Healing Africans soul sickness

HEALING AFRICANS’ SOUL SICKNESS,

LOVE JOINS PEOPLE HENCE HEALS THEM

Ozodi Osuji

      Africans, with only a few exceptions, have soul sickness; that soul sickness has been a long time in making; they began making it when they captured their people and sold them to whoever wanted to buy them.

     They sold their people as slaves to Romans, Arabs and, most recently, to Europeans; African slaves were used to develop North and South America and most of the Arab lands in the Middle East and North Africa.

      That is to say that for over two thousand years Africans have been selling themselves into slavery. A people who sold themselves do not know love for themselves.

      To love is to join the lover and the loved into one whole self (holy self); love is, therefore, what heals people; people who do not love one another have spiritual sickness which segues to physical illness. Unloving Africans (and all human beings) have soul and physical illnesses.

     Imagine how Africans lived during their two-thousand-year slavery period. With slave catchers roaming around, capturing people, and selling them into slavery, the African lived-in perpetual fear and had tremendous anxiety; he was traumatized.

    The modern African has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, from his two thousand years’ experience of living in a slave raiding environment; he could be captured at any moment and sold into slavery and would no longer see his people, so he lived in fear of been captured and sold away.

      (An African American social scientist, Joy Angela DeGruy, in trying to understand the behavior of African Americans, said that most of them experienced PTSD from slavery and racist attitudes towards them in the USA. In private communication with her, I told her that I agreed with her thesis; I added that Africans in Africa were traumatized by slavery. See, Joy Angela DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, DeGruy Publications, 2017. Her book is easy read; if you have read the American Psychiatric Association’s, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth Edition, 2013, section on PTSD, you will easily understand what Dr. DeGruy is saying.)

     PTSD is characterized by the presence of fear, anxiety, depression, paranoia, a sense of insecurity and powerlessness; all these issues are seen in contemporary Africans. It is truly a spiritual sickness (lack of self-love and love for one’s people) to sell one’s people.

    Today, if we removed international laws prohibiting slavery, many Africans would gladly resume selling their people; indeed, as we talk, some of them kidnap their people, and hold them hostage until ransom money is paid to them. Kidnapping for money is in line with what their ancestors did, kidnap their people and sold them for money; these people are sociopaths and psychopaths, they have no conscience, no morals and ethics, they do anything for money.

     They try to convince themselves that other people also sold their people into slavery and that what they did is not unique to them. True, there were European slaves; evil is not unique to any one particular people; evil is a universal human phenomenon.

     In trying to rationalize their evil away, many Africans cavalierly tell us that Europeans made them sell their people, that European demand for African slaves made them go capture and sell their people and that if Europeans had not demanded slaves, they would not have sold their people, so it is Europeans fault that they sold their people!

     The immature folks who claim that Europe made them do what they did see themselves as victims and see Europeans as their victimizers. Nothing is ever the fault of such childish Africans; yes, Europeans played a role in the iniquitous traffic in selling and buying people but the people who sold their own people played a greater role in slavery.

     Just thinking and visualizing folks capturing and selling their own people makes me shiver with shame!

     Some Africans tell us that Europeans came to Africa and kidnapped the Africans that they brought to the Americas. Before quinine was discovered around 1848, Europeans who tried to enter interior Africa died from mosquito bites and malaria. Africans in the interior captured their people and matched them to the coast and sold them to Europeans and their slave ships parked at the coast.

     Europeans did not enter interior Africa to do anything until the development of medical quinine around 1848; prior to that date, the Spanish in Peru, in the 1640s, had observed that the natives used the boiled liquid from the bark of cinchona tree to cure malaria, but mass production and usage of quinine waited further developments in chemistry.

     The order of the slave business was for European slave ships to park at the Atlantic Ocean Coasts of West Africa, from Senegal to Angola; African coastal people brought slaves to those ships. Groups in the interior either paid kidnappers to roam around and captured slaves for them or they instigated inter-town wars at which slaves were captured and sold at the coastal regions.

