Social evolution moves at different paces across the many societies of the world. Remember the Salem Witch Trials of 1692? Yet in Saudi Arabia women still cannot drive in 2013 (in case they damage their ovaries, no less, is the belief of one cleric) and in 2010 a certain American called Shimkus still believed we don’t have to worry about the environment because God promised Noah all would be well.
In Nigeria, writes Bamidele Adeneye, “as at 2010 it was reported that over 50,000 children were either killed,maimed or rendered homes less due to the false accusation of witchcraft.”
Bamidele Adeneye is someone I met on Twitter through our common interest in atheism. He writes with passion and intelligence about a country he loves, his country. Even if you are not an atheist, what he writes about self-reliance is still applicable.
If any of us believe too blindly in anything, we achieve nothing.
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
Read the words of a man willing to brave the disapproval of his peers in the hope of engendering change for his people.
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Nigeria is a blessed country, so we say. We are blessed with oil and many other natural resources. We are so special to God, he ensured that we never get to experience natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis and mudslide to mention a few. As Non sequitur (Latin for ‘it doesn’t follow’) as that sounds, many hold it as sacrosanct. Why? Simply because the reverent religious leaders and our elders have affirmed so. No need to investigate whether we are in a seismic zone or not. Even though there are other ways of explaining, our religiosity has hampered the need for many to ask critical questions, hampered the need to research. All we know is that we are blessed by God not to have such horrific natural disasters, end of story! That is why we have an ex minister of aviation who believed hurricanes in America are dependent on the whims and caprices of President Barack Obama (whom he called the “anti christ by the way). We have geography graduates who believe there are ways humans can spiritually halt rainfall. What a shame!
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