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Reflections and refractions

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. – Stephen Hawking. Something similar can be said about the greatest enemy of Nigerian development. It is not ignorance of the right pathway to sustainable development but the illusion that the pathway that we have chosen, this tired and tiring pathway that leads us nowhere is the right one.

How can a pathway that rewards mediocrity, that sacrifices excellence for quota and ultimately enthrones nepotism ever lead to development? Such a pathway only breeds indolence and an entitlement mentality plus an unjustified arrogance that always plays up whenever the less qualified are put ahead of the more qualified by the pursuit of foul, flawed and suspect social policies.

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Excerpt from The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

My thoughts?

When such moments happen, challenge your paralysis, take inertia by the throat and choke it. Never ever be an idle spectator at the unfolding spectacle of your demise. Leave that role to other stakeholders who have less at stake. Rather, choose that moment to live. Invoke your agency and combine your agency, self awareness and choice and use these as the energy to create, direct and act out a script you and the world will remember. Then, you will truly have lived and when you have left would still live on. Noel