The Ignoble Trinity of Vices – Oreoluwa Aboluwarin @oreoluwade
Published:22 Nov, 2012
Hello everyone! It feels good to be back again. Last time out we discussed: “asserting your influence.” One key statement was made: “MAN OWES TO HIMSELF WHAT HE MAKES OF HIMSELF.” Well, it’s a general rule, hence it can be said to work both positively and negatively. This implies that man can be the source of his breakthroughs or breakdowns. That said, it leads us to today’s discussion:
Here we take a SURFACE look at three entwined issues: Ignorance, Vainness and Vileness. Most of the ills that have bedeviled human relations and our society at large can be said to originate from these ‘triplets.’ I grouped all three together since any one of them can be explained to be the resultant of any of the other two. We shall see how this is so as we go on.
The undoing of many a man will be caused not by how rich nor how poor he is, not by natural or unnatural disasters/mishaps, neither will it be caused by some random force acting in opposition to him. Yes, those factors can always be pointed as having caused certain disorders in his life; however, much at the end of the day is to be attributed to ignorance.
Yes, IGNORANCE is afterall that ill that strikes with so much venom that it does more than disable a man, it puts him out completely.
‘The undoing of many a man will be caused not by how rich nor how poor he is, not by natural or unnatural disasters/mishaps, neither will it be caused by some random force acting in opposition to him.’
It is ignorance that will make a man not see the sense in the fact that there are other opinions apart from his not to talk of understanding those opinions. The diversity in life is what makes it interesting; hence, it is ignorance of the “rules of engagement and proper interaction” that will make a man wash down his fellow with vile and angry words, cursing at anyone, taking a jibe, a swivel at a separate judgment. It is ignorance that will not make him see the beauty in diversity.
‘IGNORANCE is that ill that strikes with so much venom that it does more than disable a man, it puts him out completely.’
It is foolhardiness that will make a man be a mere spectator or one who simply clings to any opinion that comes his way without sifting properly. It is ignorance that makes a man not have a mind of his own. It is what makes him blow with the tide like the chaff with the wind.
It is ignorance of times and seasons, the vainness a man and his bigoted self that makes him only recognize his adulators and block away the warring of his so-called enemies who at the end of the day make him a better man than his sycophants.
‘It is ignorance that makes a man silent when you expect his own two cents; it is what makes him a nincompoop, one not to be reckoned with.’
It is ignorance afterall that makes a man fail a test. It is ignorance that makes him clueless when sensitive issues are being discussed, it is what makes him jump into uninvited discussions, all sort of foolery and idiocy portrayed by his contributions. It is ignorance that makes a man silent when you expect his own two cents; it is what makes him a nincompoop, one not to be reckoned with.
‘It is egoism that makes a man concerned about his welfare only, it is what makes him take offence at the slightest of wrongs.’
It is vainness cum uselessness that makes a man selfish, amassing wealth and storing up treasures that will not be transported to the afterlife. It is egoism that makes a man concerned about his welfare only, it is what makes him take offence at the slightest of wrongs; it is what makes him not give another a second chance at correcting ills and faults. Ignorance makes a man vile, cusswords originating from the depths of his bile.
It is ignorance of his true self that makes a man think he is nicer than he actually is; it is what makes him believe he is right and every other person wrong, it is what results in him believing others are just out to get him, looking behind always, scared of his own shadow.
‘It is vainness cum uselessness that makes a man selfish, amassing wealth and storing up treasures that will not be transported to the afterlife.’
It is ignorance of the effects of actions now on the future that makes a man corrupt in all his doings, corruption of course a direct seed of vileness of heart and mind. It is this same ignorance that makes him take things with levity, it is what makes him lazy and lethargic. It is ignorance that fuels his pride in transient achievements, it is what makes another man too little to be attended to.
It is ignorance that makes a man not realize that times change, it is what makes him believe the sycophant of yesterday will always be there; his paradigms will never shift. It is ignorance that makes a man ask a question disgustingly, putting away all hopes of a sane argument/debate. It is conceit that makes a man explain away every situation to suit his needs, it is ignorance that makes him forsake all ordinances, even the ones clearly spelt out, just so he could sleep at night.
‘The diversity in life is what makes it interesting’
It is the ignorance of the fact that the AVERAGE man in himself is vain that makes a person continually work on the impression of goodness in a man he has not met and makes him finally get disappointed when the fellow is not EXACTLY the picture he has imprinted in his mind. Mark my words, not meekness, not believing the best in everyone, it is sheer ignorance.
Lastly, obliviousness makes you question the integrity of others at every chance, it makes you not realize that every man has a capacity to operate in, it makes you believe everyone should embark on the same route in our collective bid to make a change somewhere, it makes you attack people’s personalities instead of thinking about the good you can do.
‘It is ignorance that makes a man not realize that times change, it is what makes him believe the sycophant of yesterday will always be there’
There are lots of other ills of ignorance, vileness and vainness and their long lasting effects, infact deeper ones than the ones mentioned here. I simply needed to paint a picture in your mind, to suggest to you where it all starts, “the witlessness of the mind.”
Killings, failures, corruption of all sort starts with ignorance of something or the other. The most dangerous man is the one who has an obstinate mind, the one whose mindset is fixed on some trivial issue, the one who can’t be brought to change even with some largesse brouhaha.
‘Don’t believe merely what they told you; don’t be moved by what you see.’
I once pledged to myself I’d have nothing to do or say about Nigeria’s political state particularly because more than a few people were already having their say and I preferred to leave it to more experienced hands, but hey, times change. Ignorance of my immediate edifice is unforgivable. Even if you think you can’t make a change directly, at least the least you can do is be informed, information they say is power and who knows, that little fact you get to know today might come in handy tomorrow.
There are people blowing steam everywhere. Some claim to be who they are not and we see their fruits everyday. When you know nothing, you can only be caught in their web, out in the open, vulnerable to being befuddled every other time.
‘The most dangerous man is the one who has an obstinate mind, the one whose mindset is fixed on some trivial issue’
Be careful of the sides you take, a storm is brewing, the clouds are gathering. Don’t believe merely what they told you; don’t be moved by what you see. Take time to diligently make enquiries and inquiries on any and everything you would even be remotely involved in.
On a lighter note, I’d say LIFE IS PER HEAD. Don’t expect everyone to think the same way you think or what obtains for JANE to obtain as well for JILL. Don’t expect everyone to be as sane as you are. Life would be robotic were disagreements non-existent. You know they said: What is good for the goose is good for the gander?” well, they lied! Differences always abound. What makes you stand out is the recognition of these and the application to make your life easier and more fulfilling, to make you have less stress in human relations. Afterall, ‘no man is an island’ as they often say.
We agreed that life is per head, I just hope you’d keep yours above the water.
‘Don’t expect everyone to think the same way you think or what obtains for JANE to obtain as well for JILL.’
Till next time, stay on top! Cheers!
The writer is Oreoluwa Aboluwarin
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