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Stereotypical nature of man


 

All Nigerians are fraudsters,all Jamaicans smoke marijuana,the criminal black man stereotype,all chinese fight kung-fu, all mentally ill people are violent, all blondes are stupid, all irish are drunks, all muslims with long beards are potential terrorists, all homeless people are lazy etc are some examples of stereotypes. Before we go further into this controversial topic, let us start by defining the word stereotype.

 

A stereotype is a generalization about a person or groups of people based on isolated actions or behaviours of individual members of that group. This is usually borne out of a person or groups of people, not willing to get more information about some other person or groups of people, hence sticking to the general bias against this other person or groups of people. This generalization can be termed as bad judgement and does lead to discrimination,unfair persecution, scapegoating, errors in judgement, social withdrawal and so on.

Society unfortunately,unconsiously paves way for stereotypes to be the norm in some cases. As a random example, if a lady is walking down a quiet alley late at night and sees a young black man wearing a hooded top walking towards her,she will be scared not because he looks dangerous, but because there is a stereotype attached to young black men in hoods which portrays them as being potential muggers. On the flipside, if this lady walking down the same alley late at night sees an 80 year old woman walking her dog, there is every likelihood she will feel more relaxed. Most of these generalizations are based on other peoples experiences, what we see in the films ,read in books the media and so on.

We should also point out the fact that not all stereotypes are bad since in some cases, stereotypes allow people to make a better informed(but not completely accurate) evaluation of an individual/s or things they know nothing( or just a little) about. Imagine you are in a jungle and see a lion a few meters away; The first thing that comes to mind will be “I have to run for my dear life”. This is not because you have encountered a lion before then, and not neccessarily because you know someone that has, but because everyone knows that lions are dangerous animals. But then what if the lion just had a lovely springbok lunch and not in the mood to run after some human? Oh well, good for the lion then because it is better to be safe than sorry.Other Examples of positive stereotypes are – all african-americans can dance, all french men are romatic, asians have high IQs.

The bottom line is that there are usually two camps in a stereotypical scenario; the dishing out camp, and the receiving camp. Stereotyping is part of our nature as human beings and part of our survival instincts. Let us always remember that when that stereotype instinct kicks in, just before you make up your mind about that person who you know little or nothing about just because of the way they dress,what you have heard about “their kind”, the way they talk, the music they listen to etc, try turning the tables round for a second…How would you feel if it was you?

Please comment as you wish. I would like other viewpoints regarding this issue, and enjoy the video attached courtesy of youtube for your viewing pleaure 🙂

True Diversity


This weekend gone,my girlfriend who is 1st generation British of Afro-Caribbean heritage, her best mate who is White British and her best mate`s fiancé who is 1st generation British of Asian heritage were out and about in London having a swell time doing everything from bowling to dining and got the best smiles from people we did not even know. It later struck me that we represented the real 21st century Britannia irrespective of colour, family history or background. We represented the minoroty to the majority, and showed(unconsciously) how easy it was to relate with each other irrespective of our different backgrounds or heritage.

We all grew up in almost similar types of environment, watched the same children programmes as kids, have similar(or almost similar) interests, discussed familiar topics ranging from politics to fashion and entertainment with each person having their own opinion.

If the society at large can live in harmony, with everyone understanding the fact that diversity does have its pros in terms of education about other cultures, similarities with other cultures, differences and cohesiveness, then the society at large will be more peaceful and dispute-free!

Just a thought 🙂

Attached Image courtesy of Southern Nevada Diversity Roundtable


As the year draws to a close


As the year gradually edges to a close, as we gradually move towards the last few days of 2011,we cannot but realize that this year has been one of the toughest years economically and socially worldwide.Unemployment is in its millions, GDP in an all time low,we have also experienced protest and riots all over the world. In the U.K the public sector workers had a 24 hour strike over pension reforms, Occupy wall street in the U.S, In Greece there were protests about the economic situation, Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi resigned due to a plunging economy, Mumar Ghadaffi was killed, protests in Syria over leadership,as well as in Egypt and Tunisia etc. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride politically with mass protests the world over.Most people out there just want to be able to wake up in the morning, go to work, come back to a warm home, hot dinner and a warm bed!

As the year draws to a close, we remember our loved ones who we have lost, whose chair on the dinning table will be empty, whose bed will not be occupied since they left us. The ones whose pictures are still hanging on the living room walls,in the family album and even on Facebook. The pictures which when we see, strikes up memories that make us smile, cry, laugh till we cry.The ones who will not be there(yet again this christmas) to share the christmas meal.They will always live in our memories, we will always keep them alive in our hearts, our minds will recreate what they would have been doing if they were still here. We celebrate their lives and manage mourning their demise, we take it one day at a time but their absence is more obvious this period,than at any other time in the year.

As the year draws to a close,we miss that significant other who we used to share our most innermost thoughts with. The one who had to leave because things seemed to be going back and forth, the one who did not care for us as much as we cared for them, the one who needed a time out but never came back, the one who found someone else and decided to leave us in the lurch.That person that used to be so special to us, who used to make us laugh till we cried but had to move on hence leaving the laughter out and leaving us with the cries at night.

As the year draws to a close, we ask ourselves questions about how the year has been. Was i productive this year? Am i moving forward, revolving on a spot, moving backwards? Am i in the right job? Will i get a job next year? Will i get into a relationship? Will i find love? Will i retake and pass that exam? Will i get pregnant? Will i get treatment for this ailment?

