“The Pimpled World”

Imagine the world at creation, no buildings, factories or ships, no nuclear weapons nor satellites. But now, trees are being cut down in exchange for buildings, natural waterways are being dredged, factories emitting toxic wastes and satellites making the earth unnatural. To me, these dredgings are like creating scars on the earth’s face; these structures are like pimples on the earth’s beautiful face. Just imagine your face as the earth and structures are rising on it. I think the earth is ill, that’s why she’s getting warm (global warming). We need to preserve the beauty of the earth and heal the world.
Preserve nature!

Cheers!

Bolu Michael-Biyi

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“War Between Two Worlds”

It amazes me when great nations struggle and fight each other. It is popularly said that “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers”. The cold war was actually hot; the struggle between the United States of America and the USSR was basically ideological, here is the consequence. The basis for gaining the “World Power” status has evolved over time, evolving from agricultural buoyancy to industrial viability and then scientific innovation. But today, it is based on military and economic strength. It appears that many countries now understand the contemporary standard for becoming a world power, it all started with the war between two worlds. Iran is investing heavily in nuclear weapons at the expense of the common Persian, Israel is building a strong military, North Korea is fast-becoming a nuclear-driven nation; also, Russia, Japan, China and the United States of America are seriously becoming economically-focused. The reason why these nations are towing these paths is because of global relevance and prestige. It appears to me like nations are preparing for a D-Day of war. Can there ever be world peace?. All because of the war between two worlds!.

Cheers!

Bolu Michael-Biyi

“The Messenger of Chaos” (The Story of the Yoruba Slave)

The Yorubas say, “Omode gbon agba gbon l’afi da Ile-Ife”. It is a cultural and a standard belief that the young and the old are wise; therefore, both parties are expected to exhibit a level of wisdom. It is therefore surprising when a situation arises that contradicts general cultural beliefs, the masterminds of these scenes and episodes will never escape its consequences. Despite the values that our culture imbibes in us from generation-to-generation, the values, morals and beliefs that have been proven and certified right over ages which made our parents and forefathers not to be selfish in transferring them either by talk or flog, the question to ask is ‘what can make a man go against his core cultural values and morals to undertake an undaring task?, what is he possibly falling back on?, is it money, position, materials or spiritual assurance?. Even if these have been promised, if he truly absorbed good morals, it should not appeal to him. The Yorubas say, “Aja ti o ba fe sonu, kii gbo fere ode”. One can force a horse to the river but cannot force it to drink; no one can force a child to accept good morals, it is left for him to decide in his closet. Yoruba parents echo, “Omo yii ma pami ma pami, ti o ba ya a di ma p’ara e”. On the other hand, the sender of a chaotic message is probably suffering from the same moral deafness because birds of the same feather always flock together; stripe-to-stripe, spot-to-spot and plain animals to plain animals. If good morals were fully imbibed, the messenger would have his way of communicating to his master his unwillingness to deliver a chaotic message or remind his master of his roots and routes. There is a limit to how the blame for moral decadence can be shared. The gravity of a dangerous message can lead to a whole lot of chaos and those who stand up for righteousness are forcefully made to pay for it. The wicked have forgotten that “Ti iro ba lo fun ogun odun, otito a ba n’jo kan”. The day the bitter truth is widely known, the gnashing of the wicked begins and the saddest fact is that it would never end until amends are made and as they postpone the day of restitution, further days of calamity draws near. For reckoning to waver, there is need for both parties to realize their wrong, stir the air clear and plea for amnesty; it will work because “Oro tutu, iwa pele ni” and “Eni ti o ba da omi si iwaju a te ile tutu”.

Cheers!

Bolu Michael-Biyi