    The idea that Europeans need for slaves made Africans to capture and sell their people is a pathetic argument; so, other people need your people to work for them as slaves and on that basis, you hunted your people down and captured them, and sold them as slaves? You must be a savage to do so; no wonder that Frederick Lugard, the first British governor general of Nigeria, who had fought wars in Nigeria to stop the people from selling each other, called the people  the Savages of the lower Niger; these people were capturing their people and selling them and it required British military expeditions to stop them from selling their people. (See Frederick Lugard, The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa. London, Routledge, 1965.)

    Africans were already selling their people to Arabs and other people before they encountered Europeans in the fifteenth century; it was not Europeans that made them sell their people.

      No external people made Africans sell their people; they sold their people to their fellow Africans before Arabs and Europeans came to the scene.

     They sold their people because they had soul sickness. Soul sickness lies in not knowing love for one’s fellow human beings.

     A loving person is spiritually healthy; an unloving person is spiritually sick; a person who sells his people is not a loving person, he is spiritually sick. Africans were spiritually sick. It is now time that we acknowledged this fact and begin the process of healing them of their soul sickness, instead of denying it by seeing Europeans as the cause of slavery and blaming them and exonerating Africans from their existential sin of selling their people.

     This soul sickness is still manifesting in Africans present lives. Look at what they have done of the governments that the western world bequeathed to them. They define government as a place from which they steal their people’s revenues, not a place from which they work their behinds off to develop their people.

     Additionally, they construe governmental positions as means of making them seem like they are especially important persons that all people should be admiring and worshipping them, even as they do nothing for the people.

     Africans got to be one of the world’s most narcissistic people; they want to be admired and seek every person’s attention; they use and discard people after using them to get what they want; they do not feel guilty and remorseful from using and discarding people.

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL SICKNESS AND WHAT IS SPIRITUAL HEALTH?

A MYTH OF CREATION AND SEPARATION

     This essay is based on spiritual understanding of human beings so we shall not shy away from the concept of spirit. We have not yet understood the nature of spirit, therefore, what I said below can be construed as a hypothesis, a mere story of our origin.

     And while doing so, it must also be understood that science’s thesis on how the universe came into being, the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, is a hypothesis; many scientists are already challenging that hypothesis; the fact is that we still do not have a definitive understanding of how we and our universe came into being and must entertain useful stories of creation realizing that these tales are mythologies and are not proven facts.

     In a world where people do not have accurate knowledge of their origin and future, they need myths to live with; these myths, Joseph Campbell, in his book, The Power of Myth, tell us are useful in unifying people and giving them meaning in their lives.

     God is spirit, he created us as spirits. One spirit called God created infinite children, all of them spirits. God and his children are one shared spirit self with one shared spirit mind.

     God is in his creations, and they are in him and in each other. There is no space and gap between God and his creations or between each creation and others. This is the state of heaven, aka eternity.

     At some point, a point that has not occurred, the children of God decided to go experience the opposite of the unified life they live in heaven. Please recall the Biblical story of the prodigal son who left his father and brothers to go explore foreign lands, for that is a useful metaphor for explaining what happened and did not happen; we left God, oneness to go explore life in separated states, separated states that do not exist except in dreams.

      The children of God and God are unified as one shared self and the children decided to separate from God and from each other. They cannot separate from God and from each other but decided to do so, anyway. The only way that they could do so is to make themselves go to sleep and dream. In their sleep they dream that they are now separated from God and from each other.

     Our physical universe is our dream of separation from God and from each other. We wanted to experience the opposite of union hence cast ourselves into a universe that we made have space, time, and matter in it. We use matter and energy to invent our bodies.

     We use our bodies to make us seem separated from God and from each other. In the dream each of us sees himself in a separated body, walking around in a universe of space and time. He seems separated from other selves and from their creator, God.

   The original desire for separation was motivated by the desire to seem self-created. God created us but each of us wanted to seem like he created himself, created God and created other people. This is desire for power.

      Thus, on earth each of us now thinks that he created himself, created other people and created God and everything.

      The first order of business, upon birth on earth, is to invent a special, separated self for oneself. Each of us, working with all of us, invents a separated, special self-concept for himself, aka the ego. Each of us now sees himself as an ego separated self-housed in body.

