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Withering civility

The world is hurting and civility is hurting even more. The contention for the soul of humanity is at its peak, as infamously averred by former apartheid President of South Africa, Pieter Botha in 1985: “This uprising will bring out the beast in us.” The truth is that adversity is no excuse for badness. If there is ever a time to take the higher ground, it is now. Anyone caught in any form of incivility is simply being true to self.

If anything, the state of affairs should precipitate the free flow of the milk of human kindness in everyone. The sheer savagery and bloodthirstiness pervading our environment appears to have coloured the conscience of many who have shorn urbanity for bestiality.

Never has the threat to human existence been so profound as in recent times, beginning with nature when two volcanoes conspired to erupt and disrupt lives and activities in Hawaii and Guatemala, followed by the inhuman treatment meted out to migrants in the Mediterranean and the United States, which was capped by the monumental bloodshed in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.

As resentful as the volcano spewing angry molten lava and wasting residents and resources, so also relationships bear the brunt of what has been aptly coined the civil war or break down of civility. It is an angry world, economic disparity with heightened pauperism, gender imbalance, religious intolerance all rolled into one. Taking a new dimension, neutrality has become a luxury, social prejudice is at an all time high. Little wonder history would have non of the pretext at global peace by upstaging traditional world cup giants who were spewed out of the Mundial through record inglorious early exit in the on going Russia 2018 tournament.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, more than 300 million people of all ages are said to be suffering from depression and mental health challenges. Suicide which was rare in this part has become the norm, with a special preference for the rich and famous. Substance abuse has assumed messianic status with many shorn of rationality wallow in delusion to escape the harsh reality of contemporary existence.

The multi-faceted inhumanity has brought to bear a culture of insensitivity, disrespect, savagery and unimaginable cruelty. Self centeredness is masked under a proclivity for evil. It is inconceivable that a bereaved person, rather than the natural empathy, is inundated with the most callous comments. On June 28, 2018, while the Lagos tanker fire raged in ferocity, some people were more preoccupied with filming the horror rather than a spontaneous attempt to save endangered lives.

The implication is that we must be extra careful and sensitive. Mind your language, mind your words, mind the image or impression on display consciously or otherwise as it might infringe on the emotional well being of another. The Red Hen Restaurant on June 22, 2018 succumbed to personal conviction. Not minding the sanctity of customer service, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, was booted out of the restaurant with her family due to the negative sentiment against unpopular policies of her boss, President Donald Trump, whose immigration policies are perceived as an assault and affront to the bond of family.

The socially smart weighs in on the import of the circumstance and integrates every move to align with the mood of the moment, realizing that in every aspect of human relationship, words, appearance and action are on emotional scrutiny.

Judgmentalism must defer to commiseration guided by a compelling need to show some extra love. The person sitting next to you may be at the tipping point. Let your comportment rub off positively on everyone.

The Business Integrity Initiative walked the talk on June 29, 2018, during the 6th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity. It was a very exciting evening and corporate titans had gathered to discuss a rare topic that plays a critical role in business conduct, Integrity. The closing session involved unveiling a new logo with an emblem of a flame atop a pillar. As the flames billowed across the screen, the moderator’s voice boomed on the set, ‘Sincere condolence to all victims of the tanker fire incident in Lagos.” As if on cue some members of the audience reacted as the fireworks began. Thoughtful as it really is, naivety may struggle with the nexus between the image of the new logo to a major mishap which claimed several lives and burned 54 vehicles, but that is the essence of etiquette. Bringing it all together under respect and consideration for others.

Civility may be under attack but you can make the cut for the roll call of honour.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 8th July 2018 at 9:36 pm

    It is the mark of end of an era, and the birth of an era. It is the mark of end of fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates and the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order, in this natives territory of Disintegrated Republics. It is the mark of end of 20th century world international order, and the birth of 21st century world international order in which Africa exist under Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, Southern Secondary Currency- SSC which serves as major trading instrument etc., with its international instruments for finance, trade etc. It is the mark of Liberation from dictatorship, banditry, international relations without mutual principles etc. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 8th July 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Some don’t care till they’re affected. Almajiri practice, underage marriage practice etc. has been going on in this natives territory, which is the worst atrocities in practice on earth which fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria with their British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order are the culprits. The people in this natives territory never did not fight the evil. The people in this natives territory never think what could one who forced children to the streets, forced children to marriage, do. Northern natives has been under fulani bondage via fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world. Southern natives never in collaboration with northern natives fight the evil, never think what could one who subjected northern natives under bondage, do. Southern natives now tastes what northern natives has been suffering. Freedom of northern natives from fulani bondage via fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order, is freedom of every southern native under the natives Disintegrated Republics. Only the Sword decides in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory. It is Revolutionary Militant Groups- RMG etc. formation which its members are the new military, police etc. under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic. The war front is Sokoto- the last bastion of fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order. Slaughter the last enemy in Sokoto. Slaughter the last enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. in Sokoto. Slaughter the criminal tout nickname sultan in Sokoto, burn down his palace etc. God given Victory is the natives. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

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