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Saturday, 03 February 2018 18:52

The Fulanis want to rule West Africa

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THE FULANIS QUEST TO RULE WEST AFRICA Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have been reading up on the Fulani. I am now a walking encyclopedia on the Fulani. I have accepted that they want to rule all Nigeria. They conquered the Hausas states (1804-1809) and want to conquer all Nigeria. That six million Fulanis in Nigeria (and 13 million in all West Africa) want to rule 150 million Nigerians is amazing! When five million white Afrikaners ruled 45 million Africans in South Africa we described their behavior as racist. But in the Fulani case folks do not seem to grasp the…
TRUMP'S EFFORTS TO STIFLE THE ROBERT MOELLER INVESTIGATION IS PROBABLY MOTIVATED BY GUILT AND FEAR Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you objectively look at your behavior you probably would recognize that when you feel that you did something wrong (as defined by your society) you tend to feel guilty (unless you have anti-social personality disorder, is a sociopath or psychopath). Let me personalize: when I do something wrong I tend to feel bad about myself. I am going to assume that most people are like me. When I do something wrong and do not want other people to know about it…
In rapidly urbanizing African countries, people are transitioning from rural to modern living; folks are lost and resort to addiction to alcohol, drugs and over eating and sex to cope with their existential confusion. Addictions occur where people do not use their minds in solving their problems and, instead, seek escape in mind deadening agents. It is about time that Africans tried using their minds in solving their problems rather than always escaping, such as blaming other people for the royal mess they made their lives. The below "mental surgery" based on Byron Katie's "the Work" might help you to…
It was British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who once called "Survival as the Art of Politics. I have turned 70 and above, and I know a thing or two because I have seen a thing or two in my life journey and my sojourn in America for 32 years minus my years as a student at the State University of Connecticut and the Yeshiva Jewish University of New York. I have seen more bastardization of America in just one year of the Trump Presidency than I have seen in all American Presidents since Richard Nixon. I confess that I was…
TO BE GODLY IS TO HAVE NO SELF CONCEPT AND TO SEE THE WORLD WITHOUT THE SELF CONCEPT Ozodi Thomas Osuji A human child is born. He is part of life. Life has intelligence and consciousness. The conscious, intelligent life in the child immediately uses his experience in his body and human society to construct a self-concept. By age six the typical human child has already constructed a self-concept and translated it into a self-image (Kelly, George, 1955). The self-concept is the idea of who the child believes that he is; it is an idea translated into pictorial form, a…
WHY THE BUHARI GOVERNMENT'S DO NOTHING APPROACH TO FULANI HERDSMEN'S KILLING OF NIGERIANS? Ozodi Thomas Osuji As we talk, Fulani herdsmen and their cattle are roaming around the Nigerian landscape. They allow their cattle to eat crops at folk's farms. Folks expended enormous energy and financial costs planting crops and, as such, resent other folks' cattle destroying their crops. They complain. Instead of doing something about their complaint the herdsmen, who carry Russian made AK47 rifles, shoot and kill the farmers. The logic of the herdsmen seems to be: go ahead and farm but let our cattle destroy your farm…
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:15

The Fulani cattle herdsmen question

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Jerome Niang Yakubu: I have been following your defense of the indefensible; I have read you telling folks that the cattle herdsmen are unforgiving and that when harassed kill people and in doing so, in your view, they are not murderers and terrorists. Do I understand that in your view God gave them the right to kill Nigerians who touch their cattle? And God has more respect for cattle than people? Do you really want Nigerians to allow the herdsmen and their cattle to destroy their crops and do nothing about it just because you erroneously believe that those herdsmen…
This essay is being written as a debt of gratitude to the little child that smiled and waved in the store. Oh! How I wished my Nigerian brethren and sisters could see and learn. The little child was happy in her mother’s arms as she smiled and waved. I waved back and smiled, then went home to write this essay. Someone says that we Nigerians are a very unhappy people, and that might explain why our present predicaments persist ? We take the enviable position that teaching Nigerians to be happy is not an impossible task. You ask, “What has…
THE PSYCHOANALYTIC CONCEPT OF PROJECTION AND OTHER MATTERS Ozodi Thomas Osuji The ego defense mechanism of projection says that if you see something in you that you do not like that you could project it to other people and see it in them and then respond to them with anger etc. and in the process not correct it in you; in effect, we see problems in the external world and want to change them but not change the same problems in us; one sees other people's issues and want to correct them but not correct them in one! Psychoanalysis has…
Monday, 29 January 2018 01:56