      As the ego, each of us works for his personal survival and does not really care for other people’s survival except in so far that one recognizes that one must cooperate with other people to do certain things, things one must do to survive; it is difficult to survive alone. Thus, unwillingly, people sometimes cooperate and work for their mutual good. But left alone they would like to live as separated selves and not care for other people.

     To be a human being is to live as a special, separated self. Since this is the opposite of our state in eternity, which is unified, to be on earth is to be sick. Human beings are, therefore, spiritually sick. They have soul sickness.

      To become healed of their soul sickness they must return to the awareness of union with their creator, God, and with each other; to be healthy is to know that one is eternally connected and joined to the creator and all his creation and work for their collective good.

     Love is what joins the created to the created and to their creator; love makes us healthy.

     We must change our perception and now see ourselves as one with each other and start working for our mutual good.

    If you work for your good and for the good of all people, especially those close to you, you tend to regain aspects of the peace and joy we experience in unified spirit state, heaven. This is because our original nature is unified and in union with each other we are peaceful and happy.

    (For a psychoanalytic perspective on love see Erich Fromm, the Art of loving, Harper, 2006.)

THE HOLY SPIRIT, CHRIST, BUDDHA, KRISHNA, CHI

     When we separated from God and embarked on living as separated selves, our minds are now called ego minds. In ego mind we work for our selfish goals and are at war with each other. Life in nature, as the English political philosopher, Thomas Hobbes observed in his book, Leviathan (1651), is nasty, brutish, and short.

     God created another self-called the Holy Spirit (whole spirit, not separated spirit) and placed him in our minds. He was placed in our metaphorical right minds, whereas the ego is in our metaphorical left minds. Thus, on earth, each of us now has a left, ego mind and a right, Holy Spirit mind.

     The Ego and Holy Spirit are not different people; they are two ways of looking at things and being on earth. Each time you want to do things you think about why you do it, to serve only your self-interests or to serve our collective social interests.

    Most of us do things to serve mostly our self-interests, hence are behaving from the ego mind. If we choose to do things that serve our collective interests, we are thinking and behaving from the Holy Spirit part of our minds.

     Soul sickness is to think and behave from the ego, separated mind/self; health is to think and do things from our collective minds, from the Holy Spirit directed mind.

      If we consistently do things from our collective mind, like the prodigal son, we have recognized that to live from the separated mind is to have made a mistake, to live in pain and sickness; it is a mistake to want to separate from God.

      God is everywhere and we cannot separate from him; we only dream that we are separated from God and from each other; our lives on earth, as Professor Helen Schucman, in her spiritual psychology, A course in miracles, said, is a journey without distance, or as I put it, a journey to nowhere for wherever we go is in God.

      Returning from the journey does not mean traversing distances (there is no space, time and distance) but merely recognizes that we made a mistake to dream separation and stop that dream to awaken to the always present unified state that we live in.

     A person who completely does everything from his right mind has reached the gate to heaven; he is near our home, unified state, heaven, but has not entered our home yet. When he enters it

he is now called the Christ (the Buddha, Krishna, Chi). He is now living as God created him, one with God and all people; he is mentally and spiritually healthy; he feels peaceful and happy.

      He has not entered our home because he still sees himself in a body. Body is a means of separation. To enter heaven, he must completely know himself as spirit hence part of God’s unified spirit self and, as such, not in body, matter, space and time. In our true self we are formless spiritual light.

     Only few persons have attained the awareness that they are pure spirit and that they are part of God and all people’s unified spirit. Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Bahaullah, and a few others attained that glorious state. In it one does not see oneself as in body living in space and time; one is now formless and in spirit.

     Heaven can be likened to a field of spiritual light; that spiritual light is formless; it is one wave of light called God; each of us is a particle of that spiritual wave of light.

     Wave and particles are one shared light.

     Experience of oneness in spiritual light is called by Christians the mystical union of the father and his sons; Hinduism calls it Samadhi; Buddhism calls it Nirvana and Zen calls it Satori.

     We are going to limit our discussion to what is attainable on earth. What is attainable and doable for each of us is for each of us to try living from his right mind, to allow his self to be guided by the Holy Spirit, by the Christ mind, Buddha mind, Chi mind.

