The end of the pandemic — COVID-19

Can we quarantine everyone for long enough
Long enough for it to die its death and be gone
Who would live without treatment – help
Will we stand to see them left

May we infect all to save the world
This principle of the vaccine
To train the warriors to kill them all
Only them and not us

What’s the pill to kill the virus within
An anti-oxidant of sorts to spoil the corruption it is
This thing that has interferred with the man’s skills
The drug with the balls to abort all its feels

Who will live her way to health
Has nature not provided a berth
Something to claim the living of the COVID
To restore the human flesh to itself

We eat, pray, love
Of the hope that He has saved
Save the earth from her friendship of death
One she has lived in since her birth

It will go as it has come
From nowhere into nowhere
What will the people become
After all has been done

On ‘the Faith of the Son of God’

Have you ever heard the phase and wondered what it might mean: “… the faith of the son of God…” [Galatian 2:20 KJV].

Imagine a child to whom has been told stories about the interesting circumstances surrounding his birth. He believes his parents all the more when he hears the words of the ‘Law and Prophets’; when he sees them for himself. Then one day he assumes the place of the one spoken of; and starts seeing and carrying himself as one to lie in wait for and crush the head of the serpent; the seed of Abraham [Genesis 3:15 ASV]; the Messiah, the anointed one [Daniel 9:25 ASV, JND]….
He becomes Jesus, the Christ, as he believes what is written of Him; living according to His faith that “in the volume of the book, it is written of me…” [Psalm 40:7 KJV]. His faith was vindicated for it was anchored on truth. So that it was that, for Him to experience His sonship of God, as designed, He needed to express faith on the words of God about His life — the model for Christianity.

The world will always feel the effect of this faith of the son of God, regardless of the faith of the world.

Not the stereotypical Nigerian….

Watching runner runner a few months ago on one of those satellite channels fond of showing ‘old’ movies…. These words stood out: Dean Monroe telling the protagonist, “what you touch, touches us.” And this is why muslims from Arab countries may get extra attention at Western airports because of some potential association with terrorism.

Stereotypes are powerful. They tell us what to see, how to see, how to behave….

Foreigners who commit crimes stand out. If it happens often enough and the crimes are usually of a particular kind, it gives grounds for locals and law enforcement to stereotype them. Additionally, news of major busts of foreigners could be like plane crash events. With the consequent fixation by the media, this news helps fix the idea in the minds of locals that the average Nigerian in their country is very likely a scammer.

In an international social gathering, a Nigerian attempted to initiate a conversation with a Briton. The Brit asked him pointedly, ‘do you want to dupe me?’ That would’ve been okay if he asked only once. But he soon started sounding like a broken record. And the conversation that was not, ended. The Nigerian understood where the Brit was coming from: from direct experience and from hearsay.

A happy as usual Nigerian once passed through two airports in a connecting flight, happy as usual. He passed through the scans in Dubai without any alarms going off. In the UK, however, their body scanner was triggered by who knows what. He was asked to go to the side to get patted down. There was amusement clearly on his face but they weren’t smiling. He was left thinking about why he was given special treatment. Because he smiled too much, he hoped. He still had on the exact same clothes in London as he had in dubai—with nothing remotely metallic on. Perhaps their scanners were more sensitive to ‘je ne sais quoi’. Could they be manually triggered? Nigerians are now getting suspicious of ‘them’.

Do you currently associate some stereotypical behaviours (good, interesting, bad, or ugly) with Nigerians. Have you ever met ‘not the stereotypical Nigerian.’ Replace ‘Nigerian’ with some other country of interest.

Regards,

Is it racist?

It was night.
The old white lady held her bag more tightly because a black man in a hoody came close. If she were black, and she saw some ‘any-coloured’ dude that fit the description of the stereotypical ‘snatcher,’ she’d do the same.

The white lady might be thinking: dark, black, hoody, therefore….
And the black lady thinking: dark, hoody, therefore….

Is it racist to act in ‘commonsense’ from real collective experience that resulted in some form of negative stereotyping of specific demographic?

It’s not that simple.

My science versus your science

Scientific results and associated recommendations do not always align on the same issues. That’s part of the beauty of academia. In cases like these, some people take sides, assuming different opinions.

It is interesting to think of personal science: my science versus your science. This thought coming from arguments about the relativity of truth and morality: ideas that speak of truth as truths that may vary from person to person — that my truth about a certain issue could be different from yours.

For differing ideas on the same issue and in the same domain to be true at the same time, however contadictory, truth has to be personal. In the same vein, for contradictory scientific opinions to be valid at the same time, they have to be personal. But in the case of science, this sounds particularly funny — almost unscientific.