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Light from the sun takes about 9 minutes to reach us on earth. Thus, the sun you just saw is as it was nine minutes ago. The same goes for seeing those around you. Light strikes their bodies and then is reflected to your eyes and you see them. It takes a moment of time interval to see the person near you because of the nature of light and reflection. Therefore, you see the person around you as he was a moment ago not as he is right now. This is physics not metaphysics. A course in miracles talks about…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 17:41

Living fearlessly has many benefits

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There are people whose lives are circumscribed by fear. Right from the moment that they are born they live in excessive fear. They anticipate what could harm them and take precautionary measures. As a result they live restricted, limited lives; they are always anticipating danger and running away from it. They do not live fully. As children at school they are anxious and do not learn well; as adults at work they are anxious from their anticipation of danger from their co-workers, especially from their bosses; in society as a whole they perceive danger everywhere; for example, if a police…
Sunday, 03 September 2017 03:09

Atheists delusion that there is no God

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I have just reread Richard Dawkins screed: The God delusion. I first read it when it came out in 2006 and wrote a review of it. During that same time period I also read Christopher Hitchens' God is not so great. Here are my further thoughts on these folks radical atheism. Delusion and illusion are beliefs that are not based on facts that we all can verify; they are false ideas about reality that somehow the individual believes is true and behaves according to them. For example, an individual may be physically weak and powerless but somehow manages to convince…
"Nigerian leaders on Friday (28 February 2014) called on Nigerians to work harder towards ensuring the country’s unity", with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo averring that Nigeria will not break up. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation building, the country would not break up. They should tell us what they mean by ''to work harder''? To me, this means that Nigerians should keep slaving and dying for their masters and oppressors to keep Nigeria one for them to continue looting! Also, recently, the Senate President, bemoaned the…
The twenty pound policy was an attempt by Nigeria to wriggle out of a messy situation it had in its hand because of failed governance; man’s inhumanity to man that resulted in genocidal behaviors, which led to a war and loss of millions of lives; and economic misery for what was/is known as Biafra. The policy was not intended to be fair or it would have been propounded differently; it was intended to be just or it could have been implemented differently; It was not intended to rehabilitate the Biafrans who had been defeated in the field of war and…
Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:55

We have selves apart from our bodily selves

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ACCEPT THIS TRUTH: WE HAVE SELVES APART FROM OUR BODILY SELVES Ozodi Thomas Osuji All my life I have been searching for my real self. Even when I was at school or working on different projects my mind was preoccupied with trying to figure out what my real self is. This search has lasted for too long and if unchecked might last for the rest of my life. It is now time to accept what I know as the human realistic self and leave the infinite search for a hidden real self alone (that search actually is looking for the…
At Facebook some folks post their pictures for other folks to see; some write stuff for other folks to read. Each person exhibits his self for the entire world to see. I know a woman who, daily, practically changes her dress, takes picture of herself in these different attires and post them at Facebook. She apparently revels in looking pretty, bedecked in beautiful clothes and jewelry. Apparently, she wants folks to see her as beautiful. Incidentally, unbeknown to her she also wants folks to see her as a bimbo, as a woman with nothing in her head. If you have…
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:10

Lack of sense of humor is due to fearfulness

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I love people with good sense of humor; they make me laugh; only God knows that I need a good laugh to put me out of my misery (if you think obsessive-compulsively, as I do, you need ways to stop thinking; humor and meditation does it for me). In fact, I go to Facebook specifically to read a certain Yoruba girl, Anne, whose sense of humor, in American colloquial parlance, is off the charts. That girl has a wicked sense of humor! She finds a way to make Nigerian politics humorous. I read her and go into convulsions of laughter.…
Monday, 28 August 2017 23:11

Why do people pray?

