I was inspired to expound on selfishness after careful considerations of the root causes of varying crises all over the world and due to a friend’s caption. He said “Individual successes would never be enough to bring dignity to our community. It’s not all about you”
I sincerely believe that if we all take a moment to reckon on arising issues all over, we’d discover that there are tinges of selfishness in every problem.
Let’s go through some crises together to ascertain my claim;
- George .w. Bush, the former president of the United States of America was said to have gone after Afghanistan because he felt his father was insulted by the Bin Ladens.
- The reason diversity in Nigeria (which is a blessing) is such a problem is due to the selfishness of Britain because; their decisions to unite the different tribes that now constitute Nigeria were based on selfish interests. So, Britain colonized Nigeria because of her resources which could help Britain. [By the way, I can’t stress enough the importance of watching the documentary compiled by Jide Olanrewaju called “Naij” it explains Nigeria’s colonization explicitly].
- The ongoing crisis in Egypt today is due to the Muslim brotherhood insisting on the reinstatement of Muhammed Mursi as president. Muhammed Morsi was impeached pursuant to a presidential decree he issued which limited powers of the judiciary as the president’s decisions were “final and unchallengeable by any individual or body until a new constitution has been ratified and a new parliament has been elected”.
- The infamous godfathers and shakers of Nigeria today were the same people in power many years ago. These people have blockaded well deserved citizens from ruling the nation for their own selfish benefits.
With these, I am allured to say that the foundation of all problems can be traced to selfish interests.
Going back to our individual lifestyles, how often do we make decisions based on careful considerations on how the next person might be affected by our conclusions? Do we wake up every day thinking “me, myself and my family” rather than devising means of being useful to mankind?
If the Nigerian leaders were selfless, they’d be uncomfortable with earning so much due to wasted hours laughing at Patrick Obahiangbon’s grammar or discussing on how the signed agreement with ASUU cannot be met.
But this isn’t about insulting our leaders; it is about individuality. To take actions not based on our satisfaction alone but also for others who might be affected.
I know that the evil men do and superstition has hardened the hearts of many Nigerians, but that doesn’t deter me from carrying out benevolent acts. In fact, selflessness amongst a group of people or citizens of a country could birth unity which in turn can crush political corruption for good.
Nothing says it all like the Bible. James 4:1-3TLB says “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don’t have so you kill to get it. You long for what others have and can’t afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole aim is wrong_ you only want what will give you pleasure.”
It isn’t really all about you. Permit me to say that fixing God in every statement has become a meaningless Nigerian norm. Living by His principles so that, your virtues may draw others to the light does more than word of mouth.