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What do you believe and act on?

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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE AND ACT ON?

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

 

You must believe in what you do regardless of what other people say about it.

 

You must live what you believe is true.

 

(3) If you believe and act on your belief you are going to make it come into being for you.

 

HERE ARE MY CORE BELIEFS; I ACT ON THEM; THEY GIVE ME PEACE

 

I believe that  the physical universe is a dream in our minds (in our consciousness);

 

I believe that what I see happening in the world is not happening, in fact, except as in a dream;

 

I believe that the events of this world are like a mirage, fantasy and chimera;

 

I believe that this world is like a movie and each person assigns a role to himself and all of us assign his self-chosen role to him; we do so because all of us act in tandem, we are one self;

 

I believe that  the moment we are born our roles are set in concrete and cannot be changed;

 

I believe that it is, therefore, a waste of time envying other people;

 

I believe that you are here to do what you are here to do  and I am here to do what I am here to do; you cannot do what I am here to do and vice versa;

 

I believe that the world is a jointly written script, a play in which each of us chooses a part to dramatize, a role that only he can play;

 

I believe that each individual chooses a body and social experience that enables him to play his role;

 

I believe that if one is to play the role of a murderer  or  a thief  or an African politician who knows only how to steal from his people and do nothing to improve them that that is the role one chose to play;

 

If one is an African screwed by his politicians that is the role one wants to experience until one chooses to be a fighter for social justice;

 

If one is a black American  discriminated against by white Americans that is the experience one wants to have until one chooses differently; if one is a white American who enjoys screwing black people that is the role one wants to play until one chooses differently;

 

I believe that each person plays the role he is here to play;

 

For every person to play his role he chooses his body and social experience to form his personality that suits the role he wants to play;

 

Each person chooses the place and time he is born in and plays out his role in it;

 

I believe that it is a waste of ones time to be idealistic and regret the ugly roles people play, such as Muslim Jihadists running around chopping off the heads of those who do not accept their blood thirty religion,  for all of one's idealism cannot make other people play different roles; for example, seeing my siblings messing up, big time, I wrote epistles on how to change their behaviors and sent them to them but they still behave as they had always behaved, no change; seeing Igbos, Nigerians and Africans behaving as criminals I undertook to write moralistically but they still are criminals;

 

Those who have to be stolen from or murdered will be stolen from or murdered by those who are here to steal and or murder them;

 

Those who will fight for justice will fight for justice for that is what they are here to do;

 

Those who would tolerate injustice will do so even if you stood on your head and told them to fight for justice;

 

There will be police, courts,  judges, prison wardens and governments each playing its role in trying to get people to behave justly and punishing criminals;

 

I play my role of making the observation that the universe is a movie in which each of us chooses a part and plays it hence one should not lose sleep over what people do and what the world is.

 

JUDGING PEOPLE's ACTIVITIES AS GOOD OR BAD IS A WASTE OF TIME

 

I believe that judging people's behaviors as good or bad is a waste of time for each person must do what he is here to do. Prostitutes and homosexuals will do their thing even as what they do seem disgusting to us.

 

It is a waste of time moralizing against seeming odious behaviors because the world is a dream, a play, a movie so people's behavior are not inherently good or bad but role playing; because it is a dream what people do, even murder, has really not been done!

 

A man who will kill another man will do it for the script calls for that event; white folks who ruled Africans had to do so; Africans who asked for independence and then cannot role themselves well had to do so (it will take a few centuries before Africans learn to serve their people and not just steal from them and appear like stupid big men).

 

The world is a weird dream that we are having so one must just observe it and let it be without giving one's self headache about its absurdity.

 

One's judgement and preference for a certain picture of the world would not make it come to be. There are no accidents in our world; things are unfolding as they are supposed to unfold (planned by us before we separated from each other and entered planet earth and started dreaming separation).

 

The world is moving along on its trajectory of nothingness that seems something important. One must relax and enjoy the macabre show and let it unfold as it is meant to unfold.

 

It does not follow that one should tolerate injustice; if you slapped me, not only would I slap you back, I would shoot you to death because you must have death wish to act aggressively towards me; killing you means that you got what you wanted and I remain innocent. However, to remain innocent I must not initiate injustice to other persons, I must not harm you; you must not harm me and if you do I will not forgive you; I will take you down and get rid of you from the world for the world does not need hurtful persons.

 

In the long run, we shall learn to get along with each other, forgive each other and love one another and thereafter the world of dense matter ends.

 

When the world of dense matter ends we continue living in the world of light forms and from there we reenter the formless world of God and the physical universe ends.

 

The universe ends when we all awaken from the nightmarish and happy dreams called our life in the physical universe.

 

Finally, are the ideas expressed here too pessimistic for you: am I too fatalistic? Are you an optimist?  Suppose that I told you that the USA and Russia have enough nukes to wipe off the entire population of the world in thirty minutes would you still be optimistic? As they say, optimism is the mental set of low information folks, so I am going to assume that some of such folks would still be optimistic even as the reality of our meaningless and pointless existence, existence that can be wiped out by nature and man at any time, stares them in the face!

 

The Roman stoic cum epicurean writer, Horace said:  Seize the day, carpe diem, do what you can today, do not put it off to tomorrow for tomorrow we shall all be dead!

 

POST SCRIPT

 

As you can see, my core beliefs are the exact opposite of science; science teaches that we are determined by nature's random, accidental and chance occurrences; I believe that we designed nature to operate as it does. I merely told you what I believe; I am not asking for your opinion so as to help me make up my mind; my mind is made up. If you consider yourself a scientist you probably cannot hold your own if you and I were to talk about science.  I do operate from the chance determined world paradigm of science; nevertheless, my core belief is that we choose what we experience. My core beliefs give me peace! I am at peace because I know what I can change and what I cannot change and have the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

 

October 14, 2017

 

www.centerformindscience.org

 

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176