As the year draws to a close, a lot of questions start running through our minds and it is only natural since we end up taking stock of how the year has been either consciously, or unconsciously. However, i would like to congratulate you for making it to the last few days to the end of 2011. You have been through a lot and no one else understands what you have been through more than yourself. One thing is for sure though, you are alive now and with that comes a chance of things getting better, or just staying the way they are.Whichever way things turn out, there are somethings that we cannot change but have to live with and manage. These things should not let us lose the joy of the most important thing in life, Life itself!

As the year draws to a close dear reader,take time to appreciate the good things out of the numerous bad ones. It might be one out of a million, but then that one good thing should put a smile on your face even if it is for a fraction of a second.

As the year draws to a close,appreciate all that you are,all that you have irrespective of how much or how little, and realize that the most important gift this year cannot be wrapped as a gift…The most important gift you have is the life you are living. You are still here and that means there is still a chance next year!

Enjoy the little things and a Merry Christmas to you!

Stealing in the name of Jesus?


Christianity which literally means “Christ likeness” was established in the 1st century by disciples of Jesus mainly Peter, Matthew, James and John. Their immediate focus or should I say mission was to propagate the gospel (good news) across all nations…but these days, things have changed.

Now let us time travel all the way back to recent times; the Church has all of a sudden become a lucrative business in some quarters. With tax free money from offerings, donations from philanthropists, pledges, tithes and offerings,it is very easy for someone who is amoral in nature to get carried away by the amount of money coming in. This brings me to the subject matter “Stealing in the name of Jesus”.

Who was Jesus by the way? The bible says “He went about doing good, healing the sick and raising the dead”. I am not here to preach but to point out that the agenda of some present day pastors and preachers has obviously shifted from the foundation of their calling. There is more focus on the contents of people`s wallets, purses and bank accounts and how relinquishing their contents will make the bearers more prosperous. These teachings have been misconstrued and purported for selfish interests with no sense of altruism by some present day “Prosperity preachers”.

Over time, the Church has been invaded by corrupt, greedy money conscious people. There are still a whole lot of good hearted, dedicated preachers out there who live up to their God ordained expectations(or at least try to),but as the saying goes, “A few rotten eggs spoil the bunch”. How do you go about preaching to people out there when all they see mainly are the flashy typed, money focused pastors? Some of them say “My God is not a poor God” which I will agree to (as a matter of personal opinion), but he does not take money from innocent hardworking people does he?

Why would a preacher or pastor drive around in a luxury car, security convoy or have an aeroplane? Why should a preacher or pastor be so flashy as to boast of their Armani suits, Mauri shoes and Rolex Wristwatches? Why should a preacher get paid a ridiculously high salary? Why should a preacher or pastor use the Church credit card to purchase personal effects? Why should a “Man of God” be arraigned for tax evasion? The list of questions goes on and on (and I am sure you have some yourself).If the pastor or preacher has a second income then that is fine, but when everyone knows that nothing else comes in, the question is who funds these flamboyant lifestyle then?

Take Nigerian in Africa as an example, we have churches springing up in every nook and cranny, meters apart. I once counted 10 churches on one single street and could not help but wonder what the heck was going on? Most of these churches do not preach about righteousness, holiness and other core principles on which the religion was founded on but rather on the principle of the sower, the Shunamite woman, and chapters from Malachi, Melchizedek, and principles of prosperity (which will involve you dipping into that wallet or purse). They will hardly mention passages like the widows mite, and some other bible passages that involve giving what you can and not ruining your finances in the process. These types of preaching are quite predominant in countries with widespread poverty, economic and social problems hence the need for supernatural interference based on Christian belief.

When you start giving money to your church and get to the point where you cannot provide for your family or take care of your daily needs, the same bible which talks about giving says you are an infidel 1Timothy 5:8. Now why would any preacher ask you to give money which you cannot afford? The whole prosperity promotion agenda has obviously turned into a marketing strategy! Quite similar to buy one get one free, Gala Bingo, 888 or any other gambling operator! Jesus spoke about the principles of giving but never hammered on it, He was not into enriching himself out of the then church’s fund, he was not flashy because the disciples borrowed a donkey when he entered Jerusalem on palm Sunday in Matthew 21 (if he was flashy, he would have bought a horse and chariot or something like that).

I have a message for all those self-enriching pastors, general overseers, reverends (ironically named) etc out there, PRACTICE WHAT CHRIST PREACHED! Instead of using the money got from offerings, tithes and pledges to feed the hungry, support the widows, provide for the jobless, tend to the sick, shelter for the homeless, just like the bible says, you go around driving the latest flashy cars, adorning the “Blings” and living the celebrity lifestyle! Where is the Christlike humility in that?

A word of advice for the “givers” Matt 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Become therefore wise as the serpents and guileless as the sheep.” We have to be aware of these kinds of preachers and avoid them like a plague since all they do is usurp money off gullible people to enrich themselves. They focus more on prosperity than the basic principles of the bible which is “Love your neighbour as yourself”. Be choosy when it comes to where you give your money (if you want to give), if you sow seeds on rocky terrain, it will wither away.

It is about time to name and shame all those who enrich themselves “in the name of Jesus”, those who live the lifestyle that they normally cannot afford by digging into God`s pocket, those who do not live up to the basic principles of Christianity but treat their church members like cattle” Fatten them and feed off them”. Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that will he reap. Change your ways before it`s too late! If God does not do anything for now, the Law eventually will.

As usual, your opinions on these matters are golden. Enjoy the video attached, a short documentary showing the moral decadence of some pastors and comment as you wish.