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Pre-Coronavirus Social Distancing: The Nicodemus Way!

Written by Idede Oseyande

Pre-Coronavirus Social Distancing: The Nicodemus Way!

With the outbreak of #COVID-19, so many people have been complaining about ‘#social_distancing’ as an inconvenient measure put in place to control the spread of the virus. They have continuously described it as something they’ve not seen before, especially in Africa where communal living and family ties are sacrosanct to our existence.

But a careful study as a social observer shows that social distancing had always been there, though in a very subtle manner. While it is not for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases, it is for the prevention of the spread of ‘poverty’, ‘ignorance’, ‘low class’ and all the social moduli that create segregation in our society.

Let’s consider the excerpt below as we analyze social distancing as demonstrated by Nicodemus many centuries ago.

“Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.

After dark on a fateful day, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidences that God is with you.”

If you study the biblical text carefully, you will notice that Nicodemus and Jesus Christ were in two separate #social class. Nicodemus was a respected #lawyer, a renowned #Pharisee, and a member of the ruling council. Jesus, on the other hand, was a son of the #carpenter, with a herd of followers which were mainly #unlettered men and women. It would, therefore, be an insult to his social class for him to openly associate himself with Jesus Christ. That explains why he had to sneak to Christ under the cloak of #darkness. It was so he would not be seen!

There are many people in our society today that practice the Nicodemus approach of social distancing. Just like Nicodemus, they have an eye for upcoming new talents, but can’t ‘roll’ with them openly. Behind the scenes, when they interact with you, they pour accolades and give you titles, just as Nicodemus did, calling Jesus, “#Rabbi” in the secret, and acknowledging his giant strides, but #ignoring him in the open.

When these ‘#Nicodemic’ people learn from you, they won’t reference you. Your name can’t be mentioned in their works, though they know within themselves that they got the information from you. They can’t share the pictures they took with you on their social media handles, not to talk of mentioning your name at all. They only associate with you secretly because they have an eye for your future and so are diplomatically buying space should you eventually pull a stunt and become great, they would tag along as if they had been there supporting you all the way.

Everyone struggling and putting in the efforts to achieve the greatness they seek, should be wary of those ‘#Nicodemuses’, because they are everywhere! They are the type that will steal your ideas and visions if you ever make the mistake of sharing it with them, and if they have their way, they will squash you and keep you under their feet for as long as they can.

You must apply the christlike antidote to combat them when they make advances at you. Don’t open the whole box for them, give them something they won’t understand, like the way Nicodemus sounded foolish when he could not comprehend the simple concept of being #born again!

For all those still grinding to fulfil that dream, I raise a glass🍷.

Don’t give up, you shall overcome!

The world awaits your greatness!

God gat your back!

IDEDE Oseyande
Social Observer writes from Edo state.

About the author

Idede Oseyande

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.

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