Thinking About Yesterday’s Killings…

Today is Monday, August 7, 2017. I woke up this morning feeling sluggish and didn’t feel like leaving the bed. Or even go to work. Usually, I wake up with positive energy on Mondays because Mondays are like the breakfast of the week. If you start your day without breakfast, the rest of the day may not just align together.

So it is with the week. You can’t possibly start the week without Mondays. But this Monday is just so different. My body is just not ignited for the day. My energy is sapped and pressed down because I have been saddled with nauseating thoughts.

I didn’t have a good night rest. I slept with a heavy heart after much efforts to drift into sleep. Why? Because I was so disturbed by the tales emanating from Nigeria yesterday. The sad news of the gruesome killings in Ozubulu, Anambra State. The sad news of gunmen who unleashed terror at the congregation during a church service. This shattered me completely. I lost my sanity for a bit. I went numbed. It was a crushing moment for me when I first stumbled on the news on my Facebook newsfeed. The accompanying photos and videos on FB were equally disturbing.

Ahaaaaa! Ewo nuuuu! It has happened again, was all I could mutter. “Biko nu, ki bu zi kwa nke” I continued as I spoke some inaudible words I couldn’t even fathom.

Of course, it won’t be the first time such sad tales will make the headlines. And I really don’t think it will also be the last. There has been several killings and crises in high magnitudes but still, it doesn’t erode the fact that every fresh incident is heart-wrenching and a torment to my tear glands.

The fact remains that some people have mortgaged their souls to evil and their hearts are drenched in wickedness. Only an evil mind will think of terminating other people’s lives. But sadly, it’s become the norm in the world today. To kill, to maim, to destroy, to kidnap, to shoot – without mercy. Empathy has been thrown out of the window a long time ago.

Hmmn, Humanity and violence. How did we embrace Terror, Killings, Bombings, Shootings… All these evil mechanisms adopted to snuff the life out of people is quite puzzling. And a perplexing complex jigsaw at that. I still cannot understand why people have no compassion in their hearts anymore. Why someone will plan and execute such a hideous crime. Why a set of people will decide to terminate lives and even so, during a church service. Why unleashing wickedness to others make some people fulfilled and happy. How has pulling the trigger become a great job or a hobby to any human with a conscience?

Who did this to mankind? What made us embrace such unwholesome way of existence? What has come upon humanity? Obviously, we have lost all senses of compassion and empathy. Life meant nothing to a set of barbaric people, the reason they can conceive such treacherous and reprehensible acts. Where is our conscience biko nu? Where is the love for our neighbours which was preached to us? Where is kindness? Do we even love ourselves?

All these values are indeed non-existent anymore in humanity. Rather, they’ve been displaced with a set of ruthless values – Greed, lust, resentments, bitterness, hatred, envy, jealousy, the get rich quick syndrome and a dozen of other distorting human cravings.

I’m utterly distressed at the spate of these horrible killings. It could happen anywhere and to anyone. It’s so sad that lives can be snuffed out without the slightest care by a set of heartless hoodlums parading the world as humans. It’s just so sad.

Yet, I will not close this post without tagging my usual complimentary closures – ‘cos that’s what we need for a saner society: So, I’d still sign off with this below words –

 

Peace and Love!

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24 thoughts on “Thinking About Yesterday’s Killings…

  1. I am trying to answer the same thing. Still, no progress. Whenever I try to ask what you asked, people are shutting me up, calling me an islamophobe when I am not even mentioning things like religion, race and class. I think we are growing more and more distant to the everyday violence, we are getting used of seeing dead bodies, but we get shocked when it happens in our vicinity. The legend says: Every time a bullet exits the chamber, a dollar falls in someone’s pocket. Stay strong.

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  2. My lovely Stella, I am dumfounded just like you and left in a state of numbed hurt when I see such things happening too. It doesn’t make sense to me how people – individual people can still get up, and walk on aiming to take others’ lives for whatever reason they can muster. It just doesn’t make sense. I am left with a mind-numbing headache, and a core-tearing heartache whenever I watch the news or hear of such tragedies. It just doesn’t make sense to me. It should not make sense to anyone. Peace and love should always be spread like you do ❤ Much love from me to you ❤

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  3. Sometimes the world disappoints me. All I can do in this strange place is try to be the best of it. I hope you wake up tomorrow filled with love. I hope you cry at beautiful things and laugh until your stomach hurts. I hope that when someone is cruel or hateful you find the strength to smile at them. I hope you find the strength to keep going even if they don’t smile back 🙂

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  4. Spread love, and love only. How can this truth be so foreign to some? How is it that such unspeakable tragedies still occur? Respect and empathy for all is at my core – I was lucky to be a sapling in a fertile bed of nurture in my youth. And I’ve surrounded myself with people over the years to whom this violence is incomprehensible. So I simply cannot understand it.
    I feel your pain. I hope our collective thoughts can somehow diminish the hatred in the world. Much love my friend!

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  5. I feel guilty clicking “like” but it is my only option for a reaction. And I did have a reaction to what you wrote and wanted you to know that. I have no words as anything I can say in support comes out pithy.

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  6. I feel your pain, and also was saddened by the news. Some of us choose to ignore and look the other way, turn, off the news, close the papers and crawl into their own worlds. That was a youthful me, numbed incapable of believing such horrors exist. The mythical boogeyman does not exist in just fiction but in real life. There’s not much we can do so far away, but honor and pray for those lost souls.