Applying Byron Katie's The work to me

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APPLYING BYRON KATIE'S THE WORK TO ME Ozodi Thomas Osuji MY PERSONALITY AND SELF CONCEPT Byron Katie's approach begins by asking one to make harsh judgement about people and one's self. My judgment is that I am pursuing power. I see me as an ideal, powerful self. According to Byron Katie, this self-construct is just an idea that floated into my mind to counteract my underlying sense of having a weak body. I have elaborate stories to justify seeing me as the ideal self-construct and in the process give me suffering and disturb my peace. I must give up the…
The essay is a response to Dr. Odozi Osuji's post titled "Why Some Igbos Hate Me: I punctured their balloon of lies," which appeared in this Forum January 21, 2018. My friend Dr. Osuji surprises me when he opines: "Yorubas are civilized and do not kill any one, they just shine off Igbo arrogance and do not let it bother them." I f I am to follow Dr. Osuji's line of argument in his essay, the Yoruba can be said to be more civilized than the other tribes. I find the supposition preposterous, outlandish. While I was attempting to comprehend…
Saturday, 27 January 2018 16:05

The Holy Instant experience

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DREAMLESS, EGOLESS, BODILESS, SPACELESS, TIMELESS AND MATTERLESS STATE Ozodi Thomas Osuji What does it mean to wake up, as Buddha said that he did? It means to suddenly see ones ego and body disappear and one no longer is in the dream of space, time and matter and one knows one's self as one with all creation and its creator; that world is the world of eternity and infinite knowledge, in it one is birthed in total knowledge. God is not a person but the creator and center of creation; he is in each of us. When one awakens in…
DO IGBOS BELIEVE IN THE ALIEN ORIGIN OF PEOPLE ON EARTH? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Igbos say: "Chukwu dina enigwe", God who lives in the skies (stars); this may mean that they believe that their gods came from the skies; it may also mean that they see themselves as coming from the stars. If this is true it means that they believe in aliens as populating our world? Some people, as shown on Television's History Channel's Ancient Aliens, apparently believe that aliens evolved in other planets and later migrated to earth; they evolved in other planets for given the universe's 13.8…
One would have thought that America with all her sophistication, her military power and technological breakthrough as the only surviving super power should have learned a lesson never again to fool around with a candidate similar in many ways to Richard Nixon, talk less of making him a major Party nominee or electing him to the highest seat of power in the World. Those who fail to learn from History are predictably doomed to repeat it. By the same token if America does not get to the bottom of how the Russians and the KGB have colluded with Donald Trump…
After thinking about these things for a while, about barbaric attacks by bastards who call others infidels while they are treacherous murderers, infidels who believe in a false god, slaughtering persons in Enugu, Benue, Plateau and Rivers States I picked up a handset to opinion poll a few Nigerians Christian friends who live in Northern Nigeria. Kadiri is a retired general in the Nigerian Army. Agwom was a retired Ambassador who was stationed in Europe. Silas was a local farmer who made millions growing tobacco. My phone calls were not to exchange greetings or ask about wives and grandchildren. Such…
Thursday, 25 January 2018 18:39

Change of perception changes ones life

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THE SNAKE AND ROPE ANALOGY: CHANGE OF PERCEPTION AND THINKING CHANGES ONES LIFE Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you see what looks like a snake you will fear it and respond with all the symptoms of fear (flight or fight); if the snake turns out to be a mere rope you would no longer feel fear. This analogy teaches that what you think of a situation determines your response to it not the situation itself. Your perception, attributions and thinking determines how you respond to the events of this world. If you change your perception, thinking, cognition you will respond to…
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 21:06

