In the last two series on the Science of Rape, I had taken time to explain that the way to curb the menace of rape in our world is to deal with the ambience, knowledge and perspectives that sets a young mind upon that course. If this is not done, and the young minds continue to feed on the junks, errors and ungodly mindsets being perpetrated on all forms of media, then definitely, we will only be fighting losing battle against the menace of rape in our society. However, the challenge is that this observation does not only go for rape, but for all social ills in the society today. From kidnapping, to cultism, to sexual perversion and immorality, to political thuggery, bribery and corruption, and all other forms of social ills. If we will win this fight, then we must get down to the basics of all issues- the HEARTS OF MEN.
In our world today, righteousness has become persona-non-Grata to the young minds. By the reason of the myriads of negative information that fills their minds from the social media, films and music industry, print and online media, and their stars, role models and OAPs, many young minds have cone to conclude that the way of righteousness is ideal, and does not work in real life. An average young person knows that sexual immorality is not good, but after all the films he has watched he thinks it is not possible for a man to be sexually pure. “man no be firewood” becomes their popular saying. So, we see that people know what is right, but they have come to consider righteousness impracticable, and have rather chosen to go the popularly taunted way.
So, what are we going to do? Sit down and complain about how bad the world has become? NO. Give up and retreat to our own little corner? NO. We must rise in the strength of the Almighty God and do something. We must push back the darkness engulfing our world today. No darkness is too powerful as to be able to withstand the light. In the secondary school I attended, we had an anthem that says, “remember where you come from, wherever you may chance to go, uphold the supremacy- to do or to die for the right…” We must make up our minds as individuals TO DO OR TO DIE FOR THE RIGHT. And how do we do that?
I Propose two things:
1. A PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO RIGHTEOUSNESS: Imagine the possibility of a righteousness-filled world, it begins with you. Yes, you. Don’t be like those who always complain about the evil in the society, yet they are a part of it. They seem to have taken up the axiom, “if you cannot beat them, join them”. Let us not be like that. Can we resolve, every one of us, to live our lives in righteousness. As students in the exam hall, as undergraduates facing our lecturers, as businessmen in our business places, as workers in our establishments, as CEOs/MDs, as personal individuals relaxed in our houses watching TV, or surfing the internet, as politicians or the relatives of politicians. Shall we resolve that one thing will rule our lives. Not convenience, not profit, not personal benefit, but this one question- IS THIS THE RIGHT THING TO DO? If NO, then I cannot partake in it. It first has to begin with us.
2. AN OFFENSIVE ATTACK ON UNRIGHTEOUSNESS: We will not stop only at personal righteousness; we must begin to raise our voices. Life is a battle of voices. It seems like the voice of the wicked ones are shouting the loudest, and thus intimidating the righteous ones. But this should not be so. We are the righteous ones. We are as bold as lions. So, let us lift up our voices and SPEAK. Let us proclaim righteousness to our generation. Some of us should start blogs, some of us should start NGOs, some should write books (novels especially), some should shoot videos, some should wax music albums, some should start youth magazines. If you are unable, then you can do something else. You may sponsor a work in that area with your money. You may send in your stories (opinions) to those with blog sites, you can even use your Facebook page, comment on issues being raised in the media and in online news site. Let us rise to our duty, beloved ones. Let us push back the darkness. Let us stop the voice of the wicked ones. Let us show our fellows the right way to follow.
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU. ARISE AND SHINE.