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Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:34

Existentialism On My Mind.

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Jean Paul Sartre, in his 1948 book, Existentialism and Humanism, tried to tell us what existentialism is; he said that "existence precedes essence". Let me try to explain what he meant and, perhaps, in the process shade light on what existentialism is. Most forms of philosophy and religion posit what they call human nature; that is, they postulate the essence of who people are supposed to be. Having posited an abstract conception of who they think that people are, they then try to fit real people into their mental constructs of who they are supposed to be. In effect, essence…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:57

Abuja In Heat And Darkness

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As a public servant who work and live in Abuja, I always experience the heat in Abuja during this time of the year. As per darkness, that is living without electric power, I am well immuned to its hazards since I was born in Emohua, Rivers State, Nigeria. From when it was the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN, a name given to the organization by the Bureau of Public Enterprises in preparation for its privatization) and now to private investors, it has been darkness all the way. I have chosen to comment on…
When a Nigerian is deported, the deporting country is saying, among other things, 1. “ You’re a persona non grata.” 2. “ Get away from here.” 3. “You are an unacceptable or unwelcome person.” 4. “You’re horrible.” 5. “ From now on you and your criminally-minded fellow Nigerians can consider yourselves personae non gratae.” The purpose of this essay is to present the scenario or state of affairs surrounding frequent deportations of Nigerians from many nations, and to suggest what we ought to do about it by way of prevention or cure as we talk to friends at home. They…
IF EVERYTHING IS MADE FROM LIGHT THEN EVERYTHING IS LIGHT; THE QUESTION IS WHAT LIGHT IS? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Contemporary cosmology, building on quantum physics, tells us that the universe began in light. 13.7 billion years ago a point of light, a photon, and a size smaller than the period at the end of this sentence emerged from nowhere. That point of light contains everything in a unified state (called singularity). That point of light that contains everything in potentiality exploded and shattered into infinite particles, photons. The photons immediately united into quarks and electrons. Quarks combined into protons and…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:41

What is the meaning of salvation?

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THE MEANING OF SALVATION Ozodi Thomas Osuji You probably hear Christians band the term salvation around and ask: what is salvation? The terms salvation, deliverance and redemption and healing mean the same thing, so, if we understand one we have understood the others. Very few Christians who talk about salvation actually know what they are talking about! Let me, therefore, talk a bit on salvation. To be saved is to understand ones current sense of separated self, the ego and voluntarily decide to let it go and no longer have it; to be saved is to completely let go of…
Saturday, 08 April 2017 17:22

Who owns Igwe Ocha (Port Harcourt)?

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AN OPEN LETTER TO EMEKA OKALA Date: April 8, 2017 To: Emeka Okala From: Ozodiobi Osuji Subject: ON THE QUESTION OF WHO OWNS IGWE OCHA A couple of years ago, when the interminable debate, driven by you, as to who owns Igwe Ocha, came up, I recall stating that it belongs to Igbos. Thereafter, I allowed you to be the self-anointed expert on everything Igwe Ocha. Egged on by certain Yoruba chaps, such as Bolaji Aluko, that do not have Igbos interests in mind, you went on and on telling us that Igwe Ocha is not part of Alaigbo. Igbos…
The Alaafin of Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi the Third went to London and he paraded 3 or 4 of his wives in a move captured by the News and Print Media in London and back home in Nigeria. The love for polygamy by most of our traditional rulers, High Chiefs and other Nigerians is a preference that is quietly but surely losing its appeal. I can name few powerful traditional rulers in Yoruba Land who have defied the odds to keep their marital vows despite all the pressures on them to do otherwise due to the dictate of some of our…
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:02

Coping with existential depression

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Abstract This paper is a feedback to a young man that presents with what the writer judged existential depression. The young man did not find any earthly activity meaningful and therefore did not really want to do anything. He felt that life in body is a waste of time, ennui, since ultimately we shall all die. The paper seeks ways to motivate the young man to live fully in the face of the existential realities he described. The larger aim of the paper is to postulate how human beings can cope with their meaningless and purposeless existence. COPING WITH EXISTENTIAL…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 21:11