      When you consistently choose to do what serves our social interests and do not consciously harm other people, you are metaphorically guided by the Holy Spirit; you are returning to unified mind and unified spirit.

     Total spiritual health is experienced when you give up your sense of being a separated, powerful self-housed in body and walking in space and time; if you do so you would no longer see you as a separated self but know you as part of unified spirit.

     We are always in unified self but choose to forget it and pretend to live in separated selves in a physical universe. Our separated ego selves and physical universe is a dream and do not exist but for now they seem to exist.

     For now, we can pretend to live in a separated state on earth and choose to make it lovely and have joyful living on earth, in the dream by serving our mutual interests.

      To be mentally healthy, and to be spiritually healed is to return to the awareness that one is always part of the whole spirit that we call God.

     In this essay, I am not going to dwell at length on metaphysics; you can read up on that subject by reading my longer papers, but for now let me just assert that to be healthy is to serve our common good.

     Alfred Adler (1921) asserted that mental health consists in serving social interests; he sees the neurotic as a person pursuing an imaginary powerful self and, in the process, the neurotic does not serve social interests.

     Karen Horney (1950) reached similar conclusions in that she recognized that the neurotic is trying to become an imaginary ideal self that he constructed, a self that is not his real self; his real self serves public good and loves all selves.

     Africans serve mostly their separated goods and seldom serve their unified good; those who captured and sold their people to slavery and at present steal money meant for the good of their entire society do not serve our common good. Those who see government as a place they steal from rather than work for our mutual good are living in ego state, hence are mentally and spiritually sick; their spiritual illness is healed when they henceforth serve our collective good.

     When one chooses to love all people and out of love work for the good of all people one obtains a sense of union with those one identifies with and work for; love is what unifies all of us; therefore, to be healed of one’s soul sickness is for one to love the child of God in one and in all people.

      Love and you join with those you love hence is in unified state (while still in bodily form). Your ego, as Ramakrishna said, is now transformed to the ego of Love. (See M. The Gospel of Ramakrishna, New York: Vivekananda Press, 1949.)

AFRICANS SEE THEMSELVES AS VICTIMS AND SEE OTHER PEOPLE AS THEIR VICTIMIZERS AND SEE OTHER PEOPLE AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SORRY STATE

       Godless scientific education teaches how every person and things in the world determined the individual; his biology, parents, teachers, friends and other significant others are said to be responsible for determining the individual in becoming who he is now.

      Why do you behave as you do? Sociology and Social Psychology teaches you that your significant others, during your childhood, socialized you to become who you are, that you internalized the values of people in your primary group.

     European colonialism is added to the mix of environmental determinism of the individual; Africans are told that colonialism and neocolonialism made them behave as they behave. Thus, folks now use the idea of other people determining them to rationalize their antisocial behaviors.

      Africans cavalierly blame Europeans for the underdevelopment of Africa; it is always Europeans’ fault that Africa is what Donald Trump called a shithole continent. But what role do Africans play in their fallen house? Africans deny playing any role in their fate, whatsoever.

     When you come close to Africans you see that they are as corrupt as corrupt can be. For example, nothing gets done in Nigeria without you bribing other persons, even to pick up a form from a government office requires you to bribe someone for it. The police are stationed along the roads to stop cars and demand bribes from drivers. If you are sick, hospitals demand bribes before they treat you. If you are involved in an auto accident, there are no ambulances to transport you to hospitals; your folks must decide to get you to a hospital and when you get there, they must bribe the nurses and doctors before they give you the shoddy treatment they give to their patients (rich Nigerians seek medical treatment in Europe and North America).

     Listen, Nigeria is the description of hell, just go there and get to know what hell is like; these people are unbelievably callous; they are spiritually sick and do not know what love is; they do not serve their people’s needs to the point of dying to their ego separated selves.

AFRICANS DO NOT KNOW THAT THE NEAREST TO HEAVEN WE CAN BE WHILE WE ARE ON EARTH IS TO SERVE OTHER PEOPLE SELFLESSLY

     On earth each of us has a special, separated ego self; that is what we came to have; we are on earth to live as separated individuals.

