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April 16, 2006

Why Africans cannot yet Govern themselves Properly

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Until recently, though an African, I did not have much to do with Africans. I lived in what is generally called white suburbia and did not have contact with Africans, indeed, with black Americans. I lost touch with who Africans are. At best, I had abstract but not empirical understanding of actual Africans.

Like every one else, I read about the miss-governance of Africa by African leaders. I wished that Africans governed their countries well. Indeed, I wrote abstract material on how Africans ought to govern themselves.
About a year ago, I came into sustained contact with Africans, particularly the so-called African intellectual. I interacted with those folks and learned a lot from them.
What I learned from them, unfortunately, finally helped me understand why African leaders are unable to govern their countries right.
Perhaps, it will take another century before Africans can begin to govern themselves right? I do not know how long it would take before a new generation of Africans emerge that would be able to govern Africa right; what I do know is that the Africans I have interacted with in the last year seem not only unaware of what it takes to lead groups but seem incapable of doing so.
The Africans I have interacted with are totally self-centered, egoistic, vain, narcissistic and infantile and seem incapable of dying to the ego and dedicating their lives to public service.
Some of them actually seem to take pleasure in destroying each other. These folks would go to great lengths to humiliate other people but would never lift a finger to do something that helped their fellow Africans. They seem to derive perverse pleasure from being destructive towards their fellow Africans. They exhibited the spirit that sold Africans into slavery and used the money they obtained to buy liquor and drink themselves to death and or buy trinkets to adorn their useless bodies with. They seem like unadulterated savages, not human beings.

Leaders are persons who perceive what their societies need and give themselves the task of delivering those things to them.
Leaders are persons who have transcended their egoistic needs and devote themselves to serving the common good of the group they identify with.
Leaders do not ask: what is in it for me, but ask, what is in it for us?
Because leaders are totally dedicated to public service, whereas self interest motivates the mass of humanity, leaders are few in every society.
Nor is reading books on leadership what makes one a leader. One can read tons of books on leadership and write about it and be seen as an expert and authority on leadership and yet not be a leader, if one does not have the psychological make up of leaders: total dedication and commitment to social good.
A leader must work with total enthusiasm and passion for public good, even if he gets no material rewards from doing so. It is not what he gets paid that motivates him, it is not the prestige of office that motivates him; it is serving suffering humanity that motivates real leaders.

As I look at the Africans I interacted with, not one of them seem to have transcended his little ego and devote his life to public service. They all seem motivated by crass self-interest; by what money they could get from public office. Indeed, they all seem like they have narcissistic personality disorder and feel like they do not exist, are inadequate and become somebody important only when other people admire them and see them as special and worship them, even as they do not do anything useful for the people they expect to admire them.
Like narcissists everywhere, African leaders seem to have a sense of entitlement and feel that they are superior to other people. They seem to perceive the people (those they lead) as inferior to them and as existing to serve them, rather than they, leaders, serve the people. They seem to believe that they are justified in exploiting the people, if in doing so they keep their social positions.

The Africans I have interacted with in the last year are what human begins ought not to be.
I am motivated to avoid them, to separate from them, to put a distance between me and them. These people are everything I detest in human beings. In fact, they ought not to exist.
But on second thought, I recognize that a physician must be with the ill to be able to heal them. You cannot separate from people with problems if you aim at helping them.
I had already done that in the past by avoiding Africans and obviously was not useful to Africans. In my isolation from the continent and from Africans, I was of no use to them. To be of use to Africans, I must be close to Africans. I must understand Africans and their problems to be able to be of use to them. Therefore separation from Africans is no longer an option.

THE PROBLEM

I ask myself: what is the key problem with Africans? The honest answer that comes to my mind is that they are uncivilized. By this, I mean that they have less humanized self-concepts and self-images. In a word, they have primitive egos.
Africans are essentially, and I must say it, for the truth is necessary for healing, savages in Western suits.
They are savages because they do not know what it means to be a civilized person. A civilized person is a person who has willingly let his ego to die, or at least shrunk it, so that he embraces a socialized self and lives to serve the public, not just himself, as his ego desires.

What made Africans not to embrace death of their egos? I think that it is because they did not have ego shrinking, hence civilizing religions and philosophies. They had primitive religions that permitted them to retain their raw egos.
Developed religions like Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism teach people to have no egos, or, at least, to have less egos; to voluntarily die to the separated self and live out of their unified self, the Christ self, the Atman, the Buddha self that sees itself as one with all life and dedicates itself to serving the public.
The primitive self, the type of self Thomas Hobbes described in his seminal book, Leviathan, lives to serve only its self.
In primitive head hunting societies, as exited in Africa and elsewhere, folks actually took pride in hunting down other people, capturing and selling them into slavery and or just killing them. The more heads one chopped off the more one felt powerful. One did not feel powerful from serving the welfare of other people, but from enslaving and or killing them.
The savage lives only for himself and for his egos desire to seem godlike in its power seeking. He has not attained true humanity, yet, where he recognizes that self-centeredness is hell and that heaven is serving society.

