Bigger Than Life?
(Lessons From Game of Thrones)
One personality that I was indifferent about in the TV Series, Game of Thrones, was Tywin Lannister. This man was feared in all the kingdoms for his wealth, and connections. He could literally make anyone a King, as no one climbed the throne without his influence when he was alive. Looking at him, you will think he cannot die, he had this aura that made one tremble before him, making it look as if he was bigger than life. But he was human, and all humans can be killed.
For those that did not see the series, you might be wondering how he died. Well, he was killed by his own son, a dwarf, with a crossbow when he was unarmed in the toilet. Even when he was to be killed, he still had this intimidating command, giving orders to his killer. Perhaps, he saw himself like someone really bigger than life!
Just like most power drunken people, he sacrificed anything but himself to hold onto power and influence. And he would always tell himself that he was doing it for his children, as a legacy, he hoped to bequeath them. Ironically, he sacrifices his children for this same legacy he claimed was for them. His only daughter was like a toy, he was ready to marry her as many times as possible to form an alliance with other powerful houses. As long as it keeps him in power. He was feared by some, respected by a few, and reverenced by a handful that fed on the crumbs falling from his table.
Howbeit, his son soon knew him for what he was, and their differences widen until he had the opportunity to kill him.
His role in that series reminds me of some influential political leaders in Nigeria today. Men who could literally raise anyone and debase any with a single phone call.
Men amassing wealth and building ‘legacy’ for children that are already dying and leaving them behind. One thing people should know is that no one is bigger than life, as we will all finally die. No matter how long we live, we will die. Our works will be all that is left of us.
A legacy can only be cherished and appreciated when it better the lives of those left behind, else it is not a legacy!
Today we have leaders that claim to be working for Nigeria when all they are after is raping her for their selfish interest. One thing is certain, they cannot live forever, and when death comes knocking, there is nothing they can do.
Life, like many other things, is transient!
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.