     Upon birth on earth, each of us forgets his spiritual self and learns a new replacement self, the ego self-concept. As George Kelly (1955) pointed out, we use our inherited bodies and social experiences to construct separated self-concepts and later devote our lives to making sure that our egos survive.

      We pursue ego separated selves because we believe that they are who we are. Human experience also teaches us that when briefly we forget that we are ego separated selves and devote ourselves to doing what we believe serve public good we are in peace and joy.

     When one is doing something to the point that one forgets one’s ego self and body and uses what is left of them to do the work one is doing, in this self-forgetfulness, one is as close to heaven as is possible while living on earth.

      Writers tend to attain this state easily; when you are really writing what you believe is good for all people you tend to forget your separated ego self and ideas seem to flow from a region of your mind that you do not have conscious awareness of. Musicians and other artists also tend to attain that flow feeling.

      Watch masterful musicians like Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gay, Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley,  and others and see what happens to them when the music moves them, the music completely takes control of their egos and bodies and they are no longer self-conscious of having a separated self and give their all to their music and the people also momentarily forget their troublesome egos and get into the groove, music and feel happy.

     To be in heaven while one is still on earth is to be totally committed to doing something that one feels serves social good and what one likes doing and has aptitude for doing.

     (On a personal note, I am a classical music afficionado; listening to Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Hyden, and the other immortal classical musicians do their thing puts me in heaven, they give me a sense of peace and joy, bliss!)

AFRICANS INABILITY TO PRODUCE REAL POLITICAL LEADERS

      Charismatic political leaders are people who totally devote their lives to serving their people’s needs. They are totally committed to identifying their people’s problems and embarking on solving them; they serve their group’s public good. They work for their group’s welfare and fight those who are out trying to conquer their group; they are not afraid of death and fight and die defending members of their group.

      By this definition of leadership, Africa has not produced many outstanding political leaders. What we call political leaders in Africa are cowards who are afraid of dying for their people’s good. Give them a little money and they sell their people down the river. All they care for is individual survival and the wealth needed to enable them to survive; they sell their countries to any European or Asian country that want to exploit their countries natural resources.

     The African refuses to fight and die for his people’s interests. These days young Africans are mostly unemployed, and their political leaders do not care. Instead of the young people fighting for good governance in their countries they try to sneak into Europe and North America to go eke out a miserable living there.

     As we speak, they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats and many of them drawn in the process; many fly to Mexico and try to sneak into the USA through the southern border.

    These people are not men, they do not fight like men to improve their countries but look to other countries where they can go steal a few pennies and with them pretend to be African big men.

     How do you get these Africans to grow backbone, stand tall like men, and organize revolutions in their countries that establish good governance?

     If Africa continues to be misgoverned, Europeans and China may return to Africa for a second scramble to take the continent over and govern it well.

    The task at hand is to get Africans to work to give all African children  publicly paid education at all levels, university and vocation schools included, and give all Africans publicly paid health care; and, thereafter, leave people to fend for themselves but create an enabling environment, a milieu of law and order, that enables people to invest in Africa and modernize it.

WE ARE NOT DOING PROJECTION DEFENSE MECHANISM HERE

     In the ego defense mechanism called projection, a person sees something in him or her that he does not like and denies its presence in him and projects it to other people. In fact, when such a person talks about other people, he is really talking about himself. Hence Jesus Christ asked his followers to first remove the plank in their eyes before they talk about the grain of sand in other people’s eyes.

      Judging other people as bad is a tricky business because what one sees in other people is also in one. Thus, one’s time is better spent improving oneself rather than talking about other people.

      What I see in Africans is also in me. I work to remove them from me; therefore, I am not merely doing projection here.

      (There are over ten ego defense mechanisms, including repression, suppression, denial, displacement, projection, rationalization, fantasy, sublimation, reaction-formation, minimization, fear, avoidance, shame, pride, guilt, anger and acting out.)

   Most people employ ego defense mechanisms to protect their sense of separated ego self. We think that we are our ego self-concepts, and that the death of our egos is our death hence we defend them as if our lives depend on them. Yet, they are mere ideas we constructed about ourselves during our childhood.