Africans are unable to govern themselves because they have primitive egos; their egos are at savage level, and until they embrace and internalize the teachings of universal religions like Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism and use them to civilize their egos, they will be living for their individuated egos hence will be unable to govern themselves.
The universal religions are too recent in black Africa. It will take a few more generations before Africans are socialized to shrink their raw egos, so that they are able to devote themselves to public service hence have efficient governments.
Until the interior self of Africans change, so that people serve the public instead of expecting to just steal from it to serve their self interests, one honestly does not expect Africans to govern themselves right; one expects the chaos and anarchy that currently characterize Africa to continue.
Obviously, this conclusion is sad, but the truth must be articulated. There is an (Igbo) African proverb that says that one must speak the truth to shame the devil (Kwuo ezeokwu ka eme ekwesu ihere), so I must speak the truth to shame the devil, although many contemporary Africans are so sociopath that they may not even be shamed into doing the right thing.
Many of the Africans I interacted with were totally amoral and show no remorse from doing wrong things. In fact, some of them have no conscience, no idea of right and wrong and actually seem to enjoy hurting other people; they have anti social personality disorder.

Africa seems governed by narcissistic and anti social personality disordered persons. All these people do is steal money from the public treasury and squander the people’s money and do nothing for the people; all they seem to want is to be perceived as very special persons whom every person pays attention to, thus gratifying their infantile narcissism.
Do something for the public in a selfless manner? Whoever has heard of such a thing in contemporary African leaders? Apparently, it is not part of their character to help their people. Their function, it seems, is to sell their people, as they did for over one thousand years of slavery. (Africans selling slaves to Arabia and Trans Atlantic America lasted between 900-1900 AD.)
Contemporary African leaders are not different from their ancestors who sold slaves; they are still selling each other into the slavery of poverty by not working to help each other.

Does that then mean that other people, say Europeans, should come and govern Africans since they seem unable to govern themselves?
How are they going to learn to govern themselves unless they have the opportunity to try governing themselves? They must have the chance to try ruling themselves, make their own mistakes and learn from them what to do and what not to do.
Africans are currently muddling through and in time will learn what constitutes proper governance: dedication to public service to the point of forgetting ones ego in service to social good.

HINDUISM, BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY



Since I believe that religion is the key to shrinking and, eventually, eliminating the human ego self, a precondition for having good government, I will briefly describe the three religions that. in my opinion, do an excellent job shrinking and eventually eliminating the human ego, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. This is a brief review; the interested reader is referred to books on those religions and to ultimately practice these religions, as I do. (I am a Gnostic Christian, which is Christianity that is in accord with Hinduism and Buddhism.)


HINDUISM

Hinduism was not begun by any specific individual so it does not have any one person that folks associate with it, as folks do with Buddhism (Buddha), Christianity (Jesus Christ) and Islam (Mohammed). Hinduism began gradually, about five thousand years ago?
Rishis, Indian poets, composed poems on the nature of God. These poems are called Veda. In time, the more myth making Indians employed the ideas about God portrayed in the poems to write elaborate mythological tales about God and man; some of these tales are found in two books, Ramayana and Mahabharata (the most famous part of which is the Bagavad Gita). The more philosophical oriented Indians expounded on the ideas in the poems; these are called the Upanishads. The Yogis posited their own take on this subject, such as Patanjali’s Yogas. Later own, more formal Hindu philosophers, such as Shankara and Ramanuja, expounded on the Hindu concept of reality in their philosophical works.
The idea running through all these Hindu approaches to God and man is very simple. According to Hinduism, there is one life, one self, one spirit, God, in Sanskrit, Brahman. God is one. God extended his one self into infinite selves, each called Atman. Brahman and Atman are the same except that Brahman extended himself into Atman, thus created Atman; nevertheless, they are the same and equal.
In Christian categories, Brahman is God; Atman is the son of God. God has infinite children, infinite Atman. Each of us is an Atman. The Atman is one with God. We are one with God and one with each other.
At some point, as it were, we cast a spell on ourselves, Maya, and put ourselves to sleep. In our sleep we see a different world, our empirical world. More importantly, in our sleep, we dream that we are now different from each other and that there is inequality between us. Some see themselves as tall, others as short; some men, others women; some white, others black etc. The empirical world is the world of multiplicity, differences and inequality.
The empirical world is the opposite of the spiritual world. In the world of spirit, Brahman and Atman are formless, the same and equal. Brahman is in Atman and Atman is in Brahman. Where God ends and his son begin is nowhere and where one son of God ends and another begins is nowhere. There is no space and gap between God and his children. (Where there is no space, there is no time; in eternity, aka heaven, there is no space, time and matter, all is in one formless spirit, one formless light that has no beginning and no end.)
In the empirical universe, we see ourselves as separated from God and from each other. Each of us is housed in a house of flesh and sees space and time between him and other persons. He believes himself different from other people. He believes himself having different interests from other people. Each of us works for his separated self interests, and where possible cooperates with other people, but where necessary competes with them, even attack and or kill them and take from them what he needs to survive at their expense.

