One Careless Movement -3
“But three days later, when their wounds were sore and sensitive to every move they made, two of Dinah’s brothers, Simeon and Levi, took their swords, entered the city without opposition, and slaughtered every man there.” ~ Gen 34:25 TLB
The backlash of the actions of certain individuals is the reason I don’t totally subscribe to the idea of “do not poke your nose in your neighbour’s affairs”. You see, that neighbour might end up bringing an epidemic that will ruin everyone, you inclusive.
When Shechem laid hold of Dinah and took her into his house to sleep with her, the calamity that followed that singular action would have been averted if someone had warned him and informed him that the lady in question was a Jewish daughter and that they don’t do “grab and marry” as practised in his place. If a neighbour had run to Hamor, Shechem’s father to inform him that his son was playing with fire, the untimely death that followed the said action would have been prevented.
In Nigeria for example, when the so-called ‘area boys’ and ‘agberos’ start to wreck havoc, everyone living within that radius suffers it, whether they knew about it or not. Just this Tuesday in my neighbourhood, a trigger-happy police officer of the mobile police division, shut an unarmed citizen in front of his house at close range. The victim died on Wednesday after efforts to save him proved abortive. The protest that ensued from that callous action of the police officer was massively chaotic.
Innocent citizens plying the road were wounded, vehicles vandalised, and the casualties kept increasing. This would have been avoided if those working with the said police officer had been able to caution him.
We cannot take responsibility for all the actions of our neighbours, that is undebatable, but the idea of being indifferent to the actions or inactions of our neighbours should be discouraged. When you can, don’t joke with the opportunity to caution that erring neighbour before you get consumed in his madness.
If you ignore and keep to yourself, thinking you are protecting yourself, you might discover, though too late, that you have endangered yourself too.
Be vigilant, be compassionate, be watchful!
A & B Coach
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.