Philosophy

WE SEE A SCREWED UP WORLD TO ENABLE US UNSCREW OURSELVES Ozodi Thomas Osuji I look around me and see a screwed up world. I want to unscrew up that world. I come up with all sorts of idealistic ways to change and improve the world. But over time I learned that I cannot change other people and cannot change the external world. I live in North America. I see a country controlled by white men, men who do not want to solve any problem; they always kick the can down the road, never really solving any problem; they muddle…
A PROFILE OF THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTER AND OTHER MATTERS Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I wrote an essay titled: I want worth and you want worth so let us pretend that we have worth. It is a kind of spoof on Thomas Harris' book, "I am Ok and you are Ok", and Eric Bernes book, "Games people play". Both psychiatrists were transactional analysis psychologists; they told us that when people meet they play games with each other. When you and I meet, I tell you what I think that you want to hear and you tell me what…
I WANT WORTH; YOU WANT WORTH IS THE GAME PEOPLE PLAY ON EARTH Ozodi Thomas Osuji Each human being desires worth; he wants other people to see him as having worth; I desire worth and you desire worth; two people get together and each expresses his desire for worth to each other and if both agree and see each other as having worth they relate well to the other. Thus, people pretend to have worth and collude with each other to tell each other that they have worth. The moment that you see other people as not having worth they…
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:07

Fear shapes extant human civilization

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ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE DRIVEN BY FEAR FEAR DRIVES HUMAN CIVILIZATION Ozodi Thomas Osuji Yesterday, I wrote about Africans and Nigerians being fearful cowards who out of fear of harm and death tolerate abuses by the criminals that rule them. What I wrote is observable, empirical fact. However, let me quickly say that the same phenomenon is found in all human beings: black, white and Asians. All people are fearful. It is fearfulness and the desire to live in body and fear of death that made it possible for governments to coral people and control them. Most governments are unjust,…
IF THE WORLD IS MY PROJECTION WHATEVER I SAY ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE I SAY ABOUT ME Ozodi Thomas Osuji New age religions, such as Church of Religious Science and Unity Church, extrapolating from the well-known idea of projection (an ego defense mechanism posited by psychoanalysts) say that the external world is our collective projection; they literally believe that the world one sees represents one's and other persons collective thinking, is our collective dream. In psychology, the idea of projection is employed in less encompassing manner. It means seeing something in one, or suspecting that one has something, and one does…
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…
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…
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…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:39

It is now time to move on from God

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I HAVE TALKED REAL SELF REALIZATION FOR THIRTY YEARS AND IT IS NOW TIME TO MOVE ON Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have talked about God and real self-realization for thirty years (1988-2018). During that period of time I have not really worked for money hence remained poor. Did I become God realized? Shouldn't someone get some kind of payoff for what he does? I have not become God realized. I assume that there is something called God realization, as gleaned from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism and A course in miracles. How do I know that there is such a thing?…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:47

Each person has a fate and from it he is saved

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EACH PERSON, FAMILY, GROUP, TRIBE AND RACE HAS A FATE Ozodi Thomas Osuji IN ONES FATE AND SUFFERING IS THE GERM OF ONES LIBERATION It is difficult for modern man bathed in science to consider the concept of fate but the fact is that each human being, family, ethnic group and race (and all human beings) has a fate. The individual's fate is there for him right from the moment of his birth. He cannot escape his fate. All he can do is study it, understand it and seek realistic overcoming of that fate. In overcoming his fate the individual…
WE OVERCOME GUILT AND FEAR BY HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Guilt results when someone feels like he did something wrong and fears that he may be punished by the person he wronged. Thus, guilt and fear tend to go together. Normal human beings are prone to guilt and fear feeling. There are a set of human beings called antisocial personalities, aka sociopaths and psychopaths who do not feel guilt and fear; indeed, the sadistic criminal enjoys hurting people, his mind does not have guilt or fear. Folks like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin killed millions…
Monday, 25 December 2017 04:19

On the Holy Spirit guiding us

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ON THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDING OUR THINKING AND BEHAVIORS Ozodi Thomas Osuji You probably have heard that you should not live from the ego and instead live from the Holy Spirit and that before you make any decision you should consult the Holy Spirit and have him tell you what to do, Suppose that you ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and you do not hear his voice in your head telling you what to do so what should you do? Should you not do anything and stay there paralyzed and do nothing? WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT First,…
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL THE MEANING OF THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE SON OF GOD AND HIS RESURRECTION Ozodi Thomas Osuji It is amazing how someone can hear a concept for many years and still do not know what it means. We, Christians, talk about the crucifixion of the son of God (Jesus) and his resurrection (as Christ) and do not get it. I certainly did not understand what crucifixion and resurrection meant until recently. So, what does it mean? It does not mean nailing Jesus the man on the cross and his resurrecting three days later on Easter Sunday.…
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:28

Do past, present and future exist?