The purpose of religion, Hinduism posits, is to remind the separated children of God that they are one, that they are unified. All of us are unified in God.
Our real self is Atman who is one with Brahman. In the sleep and dream of this world each Atman sees himself as not who he is. The world is a dream of self forgetfulness, a sleep of ignorance, where we are ignorant of our true self.
Hinduism sets out to teach people to remember their true selves as Atman who are one with Brahman. Hindu religious practices (such as the five Yogas: Jnana, Bhakta, Raja, Karma, Tantra) are meant to teach people their real self.
Meditation (raja yoga) is meant to enable people to forget this world, a sleep-dream world and awaken to the real world of God, Brahmaloka. If the individual is able to tune this world out (in Moksha) and attain the world of spirit (Samadhi), he is said to have realized his real self, Atman, who is one with Brahman. He is now enlightened to his true self, he is illuminated to his reality, the unified light called God.
The purpose of Hinduism is to teach people that at root they all share one self, the self of God. As such, they all should work together and help each other.
Hinduism believes, in a literal manner, that we are all united; that I am you and you are me, in our true self. It teaches that what I do to other people and since they are my extensions, I have literally done to myself. If I give love to other people, I give love to me; if I give hate to other people, I give hate to me. Giving is receiving; what you give to the world, the world gives back to you for you and the world are one.
Hinduism has many aspects to it and many paths in it (such as Vedanta, Bhakta etc) but all of them teach return to love, return to union and return to God. (God is conceived as union, which is love.)
The person who has awakened to his real self, unified self, loves all people and works for all people, not from a sense of doing something for other people, but from knowing that he is working for himself since everybody is part of his unified, whole self.


BUDDHISM


Gautama Buddha built on his inherited Hinduism and, as it were, removed Hinduism’s emphasis on God and presented the same material in what we might call rational “atheistic” manner.
Buddhism is really Raja Yoga, the Hindu path of meditation, the royal path to God. Myth has it that Gautama was born into a rich family and was prevented from seeing the sordid aspect of life until he was twenty eight years old; that he did not see suffering and death until one day he snuck out of his palace and saw the suffering lot of mankind and thereafter left his luxurious living to go find out why human beings suffer so much. He supposedly experimented with most of the Hindu paths to God and studied under the most famous holy men of his time (Sadhus) and could not find the answer he was looking for. Frustrated, he sat under a Bo tree and refused to get up until truth is revealed to him. Allegedly, like Jesus, he was tempted by the evil one, Mara (his ego self) and told that if he gave up his search for the truth that he could have all the world, have all the flesh pot of the world, have as much sex as he wanted and he rejected all those and insisted on the truth or death.
Mythology apart, Gautama Buddha went into meditation and experienced union with all life: the extinguishment of his separated ego self and reawakening to his unified life. He called what he experienced Nirvana (which in Zen is called Satori and in Hinduism is called Samadhi).
After his experience of oneness with formless, spirit life, Buddha taught a simple philosophy that he believed would give people peace and happiness while they are in this world.
He postulated that (1) human life is characterized by suffering. To live on earth is to suffer.
That (2) suffering has a cause. What is that cause of suffering?
That (3) the cause of suffering is our desire to be separated from each other and from the whole called God and to be different and unequal selves.
That (4) to eliminate our suffering we must do certain things; we must remove the cause of suffering. Since the wish for separated ego self is the cause of suffering, to eliminate suffering, we must extinguish our separated ego selves.
If we do not have individuated and separated selves housed in bodies, we would not suffer, the sage of India taught. We must give up our attraction to the separated ego self and return to non-attachment to the world of separation; we must return to the world of union (which is the world of holiness, sanctity and love).
In addition to those four noble truths, Buddha also taught his disciples to live ethical life, such as is found in the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments: love each other, have compassion for each other, speak the truth at all times, do not hurt other people in action and word etc. Buddha believed that one must live an ethical, moral and law abiding life if one wants to live peacefully and happily.

In Buddhist meditation the individual is taught to voluntarily die to his separated ego self. He is to let go of his identification with the ego-body complex. He is to deliberately let the flame of his individuated self burn out. That is to say that he is to literally give up his ego-body, to die to his current self concept as a separated self housed in flesh.
To Buddha, the ego-body is so bad that we must die to it before we can experience our real self. (Jesus, too, died to his ego-body identification and subsequently experienced his true self, Christ, unified, holy self, a self united with God and all selves hence are a whole self, contracted to holy self.)
In meditation the individual tunes out his ego and negates ego conceptual thinking. If he succeeds, he feels like he is a void; he feels his habitual personality dissolve and he no longer has a separated self, aka personality. He is now emptied of the separated self and is open to the experience of unified life.
If in addition to meditation he is a loving and forgiving person, he may experience unity with all life, Nirvana.
Unitive experience is ineffable. It is an experience where there is no you and I, no seer and seen, no subject and object, an experience of oneness, an experience where one knows that all life is, at root, unified and is eternal, formless, changeless and permanent.
The goal of Buddhist meditation is to offer the individual the opportunity to let go of his attachment to the ego and experience his true self, the unified self, a self that has no name since names can only exist in the world of differences.
If one experiences unified self, God, one gains wisdom, for God is total knowledge. After that experience, if one chooses to return to this world, one returns to the awareness of this world, but is now a different person, a wise person, like Buddha became. One now understands that the world is a sleep-dream world, a world of appearance, a world of impermanence, a world of change. The empirical world of space, time and matter is an illusion, an ephemeral world where things appear like figures in a dream, now here, now gone; nothing is real.
The illuminated son of God no longer has attachment to the world and the things of the world, though he lives in the world and works to make his living and contribute to every person’s well being, but he is not of the world. He has no attachment to his ego, to his ego-based thinking, to his body and to the things of this world. He does so effortlessly because he knows that the things of this world, including his personality are nothing; to give up nothingness is not to sacrifice anything of value; in fact, it is to give up useless baggage that merely weighed one down.