     Normal persons employ the ego defense mechanisms flexibly; neurotics tend to be very  rigid in employing ego defense mechanisms; psychotics essentially live their ego defenses (a mad man, for example, over employs the ego defense of fantasy and now behaves as if he is the most powerful person on earth, the richest person on earth, the most intelligent on earth or the most handsome person on earth, all those are mere wishes found  in normal persons but now believed to be true in psychotics hence they live in Lala land; no one is powerful because any one can aim a gun at your head and blow it up).

      If you want to find out more about neurosis please see David Shapiro, Neurotic Styles, New York: Basic Books, 1968; his Autonomy and the Rigid Character, New York: Basic Books, 1972, is useful in understanding paranoid personality disorder; if the reader wants to understand schizophrenia, paranoid type or delusion disorder, reading David Swanson et al,1970, the Paranoid, or W.W. Meissner, 1978, The Paranoid Process might help him.

     Most Africans are as I described them in this essay. If you disagree with me, objectively, prove it, show me an African leader that has transcended his ego self-centeredness and dedicates his life to serving his people to the point of willing to die for them.

     There was a Nigerian chap called Emeka Ojukwu; he presented himself as a defender of his people and went on a warpath with other Nigerians but when the war came to him instead of fighting to death, he ran away to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to survive; thus, all his talk about dying for his people was ego noise making.

     If a human being completely let go of his ego, extinguish his ego and behaves from a higher part of him, he is now living as pure love, as Christ, as Buddha, as Krishna and as Chi; some people attain such high level of functioning while still in this world; but most people are egotistical but refine it to get along with other people (in mutual interests serving).

     The heroes of humankind are those who so dedicate their lives to their people that they serve them to death. In contemporary Africa, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is the only heroic African leader; the others are criminals in politics.

    Nigerian politicians, with no exception, are thieves and we need not concern ourselves with them because they are living very unproductive and useless lives; history will not remember even one of them.

DISCUSSION

     At 3:00 AM, I was reading Scientific American, which came in the mail yesterday, when my phone rang. I picked it up and a guy asked: are you Ozodi Osuji and I said yes. He said that he read one of my articles and wanted to talk to me. I said that I am listening. He began what turned out to be over two hours rant by telling me that he is a retired US Marine (soldier), that he just came back from South Africa and Kenya, that he felt that the Africans he saw in the continent finally convinced him that African Americans and Africans in Africa are not the same people. I asked why?

     He said that Africans in the continent, bar none, are freaking cowards. He talked about how their leaders are mostly thieves and cart their people’s wealth to their pockets and to the Western world and how Africans are docile sheep and do not engage in revolutionary wars to bring about good governance in the continent. His refrain is that Africans are too chicken to fight and die for what is good for all people and just want to live as individuals and surviving like cowards for a hundred years and die and are quickly forgotten.

    He talked about how African Americans fought with the man, white folks to get the little freedom they currently enjoy. He rattled off the names of their great heroes, especially the 1960s Black Panthers and others, such as Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seal, Hughey Newton, and many others. He told me what each of those folks did and why some of them were killed by the man.

      The man talked on and on about Africans need to grow backbone and start fighting for their freedom or else the man would engage in another scramble for Africa, take  over the joint and this time take it over for good because the world by now knows that Africans are freaking cowards who cannot stand tall and fight for what is good but wait for other people to fight and they go enjoy what those people fought for.

     He said that I and other Africans are cowards and should leave Europe and the USA immediately, pick up guns and fight for good governance in Africa, and how if he were in government, he would not like Africans to bring their black bottoms to the USA to come hide while their continent is in shambles.

     I talk a lot but for some reason I decided to listen to this man and let him vent and, boy, did he vent! I can see me talking as he did.

     Around 5:30 AM, he said that he must go to sleep. I asked him his name and he said that he would not tell me, that his life and his family’s lives are jeopardized if they give out their phone numbers and names to perfect strangers, that folks might come to their house in orange county, California and kill them.

      I said thank but before he signed off, he gave me a list of books to read that he said would begin my education in how to become a human being, a man, who lives for a social purpose for which he is prepared to die for at any moment.

