Just Before You Expire; Is There a Future? - @segalink

I  want to believe it is yet another time to reflect in appeal to my generation again based on the scheme of things in our great Nation. ...


I  want to believe it is yet another time to reflect in appeal to my generation again based on the scheme of things in our great Nation. I'm going outside my comfort zone to write and publish my thoughts hoping you will all leave your comfort zone by reading with an open mind. No doubt there may have been some things you have missed or may have wilfully ignored.

In history as in life, it is the successes that matters. If you were to start a political upheaval and let yourself be caught, you will hang as a traitor (we've seen one too many of these in our society, with Ken Saro-Wiwa, MKO Abiola etc). But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country.

Yes, life may be unfair. History may not even be fair as you may have noticed how the very best are buried and the worst amongst us are uplifted to the highest political position. This is not limited to third world countries but a political strain across the globe.  Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.

It is important to feel the anger without judging it, without attempting to find meaning in it. It may take many forms; anger at government's action or inaction, at life, at your inability to succeed or be fulfilled. Life is unfair. Death is unfair. Anger thus become a natural reaction to the unfairness of loss.
However mean we may deem the world, It is unfair, then it's fair. It's hateful, then it's loving. It's a very peculiar place on philosophical, metaphysical and religious levels. Although I know life may be unfair, I believe some of us have chosen to reveal ourselves one mask after the other.

I'm documenting this not because of the now but as a legacy to mankind, to be delivered to generations to come as a present to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. Let this message resound in the minds of people of diverse ethnicity, to my friends and foes alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Nigerians, born in this century, tempered by psychological wars, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which our nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed as of today, at home and around the world.

The industrial age built the trap we are mired in but it wasn't built at once, it took centuries to perfect. The seduction was just like those enacted by the past electioneering campaign that tore our fragile unity to shreds along religious, ethnic and political party lines. Seduced by the bait of decent pay and unimaginable rewards in riches. Seduced by the apparent security of the enclosure and once the gate was shut, we were kept in by the threat of shame, the amplification of risk, and society's reliance on more shinier rewards.

The industrial age has since faded away and been replaced by the connection economy- the wide open reality of our new economic revolution but most of us have no idea that we are no longer fenced in like our fathers. The fence is gone! We no longer depend on the Print media, we have news on the go as they happen via our mobile connectivity. We have been so thoroughly brainwashed, intimidated and socialized that we still stay huddled together waiting for instructions (as dictated by the homogenous slave traits in our DNAs passed from the Slave Trade days of our founding fathers), when we have the first, best, and once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something extraordinary instead.

Contrary to what you may have heard, I'm writing these to tell you that we are all created to do the extraordinary (art). Better put, we were placed on earth to make art. Why? Because we must...the new connected economy of our world demands art (the extraordinary) and will reward you for nothing else. It is not enough to graduate from the university, because millions graduate from the university yearly but we must distinguish ourselves amongst the crowd simply because we can...this is what it is to be human in today's world.

Unfortunately for us society has sold us the wrong message in deception, which suggests living life ordinarily and doing mundane things just to keep up with the Jones'. It has created a culture where we are constantly reminded about the dangers of standing up, standing out, and making a ruckus. Industrialists have made hubris a cardinal sin but conveniently ignored far more common failings: settling for too little.

We  are so obsessed about the risk of shinning brightly that we have traded everything that matters to avoid it. The path that's available to each of us is neither reckless stupidity nor mindless compliance. The part that's available to us is to be human and do the extraordinary.

We certainly can't do the extraordinary when we justify evil all in the name of partisanship or prejudice. We can not also do the extraordinary while stuck in a period in our life where life may have seemed to be unfair to us because we did not have our way in certain matters. The certain thing about life is that it goes on...until we reach the end of our individual race.

The extraordinary also does not lie in finding fault n government or ensuring they fail just so we can say we told you so. It goes deeper than that. Nigeria remains our collective responsibility regardless of where our allegiance lies.
“In character and temperament, the African of this race-types is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, Lacking in self-control, Discipline (and) Foresight, (Full of) personal vanity, (with) little sense of veracity (fond of Music), (His) thoughts are concentrated on events and feelings of the moment, (and) he) suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past, (He lacks) the power of organisation, (and is conspicuously), Deficient in the management and control alike of man or business, He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility...Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future.” - Extracts from The Dual Mandate (1926) by Lord Frederick Lugard (Governor General of Nigeria 1912 - 1918).
What will you be remembered for? 

The political calculations of 2019 and beyond is in the hands of each and every one of us within the age bracket of 18-55. It is time to be responsible and objective with the focus on Nigeria and her people. This is the time to tear the drapes and veils of partisan politics and be united as a people to avoid falling off the precipice. We are a great people in a great Nation and until we individually manifest we can not move on as a united people.

I'm committed to giving my all to the becoming of willing masses from every geo-political zone in Nigeria in developing an affirmative action towards galvanizing a critical mass of transformation leaders that will deliver correct political leaders and millions of enlightened followers that are easy to govern, difficult to rule an impossible to enslave.

It is time to begin the curation of a political atmosphere that guarantees that the most talented and qualified citizens run for political office and makes it impossible for institutions (electoral, political parties or groups) to impose their personal agenda on our collective destiny.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind. It is time to renew our minds and build our future. We Can, We Will, We Must deliver our future.

Stay tuned for how you can be a part of this great movement. Follow the blog by email and also follow @segalink on Twitter for further enquiries and information. 

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