An enlightened person understands that this world is chimera and decides not to be part of it. When he dies, he does not return to this world again, he is not born on earth any more; he has broken the wheel of rebirth. He has cleaned his karma of all samaras he might have earned in the past; indeed, he has transcended the karmic world of cause and effect and no longer returns to this world. He stays in the world of oneness.
To come back to the earth, one must be attached to the world of senses; one must be attracted by flesh and ego power. If one is not attracted by flesh and not attracted by ego power, why would one come to this world?

To Buddhism pleasure and pain are the same, two sides of the same coin. What is pleasurable is also painful. Moreover, the one presupposes the other; if there is pleasure there must be pain and if there is pain there must be pleasure; the one cannot exist without the other. If you seek pleasure, whether you know it or not you also seek pain.
To Buddhism, both pleasure and pain are suffering. All life, be it pleasurable life or painful life is suffering, the wise one noted 2500 hundred years ago.

We live in a world of opposites: union and separation and necessarily must have conflicts in our internal and external lives. The interaction of opposites must produce conflict, pain and suffering. The only way to eliminate our suffering is to exit from the world of opposites and to return to the world of union and give up the world of separation.
The world of space, time and matter, that is, the world of separation, is the world of suffering.
Only the world where there is no space, time and matter, a formless spirit world, a unified world, can there be cessation of suffering.
Only the formless, the same and the equal can unify, for, ip so facto, the different must separate.
Union lies only in the world of spirit, the world of God, not in our world. We must, therefore, give up our world of separation to experience the unified world of God. We cannot experience both worlds at the same time; if we experience one the other disappears.
Actually, we always live in the unified world of spirit while dreaming that we are in the separated world of space, time and matter. The world is a dream place where those who are unified come to dream that they are separated from one another.

The goal of both Hinduism and Buddhism is to enable the individual to actualize his unified self. In our ordinary life, our goal is to actualize the ego’s separated self, and reap conflict.
What is the goal that you are working towards? Unified self or separated ego self? You must answer that question.
If you work towards unified self, you experience peace and happiness; conversely, if you are working towards separated ego self, you reap tension, conflict and wars.

To be ego-body self conscious is to live in fear. Ego and body are false selves. That which is false can only be maintained by fear and defense. The individual fears attacks that would expose his ego as fantasy and is always fearful.
To live in fear is to live in hell. (Normal persons live in fear hence live in hell.)
To pursue ideal ego self, as neurotics do, is to pursue a chimera that would never come into being for this world would never become ideal. Moreover, to seek ideal is to deny the real; which means to attack the real. The ideal self seeking neurotic is perpetually attacking his real self and gives himself unnecessary pain. Thus the neurotic not only lives in the normal person’s hell of fear he adds self invented prison to it; he lives in hell and prison. Human beings live in bondage to their ego invented pains.

To have a separated ego self one must engage in judgment; one must judge that one is not other persons.
The separated world came into being through such judgment: judgment that sees the infinite children of God as not parts of ones unified self but as others. Judgment produced the world of space, time and matter.
To judge ones self and other people as good or bad is to evaluate them with ones ego ideal standards. That is, one says that what one judges ought to be like ones ideal. In effect, one is now the creator of the world that one judges and wants to make what is, what one wants it to be.
To judge is to attack what is judged. If one judges ones self one has attacked ones self; if one judges other people one has attacked them.
To attack is to inflict pain. The person who judges himself and other people as good or bad inflicts pain on them.
To judge is not a friendly act; to judge is an evil act. To judge is to be in hell (to live in pain is to live in hell).

What is, is what is; judging what is will not make it change and become something else. All your judgment will not change your body or other people’s bodies; nor will you change people’s personalities by judging them.
Therefore, to judge is to be foolish. Judgment is a foolish ego behavior. One ought to not judge anything as good or bad; one ought to just witness what is and leave it at that. This produces peace and happiness.

We live in world of uncertainly. None of us knows what will happen the next moment. We do not know what we would be called upon to respond to during the next second.
Other people have egos and wishes and in pursuit of their ego desires do all sorts of things, things that we, in our own ego states, cannot predict what they are. We do not have the ability to predict other people’s behavior or the behavior of inanimate things.
Nevertheless, environmental stimuli present challenges to the individual. He must respond to them.
The individual only has a choice as to how he responds to the world, from love and forgiveness or from hate?
If he chooses hate, he attacks when he is attacked and the result is interpersonal conflict.
The ego, human beings, seeks punishment for those that offended it. On the other hand, the individual could recognize that the person who attacked him, though seemingly a separated ego, is at root one with one. In effect, one attacked one through what seems an other person. One can therefore choose to forgive and love that person, so as to forgive and love ones true self.
The person who attacked you is responding from his ego, hence is acting out of fear. If you act towards him from your ego, you are also acting out of fear. But if you respond to him from the unified self, Christ, Atman, Buddha, you are not acting out of fear, but love. Love is the absence of fear and fear is the absence of love.


CHRISTIANITY


True Christianity is very much like Hinduism and Buddhism. True Christianity is not what we were raised in (I was raised a Catholic) but found in Gnostic Christianity. Gnosticism is actually what some of the apostles of Jesus taught until their teachings were suppressed and the ego based understanding of Jesus taught by Paul was adopted by the triumphant Catholic Church. There are many books on Gnosticism, including the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Judas, the Dag Hamadi papers, and A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman. I have elsewhere written on this subject, so let me merely summarize what Gnostic Christianity, which is the same as Hinduism and Buddhism, teaches. (For reference material, see, Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles; Ozodi Osuji, Real Self Psychology.)