     The man did not say anything that I have not said a million times. I know that there are no accidents in life, that here we have a man who called me early this morning and ranted and raved about how Africans are cowards who are afraid to fight to death for the good of their society and how the West should stop allowing them to come to it as economic refugees to enjoy what other people fought for, but he was afraid to tell me his name or give me his phone number (when my phone rang it said private number). This means that the man is exactly what he talked about, a coward. He is like the Africans he called cowards!

     So, what is the point, he is telling me that I, too, am a coward who talks about Africa’s issues but does not fight for good governance in Africa. He is telling me that it is now time to fight for the soul of Africa and that is exactly what I am now planning to do.

     Thank you, mister man, for talking to me. You were projected out by my subconscious mind to give me an image of who I am, a coward. Let us now heal the reason we are cowards, our inability to love one another and our readiness to capture one another and sell ourselves to whoever wants to buy us. We must stop hating ourselves and stop selling ourselves into slavery and start working for our mutual good.

     I drafted this essay after listening to the stranger talking to me. Let us heal Africans, their souls are sick.

CONCLUSION

      At some point in our evolution on planet earth, we gain insight into our being. We recognize that our bodies are the same as animals and trees’ bodies. As such, they are going to die. Give or take, a hundred years and a person dies. His body rots and dissolves to the various elements that it is made of (primarily carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, phosphor, calcium, iron, copper etc.), and those elements eventually decay to electrons, protons and neutrons, those particles of the atom decay to quarks and light.

     Our universe came out of nowhere and nothing, as light; that light evolved to everything we see in the universe. Our bodies are part of everything in the universe.

     When the individual recognizes that he is going to die he begins to think about who he is. That is why they say that awareness of death is the beginning of philosophy.

     Initially, awareness of the nothingness of the human body makes the individual to use his mind to fancy that he is an especially important, significant, and powerful self; this is the grandiose ego. Further experience teaches hm that if his body is nothing then his ego is also nothing. One recognizes that one is nothing.

     Is that all that one is, one giant nothing? Thereafter, religion and philosophy are attempted. People posit an eternal God that they believe that they are part of hence as part of him live beyond the grave.

     Is God and heaven real? Experience tells me that there is life after we die. I have explored the world of light forms that we enter when we die on earth, and the formless world of God in many papers.

     If a person is developing properly, he learns that the love he has for his fellow human beings is really all that counts. Physical wealth and fame are quickly forgotten when we die; what folks remember most about us is the love we had for them.

      Love is the means of reconnecting to all people and feeling one with them. Love means caring for all people and working for our mutual interests.

      In my experience, Africans do not pay attention to love. They are mostly stuck at the ego level. Aware that they are going to die and are nothing, they use their minds to construct humongous egos and identify with them. Thus, everywhere, Africans want you to see them as especially important persons. But they do not want to earn that respect from you by serving your needs. They do not serve each other’s egos and yet seek each other’s acceptance as prestigious persons.

      They easily kidnap and sell each other to get money with which to pretend that they are especially important persons. The result is a continent lacking in loving behaviors (these days they kill people in what they call money rituals, make sacrifices of people to non-existent gods so that they will give them money).

     Africans must return to love; that is, to caring for each other, to realizing that they and all people are parts of one unified spirit self that transcends life on earth and in bodies.

     Those who love one another tend to be happy and live in peace. If they additionally do what Jesus Christ asked them to do, forgive one another their wrongs, they live in spiritual peace while still on earth; the earth is the place of war and conflicts; love eliminates wars and conflicts and unites people.

     Love and forgiveness are what reconnect us to one another, hence heal us. Africans need to return to love to become connected to one another and to God and become healed of their current soul sickness.

    Soul sickness is lack of connectedness to other people, a sense of separation from other people and from God; a healed soul knows that separation and specialness is not real and that he is always connected and joined to God and his creations; in that sense of oneness with all being he feels at peace and experiences joy.

CONCRETE ACTION PLAN

     All Africans must acknowledge the evil their ancestors did by selling Africans to all buyers. They must stop their present state of denial, denying the evil they did by pointing accusatory fingers at Europe and the two Americas.

     Our Africans ancestors were despicable in selling our people. At the unconscious level contemporary Africans feel guilty for what their ancestors did, but at the conscious level deny their guilt and then project it to Europeans, not to the Arabs to whom they sold their people longer. If they were to consciously accept the evil their ancestors did, they would become clinically depressed (characterized by loss of interests in the activities of daily living, not wanting to go to school, work, play and socialize and desire to kill themselves).

