For what shall it profit a man, if he
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark
It baffles when one reads from worldly
intellectuals who seem unable to comprehend and appreciate things as
simple, plain and obvious as God. It becomes hard to reconcile how their 'high'
intellect can yet be so lacking in what to us is perhaps the most basic
properties of existence and the very reason behind it. It's like being able to
program a computer but unable to add 1 to 1.
The latest piece by Nobel laureate Wole
Soyinka, titled "To Everything, Its Place" as it appeared in SaharaReporters,
was one more piece by the unbelieving, globally renowned fanatically
anti-God professor that scratched the mind. In a nutshell, the
professor was trying to separate God from the school.
Professor Soyinka believes as he
expressed, as appreciated by me, that mixing God and Holiness with children's
academic life causes "religious clashes of increasing savagery." Once
again, the professor casually linked religiousness and God-consciousness with
Boko Haram as the symbol and in a way, only terror he knows of. He would prefer
that things like veils that make a student "show off" as being
"holier" are discarded along with shows of wealth in student
dressing. The professor casually described the use of British colonial school
uniforms as consecrated and sacrosanct, defending this "doctrine"
on the basis of a lack of national debate on its retained
significance "after several decades of independence."
The Ununiform Uniform
Most schools in the United States
and perhaps most schools in most countries in the world do not use school
uniforms. In Europe, Britain and Ireland are the only
countries where the school uniform is widely adopted by state schools and
generally supported by the government. One wonders how small
Soyinka's world is that he thinks school uniforms are standard, or perhaps, how
much he attempts to contract the world to pursue his arguments.
The attempt to define student learning
as a process not to be interfered with by wealth or morality, falls flat
on its face when one studies the American academic system where children wear
their fancy clothes to school if they can afford it and those who believe in
veils cover their hair as recommended in the Bible and Quran, if and as they
deem fit. Does a peer wearing designer clothes frustrate a fellow student and
destroy him? Does a classmate wearing a veil feel she is demonstrating a
"holier than thou" attitude and does this frustrate her peers? Where
did professor Soyinka get these ideas from? It's certainly been long but has he
completely forgotten his childhood schooling experience?
I went to school in my kid years in
Geneva Switzerland. My "primary" school, La Chataigneraie
international school like most others did not prescribe the "holy"
uniforms and did not discriminate wealth or holiness. We had a very wealthy
friend called Sultan. We used to call him Salt and pepper. As you may imagine,
Sultan was the filthy rich kid of a Sultan. While his wealth of games and toys
that I could only dream of, was clearly appealing to me at my tender age, I was
not oppressed by it. Sultan also did not see his wealth as a tool of
subjugation as wealthy adults do, but had us "poor" black
brothers as his best pals, to play with all his toys with. He even gave us
many to take away when my brother and I left the school.
If there is a time that human beings can
and should be tested and taught what diversity is, is it not at a tender age?
Or would the professor rather promote a fake uniformed world where all
realities are snuffed so when the children suddenly graduate and go to
university as happened with Boko Haram founders, and witness the disparity,
oppression and inequality, they revolt and establish terror groups on the basis
of "fighting inequality and government corruption that breeds it" as
was Boko Haram's foundational sell pitch? What does the professor know of
attribution, correlation and association and on what basis does he draw up and
select his explanations for Boko Haram (the only terror he appears to know).
As children, seeing fancy toys we could
not own, we turned into master inventors and creators. We made our toys. We
built and built and by the time I was in a secondary school in Nigeria, I was a
chief inventor. Together with a secondary school best friend who today is
Nigeria's top drone expert and was involved in the Gulma drone the Jonathan
government built, my humble self led our school to Junior Engineers
and Technicians victories. I would say there was an advantage to seeing things
I could not own, that challenged me as a
pupil. I believe certain challenges I faced in that
international school in Switzerland moulded me into a human right advocate
I am today.
Bring the wealth, bring the holiness,
bring the high IQs and let us also bring our poverty, skin complexion, lower
IQs and other social and physical qualities and inequalities and let a proper
school with sensible teachers marinate all that into a good soup. And even
if wealth is to be checked at the school's door; does a school not teach morality
If as the professor loves to
repeat, the errors of takfiri Muslims which he believes is in
the very essence of Islam as a whole, led to the development of Boko
Haram, what causes Ombatse, MEND, Niger Delta Avengers, armed robbers, government
officials, and all other terror-associated formations? The lack of Islam? The
lack of the veil? Does the professor not see his arguments as too simplistic?
As Professor Soyinka advances in
age I wonder if he is able to answer the question all anti-Godists have yet
been unable to: what is the purpose of his existence? Why do those kids need to
go to school in the first place? To learn, earn, breed and die...like animals?
To continue to propagate the human species for the sake of propagating the
human species? To have fun without fear, to love life and fear death? To wear
uniform and be uniform, or not to? To Ben Stein's amusement, a foremost
anti-God faithful fanatic prophet, Richard Dawkins said Aliens put us here.
Perhaps life's purpose is to serve the aliens?
Why a place for everything?
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