From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal
IF WE DID NOT FEEL PERSECUTED WHAT WOULD WE BE DOING ON EARTH?
Please examine your life closely; if you are honest you would probably conclude that you see yourself as an innocent person that the world is doing bad things to.
It seems that each of us sees his self as an innocent victim that the big bad world harms. In other words, we see ourselves as persecuted by a big ugly world. And that makes us feel angry at whoever created us.
Since God allegedly created us I doubt that there is a rational human being who has not felt angry at God!
Objectively speaking, the world does not give one what one needs to have to survive; one has to struggle for everything that one needs to survive on. One asks: why does not nature and nature's God just give us what we need to subsist on? Why must one work for one's survival?
The mere fact that one works for ones survival and God and nature does not make survival easy and give it to us for free means that it, God does not really care for us.
God does not help his son; his son has to work for every scrap of bread he needs to subsist on and then after one hundred years of struggling for survival he dies. What a loving father the son of God has!
Damn God and his supposed love for us; if he is truly a loving father we would not have to struggle too much and then die and decay, and be eaten by worms. We would not have to suffer and struggle just to breathe air. (These were my thoughts at age fourteen, the year that I said goodbye to organized religion and declared myself agnostic...I wonder why I did not consider myself an atheist since I did not believe in the Christian God that was rammed down my throat.)
Evident reality: we live to struggle to survive; this is the given of our existence. Here is a question that just occurred to me this morning. Suppose that we did not have to struggle to survive what would we be doing?
If we did not feel persecuted by the universe what would we be doing on earth? I am using the term persecuted in a general way, not in a clinical manner. I know that there are psychopathologies where the predominant feeling is persecution. In the various paranoias the individual's mental status is preoccupied with persecution and defenses.
There are three types of paranoia: Schizophrenia, paranoid type; delusion disorder and paranoid personality disorder. In paranoia, the individual feels persecuted by the people around him and the world and defends his self; he is always suspicious and does not feel that people around him can be trusted; he is always scanning his world and is guarded. An example of clinical paranoia is an Igbo chap called Nebu Adiele; this man is so fearful that he hides his true name; he is untrusting of other people; he feels that other people are out to get him; so he hides his identity from other people (in his paranoid logic he thinks that he is smart by hiding his identity and that those who do not hide their identity are fools, for they expose themselves to be harmed by unscrupulous folks like him...there is always antisocial proclivities in the paranoid person; Nebu is a psychopath and sociopath; from the dark he makes bleeping, cowardly noise on politics; but say boo and he pees in his pants and runs to go hide to survive!).
In this piece, I am not talking about clinical sense of persecution; I am talking about normal persecution found in all human beings; every human being has a bit of paranoia; the difference between the clinically paranoid and the normal person is a question of degrees.
If a human being has no fear and sense of persecution what would he be like? I don't know; I suspect that he would exit from this world and be in a different world where fear and sense of persecution are not adaptive and functional.
As I see it, this world is a dream of persecution; we came here to feel persecuted; to feel abandoned by our father, God and struggle to survive on our own and feel like the entire universe is arrayed against us.
We struggle to survive but also know that the bodies we struggle mightily to earn food for their survival will eventually die. So, what is the point in all that struggles to make our bodies live?
When our bodies die they decompose and return to the 64 elements that compose them (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, sulfur zinc are some of the elements in our bodies). We die and those elements held together by chemical bonds in our bodies break loose. In time each of the elements decay to the three particles that composed it (electrons, protons and neutrons); the particles, in time, decay to quarks and ultimately to photons, light.
Did I say that we return to light? So, originally only light existed before it was transformed to matter, space and time? Yes. The Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe says that 13.8 billion years ago light came from (unknown) somewhere and got hot and exploded into photons, particles of light, and those combined into quarks, electrons, protons, neutrons, and those combined to nuclei then to atoms and atoms combined into stars and planets and us. So, we came from light! We are made of light; albeit light in disguised form; light disguised as matter.
In light (religionists construe heaven as spiritual light) we would have nothing to do; we would just exist, doing nothing.
So, why did we bother transforming light to matter, space and time so as to work to maintain matter in composition in our bodies? That is the trillion dollar question, for in essence I am asking: why did this universe bother existing at all?
Haven't you asked that question? If you are smart you must have asked that question. Stephen Hawkins of Black Holes fame asked: why did this universe bother existing at all? I do not know why the freaking universe bothers to exist at all.
The second law of thermodynamics (here is a little chemistry quiz for you: what is the first law of thermodynamics...hint, laws of heat?), entropy tells us that all organized systems eventually run down, become disorganized. The universe will eventually run down, decay into disorganized form and end. All ordered systems eventually become disordered systems. Your body is an ordered system that eventually will become disordered as the elements that compose it separate (and the elements in time decay to particles and particles decay to light; when the universe ends only light would exist!).
So why did the universe bother to take the time to organize itself into the intricate patterns that it is? Just think of a star and see what amazing organization is in it. I don't even want to go there right now (that understanding is enchanting and could keep me happily occupied for months, right now I am in a philosophical, not scientific mood).
SCIENTISTS ARE NOT RADICAL FOLK; THEY ARE CONSERVATIVES; THEY OBSERVE WHAT IS
Talking about science, to be a physical scientist is to observe nature as it is and understand it objectively. One must put ones opinions aside if one wants to do science; one must remove from one's mind all preconceptions and presuppositions of what phenomena is and simply observe things as they are. (I spent last night studying chemistry; I reviewed a college textbook on introduction to chemistry; as usual, I was so fascinated by the process of understanding matter that I literally stayed up most of the night reading the god damned text book. My head is right now swimming with the nature of atoms, matter, solids, liquids, gases, plasma, mixtures, compounds, molecules, valences, ions, bases, acids and alkali, solvents, solutions, soluble and freaking chemical equations.)
It takes a life time just trying to understand an aspect of nature, so scientists spend a life time trying to understand nature as it is; they are not radicals, they are not motivated to change nature, for to change nature in any meaningful manner you have to first understand it.
Having understood how aspects of nature works scientists devise technologies to replicate natural processes and use those to enable human beings survive more efficiently.
The point here is that if what you are looking for is a radical, a militant, an activist do not look to physical scientists, even social scientists (those observe society as it is without desire to change it) for leadership.
Radicals, revolutionaries are not found among scientists, physical or social scientists. Radicals and revolutionaries are free thinkers who use their minds to come up with how society ought to be organized and have the courage of their conviction to fight for it.
Only philosophers can be radicals and revolutionaries. Nigerians and Africans, so far, have produced no philosophers and as such no radicals and revolutionaries.
Nigerians, Africans are a bunch of freaking cowards who so want to live and fear death that they tolerate slavery in the hands of Arabs, white men and now from their thieving African leaders. I just hope that someday, not too far in the future, we shall produce philosophers, thinkers in the continent of conformist sheep called Africa!
Africans talk about their culture; they talk as if culture is static; they do not know that their problem is their culture; their culture remained stagnant because they did not interact with other people and those peoples cultures diffused into their so-called African cultures and improved them.
Cultures do change. Come to Africa in the next few centuries and the cultures would have changed and, hopefully, become scientific so that Africans begin to particulate and contribute to science and technology and not be the good damned consumers of other people's scientific products that they currently are.
Please don't ever talk to me about taking pride in African or Igbo culture; only talk to me about scientific culture, a culture predicated on the scientific method (see Karl Popper for a definition of the scientific method).
November 5, 2016