    Africans must acknowledge their evil past and present and feel their guilt and make amends and stop denying it; their denial gives them that superficial character we all see in them; they seem like eternal children  who are always talking about how other people are responsible for their problems when the first lesson we all learn as adults is that each of us and all of us are collectively responsible for our actions and fate, it is only a child who breaks a glass and blames it on the family cat; adults blame themselves for their mistakes and thereafter do something to avoid making similar mistakes.  

     Here are concrete action plans for Africa.

  1. Each African must verbalize his ancestors mistake in selling African Americans and African Arabs and ask them to forgive him.
  2. Each Black African country’s legislature must pass a resolution acknowledging their ancestors mistake in selling their people to the Americas and to the Arab world.
  3. Each African country must formally ask African Americans and African Arabs to forgive them for their past evil.
  4. Each African country must pass a law telling any African American, from North and South America, who wants to visit Africa that he or she can do so without Visa requirement and encourage them to come work and settle in Africa, if they so individually desire to do so. Soon, DNA studies will tell each African American from what part of Africa he or she came from, so Africans might as well encourage such persons to be part of their countries.
  5. Each African country, though poor, must make some financial commitment to pay for any African American who attends African universities.
  6. The African union must pass a resolution that asks African Americans to forgive them and reinforce the above action plans.
  7. Unless Africans make amends for their past evils nothing is going to work out well for them, they will continue being the laughingstock of the world, as they currently are.
  8. I have authority to say what I say, I was born into an African priestly class, I am an inherited African high priest so I know a few things about spirituality, African, European and Asian; above all, I know that when I make a mistake I must quickly own it up and make amends and not childishly deny it and sweep it under the rug and laugh like I am a zombie without conscience.

Note

I do book reviews. If you wanted to criticize this essay, you could say that it over generalized and placed all Africans in one basket. There are some Africans, such as my mother, Theresa Osuji, who are saintly and give you their all. I am aware that I stereotyped all Africans as unloving; there are loving Africans. If you consider yourself a loving African, I ask you to forgive me my over generalization; I wanted to make a point that being hyperbolic seemed the best way to make it. All I ask of the reader is for him to think about my hypothesis and take what is useful in it and discard the rest. What he should not do is cavalierly dismissing the role of Africans in slavery and in their present shiftless state by always blaming the white man for Africa’s fallen house.

FURTHER READING

Adler, Alfred (1921). The Neurotic Constitution. New York: Moffat, Yard and Company.

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th Edition. Washington DC.: American Psychiatric Association’s Press.

Campbell, Joseph (1991). The Power of Myth. New York: Anchor Books.

DeGruy, Joy, Angela (2017). Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. DeGruy Publications.

Fromm, Erich (2006). The Art of Loving. New York: Harper Modern Classics.

Hobbes, Thomas (1651). Leviathan. Reissued as Oxford World Classics, 2009.

Horney, Karen (1950). Neurosis and Human Growth. New York: W. W. Norton.

Kelly, George (1955). Personality as Personal Constructs. New York: W. W. Norton.

Lugard, Frederick (1965). The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa. London: Routledge.

Meissner, W.W. (1978). The Paranoid Process. New York: Aronson.

M (1949). The Gospel of Ramakrishna. New York: Vivekananda Press.

Osuji, Ozodi (2021). Connected Lives. Las Vegas, Nevada, Rushmore Press.

Rogers, Carl (1951). Client Centered Therapy. London: Conant.

Schucman, Helen (1976). A course in miracles. Mill Valley, California: Foundation for inner peace.

Shapiro, David (1968). Neurotic Styles. New York: Basic Books.

Shapiro, David (1972). Autonomy and the Rigid Character. New York: Basic Books.

Swanson, David et al (1970). The Paranoid. Boston: Little Brown and Company.

Ozodi Osuji

September 22, 2022

ozodiosuji@gmail.com

(907) 310-8176

Dr Osuji is always ready to talk to any person who wants to talk to him about anything he wrote. The best time to reach him is in the evenings.

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