Musings #6

That is really one of my favourite quotes from S.O.’s last album – ‘So It Ends’. I recently read an article where the writer compared “emotional pain” and “physical pain”, and within the context of the article it may have been alright, but the quote in the image above immediately came to mind.

Recently, I pondered in the comments section of a wonderful blog why we as humans only seem to be able to appreciate a thing or a state when we have experienced/observed the absence of said thing or opposite of that state. If you will, read this article here titled – The $70,000 Minimum Wage Experiment Reveals A Dark Truth and ponder with me in the comments section :).

Here’s an excerpt from CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity;

“We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others… It is comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”

 

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This article sorta addresses something that was (and is still is) on my mind. I wrote about it briefly in this post here. Here’s an excerpt from the article;

“The truth is that the gospel doesnโ€™t need to be cleverly packagedโ€”it simply needs to be preached. …Making it attractive to the world would require altering the message itself…”

During the week, the news of the attack in Brussels filtered in to the workplace and a discussion ensued on the value of life (in “developed” countries versus Nigeria) and statements like “1000 Nigerian lives is not worth the life of one American” were uttered in the same breath as “maybe if we valued our lives as much as they valued theirs…”. More recently, any time I find myself in what I consider to be a typical Nigerian situation”, I find that Ayo Sogunro’s Everything In Nigeria Will Kill You almost always has something for it. It’s interesting. I hope I get to meet him someday. Read the titlular piece included in the book here. I hope to write some posts on the encroaching or innate state of apathy that seems to exist.

Happy Easter!

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9 comments

  1. livelytwist · March 30, 2016

    The $70,000 minimum wage concept is interesting. The two disgruntled employees who left the company reminded me of the parable of the landowner in the Bible. Every worker received the same wage, including those who worked for just an hour. Naturally, those who worked longest were upset. But the landowner asked them if it wasn’t his prerogative to do what he liked with his money. As the article states, the two worker’s salaries didn’t decrease, yet they felt cheated…

  2. Tony Michele · March 31, 2016

    It certainly is. Makes one wonder.

    Yes. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ, that portion came to mind when I decided to write that part.

    ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ, thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚.

  3. Mackie · April 1, 2016

    “There is nothing like small pain. It’s all pain.”

  4. Tony Michele · April 1, 2016

    โœŠ๐Ÿพ. Thank you for reading and commenting. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  5. Yemie · April 5, 2016

    ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country’- John. F. Kennedy. This beyond perfect lines reeled out by the most charming and charismatic J.F.K during his inauguration in 1961, when he was being sworn in as President of the United States; I must confess, still echoes and resounds; especially with Americans. When I think ‘Patriotism’, I think America! Noone gets to do away with a certified American Citizen; especially on ‘Away Soil’, and not have some form of justice or sanction meted out to ’em. Their Government will explore all necessary means to honor the deceased and find a lasting closure for his/her loved ones left behind. That’s why the saying ’bout an American life being pretty valuable is so true. It don’t make the lives of other Nationals less valuable but the position and policies of Nations differ and America stands alone when it comes to the way their citizens are respected and treated.

    A few years ago, Ace Broadcaster, Aisha Falode lost her son who’d gone on to study in Saudi Arabia in the most gruesome, needless and senseless of ways when he plunged to his death from several feet high above a Skyscrapper;, having been pushed by the son of an oil magnate; over something as petty as jealousy stemming from a twisted love triangle. I can say to you authoritatively that the boy got away with murder, owing to his father’s political influence…he wasn’t prosecuted and the case was simply swept under the carpet.

    At the time, Aisha tried getting the Nigerian Government involved and though the ‘Razzle-y Dazzle-y’ Firebrand of an attorney at law…Festus Keyamo, came on board to take on the case; nothing further was heard ’bout that case till date. You can’t pull this on an American Citizen….the authorities will pull out all the stops and resources; in ensuring that justice is served. Its just what its always been and unless as a people we do away with tribal sentiments and allude to the fact that we’re first Nigerians, before all else; then being true patriots as are the Americans; will continually elude us and an American life being worth more than a thousand Nigerian lives, will no doubt; hold and ring too true.

    Thanks for sharing TM! Kudos!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  6. Tony Michele · April 6, 2016

    Hmmm. Nigeria our country. ๐Ÿ˜ช

    Thank you for reading and your comments! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  7. Nedoux · April 11, 2016

    Hi,

    I am reminded of a conversation I once had with a friend of mine who enjoys being overtly philosophical. He told me the state of “being” can only be quantified/validated by the state of “not being”. It made sense. Relativity or comparability aids our evaluation process and helps us measure the worth of a thing. For example, one can truly know that they are happy, only when they have experienced unhappiness.

    Still, I’ve learned that comparison breeds a disturbing kind of discontent which progresses into resentment and even worse into “Exclusivity complex”. The article profoundly states that “Lots of people are only happy with success when it means that others around them are worse-off.” I agree.

    I am off to read Ayo Sogunro’s piece, I hope it will be delightfully satirical.

  8. Tony Michele · April 11, 2016

    ๐Ÿ˜‚, sounds like an interesting fellow.

    Indeed. More often than not.

    I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for reading through and commenting ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™‚.

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