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  7. There are schools of thought that believe in the waxing and waning of all things, as shown by the spinning tai chi symbol, where yin eventually transforms to yang, then the cycle begins again. Some cycles take an hour, some a week, some a year, some a decade. I feel this cycle you are describing is still on its wax. I pray for it to end soon, as the misery and sickness it causes humanity and the rest of the planet is impossible to ignore. So sorry your usual happy breakfast for the week was spoiled.

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    • Oh Jake, sadly half of the chaotic incidents happening in various parts of the world are not covered adequately by the press. It’s a pity. Thanks so much for being so considerate. Blessings. 🙂

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  8. Sad that there has to be such killing and evil in the world. But your iopening statement made me smile, :Moonday is the breakfast of the week.” Grace and peace, and hope your breakfast next week is more enjoyable.

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  9. Sad news indeed. I am sure in any given week there is tragedy like this somewhere in the world.. the trick is to not let them win. Keep going, keep smiling, keep spreading peace and love. (((HUGS)))

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  10. Yes, we live in a world that is steeped in so much violence, evil and unfortunately, it’s going to get worse. Continue to spread love and hope where you are. Take comfort in the promise that this world and its works will soon pass away and replaced with an earth where there is no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain or violence, racism, senseless killings, etc. In the midst of such darkness, keep the light of hope burning.

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  11. Compassion and empathy are missing it seems and no longer viewed as being something we should aspire to have and to act upon. Honor has also disappeared .I think it has been gone for a very long time. However I must , must, believe that all is not lost, that there are people in this world who are compassionate and empathetic and even who behave with honor. We must hang onto those qualities and hope for a new era.

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  12. Hello and peace to you! I am reading this after the killings in Barcelona and Charlottesville – not to diminish the horror of the killings in Nigeria. As you said, the world is sacrificing its values for greed, lust, etc. I think it has everything to do with POWER – those who are powerless exercise power over someone else’s life by killing or terrorizing them; those who are powerful seem to always want more. The exalted value we have placed on MONEY has a lot to do with it too, and power and money go hand in hand. We have been taught by society that we need to acquire more and more things, that happiness comes from ownership of whatever we can buy. Politicians talk about “growing the economy” – code words for increased production to produce more goods, so there can be increased consumerism….when does it all stop?? This is the first time I have visited your blog, so I don’t know where you are from, but the leadership in the United States, where I live, has been completely corroded by Trump and his cronies. If the most important leader in the country is corrupt, despotic, and a pathological liar, what can we expect from others? The president is supposed to set an example of what is moral and promote the values our country was founded on.
    So power hungry people continue to seek power and money hungry people continue to seek money and their hunger is insatiable. And so people have lost sight of what matters.
    I am going to reblog this post – I hope that is OK with you!

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    • Kindly re-blog. Most leaderships of the world are corrupt and incompetent to be in such exalted offices. It’s a big problem and I really don’t know what we should expect from them in the nearest future. I am Nigerian but based in Europe. Denmark. I appreciate that you shared your perspective and views on the decay and rot that is festering deeply in our today’s world due to bad leaderships.

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  13. Reblogged this on Wanderlust and Wonderment and commented:
    This was my response to the post by “Simpledimple” that I am reblogging here. I think her thoughts are important and well stated. So I wrote: “Hello and peace to you! I am reading this after the killings in Barcelona and Charlottesville – not to diminish the horror of the killings in Nigeria. As you said, the world is sacrificing its values for greed, lust, etc. I think it has everything to do with POWER – those who are powerless exercise power over someone else’s life by killing or terrorizing them; those who are powerful seem to always want more. The exalted value we have placed on MONEY has a lot to do with it too, and power and money go hand in hand. We have been taught by society that we need to acquire more and more things, that happiness comes from ownership of whatever we can buy. Politicians talk about “growing the economy” – code words for increased production to produce more goods, so there can be increased consumerism….when does it all stop?? This is the first time I have visited your blog, so I don’t know where you are from, but the leadership in the United States, where I live, has been completely corroded by Trump and his cronies. If the most important leader in the country is corrupt, despotic, and a pathological liar, what can we expect from others? The president is supposed to set an example of what is moral and promote the values our country was founded on.
    So power hungry people continue to seek power and money hungry people continue to seek money and their hunger is insatiable. And so people have lost sight of what matters.
    I am going to reblog this post – I hope that is OK with you!”

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  14. Indeed! Shocked! Disgusted! Angry? Ha! I come to Him with Whom we have to do. I dump it all on Him. He responds.
    “My child, Have you read My blessings should you obey My voice? Have you been eating from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Have you read the curses should you not obey My commandment: Do not eat from that tree? Even so, come, come to Me. Let’s reason things out. though your sins…Isaiah 1:”
    What a Mighty Yah we have. Let’s not look at the monster! Let’s not set our eyes on the monstrosities. Let’s come to our Father/Creator. Let’s dump on HIM! He is bringing to pass His plan to restore us to the original intent for our creation.
    No matter what the monster plans to destroy us? Father is in control! Satan CANNOT thwart the Father/Creator’s intent for our creation no matter what it looks like. Father is STILL on His Throne!
    Glad you visited. Glad I visited. 🙂

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