There is God. God is one. One God extended himself to his children, to each of us. There is no difference between God and his children except that he created them and they did not create him or create themselves and each other.
The children of God are like God and do create their own children, but they create with the creative power of God in them, not with their own powers. In their sane state, the children of God acknowledge God as their creator and source; in their insane state of mind, they deny that God created them and think that they created themselves.

Since the only difference between us, the children of God, and God is that he created us, we resented that difference. We wanted to create ourselves and create God.
It is impossible for us to create God, create ourselves and create each other. What we cannot satisfy in reality we dreamed of.
The world is a sleep where we dream that we killed God and usurped his creative throne and now created him, created ourselves and created each other. But we know that God is eternal so we could not kill him. Thus, we are afraid of punishment from God.
God is not punitive and does not punish us; nevertheless, we feel fear that he would punish us.
Fear of God’s punishment makes us run from him. Fear makes us separate from God and from each other; we avoid and separate from those we are afraid of. In effect, fear serves a purpose for us; it is a means of separating from God and from each other.
Since what we really wanted is to separate from God and from each other, it follows that fear was deliberately invented to enable us separate from them. Fear is not what happens to us, as we tend to think; in reality, fear is what we desire for it serves the function of helping us separate from each other and from God.

The world is a dream of separation. It is a dream that the opposite of God is possible. God is unified; we dream separation; God is the same and equal, we dream differences and inequality; God is spirit, we dream that we are in body, space and time.
The world is designed to be the opposite of God for it came in opposition to God. God is eternal, changeless and permanent and we dream that we do change, and are mortal and impermanent.
God is unified. God is the connectedness of all things. Love is the affect that unifies the infinite children of God with their father and with each other.
In our world we dream that we are separated from each other and use fear of what each other could do to us to separate from each other.
Fear separates us, love unifies us. Fear is a mechanism for separation; love is a device for union.
God loves and forgives. In reality, God has nothing to forgive us, for he knows that we have done nothing wrong; we did not separate from him and what we do on earth are like activities done in a dream and have not been done.
Nevertheless, in as much as we live in the world of dreams and do hurt each other, God asks us to forgive each other our attacks and wrongs. On earth, forgiveness is the real meaning of love. To forgive is to love. This is what Jesus Christ taught and it is true.
Jesus Christ came to the world two thousand years ago and taught the gospel of forgiveness and love. He asked us: what do you want from each other? We answered that we need love, that is, union, with each other. If so, he asks us to love each other, that is, to unify with each other.
What makes us not love each other? We tend to hurt each other. Jesus asks us to forgive each other if we want to truly love each other. Jesus’ gospel can be summarized in three simple sentences: God is one; we are the separated children of God; forgiveness and love is the means for returning to God.

Jesus taught that there is God, and that he is our father. He taught that we are the children, the sons of God. But we denied God’s fatherhood, God’s authorhood of us, and see ourselves as separated from him, hence are now the children of the ego, the sons of man. He asks us to return to the awareness that God as our father and see ourselves as his children and see each other as brothers and sisters, as children of one family, the family of God.
The key teachings of Jesus are love and forgiveness. He taught in parables, some of which are:
(1) A man was on his way to worship God and remembered that his brother wronged him. Jesus said that the man must first go home and forgive the wrong doer before he asks God to hear his prayer.
(2) Actually, God does hear all our prayers and has, indeed, answered all of them, for he knows what his children want before they ask for them, but to receive the gifts from God, already given, peace and happiness, we must forgive each other. Forgive the wrongs other people did to you and you have forgiven yourself the wrongs you did to other people and you would receive the blessings of God, peace, joy and love in your life.
(3)And they brought a woman caught in adultery to him and asked him what they should do to her, throw stones at her, as their father, Moses, taught them, or forgive her, as he, Jesus, taught them? They were, of course, testing Jesus to see if he would break the laws of Moses hence arrest and condemn him to death. He knew what they were up to, so he said: let him who is without sin cast a stone at the sinful woman. Let him who does not make mistakes judge other people as mistake prone and condemn them. We all make mistakes and have no right to judge and condemn other mistake makes. (Since we must judge mistakes, we should forgive them.) Since none of the people is perfect they left the sinful woman alone and Jesus told her to go home and sin no more, to try not to make the mistake of separating from God and her brothers and sisters, for to separate is to sin.
(4) Jesus walked his talk. They came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and one of his apostles brought out his sword and attacked one of the policemen that came to arrest him, in defense of Jesus. Jesus looked at him as if he was looking at a child who had been taught and did not understand what he was taught. He said: put away your sword, for those who live by the sword die by the sword. He reiterated that he came to show the world a different way of solving problems, the path of defenselessness to attack, the path of forgiveness as true love.
(5) Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest and finally to the Roman governor of Jerusalem. He was accused of doing what he did not do. He did not defend himself, for to defend ones self is to say that one is guilty, defense makes attack seem real, when attack is on a dream self and body hence not real. He was falsely found guilty and crucified. The world falsely finds all of us guilty and crucifies us, for the ego, the world, believes that the children of God are guilty from separating from God and from each other and wants to punish them. But they are not guilty, for they have not done what the ego, the world, accuses them of doing, separating from God. They are eternally unified with God and with each other hence are eternally innocent, guiltless and innocent. The seeming evil things they do are done in a dream setting and what is done in a dream has not been done.
(6) Before he died he asked his father to forgive those who crucified his body and ego, for they do not know what they are doing. They are eternal spirit and believe that they are ego-body that is born to die and therefore do not know who they are and do not know what they are doing for they cannot crucify the immortal son of God, whom his father made eternal and is always in his father. Jesus practiced his teaching of forgiveness, for we, indeed, are sleeping and dreaming and do not know what we are doing when we hate each other. We are the children of God. God is love, so we are the children of love. We do not know what we are doing when we hate each other. When we are sane we can only love one another.

