The Price of Conviction
“…..It is an idea I live for, and if need be, an idea I am ready to die for” ~ Nelson Mandela
When people are convinced of anything, be it on religious, ethnic, political, or personal grounds, it is very dear to them. And real convictions that are ‘not for sale’, comes with a price.
Lord Varyls is a character in the TV series, #Game of Thrones, whose actions, I would have accepted to carry out in real life, even after seeing how he died. So many times he was misunderstood, mistrusted, and hated for his conviction, but that never made him change his position. In the series, he wanted peace for the realm, as that is the only way the common man, (of which he was formerly one), can live a peaceful life. This was why he disliked and never trusted Lord Baelish, as the latter believes he can only thrive when there are chaos and anarchy.
When Lord #Varyls could no longer achieve his dream of ensuring a peace-loving ruler sits on the throne, he accepted his fate and smiled at death. Though burnt alive, it was a peaceful death. Peaceful in the sense that he died with his conviction intact. Nothing gives one the courage to face death more than knowing that you did what you believed was right when you had the chance.
This was my disappointment in Festus Adedayo, after reading the testament he wrote when his appointment was rescinded based on his position with the government in power. With the role he is playing as a journalist, which I believe is out of conviction, he should know that there would be a price to be paid for it. Explaining your conviction would not make those that don’t share the same view to appreciate it. It is likened to members of the Christian sect that don’t use earrings and ‘makeups’, to try to explain their conviction to prostitutes, whose business survival is anchored on using earrings and ‘makeups’, no matter how much explanation they give, it won’t make sense!
So for Festus Adedayo to have written that testament explaining his intentions and conviction in response to people that don’t have any conviction, but just want to have a share of the national cake, was a waste of time. It made him look as if he was trying to patronise them, or was questioning his own conviction like John the Baptist.
You remember when incarceration was affecting John the Baptist, he started to question his earlier conviction and sent a message to Jesus Christ asking if he was the one or they should wait for another.
Paying the price for one’s conviction is not always easy, nor is it cheap. It takes great guts to stand with your conviction. This was why the sage of blessed memory, Nelson Mandela, said an ideology worth living for, is worth dying for. This justifies the fact that every conviction comes with a price. So before you stick to a conviction you must count the cost, and be prepared to face the consequences.
If you don’t have anything to live or die for, you are only existing and not living!
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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.