Global tendencies and you

I find the recent developments in the world, on a global scale, very interesting. The spotlight is on politics and governance again. And all kinds of reactions have been triggered in the hearts of people based on some people’s perspective of what is happening. My passion is people, and even of one person reads this, it’s worth it for me in every way. So, my information here pertains to you, the individual, not a body of people or the government.

When someone talks to you before you accept what they say, ask yourself ‘who are these people and what do they want?’. Initially the purpose of the news media is to bring to the people information from the top decision makers of the world. But with the advent and rise of the internet and social media, their role gradually changed from that of providing information to analyzing information. There is just one problem with analyzing information, anybody can do it. It doesn’t require any special techniques because there is no regulation or body of knowledge that shapes it. What am I trying to say? There is no more professional in “journalism”. Every one of them is now an analyst and analysts have opinions. Journalism has evolved into a form of activism. And now they use their coverage to exact their influence over the world. I don’t believe it’s a crime to say what you like but if you enforce your opinions in your expression of what is happening, you’re doing the world a disservice.

Protests can change the laws of a country but it cannot change the hearts of men. And I hope you know that activism produce protests. And protests produce civil unrest. And one moment of foolishness can birth a war from the unrest. I remember a placard I saw one time about people protesting against rape. It says, ‘don’t tell us how to dress, tell them not to rape’. Hahaha, very funny! Tell who? And who should do the telling? Refuse to be stupid in your life. Your own life is in your hands. What I’m trying to say here is, the argument can sound so right and the reality is very foolish. Live wisely.

These are crucial times in the history of various countries in the world. An end has not come to globalization, instead the concept now has a new forward. And I think the new forward is much more exciting. It’s an era of responsibility and to be honest, it’s about time. When change comes, you don’t stand up to fight it instead you look to take advantage of it. The problem with a lot of investors who seem cornered by the new forward is that they’ve been gambling. As for you, never be bothered that things are not going your way. Life doesn’t work by the figure-everything-out model, rather it works by the one-step-at-a-time model. If you are truly relevant today and you stay informed and adaptable, you’ll always be relevant.

In closing, change is bound to happen. There can’t be progress without change. If you don’t move, nothing will move in your life. Your life is not in the hands of any government. I get surprised at how people look up to the government to play the role of God in their lives. If you have a problem, no government will solve your problem because governments are not made to solve problems. Governments organize society; that’s their job. They can be compassionate in one or two things, but they are not meant to be a compassion-giver or care-giver. I’ve said it before here; people are the ones supposed to solve other people’s problems. Not government trying to do something to help some people. Make up your mind to be part of the helpers, not among those needing help. 

Wisdom is not often in high sounding ideas and loud arguments, rather it’s more often in simple communication. This is just to add value to the life of someone and I hope it does.

Peace with prosperity be with you

Words for life

Hi. It’s been a while. Been busy. Been making impact in the lives of people around me for sure. I hope you’re making progress too in your life. This is an excerpt of a letter I wrote to someone recently. I believe you can learn something significant from there.

I am very pleased to be writing to you. I really appreciate your understanding and your patience that you have decided to hear me out on matters pertaining to your life. I hope the discussions we’ve had before now means something to you. Like I previously said, I talk to you because I consider you a friend. I believe it would be unjust to be pregnant with words for you and to hold back. I talk to you because you are intelligent and also because you have a great future ahead of you.

My concerns about the circumstances surrounding your life now is you. As I have mentioned before, timing is a very important fragment of life. Anyone who understands timing and gets it right always will almost never have a regrettable decision. You are at a crucial point in your life; a very important defining moment. Your decisions in the next 2 – 3 years would determine the next 4 decades of your life. The purpose of having these conversations with you is not to force you to change or to drive you in another direction, rather it is to make you better informed for decision making. I want to give you materials to think with, so that you can have more information to process before you make your decision. This is so that you would not look back and say you didn’t have enough information to process your decision before you made it.