To be enlightened is to live from ones real self

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TO BE ENLIGHTENED IS TO LIVE FROM ONES REAL SELF The real self is an eternal wave of light in which each of us is a particle of that light; wave and particle is one self with one mind. Ozodi Thomas Osuji From childhood I pursued ideals; I wanted to become an idealized self and wanted all people to become my ideal conception of them; I wanted social institutions and the natural world to change and become ideal, as my mind conceptualized perfection to be. Now, I know that ideals and perfection are unattainable; I know that the root of…
A favorite nephew of this writer died of AIDS about fifteen years ago. Sunday's death was very painful . He was the only son of his mother. He was the family rising star. He is survived by an ageing mother and three sisters. One of Sunday's sisters later died as teenager of brain cancer shortly after Sunday's death. Sunday's death was not just a devastating blow, it was heart wrenching because Sunday was so promising, handsome, a young hard worker whom every village woman would like to have for a husband. Besides, Sunday had a thriving business in Lagos. He…
In an earlier essay titled "What Truth Do We Want the Nigerian Community to Know Right Now in2018??" we stated that Buhari and his governing team alone cannot carry out the tremendous responsibility associated with overseeing the welfare of 180,000,000 Nigerians distributed over 317 ethnic groups.In these days of boko haram and cattle herders, there is work filled with fun for true Nigerians who have love in their hearts, If you are born in Nigeria, or if your parents are Nigerian citizens, you are a Nigerian citizen. You are an alien if you are not a citizen. Many aliens in…
WHY IGBOS HATE ME: I PUNCTURED THEIR BALLOON OF LIES Ozodi Thomas Osuji It does not take a rocket scientist to see that most Igbos have an obsessive-compulsive desire to tell the world that they are a special people, a very superior people, a very important and powerful people. Their presentation to people is this: folks, see us as special, and as better than you and all people. This is their social trajectory. They tend to work very hard to seem the superior people they want to be; some of them do, indeed, appear to be achieving; they have neurotic…
I have often wanted to read Achebe's latest book There was a Country but hadn't had the courage to do so.. If I say I hadn't have time to read the book, that would not the whole truth. The truth is that one finds it hard to control strong feelings when dealing with events one finds extremely painful, excruciating, or agonizing. These feelings can turn into psychic pain if you are directly involved in the story. Biafra story is a stab in my heart because I lost several relatives, including parents who sacrificed all they had to see I was…
We were suspecting but we were not sure why the Nigerian education is in such a terrible disarray at the primary and secondary school levels. We blamed half-educated teachers and lazy, unmotivated students. We forgot one important thing. We are now adding a third variable to the equation, governors who think teachers are such unimportant Nigerians they do not deserve salaries. The new equation is T (1/2) + S (u) + G(d) = SS (f) T (1/2) is half-educated teachers, who have little knowledge of teaching area or teaching methods S (u) is unmotivated students who focus more on money,…
AMERICA IS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE BUT MUST CHANGE Ozodi Thomas Osuji America, a country, like individuals, is the sum of its past. The sum of America's past determines where it is at today. America's past was one where Europeans came to the Americas and expropriated the land from Native people and imported African slaves and used their labor for free to cut down the virgin land. From about 1830 America began to industrialize. It imported working class Europeans to the country to work in the factories. They were worked for sixteen or more hours a day, pretty much…
Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:48

Byron Katie and Taoist Psychotherapy

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BYRON KATIE AND TAOIST PSYCHOTHERAPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji According to Byron Katie, there is mind; thoughts enter mind and will always do so for that is the nature of mind and thinking. You cannot prevent thoughts from entering your mind; what you should do is let thoughts enter into your mind and then flow out and you remain calm. If you identify with any thought that enters your mind and take it too seriously it might disturb your peace. You are not your thoughts. The thoughts that enter your mind are not your mind; the nature of mind is for…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:35

Using Byron Katie's The work in psychotherapy

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USING "THE WORK" By Byron Kathleen Mitchell Years ago, I, Ozodi Thomas Osuji, read Byron Katie's books: (1) Loving what is, (2) I need your love, is that True (3) A Thousand names for Joy (written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell). Her books have what she calls the work. This evening (January 17, 2018), for some reasons, Byron Katie entered my mind and I decided to revisit "the work". I went to her website: www.thework.com JUDGE YOUR NEIGBOR The work begins by asking you to judge your neighbor. Most spiritual teachings ask us not to judge other people. As we…