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DO PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE EXIST? Ozodi Thomas Osuji In our world we see past, present and future. One is born and lives to be, say, age forty, so one has a past. One hope to live, at least, another fifty years; the anticipated fifty years is one's possible future. We see houses that were built a few years ago, exist today and will probably exist for another hundred years before they collapse and like all man-made things return to the sand from which they were made. Even the great pyramids will, in the future, return to sand. The world…
Monday, 18 December 2017 07:56

Only return to God heals personality issues

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TO KNOW GOD YOU MUST HAVE NO SEPARATED SELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I went to church. After the church service I decided to hang around and mingle with people. Normally, I headed for the door and was out of there in a jiffy. So, I hung around and observed what folks were doing. People drifted from one small group to another having small talk. Although I was there I really did not participate in the small talking going on. Nevertheless, I hung around for thirty minutes observing this phenomenon. At some point I asked myself why I do…
Friday, 15 December 2017 21:31

The son of God made the physical universe

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THE SON OF GOD MADE OUR PHYSICAL UNIVERSE John chapter 1:1-18 NIV Ozodi Thomas Osuji "1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness and the darkness have not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:24

How Jesus did it

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JESUS CHRIST AND OTHER PEOPLE? JESUS DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE ILLUSIONS OF EGO, BODY, SPACE AND TIME Ozodi Thomas Osuji Human beings identify with the separated self, the ego and its body and want to live in the world of space, time and matter. People so like their egos and bodies and the world that they are afraid to die and leave them. Jesus realized that the ego, body, space, time and matter are illusions; he realized that they do not exist in reality but seem to exist in the dream of self-forgetfulness and…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:19

Did Jesus physically resurrect from death?

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DID JESUS PHYSICALLY RESURRECT FROM DEATH? Ozodi Thomas Osuji In Robert Perry's A course in miracles, from Columbia University's Professor Helen Schucman's handwritten manuscript of the book, pages 1882-1883, Jesus Christ, talking about his physical resurrection, said: "My body disappeared because I had no illusion about it. The last one had gone. It was in the tomb, but there was nothing left to bury. It did not disintegrate because the unreal cannot die. It merely became what it always was. And that is what rolling the stone away means. The body disappears, and no longer hides what lies beyond. It…
WHEN THE SELF CONCEPT IS DISCARDED CHRIST IS REBORN IN ONE The concepts of redemption, salvation, deliverance, healing, Christ self, death and resurrection are familiar to most Christians but are seldom understood. What do they really mean? Each of us has a self-concept, an idea of who one thinks that one is. The self-concept is an idea, not a fact. Each person has an opinion of who he thinks that he is. No one on earth actually understands how his self-concept was formed. Psychologists speculate that each child constructs it using his biological constitution and social experience. Those into new…
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:17

The individual is responsible for his fate

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THE INDIVIDUAL IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS LIFE'S OUTCOME Ozodi Thomas Osuji We are tempted to blame other people for our problems. We look around and find many reasons why we should blame other people. We see what they did to us that seem to have harmed us and use those as excuse to blame them and rationalize our problems. For example, if you are a black man in America you can look around and find white racism and use it to tell you why you seem to have failed in life. There is racism in the land alright and…
Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:16

Epilogue to living love

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EPILOGUE This third volume of living love ends the trilogy of writing on the nature of love; love is union and union is God. The three volumes are over fifteen hundred pages long. They will eventually be republished in one volume as the main source on the metaphysics Ozodi Osuji gave to the world. The book(s) really did not say anything new for what is between its covers can be found in other books on metaphysics and religion. The only difference is that it is written in simple prose, not poetry and or parables, as other religions' so-called holy books…
Monday, 20 November 2017 05:13

To live in ego is to live in hell

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IN CONCLUSION...to live as an ego is to live in hell, a luxury that a rational person cannot afford Ozodi Thomas Osuji To live in the ego is literally to live in hell, a painful hell, a hell of one's own making; no one else did this thing to one but one! It is one who sentenced one's self to the prison of the ego. If one did it to one, the question is this: why don't people understand that to live in the ego is to in jail and hell, why do they struggle to be in ego hell?…
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:17

A reinterpretation of crucifixion and resurrection

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A REINTERPRETATION OF CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION Ozodi Thomas Osuji DREAM November 15, 2017 4: 15 AM In this dream, in the presence of my father, Johnson, I agreed to take poison and die for the good of him and his family. I wanted to be sacrificed to the gods for the good of my father's family. On my way to the place where I would be sacrificed I changed my mind and decided that I do not have to die for other people and felt angry at a god that requires people to be sacrificed to him before he does…
THE ILLUSION THAT SCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGY CAN MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji During the nineteenth century Science as a methodological approach to phenomena became the dominant western epistemology. An idea is to be accepted only if it is observable, verifiable and preferably replicable in laboratories. Since much of religion is written in metaphors religious ideas could not be subjected to scientific verification. Thus, by the 1890s psychology came into being. Psychology aimed at accepting only those ideas about human nature, thinking and behavior that can be observed to be objective and are verifiable as true. Psychology began with Sigmund Freud's…
THE ILLUSIONS OF SEPARATION, INDIVIDUALITY, SPACE, TIME AND MATTER AND THE REALITY OF UNIFIED CONSCIOUSNESS Ozodi Thomas Osuji An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people.[1] Illusions may occur with any of the human senses, but visual illusions (optical illusions) are the best-known and understood. The emphasis on visual illusions occurs because vision often dominates the other senses. For example, individuals watching a ventriloquist will perceive the voice is coming from the dummy since they are able to see…