Existential Psychotherapy

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Abstract: This paper points out that whereas biology and society play roles in the genesis of mental health issues the nature of existence itself is probably the key determiner of mental health or lack of it. It says that existence presents human beings with the sad information that they are not special and are essentially nothing; it says that how an individual deals with this assault on his self-esteem is critical to his mental health; it says that human beings would like to see themselves as having worth and see their lives as meaningful and purposeful so in the presence…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 19:11

People elect leaders who are like them

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People elect their selves in their leaders. Put differently, leaders reflect the people they lead. Consider. Americans are self-centered and, indeed, celebrate it as their national character. What is capitalism but the celebration of self-centeredness? What is socialism but the celebration of social-centeredness? Republican party members teach that to care for other people is to sin; to them life means taking from other people and become rich and let those who cannot struggle for the survival of the fittest die out. They would rather not give health insurance to all Americans or even pay for the education of all Americans…
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 22:09

Another look at Ikwerre-Igbo issue

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ANOTHER LOOK AT THE IKWERRE IS NOT IGBO QUESTION Ozodi Osuji I am by orientation not interested in African tribal issues. I consider it a waste of my time to talk about tribal matters. To me it is good enough to say that one is African and leave it at that. However, I am a nominal Igbo. Generally, I identify who is Igbo by those who speak the Igbo language. Thus, since I see Ikwerre people speaking Igbo language I assumed that they are Igbos. I was therefore surprised to learn that some of these people who have Igbo names,…
Benevolent Dictatorship Is The Best Form Of Government For Contemporary Africans An essay on political philosophy Ozodi Thomas Osuji There is an elephant in the Africa room that many Africans do not want to talk about. That elephant is the concept of democracy. Western Europeans sold Africans the idea that democracy is the best way to govern their countries and thus Africans are chasing democracy. The question that Africans have not paused to ask is this: is democracy the best way that they can govern themselves at this time in their history? Indeed, is democracy itself even a good form…
My first preoccupation in this article is to establish up front what Russian Vladimir Putin had done to America that we all should be concerned about if we truly love America is my reason for writing this article. As a proud father of 2 young men proudly serving in the US Military, and as a happy retiree who gets my pensions and social security paid without fail on a specific date of the month. I wake up every day praying for America and cursing out any nation on Earth which may be trying to mess with America. The medical coverage,…
Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:53

On Igbo identity disorder

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WHO EXACTLY IS AN IGBO? Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I read at Facebook a girl from Agbor, Nkechi Bianze, saying that her tribe is Ika and not Igbo. She fumed from both sides of her mouth saying how angry she is at any Igbo who calls her an Igbo; indeed, she asked why Igbos have the audacity to call those who do not see themselves as Igbos as Igbos. On the issue of her having what seems an Igbo name, Nkechi, she presented an interesting logic that goes like this: you (I am assuming that she is referring to…
The aim of this essay is to demonstrate that religion is a blight/affliction and a bane/curse rather than a blessing in our home. Nigeria will be a failed State if the religions Nigerians are practicing fail to deliver the people from destroying themselves. All religions are good if the worshipers can readily adhere to the true tenets of that religion, to do what the religion is saying. A good religion consists of the Basic Instruction Governing Our Dealings With Others. We Nigerians are in the mess we are in because our religion is a farce. There is no end to…
ALWAYS LOOK AT ANY ISSUE FROM TWO PERSPECTIVES: 1. THE EGO'S PSYCHOLOGICAL(SCIENCE/REASON) PERSPECTIVE And 2. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S LOVING PERSPECTIVE (IRREASON) Both perspectives are correct on their terms; the ego is adaptive to the world and the Holy Spirit's perspective responds to a different interpretation, from the perspective of ego transcending, irrational perspective of love. THE CONTRADICTION OF SPIRIT (LOVE) AND MATTER (HATE) The contradiction between spirit (love/union) and matter (hate/separation) cannot be eliminated while people live in body. As long as people live in bodies they will have spirit and the capacity for love but also have the influence…
Who says the Hausa/Fulanis are seriously at a disadvantage in education and wisdom compared to their Igbo and Yoruba brothers and sisters in the South? Whoever is saying that is probably living in the past or is totally out of touch with the reality of the Nigerian situation or has never met distinguished northerners like Alhaji Dangote, Lamido Sanusi, late Abubakar Rimi, Professor Jega, Professor Yadudu, El Rufai, Jerry Gana, Kwankwaso and Dogara to mention a few. Anyone saying that can be said to be very insular in their views and perception or has not been sufficiently exposed to the…
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:40