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The other day, a friend with medical issues asked to pray for him. I was taken aback for I had not prayed for as long as I can remember. I talk about God and religion but do so from the intellectual level not from a practicing religious person's level. Thus, when asked to pray for a person I really did not know what that meant and how to pray. My only recollection of praying was before I became agnostic (age fourteen). So, I asked me: why do people pray and how do they pray? I thought about my question. I…
Sunday, 27 August 2017 03:54

Helen Schucman and dissociative disorder

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Ozodi Osuji is thinking out loud: HELEN SCHUCMAN AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER At night we sleep. In our sleep we dream. In our dreams are different people, each with his own well integrated personality. In a dream a person who, in day life, does not know anything about, say, physics or mathematics may have a character in it teaching physics or mathematics. Yet, it is the sleeping individual that produced the seeming different persons in his dreams, persons with skills that he may not have in day life. If that is the case could it be that the day world is…
The Arewa Boys are mistaken to lump all Ndiigbo in a bundle and pass them off as deplorable undesirables. I am Igbo, and I sometimes dislike some of the things my fellow Igbo people do. While I admire Ndiigbo as a hard-working tribe, I dislike bip (pronounced B-E-E-P, meaning bad Igbo people). I do dislike some of my people very intensely for many reasons. The purpose of this essay is to state categorically that Ndiigbo are responsible for their predicament in Nigeria. This explains why the bad Igbo people have earned the title "the most reprehensible, blameworthy, and antisocial persons."…
THE POLITICAL LEADER VERSUS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER Ozodi Thomas Osuji In this world it is clear that we need political leaders and spiritual leaders. Human beings are brutes and therefore need a brute to lead them. The political leader is like a brute; he uses brute force to tame brutish human beings; he organizes the human polity, establishes laws under which people live for without laws people are separated egos pursuing their individual self-interests and would harm each other, even kill each other. The political leader extends the realm of his polity. In time political leaders will make the entire…
I HAVE ONLY ONE PROBLEM AND ONE SOLUTION FOR IT The problem is my belief that I have a self, a big self, apart from God; the solution to that problem is for me to let go of that belief and accept that I am one with God and his creation. Ozodi Thomas Osuji THE SELF AND THE SELF CONCEPT The self-concept was conceptualized by a thinking agent in people. It is the concept, idea of the individual's self. Each person has an idea, a concept of who he thinks that he is. The conceptualizing agent, the thinking agent in…
Friday, 25 August 2017 19:13

Accident or delusional design; choose!

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ACCIDENT OR DELUSIONAL DESIGN; BOTH CANNOT BE TRUE; SO WHICH ONE DO YOU ACCEPT? Ozodi Thomas Osuji There are two approaches to understanding phenomena: accident or design. Science is predicated on accident; scientists believe that the universe is a product of random accidents, from the big bang to what happens to the individual. The alternative to an accidental universe is the belief that the universe was planned and designed by some intelligent force and unfolds as that force planned it to unfold. If the universe was designed who was the designer? If it is designed by a force apart from…
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:52

