Wednesday, February 17, 2010
NO MAN/WOMAN IS INFALLIBLE
My people how una dey? Sorry for being MIA but school and everything else in my life has been keeping me busy. Somuch has gone on in my life that I am not at liberty to share. So I am debating whether to stop blogging or just create a totally new blog of my own in which it becomes 'invitation only' but we shall see sha.
(Shoutout to Miss Fab)
So today, there is this one guy in my Nigerian Student Organization at my school that I detest right, and sometimes this dude acts so 'two-faced' that I just can't help holding my disdain for him. But if there is one thing I've learnt, it is that no matter how much you detest a person, no matter how much an individual/person disgusts you should never ever let it cloud your 'judgement' especially if the person raises a good point. We had an 'executive board meeting' and well this guy and my president were in disagreement. Bear in mind that the president of my organisation is my very good friend and I stick up for him. But this guy that disgusts me was raising a lot of 'good/solid points' and you know me LOL I am a sucker for 'reason and logic'. I don't care how much I hate you, if your arguments are solid and rationale, I would commit suicide before I let my friendship with anybody come in the way of reason and logic. And so why they were arguing, I was just thinking to myself that in the 'olden days' when a brova was still not in his logical phase, I would have jumped to support my friend without caring about what this other dude was saying simply because I did not like him. But during the whole back and forth between the two of them, I maintained my silence and after it was done I did not correct my president right there and then, I waited till the other dude had left and I told him that 'the other dude was right and that he himself was wrong' and you know what they call that where I come from? Wisdom and Tact. I have seen/heard or I will probably see/hear people comment and say that 'If you were a good friend, you would not bother being afraid to correct him in public and to those people I say this, 'Tact' is the act of making a point without making an enemy, you see there is something called pride/ego and most human beings have it in excess amounts. If one does not learn how to make a point without bruising/injuring a person's ego, one is bound to have a lot of enemies. Do not flatter yourself that a close friendship authorizes you to say 'disagreeable things' to your close friends. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. (shoutout to Lady X)
I could have corrected my presido right there while that other dude was there, but I refused to give the other guy the satisfaction of knowing that I agreed with him, lest the next time he makes a weak argument he assumes that I will be in favor of him.(U know how somepeople sha think).
So I was just thinking about the amount of people in my life that I look up to as mentors, and a lot of people do not know this but I honestly learn a lot from people and then they'll tell me am 'wise' or 'smart' when in reality they are the ones who are 'wise' and 'smart'. I am just the dude who asks questions. Plus if there is one thing I have noticed among human beings, it is that tendency to attach 'supernatural/infallible status' to their heroes.
Infallibility - when a person/persons is considered exempt or immune from liability to error or to failure.
In other words, when a person is considered 'perfect' and is not capable of committing a mistake/sinning.
You see people thinking that people like MLK, Ghandi, Jesus, Prophet Mohammed, Socrates, Pope are infallible. And most times, what we know about these 'great people' are accounts written by people who were 'closest' to them. I am of the opinion that nobody and nothing is 'infallible'. Whether you be a God or a man or a devil, nobody is infallible or perfect. Moreover, do we honestly expect that people closest to these 'great people' would give a 'fair and balanced' account of their 'Heroes/leaders/mentors'? Much of what we know about Socrates was written by Plato his favorite student, but we take what he says as Truth even though Plato presents Socrates as being 'almost infallible', same thing goes for Jesus, most of what we know about Jesus was written by his disciples right? Do we honestly expect them to give a 'fair and balanced' account of their leader/mentor?? Jesus is also presented as being 'infallible' and there is also this thing called 'Papal Infallibility' in the catholic church which says - It is a dogma in Catholic theology that , by action of the Holy Spirit, the pope is preserved from even the possibility of error when he declares that his teachings on faith and morals were divine revelation from God". Basically, it's saying that the pope once in this state is not possible of committing a mistake/error. Case in point, anybody remember last year when the pope said 'condoms do not protect against aids', that statement right there was an example of papal infallibility and and no good catholic should doubt what the pope said. Now do any of you really believe that nonsense he said about condoms? It's almost like telling most people to give an account about their 'mothers', most people love their 'moms' right? See leggy's post for example (Shoutout to Leggy btw), she talked about her Dad right? If you read her post you will see that she presented both the good and the bad of her popsy. Now read what she wrote about her momsy she presented her momsy in the best of lights, but she did not go as far as giving or telling the 'other side of her momsy's personality' as she did for her dad. Is this because her momsy is the best thing since 'slice bread'? Nope. But again it's just that thing with human beings, we tend to 'gloss' over the 'facts' about people we love and admire. Most people usually present their mothers in glorious terms, so how then would you expect such people to present their mothers in a 'fair and balanced' manner with no hyperbole/exxageration? Same thing goes for our 'Heroes' like Ghandi, Jesus, Socrates, etc
As I was saying, I look upto a lot of people as MENTORS but I would never and I repeat I would never ever fall into the 'illusion/delusion' of thinking that my mentor/pastor/pope/leader is 'Infallible'. As long as you are human you will make a MISTAKE and you are capable of making MISTAKES/SINNING/BACKSLIDING etc. NO HUMAN IS INFALLIBLE, and whether it is possible for God to be infallible, that is to be debated.
(Shoutout to Vera)
P.S - NUFF SAID about that Manchester United vs AC Milan game. If by now you did not know that ManU is the best club in the world, please go and write it down somewhere.