I’m going to be sharing a lot of things in this piece of writing. I believe it’s something you need to read again and again and again for it to really soak in. The question we want to answer is, ‘what more can I do?’ I hope these words mean more than words to you.


Reality of today’s world

We need to lay a foundation in understanding, so we need to talk about this. You are a part of life on earth. You live in an age of systems and there is a system in this world. Society is built on understanding. To lack the understanding about the operations of the society is to be programmed for a life of poverty (that is, a life at the mercy of others). The true meaning of poverty is a life that contributes nothing to the wellbeing of another person (or people).

In today’s world, living has a structure. Many because of democracy have delegated critical part of their life to chance and emptiness because of the false hope they feed themselves about the world’s reality. For example, the government is not saddled with the responsibility of creating jobs for anybody. It is not one of the functions of the government but because people dictate what governance is in democracy, they create these lies for themselves. When people say government should create jobs, ask yourself, what will or should those people be doing? They should just have buildings and offices filled with people who will queue up for salaries at the end of the month? Good life as a member of the society is based on the exchange of value. But many people will rather claim rights, cry for entitlement, etc. People expect the government to play God and get burned by it (i.e. their expectation). But even in the flames, they would not admit responsibility.

You need to know all that so that you can know the understanding someone is talking from when they are talking with/to you. You are responsible for your own life. And your life is going to be an expression of what you know. I know my views are correct because if you believe them, they put you in a position of control. But many would have their life out of their control, so that they can have someone to blame for their failure in life. In life, nothing good (remarkable and sustainable) comes by chance. The default choice of life is never good; it naturally tends to failure. So if you are going to be successful, you’ll have to be proactive.

The world has nothing to offer you. That is a fact you need to come to terms with. Life’s big question is, what do you have to offer the world? This is the reality of the world. And it is more glaring in today’s world than ever. Don’t be carried away by the looks of New York city or the glamour of London or the trends from Dubai, if you don’t have something to offer the societies of those places, it can be as hell as the harshest places on the earth. If you run an NGO, it means you depend on money from other sources. That makes you a taker, not a giver. You don’t make money, neither do you create value. Instead, you create an establishment of dependence. And the hallmark of poverty is dependence.

For clear understanding, there are two kinds of people; assets and liabilities. Assets are people who add value to the world by creating something that improves the wellbeing of another person. Liabilities are people who live off the value that the assets have created. You know one critical problem with the world? Too many liabilities. Liabilities slave themselves (aka work) to live the quality of life they want and desire. Assets think of how they can improve life and go ahead to create something. People actually choose what they become. But they don’t choose by claim or words, the choice is made by the knowledge and information they have. Contrary to what many would say or think, everybody in the world can be an asset. In fact, everybody is supposed to be an asset.

A letter to the UN

Dear UN,

Don’t stress yourself on eradicating diseases because there will always be new ones

More money will not make poverty go away

The wealth of the government of a country is not the wealth of the people

There is no country in this world where people (no matter how few) are not suffering

Dear UN,

A lizard in Gambia cannot become an alligator in Germany

There are non-profit ventures because there are profit ventures that makes mega profits

School education produces academic qualifications; academic qualifications produces professionals; professionals need a job

There are things you can affect to change but there are other things you can only arrange for in hope

Dear UN,

A discussion with one intelligent person is better than an opinion poll of thousands who don’t really care

Isn’t it wrong for someone who didn’t solve any problem to enjoy other people’s solution?

If you feed a poor man today, be ready to do it again tomorrow

People are not physical bodies; what is life without an adventure

The greatest crime to humanity

The worst and most humiliating thing that can happen to a person is for the person to have nothing doing to be responsible. Every social structure put in place by modernism to encourage the lack of responsibility (on the part of the person) is the greatest crime to humanity.

I think about the disgusting things many people do for money. Someone might say if they had the money they wouldn’t do those things. But you know that is very far from the truth. The problem is that they never have enough money, so they have to continue. In the end, a few of them realize that it’s not about the money rather it’s about what you do that other people find valuable.