The consequenes of Nigerians cowardice

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Every behavior the individual indulges in has consequences for him and for society. Nigerians and Africans are living in abject fear. They want to live at all costs. They are afraid of harm and death. To avoid harm and death they are willing to tolerate slavery and abuse by other people. They tolerated slavery from Arabs and from Europeans in the Americas. Historically, their lives were nothing but tolerating other people's enslavement of them. Now they seem to be ruling themselves. They have continued with that fear based lives. They are afraid and want to live at all costs. Their…
The above statement coming from me may be a blasphemy for I am not one of Mr. Trump's fans. Mr. Trump represents a political ideology that has not been tried in America before. Previous Republican presidents had represented what I might call traditional Republican views: conservative views; less government; power to the markets; capitalism; various freedoms; etc. Some of the luminaries like the Bushes, Rockefellers, Nixon, even Mr. McCain, are a little to the left of this point of view and others like Mr. Reagan (the government is the enemy) are a little to the right of this view point.…
The Trump Presidency is a case study in bad and grossly incompetent leadership. The man is simply temperamentally and mentally incompetent to lead a great and powerful nation like America. All he is telling America is to trust him but how do you trust a weather cock and a pathological liar who can change his mind at any time and reverse himself without any acknowledgment or apology? When he fails to deliver on any promise, he quickly declares victory and move on because he creates his own reality and illusion and that is the way he has operated for much…
I would like to have some smart folks tell me why some persons are born with supreme belief in their personal superiority. This belief generally has nothing to do with such persons' accidents of birth; their parents may be poor yet they have such beliefs. My parents are working class; however, in traditional Igbo society we were at the top of the food chain; we were and still are the high priests of Amadioha (in Hindu social categories we are of the Brahmin class...come to think of it, whenever I am in a Hindu temple they generally see me as…
The terrorist figures that people want to live in egos and bodies; he figures that if he randomly killed a few of them that the rest of them would be intimidated, scared and to avoid living in terror kowtow to whatever he asks them to do. So, he kills people indiscriminately. As long as people want to live in bodies and ego separated self-concepts they will have fear of threats to their desired bodies and egos. As long as people have fear of harm and death they would be prone to intimidation by terrorists (terrorist governments, terrorist Muslim jihadists and…
Friday, 18 August 2017 00:55

We are prisoners of the mind's fears

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The human mind is capable of accepting fears of what folks should not be afraid of; for example, they can assume that ghosts exist, fear ghosts and have nightmares where ghosts or unseen things attack them. Mind, in effect, can have fears that enslave the individual and make his behaviors restricted and circumscribed. In day life people have fear of this or that and those restrict their range of behaviors. And what they are afraid of are things they should not be afraid of, harmless things, really. If the human mind is liberated from fear arousing beliefs people would behave…
Thursday, 17 August 2017 22:28

Change your self concept and know happiness

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CHANGE YOUR SELF CONCEPT OR GIVE IT UP AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji Everywhere on planet earth people want to be happy; the means for happiness is in them while they go looking for it outside them. If you want to be happy do this: change your self-concept and self-image. It is as simple as that. Each of us has a self-concept which he sees in image form; he made it with the help of all people. He defends his self-concept because he believes that it is who he is. The self-concept is associated with body (and…
I just heard from my TV that at Barcelona, Spain, a terrorist had driven a van into crowd of people and killed over thirteen persons and injured hundreds of people (some of whom may die). People are running all over the place trying to protect themselves and avoid getting killed by the terrorist(s); they are doing whatever they could to defend and protect their dear lives in body and ego. These defenses make their bodies real to them. US TV stations, no doubt, would talk about this killing all day long; all the other talk about dumb Trump's racist response…
In the early twentieth century psychiatry and psychology came into full flowering; they made fun of religion; they reinterpreted religious ideas into psychological language. Religion, for example, defined certain behaviors as evil but psychology saw those behaviors as mere psychopathologies, mental disorders caused by malfunctioning bodies or negative social experience. Paranoid, narcissistic, antisocial and other personality disorders were explained as behavior disorders. In the meantime persons with those personality disorders commit mayhem. Adolf Hitler was a paranoid, anti-social and narcissistic personality disordered person. Instead of looking at his evil behaviors, his massacring fifty million people psychoanalysts tell us that he…
In memory of Heather Heyer, I ask: WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR? Ozodi Thomas Osuji When I hear that a person has died I ask, what did he live for? I ask myself that question; I do not ask it of the dead or other persons. The implication of my question is that each human being ought to be staying alive doing something; to stay alive just to stay alive, to me, is not enough. If one stays alive just to be alive all that one is doing is eating food and dealing with one's medical issues until death does…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: MY MIND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHINGTHAT I EXPERIENCE When I was in graduate school I concluded that professors serve the powers that be in society and really are not critical of the status quo; if they criticize the gatekeepers of society they could lose their jobs or become marginalized. Thus, they keep quiet as their country and world burns. It takes fearless, bold militants to go to the streets and mobilize to bring about social change (the society that I want is social democratic with mixed economy). Since professors do not do that I lost…