Posterity Under Threat!
“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil”~ The Preacher!
Posterity, like Hellfire, Nemesis, and Karma, used to be one of the ways man’s inhumanity to man is tamed. When an individual is involved in sly and evil practices, he is being cautioned by the judgement that will befall him when judged in the court of posterity.
Howbeit, the court of posterity seems to have been proscribed. And we all play a massive role in making it happen.
Today in our society, we defend those involved in evil and offensive practices by saying they should not be judged. We tag the act of calling an erring member of the society to order, ‘insults’ or being ‘judgemental’. We insulate them from being used as negative examples, claiming that ‘it is not right’, it is against ‘courtesy’, it is ‘disrepectful’, etc.
And when these evil persons eventually die, we still shield them by saying ‘we don’t speak evil of the dead’.
How then do we expect posterity to judge them?
When are they expected to be punished for their bad behaviours?
This is one of the reasons it has become difficult to reduce the spread of atrocities in our society today. We find a way to defend the wicked from being penalised for their evil actions, and we expect others not to follow suit?
That ill-mannered colleague is still being tolerated at work by everyone. The streetfighter still gets recognition in communal gathering, the looter is still welcomed with open hands when he steps into public gatherings, and we all move along as if they are role models. “No one is perfect”, we say, to seal our pricked conscience!
And we expect a society that does not punish offenders and lawbreakers to be safe and sane?
Even moral punishment is not given! Haba!
We cannot continue like this!
We must contribute our quota in building an egalitarian society, by holding members of society responsible for their actions and inactions!
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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.