People most of the time like to deceive themselves about the reality of life. I’m surprised at the thinking pattern of a lot of people who put themselves in positions where they make decisions for other people. People don’t always know what they need and hence ask for the wrong things a lot. It takes a visionary to see beyond what can be seen. So if you are not a visionary, what are you doing in that position?

When you encourage people to be irresponsible in matters concerning true social relevance, the people will naturally grow to become responsible in inverse social relevance. If you make being truly responsible difficult, then you should be ready to deal with irrelevant responsibilities (false responsibilities people have put on themselves). And that is much more difficult.

If you are in any of those positions or you are planning to be there, I hope you are hearing this. Selah 

Why won’t you get drunk?

Why won’t you get drunk?

You wake up every day into the same old routine

Basking in the false hope of a brighter future

Today goes like yesterday, and so does last week and this week

And so the liquor calls, and if it doesn’t, you do

Why won’t you get drunk?

You began your life with the thinking done for you

When you ought to take charge, you left your life to fate

When you saw that fate was mean, you began to blame

And on and on the blaming goes, and so does the liquor flows

Why won’t you get drunk?

When you first heard about God, you didn’t think you should know more

And on you went growing up, thinking it’s not a must

Now you’re 40 and you’re stuck, like car tyres in deep mud

So you sit with alcohol, wondering why you can’t stop

Why won’t you get drunk?

Raised in school, you started with a wishful thinking

‘Paid in full’ was your thought of the life of the city

You never thought of true people-relevance or ‘why am I here?’

Now you can’t tell what you’re missing nor what is making you get drunk

Why won’t you get drunk?

You deceive yourself you want to stop but you avoid the real questions

The government tweaks and you cry without even really knowing why

In search of laughter, you embrace the comfort of the bottle

A decision awaits; life or liquor  

A lesson in honesty

Have you ever caught yourself using words or phrases that your parents or guardians used on you towards someone else? I made a projection into the future in a particular direction and I discovered that my attitude towards something is lining up with a close “parental figure”. The issue is that it is not something I want to emulate. Avoiding it would mean going in a separate and distinct direction in real life progress. It matters how you succeed. It matters how you made your wealth. It matters what made you rich.

It’s a common practice among many to point out the problems in anything. When you ask of an opinion from someone especially if you indicate you want an honest opinion, all they ever point out is the flaw of it. Let me task your mind a little, can you give me an honest opinion of this blog? (You can if you want to in the comment section). Just think about it; what are the things coming to your mind? Can you see anything remarkably good? Think about it. You know the interesting thing, many under the hypnosis of civilization can easily see the negative but are turned off by the such a remark about themselves or something that relates to them. We are generally drawn towards people who talk about our strength even when they see the areas of weakness. What about honesty then? Has it lost its place?

Honesty is not the declaration of the obvious and glaring fact. That’s because what can be obvious and glaring to you might not be to someone else. And what you assume as negligible can be critical and glaring to another person. That is how lawyers bend the arms of justice; make the glaring negligible and make the negligible glaring. Honesty, however, is very subject to perception. When people say they are being honest, they don’t judge their perception first. What I want to implore you today is to judge your perception first before you declare anything in the name of honesty. Honesty can thus be defined as speaking the fact by what you (decide to) notice. Next time you want to be honest, judge your perception.

The world has become a complex place. Things are not simple and straightforward as before. People have mastered the human traditional behaviour and understand how to tweak it. Companies in the world that are heavily into advertising will show it clearly to you. They appeal to people’s fantasy, use things people can relate to, make the product wear the facade of “meeting a need” and create a fascinating virtual  feeling of the use of their product. What I’m trying to say is that, impression many times is sold. And whatever it is you call fact (in honesty) was actually designed for you. They want you to see and believe so that your honesty can be what they want. Anybody can be made to like or tolerate anything. It’s about how it was presented. So, your honesty is actually dishonesty with a clear conscience if you don’t judge your perception.