Why Africans will eventually rule the world

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BY THE END OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BLACK PEOPLE WOULD BEGIN TAKING OVER THE WORLD Ozodi Osuji By the end of this present century, twenty first century, black persons would begin taking over control of this world. The takeover will take several hundred years, if not thousands of years before it is completed. This is not a prediction but a statement of what is inevitably going to happen; by the end of the twenty first century Africans would have acquired the basics of scientific culture and would be ready to make civilizational moves; they would simply take over Europe, Asia,…
Monday, 27 March 2017 17:07

Much Ado About a Certificate?

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I have written many times on a singularity, or perhaps we should call it a genetic aberration or bane of development and progress in our dear country – it is the inability to find the Truth; nobody speaks the Truth; nobody wants to hear the Truth. Even when the Truth is glaring us in the face, we almost always manage to deny it, and successfully too. Lies, deceit, deception, fraud, propaganda, all these lead to Corruption, hence the reason we are still stymied by poverty, underdevelopment, and an acute lack of progress in everything we do. A people beyond redemption,…
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN LIVING AND TEACHING EGO OF LOVE Ozodi Osuji If one completely lets go of ones ego one would exit from this world; this is what forgiveness accomplishes; if you forgive what is done to you by other people you overlook the reality of this world, the attack and defense reality of the world and become defenseless. If you are defenseless (forgiving) you escape from this world of attack and defense and first return to the awareness of a different world, the world of light forms and, ultimately, to the formless world of light (God, and his…
Even though America is arguably too embarrassed to admit it, it is now widely known or speculated by Intelligence experts like Michael Steel of Britain who prepared the powerful dossier that may yet help America to nail the speculation that the Trump/Putin lovefest, co-operation and collusion may have been far criminally intrusive than initially envisaged. Both Mr. Steel and Malcolm Nance, the Director of Terror Asymmetric Project and FBI Director James Comey have all stated that Russia may have quietly caught up with America or beaten America to second place in Cyber Technology just like Russia did when she became…
Saturday, 25 March 2017 17:07

Ending ones unhealthy neurotic dances

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: LIFE SHOULD NOT BE SICKNESS TO BE ENDURED All my life, I have lived with constant stomach upset; that stomach pain is registered on my face; my face looks strained and has been that way all my life, this is no longer acceptable to me. Sadly, this situation is so while I study and talk spirituality; apparently, spirituality does not help me straighten out my bodily issues. Those who talk spirituality invariably die from the bodily issues they have and neglected to pay attention to. Jane Roberts, Helen Schucman, Kenneth Warpnick, Wayne Dyer, Jesus Christ,…
Friday, 24 March 2017 15:12

Live your own independent point of view

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SEEK AND LIVE YOUR OWN INDEPENDENT POINT OF VIEW Ozodi Thomas Osuji Here are some truths that cannot be denied; if you look at Africans they seem uneducated and ill informed; they seem to be living in a different century, may be in the thirteenth century (before the age of discovery and science); their views are simply not up to par with what you would expect in people living in the twenty first century who are educated in the scientific method and are up to snuff on modern science. Many Africans talk in religious terms (Christianity and Islam) that, at…
Friday, 24 March 2017 08:06

Accident or Determinism

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COINCIDENCE OR SERENDIPITY OR SPIRITUALITY? Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I woke and out of nowhere it occurred to me that since the Nigerian state has kept Nnamdi Kanu in detention for an extended period of time and, apparently, plan to keep him there much longer and there is nothing that he can do to get out, I decided to write to him a letter urging him to use his time in prison to write a book delineating what his Biafra struggle is all about. Moreover, it would help him kill time if he did that writing. I also suggested…
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE MOTIVATING DESIRES OF YOUTH DISAPPEAR Ozodi Thomas Osuji In youth we have pleasant illusions that we have it in us to change the world. With that desire in us we are motivated to accomplish great things. We go to school and obtain useful education. Thereafter, we secure jobs, marry and have children. We devote ourselves to trying to actualize our youthful desires. Our youthful desires pretty much take us into our mid-thirties. Thereafter, one begins to realize that the world is not for one to change it and that despite ones ideals that the old…