SALVATION, REDEMPTION, DELIVERANCE IN FORGIVENESS

Clearly the gospel, the good news brought to the world by Jesus Christ is for us to forgive one another if we truly love one another. Those who attack us offer us opportunity to forgive them and find salvation (join with them and God) or counter attack them and live in the hell of separation.
How many times should one forgive those who sinned against one, someone asked Jesus. He said: seventy times seventy times, meaning infinitely. He proceeded to ask folks who are slapped to turn their other cheeks to be slapped, too, to never defend themselves against attack. He said that the people of this world tend to forgive, that is, love their friends and hate their enemies, that Christians, the children of God, are distinct from the children of the ego because they love their friends and also their enemies. There are no enemies in God’s one family, he said.
But in the temporal world, we identify with our bodies and fear that those who attack our bodies could destroy us, as surely body can be destroyed. But that which can be destroyed has no value; body and the ego it houses has no value. The real us, spirit, cannot be destroyed; spirit is eternal hence has value and worth.
To be saved is to return to union and love while to not be saved is to live in separation from God and from our brothers and sisters. To live in union and love is to live in peace and joy, while to live in separation from God is to live in conflict and turmoil.
Salvation, redemption, deliverance, healing, atonement all mean the same thing: to forgive and love all people, and from doing so overlook our separation and reconnect to God and all people; to rejoin all people, to unify with all people, to make whole that which was made unholy (to unify is to be holy, to separate is to be unholy).
God’s children are currently disconnected, separated from each other hence are unholy; they become holy when they reconnect with each other, and since God is in each of them, when two or more of them join hands, they have God with them.
There must be at least two persons working together for the purpose of love for salvation to take place; salvation cannot be obtained individually, for individuation, separation is the problem, union is the solution. To join other people is to join the God in them, to return to union, to God.
On Good Friday Jesus’ ego and body was crucified and died. On Easter Sunday his real self, the unified self, the Christ in him, the son of God who is as God created him, unified with God and all his brothers and sisters, hence is holy, resurrected from death. That new self is not corrupt and does not know corruption of the body; it does not die, for it is no longer in the corruptible, no longer in body. It is now pure spirit. Spirit is eternal.
However, to show his brothers and sisters who still believe in forms, Jesus had to take on a form, light form, to show people that death is not real. Jesus did take on the body of light, his earthly body in pure light form, if you like, in photons, to show the people that he is still alive and not dead. Death is not the end.
Jesus conquered death and showed the world that resurrection from death is real. But know what death is, to live in body and ego is to be metaphorically dead and to live in God, in union, in spirit is to be alive.
Death and rebirth is the theme of Christianity. Death is when we identify with ego and body; when we are separated from God we are dead; rebirth is when we return to the presence of God, when we deny the ego and the body that houses it and accept our true self as spirit.
Easter Sunday is the happiest day in the Christian world for it marks the day the son of man (ego) reclaimed his status as the son of God (Christ). It marked the end of the rule of Satan (which is metaphor for the human ego) and the beginning of the rule of Christ, our real self, the unified self, in the world.
God and his Son are the same; therefore, the will of God is his Son’s will. But in his sleep-dream, the Son of God, us, thinks that he has a different will from his father. It is impossible for him to have a different will from his father, for nothing in the universe can oppose the will of God. All that the Son does is having different wish; wishes are not reality.
The wishes of the Son of God, however, are very powerful for they produced the empirical world we see.
When the Son of God comes to his senses, is sane, he accepts that his father’s will is his will and relinquishes his wishes; he lets go of the wish that gave rise to this world and the world is changed into a light world (from its current dark state).
Finally, the kingdom of God replaces the kingdom of man, Christ replaces ego, and peace, joy and love reign in our transformed world, the New Jerusalem, New Israel, New World, and we have a happy dream for a little while before we return to the formless unified world where we disappear into God and he disappears into us and we know that all is God.
The body can be crucified and die. That which is destructible is not real and should be ignored and not defended. Christ, which is spirit, is not born in body and does not live in body and does not die. Christ cannot be attacked.
Christ knows himself to be eternal and therefore forgives those his brothers who in their ignorance believe that they can attack the immortal son of God.


THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE CORRECTION PRINCIPLE


When we separated from God and invented the ego false self concept for ourselves, God created the Holy Spirit, and entered the world through him.
The Holy Spirit is the immanent God, God in the world, whereas God as God is the transcendent God and is not in this world. As it were, God is now in three selves: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Christians call this reality the Holy Trinity, the Triune concept of God.
God is God; that God extended himself into his Son (you and I). The same God is now himself as well as in his part, his son, each of us. God is himself and yet is each of us. If you insist, there is God the father and God the son.
When God the Son (our collective selves; there are infinite sons of God, all of whom are the one Son of God) seemed to have separated from God the father, that is, God seems to have separated from himself (an impossibility), God created God the Holy Spirit to enter the mind of his separated son.
The business of this world is for each of us to understand these things, to realize that God the father is God the son and is God the Holy Spirit, one self in seeming three states, Brahman/Atman/Jivatman/Ahankara in different guises in his dream dance.
In each of our minds is God and Christ, unified as one self and one mind; this is our true self in eternity.
On earth, in the state of separation, the Holy Spirit is in our right minds and the ego is in our left minds.
The ego is the self that we are currently aware of, the left mind, the mind of the intellect, the mind with which we adapt to this world, the mind with which we do science and technology, the mind with which I am writing this piece. The ego mind takes the temporal world as real and does what it has to do to adapt to the world as if it is real, unaware that the world is not real; the temporal world is a dream, an illusion. We, the Son of God, that is, God as his Son, made the ego; we made the ego as an instrument with which to adapt to the world of shadows, the world of darkness and dreams.
The Holy Spirit is in the right mind, it is the mind with which we forgive and love one another, the mind that guides us back to love, union and God; the mind that takes us to salvation, to the happy dream of forgiveness, to purgatory, to the world of light forms and from whence we return to the world of formless spirit, aka heaven.
To be in this world we have already denied the Christ and his father God, and embraced the ego. We live as egos. The world is a place we came to be egos.
Eventually, the world becomes a place we realize that our true self is Christ, the holy and unified son of God. Christ, unified self, loves all people and forgives all people.
The Holy Spirit teaches us to forgive all people, so as to remember that all people are one. Jesus Christ was the first son of God to completely remember that he is the Christ, the unified son of God, hence he was able to resurrect from death, which no one before him did.
Buddha did not resurrect from death when he choked to death from eating meat. Only Jesus resurrected from death. Jesus, therefore, is the world teacher of God (folks like Buddha etc are teachers of God, but Jesus is at the head of all teachers of God, hence he is the world teacher of God).
Jesus is the way shower to God. Jesus is the mediator between heaven and earth. He reconciled heaven and earth, ego and Christ. He did so because he lived as an ego and while in ego state, in the world, recognized the nature of heaven, Christ, his true self. He understands the ego, the world, and God and heaven.
Jesus is the son of man (ego, separated self) who became aware that he is the son of God (unified self).
Jesus so completely identified with the Holy Spirit that he might as well be called the Holy Spirit; that is, he might as well be called God. You have my permission to see Jesus as God, as the immanent God, that is. Pray to him; ask him to help you, as you would ask God and the Holy Spirit to guide you. Jesus will help you.
Jesus is with you at all times; he is in front of you, besides you and behind you. Jesus is now like God, he is everywhere. He is in each of us, in our right mind as part of our Holy Spirit. Talk to him and he will talk to you back, as your higher self, your conscience. If you want to see him in form, that, too, he can arrange; he will appear to you as he appeared to the apostles, in light form; he could do this in your dreams and visions or in the person you see in front of you. Jesus is in the person who loved you; Jesus is also in the person who attacked you; in both he is asking you to forgive and love him to love you for he is you.
Jesus is real, my friend; he is more real than the body you currently think that you are.


I can go on and on what Jesus is and taught, but I have covered this subject elsewhere.
For our present purposes, suffice it to say that Jesus taught what Hinduism and Buddhism teach, that we are at root formless, unified and love. He urged us to escape from the world of separation and return to the world that is as God created it: a formless unified spirit world. He taught us to overcome this world of appearances by overlooking what is done in it via forgiveness, so as to return to the world of God, which is the world of unified spirit.
In union we experience the gifts of God: peace, happiness, joy and love. This is heaven, this is bliss. The opposite is the world of separation, differences, inequality and conflict, the hellish prison we currently live in.
Heaven, unified state is real. Do you want to experience it? You must meet its condition before you experience it. To meet its condition you must love and forgive all persons. Love and forgive all right now and suddenly the seeming real world you live in, the empirical world disappears and you find yourself in the unified spirit world of God, a world where there is no you and no non-you, no seer and seen, no space, time and matter, where all are one self and one mind and are all knowing and eternal.
You can experience the holy instant now if you choose to meet its conditions, forgiveness and love, that is overlooking the evil other people do to you. Start now by choosing one person, the person who wronged you and forgive and love him. If you truly forgive him you would feel peaceful and happy. If you proceed and forgive all people, you would experience your real self, unified self, total bliss.




OLD MAN-NEW MAN AND LEADERSHIP



We separated from God and from each other. In separation we live as egos, the human personality that seeks only what is good for the self. This type of living is found all over the world. It is the nature of the world, the ego based living. In it people only serve their personal interests and do not serve public interests, except in so far that they work for their mutual interests, out of pragmatism and opportunism but separate when they cannot see how they serve their personal interests.
This is where most African people are, the world of the ego, the old world of man. This is primitive man; this is man at the savage stage of evolution.
Africans are still primitive savages. (The other races of mankind are also primitive savages, but the universal religions have moderated their egos and disposed them to serve social interests more than Africans do.)

