Often times I have had to ask myself how we got to this point. A suicidal society filled with bitterness and hate and jungle justice. The failed judicial system and total annihilation of the law and its orders. I am no longer perturbed by the non-challance of our selected leaders. I am just a bit more worried about the future of my kids. As much as the Bible encourages me not to worry about tomorrow for it will take care of itself I worry more because I see what has become of a society that followed that principle and now lives in anarchy.
I watch the American way of life filter into our system. It’s habits, merits, and demerits. It doesn’t look visible yet but the future is dead if not quickly arrested. The seemingly I don’t give a fuck about you attitude of the average black loud mouth ghetto American has influenced pop culture so much so that it has become adopted by a lot of young people across the globe as the norm as against the more civil candor and calm of a cultured Briton. Our values and culture of respect and obeisance is being repressed by the sudden free air of the new age. It feels good to be young and Hip hence the reason for some older folks to still run banter and attitude like a young Rapper just starting out.
The freedom of expression that most of these guys enshrine comes from certain confidence from revolting. When revolution can no longer be expressed with swords and bullets an inner fume of anger spills out through other mediums. It has been established that some entertainers take weed to go to that spiritual place inside for inspiration. What no one is telling the youth is that the lack of affection and true love is the reason most people turned to drugs for Consolation and companionship.
The American way of life does not exactly imitate our communal system of living. All man for himself. Am I my neighbor’s keeper? Back in the day, a family brought a child to the world but the whole community trained that child. Any Elder or older person chastised, admonished, exhorted, and loved that child like it was their own. No kid was neglected to the point of having to search for happiness in plants or other sources.
Nowadays you can’t just punish anyone’s kid anyhow even if they slapped you first and a school teacher might even lose their job for flogging a child. We fail to realize that a child that is not caged with a few strokes grows wild and ends up in a prison cage, that is if they don’t even kill you first. This generation has adopted that American “free me” spirit. You can tell from their carefree manner of public expressions in reality and virtual space.
The utmost disregard and disrespect of older institutions. The older generation has no choice but to start replying on Twitter so they don’t appear deaf and dumb. Most of them have no real friends in the real world hence throw their pain into the web for advice from total strangers. Love as we used to know it is dying. To make matters worse entertainment values are deroding and further tearing empathy.
For the need to entertain the internet people no longer run to save a life in crisis but rather bring out their phone and film it then narrates how they witnessed the doom then thank God it didn’t happen to them. A few heroes who risk it get laughed at for being foolish. Everything is a joke to this www. generation. The few thoughtful ones are scared to air their honest opinions and would rather follow the negative thread of comments on the post so they don’t look odd.
All of this is a build-up to a more suicidal few years. We all need someone to talk to and allay our fears and insecurities but when everyone is on the grind 24/7, and there’s no one, the few available responders online care-less. who do we turn to if not drugs?. Drugs don’t judge or talk back. They just take you to a place of solace. Respite from the stress and hardship of daily struggle to survive. As I heard about a fully employed banker who during his lunch break was caught in the midst of Area boys under a bridge smoking weed during a raid.
Drugs know no barriers, race, culture, hierarchy, or position in life as you can tell from the expression and behavior of some high-level ranking officials in government. Unfortunately, entertainers are gradually introducing the bedevil solution to this love dead life through their songs and dramatic expressions. They no longer see weed as effective enough, skuchis, and a whole variety of the hard elements are being pronounced proudly to a gyrating audience.
I watched the drug drama series “Narcos” and got hold of the information of how the drug infestation snuck up on the American people gradually and destroyed mostly the black communities. We watch junkies in their films and laugh failing to realize that the kid next door being neglected is our future menace sniffing and poking needles right now because no one is showing him, real love. Cocaine is already common in the north, hydro, exctasy, and the likes are gradually finding their way into the crooked corners and veins of our next generation.
NDLEA is still pursuing Igbo smokers and fake paracetamol. The high rate of codeine through unprescribed cough syrup is no longer new. Sniffing evostic gum or soaking away fumes to get high or mixing pawpaw leaves and certain elements has become fashionable. A lot laughed at Majek Fashek after his rehabilitation instead of making him an ambassador of drug awareness and taking him around the nation to awaken the youths on the dangers ahead.
Our looted funds is already manifesting dangerously in the lives of some of the kids of the thieves but others don’t need to travel abroad to get blown. Everything is coming home to them at a relatively cheap rate and the only thing that can keep them away from this is slipping away. Love your neighbor as your self was the given instruction.
Perhaps we all missed Sunday school that day or that portion of our Bible has been revised and adapted to a standardized modern drug accommodating version. After all, if we can accommodate everything bisexual, heterosexual, sexual failing to realize that most of those insecurities came from a lack of true love and acceptance or initial abuse what is a little drug overdose gonna cause? The death of love is the birth of drugs addiction. Love someone truly regardless of how less you see them.
koffi’Tha Guru’ is Nigeria’s most versatile entertainer, comedian, actor, singer, and author of the book ‘Beauty of The Beast: The Scars that made me a Star. #ComicTruthbyKoffi is not a personal attack on anyone or institution, he only writes about those/things he loves and is passionate about. You can catch some more honest opinions at www.koffithaguru.com