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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…
It is nice to have major candidates and any third Party candidate that meats the 15percent opinion poll of likely voters continue to be allowed to participate in presidential debate that has now become the rule and not the exception since the Nixon versus Kennedy debate of 1960. Debate has become part of the ground rules of Democracy in bastions of Democracy like Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and even in the Pacific countries like Japan and South Korea and Singapore to mention a few, not to talk of European countries like Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain.…
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) followed due process before embarking on the raid of the judges’ houses. He is quoted as saying: In a statement posted on his Twitter account, @GarShehu, he also warned the media to be careful of how they report the issue insisting that it is wrong to present the incident as a confrontation between the Executive and Judicial arms of government. “Reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern,” he tweeted. (The Will…
Monday, 10 October 2016 04:51

Donald Trump and lessons on human existence

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This essay is written by a philosopher for philosophers; if you are not a thinker please do not read it, for it might depress you. Normal folks cannot handle reality and must be given opium to make their dreadful lives seem lovely. Trump: When Reality Collides With Artificiality Ozodi Osuji In a tape made in 2005, Donald J. Trump was heard talking about grabbing women's pussies and bragging about how because he is rich and famous woman literally throw their selves at him and allow him to do to them whatever he wants to do with their bodies. Since the…
Mr. Ozodi Osuji in his essay asked if God exists and concluded that he exists. It is a subject I have pursued off and on and have not reached any conclusions, primarily because my scientific knowledge is not what it should be. But I have found a comfortable zone to operate from. But it is not the meat of Mr. Osuji’s thesis that I take issues with. It is just the introduction. He wrote: the two religions that Africans currently have are Jewish religion! Obviously, this state or affairs is unacceptable to black folks. So, what do they do? Some…
Sunday, 09 October 2016 01:39

Does God exist?

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All over the world, Black people are acutely aware that the religions they currently have were given to them by other people. Christianity is a sect of Judaism. Islam is a sect of Judaism. Thus, the two religions that Africans currently have are Jewish religion! Obviously, this state or affairs is unacceptable to black folks. So, what do they do? Some try to embrace what they call Kemet religion. They fancy that early Egyptians were black and that their religion of Kemet is African religion. I have bad news for such black folks. Egypt is in the Mediterranean world; folks…
If I could summarize the Trump run for President with just two sentences, above title would be my obvious choice. I predicted it long time ago that Trump is going to unravel and his moribund campaign is going to collapse like a pack of cards when he is forced by circumstances beyond his control to finally release his tax returns or part thereof. I call his tax returns his Achilles feet because deep down in those returns are the reasons why Trump could never be President of the United States. Those reasons pale in significance in comparison to all of…
Saturday, 08 October 2016 04:15

From passive aggression to assertiveness

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Why I Was Not An Adult Man; The Need For Assertiveness Training Ozodi Osuji As a result of my problematic body, in childhood I was very fearful; I feared harm and death. When a child is in a state of fear he tends to cling to his parents for protection. Thus, I clung to my parents to protect me. To be protected one must do what the protector wants one to do. Thus, as a child I found out what my parents (and significant others in general) wanted me to do and did them. I was totally law abiding and…
I have reached all the conclusions of A course in miracles from my own thinking, without resting my conclusions on what the book told me is true. With pure cognition and mentation I reached the conclusions that Helen Schucman reached from what she claimed her source, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, told her are so. Lately, it occurred to me that I behave in accordance with the conclusions that I reached through my own ratiocination because they are my ideas and make sense to me; I would not behave in accordance with what A course in miracles told me…
A state does not become a failed state if only one of its legs buckles or fails. A nation with strong judiciary, a strong legislature, and a strong 4th estate will withstand a failed presidency. I venture to state that with a strong judiciary and a strong press, that a failing nation could still survive. It is difficult for a nation with a failing judiciary to survive. When people lose confidence in the judiciary they would seek other means to obtain justice. Such other means could include Coup d'état, kidnapping, etc. This is why it is important that the Nigeria…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 20:58

Biology is fate!

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The Individual's Body Shapes His Behavior And Personality Mine Makes Me Do Things Fast, To Get It Done And Over With Ozodi Osuji This afternoon I sat in front of my computer typing multiple choice questions. It is tedious doing this task and I would rather not do it. But I had to do it so I sat right there writing questions and giving four possible correct answers to each question. Some instructors' text books come with questions in a disk that the instructor could choose from but in this case I had to write the questions. It took me…