These days many Europeans and white Americans call themselves atheists or secular humanists and do not profess belief in any deity. Nevertheless, they were socialized into two thousand year European Christendom; Christian ethoses permeate their psyche. Thus, even though they do not see themselves as Christians their behaviors tend to be informed by residual Christian values.
The most savage European leader serves his people’s interests than the most civilized African leader serves his people’s interests. I must confess that I have not seen one Nigerian leader that has transcended his ego and devoted his life to public service; all they want to do is steal from the public treasury and enrich themselves while the rest of their countrymen live in sordid squalor.
And worse, Africans are not bothered by the squalor in which their people live in. Their minds are the minds of savages; they do not concern themselves with others welfare.
In fact, if international organizations make the mistake of giving African leaders economic Aid to help their people, those so-called leaders redirect such money to their pockets. Even money given to help treat African HIV-AIDS patients are often stolen by Nigerians and used for themselves.
These people are, and there is no better way to say it, pure animals; they are not yet human beings. We insult the term human being to call Nigerians human beings. If we must call them human beings, let us then call them what we call those human beings who do not care for other people, less civilized persons, savages.
And this includes educated Africans. Do not let their degrees deceive you. An African with a chain of PhDs still behaves like the savage he is; he does not care for other people and devotes his existence to doing his best to destroy other people.
The African is the most egoistic, proud, vain, and narcissistic creature on earth. All he wants to do is dress his bloated body up in flowing robes and call himself Professor, Doctor, Chief, Alhaji do nothing Idiot.

Asians who call themselves Buddhists, generally, do not talk about God. But Buddhism teaches compassion for suffering humanity, thus, such Asians tend to have a desire to serve their people, while optimizing their personal good.

The teachers of God like Buddha and Jesus Christ came to teach us to become new men, men who transcend our egos and self interests and serve social interests and work for the public good.
Africans had tribal religions that did not teach them to love all people hence Africans socialized in those religions do not live to serve other people.
Africans mostly live to serve their separated selves; the concept of social interest is foreign to Africans. African politicians are savages, for they live only for themselves.
Christianity came to Africa only recently; it has not taken root in Africa; it has not permeated the unconscious of Africans and transformed them into social serving persons. Christianity has not done its wonders of changing Africans mind sets and personalities.
It took over a thousand years, Europeans, after embracing Christianity before they begin to practice what it teaches them. Even then very few Europeans have in fact understood the teaching of love and forgiveness that Jesus taught us. Nevertheless, the European has some understanding of Christ’s teaching of love to devote his life to public service.
Whereas Weston leaders are not yet perfect, they tend to accept social service than African leaders do. African leaders are primitive men who do not serve their people, but only serve their egos.






CONCLUSION

The reason why Africans are unable to govern themselves is because they are primitive persons in modern suits. They are absolute egotists, that is, they accept separation as real. They see themselves as separated from God and from each other, and live mostly for themselves.
We must teach them civilization, that is, teach them to learn that living well means serving the public good.
If you ask: what is in it for you before you do something, you are a primitive. It is only when you do something because it serves the public good that you are a civilized person.

To live from the separated ego self is to be metaphorically dead. Actually, the children of life can never be dead, for life is eternal; they can only sleep and dream that they are separated from unified life.
So far in their sojourn on planet earth, Africans live from their separated ego selves and therefore are metaphorically dead persons. They are like Lazarus in the Bible, dead. They need to resurrect from death.
To be alive in God is to live to serve all people, not just ones self, for all people are parts of ones unified self. When a person cares for all people and works for the good of all people he is alive, as alive as is possible while one is still living on this side of heaven.
My wish for Africans on this Easter Sunday is that they resurrect from their fifteen billion year sleep-dream. (That is, from the Big-Bang explosion to the present. During the big bang, man separated from God; he left unified spirit and invented the world of space, time and matter; he invented a false separated self concept for himself, and used it to replace his real self, unified self).
So far in human history nothing good has come out of Africa. This is because Africans were dead, better still, Africans were asleep and dreaming themselves as separated from God, from other people and from their real Christ selves. They have so far lived out of their ego false selves hence contributed nothing seminal to the world. It is now time for them to begin the awakening process and forgive and love all people and work for all people’s welfare.
When Africans begin to work selflessly to develop their continent, they would be accounted human beings and deserve the world’s respect. At present, they do not have any ones respect; an egotist is never respected by any one. I certainly do not respect egotistical Africans. I respect those who serve their fellow human beings.
Africans will shift from being the contemptible and despicable things they currently are to being admirable beings when they begin to serve each others interests rather than destroy each other.
I wish you a happy Easter Sunday. This means that I wish that you resurrect from death in ego and live real life in Christ. It means being the self that God created you as, a loving and caring self.

Christ brought us the good news that life is eternal and that awareness of that eternal life, temporarily forgotten, is regained through forgiveness and love.
I forgive and love all my brothers and sisters despite what evil they may seem to have done while they sleep and dream that they are separated egos and not the unified innocent children of our everlasting father.


Exactly a year ago, I joined Nigerian Internet forums. I engaged in daily bantering with Nigerians on the forum. I now end that daily participation. From time to time, I will post essays but I will no longer participate in daily bantering with folks. Apparently, these forums are infested by folks who prowl them for the purposes of gratifying their desire to abuse others and or pry into their personal matters. That is, primitive egotists, savages really, infest these forums. I do not traffic with savages. My mission in life is to help us begin our homewards journey back to our creator, God.
If I have an idea I want to give it away and will give it away.
I will complete my series on African countries, of course; that should be done in about a week.
I take my bow and move on. If you have read any of my postings, you should know what I stand for; if you need it, you know how to reach me.
I hope that you find what you are searching for, what you came to this world to seek.
I came for the truth and will share that knowledge with those who seek the truth.
I leave those seeking to abuse other people (sadists) to find those who seek such abuse (masochists). As the Igbos say: Onye yi na ukom na arahu ura ji esi shi shi.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

Easter Sunday
April 16, 2006

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