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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