was conflicted about how to answer the question posed in this article and I thought taking the elective might help me do so with some effort. 53 years later I think I can now answer the question with a resounding yes. God does not subscribe to Quota. If He does, the Kennedy clan of Massachusetts would have not completely dominated the politics of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:21

Frantz Fanon, Psychology and Existentialism

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Can you imagine a regular department of psychology at an American university teaching Frantz Fanon's psychology (Fanon, 1952, 1959, 1961, 1964)? If you want to study such material you have to go to black studies departments. Yet, what Fanon said is probably more useful than most things one can learn from regular American psychology. Fanon's writing was based on Alfred Adler's individual psychology (Adler, 1964, 1979), a psychology that mainstream American psychology downplayed. Adler argued that to be mentally healthy one must serve social interest; he pointed out that neurosis is the product of seeking self-interest at the expense of…
On Monday morning, eight of your friends have forwarded the same message to you on WhatsApp. It ends thus: “Please don’t break this chain. Send to at least 7 of your friends. If you break it, you will not receive the good news you’ve been waiting for.” Besides the fact that it lacks originality, you find the message offensive for several reasons: 1. It’s coercive in demanding you forward the crap to other unsuspecting friends in order to ruin their Monday; 2. It contains a veiled threat of mayhem should you fail to comply; and 3. It clogs up your…
The Igbo expression “nwayo, nwayoo” means slowly or gradually. My late uncle in order to make the English expression sound like the Igbo version preferred to translate the expression as “gradual by gradually.” That was as much as his 2nd grade education had allowed. Nigeria is getting to disintegrating gradual by gradually. EFCC Arrests Fani-Kayodes Wife and 8 Months Old Son A Commentary Read more at http://huhuonline.com/hunew/index.php/huhuonline-more-news/8565-efcc-arrests-fani-kayode-s-wife-4-months-old-son#WmJY7HZu4wBtrCuY.99 The arrest and detention of Mrs. Patience Chikwendu Fani-Kayode is another example in successive law enforcement incidents recently. The successive events I have in mind are the lawlessness of the current President Buhari’s…
WHAT IS THE MADNESS THAT MAD CHUKWUMA IS SHOWING ME? Ozodi Osuji What is the madness that Chukwuma is modeling for me to look at? Look at what he said about me (put down everything about me), put down my father and mother and put down my town. This is what Igbos do, put Nigerians down, and put down every person in sight. Why do they do it? They do it because they have a neurotic need to seem important, big and see those around them as small. They must insult all people so as to seem big in their…
If the US 2016 election were a movie it will get an X-rating. I have been a close observer of US elections since 1976 and have never seen anything like the ongoing 2016 US federal presidential elections. It is an election which if I have minor children still in the home, I would match them out of the living room when election news is on. It would have been a denial of the opportunity to teach them how things work in this country, but it would also have been an example of how things don't work and should not work.…
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:08

Mad men show us our own madness

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A MAD MAN PRESENTS HIS SELF TO YOU TO SEE AND HEAL YOUR OWN MADNESS Ozodi Osuji The next time you see a mad man please stop and pay attention to him. Why? It is because he is showing you your own madness. The mad man has a function for you; he is there to show you your own madness and ask you to see your madness in him and then heal it in you. He is not asking you to heal his madness but asking you to heal your own madness. For one thing, as long as you are…
The unfortunate Choice of Words by President Buhari on His Wife’s Outburst. The President of Nigeria Mr. Muhammadu Buhari should have been much more diplomatic upon hearing his wife’s outburst about how he runs the country and the people he chose to help him. Men are wont to show a lot of bravado when talking about their wives. In olden times the worst fear a man had was to be labelled in vulgar language a “woman wrapper.” In order to avoid the label men have been known to show that no woman has wrapped them up. But that was then…
It took only a split second for Captain Sully to come to the Conclusion to land his plane with hundreds of passengers on board at the risk of instant death had he taken the risk of flying that plane to Newark Airport less than 50 nautical miles away with one disabled engine and the second engine uncontrollably losing power and altitude. The hero pilot did not waste time arguing about what to do with his co-pilot. He simply decided to land the plane on the Hudson River on that fateful day. He uttered from the cockpit three words that made…
Deep down human beings know that they do not have existential significance, not even a little bit of it. Consider that earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornados, volcanos, floods, draughts, diseases, bacteria, virus, fungi and other natural forces destroy people's lives as they destroy trees and animals. That which they know that they do not have they seek the most. Human beings seek significance. Everything that people on earth do is really rooted in their striving for significance. They place fancy clothes and jewelry on their bodies and those make their bodies seem to have worth in their eyes; they eat fancy…
I am trying to make people a bit thoughtful and philosophical rather than the mindless robots they are! PRETENSION OF SIGNIFICANCE IS ONE REASON WHY BLACK AMERICANS DIE YOUNG Ozodi Osuji The life span of African Americans is about 71 years; the life span of white Americans is about 76 years. The five year difference is perhaps not that much. However, that is not the question here. Human beings are capable of living up to 120 years. The question is why are they not living that long? People have posited all sorts of reasons why they do not live as…
I am inclined to start this write-up with a Capital Bank Commercial I love so much. It says: "I shouldn't have to ask. What is in your wallet?" The questioner did not stop there. He returned back to quickly tell his listener "Don't let that get into your head, man, do the right thing; open an Account with Capital Bank" I shouldn't have to ask the Republicans what they were thinking when they chose to make Donald Trump their nominee, but I would ask nonetheless, "what was in their mind with this article?" I took a script from Barack Obama's…
Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:09

Biopsychology and existentialism

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Abstract: This paper points out that a realistic study of human psychology must study the human body; it is so because body mostly determines the individual's behaviors and personality. The individual responds to what is going on in his body as it tries to adapt to the exigencies of his physical and social world. A psychology that does not study the influence of the entire human body on the self-structure, not just the nervous system, is really not a scientific study, a superficial social study, may be. The individual grapples with the issues of existence. He is born and is…
Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:08

Life in ego and body is pretended importance

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If you examine the human body it actually has only make belief existence and in truth does not exist. Here is the history of how the human body came into being. Beginning at the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, light photons transformed to quarks and electrons and quarks transformed to protons and neutrons; neutrons and protons combined into nuclei. Nuclei captured electrons and atoms are formed. Atoms combine into molecules and compounds to form the objects we see in our world. If you look at your body you see a seeming solid (with liquids and gasses) but where you…