The history that was never told & the false truths we innocently believe
Africa seems to be the place where time was once frozen to preserve the essence of our ancestry. We had such an intrinsic connection with nature, held delicately in a sort of spiritual equilibrium. The spirits, trees, and shrubs, the earth, animals; everything had its place.
The sad modern-day reality, however, casts shadows of sacrilege on our old knowledge & practices, and the impact resonates among many religious people today. Is it not historical improvidence that one would hardly ever come across any literature on key elements of our religious and cultural history growing up in Nigeria?
Too many gaps in the threads linking back to our historical journey through time.
I think the chief reason cultural diversity within modern societies is fast fading away is largely man-induced — glaringly evident in how we demonize the way-of-life of people when we perceive them as sharply contrasting to ours, consequently forcing on them conformity to our own version of ‘ideals’ and social norms.
Take for instance, how it is almost impossible to think about the Hausas in abstraction from Islamic elements now intertwined with their cultural imagery. How many people remember who the Hausas really were or where they came from?
It’s about time we started documenting and digitizing our heritage lest we become even more susceptible to complete erasure from the pages of history. Our roles and impacts will be downplayed, or worse; it would be like we were never even here to begin with.
Things aren’t always what they seem
Documented firsthand accounts of our history are as good as nonexistent, and the ostensibly impressive number of second-hand historical records from ambitious idealistic foreigners aren’t all that accessible either.
The modern religious African societies would rather have us forget we ever descended from any such thing as ancestors like the rest of the world; encouraging the popular, often misconstrued and very tainted narrative of our past while drawing ludicrous parallels to our present, consequently snuffing out the natural sparks of sapiential curiosity on the subject of ‘who are we?’ and ‘where did we come from?’ from the heart of society — A lost people who are strangers in their own land.
It would seem that we have grown indifferent to life in the aftermath of frequent betrayals from history and time.
Religion is a man-made institution and must be interacted with as such. Basically, ideas are subjective, and by extension prone to the inclinations/dispositions of their creators/originators, who, like all others have the innate human flaw of being susceptible to err.
In the scientific community, it is not uncommon to have even longstanding laws disproved in the light of newly acquired/discovered facts, and the emergence of irrefutable empirical pieces of evidence. Regardless of what the motivations of the new radical postulators are, if the aim is to keep the fundamentals of science as coherent as possible we must always give room for inquisition and skepticism. I believe this probably aligns well with the ideals upon which science thrives, and constantly revolves and evolves.
Within the legislative component of any mature system of governance such as a democracy, prominent is the inherent provisions for potential revision and amendment of its extant constitution, should the need arise. And sure enough, we’ve witnessed several risings of such needs time after time.
To preserve relevance and efficiency, man-made laws will have to evolve with the people, needs, and of course times.
Ideas put forward as ‘closed to dialogue and scrutiny’, often enables opportunistic self-centered humans to openly perpetrate injustice against fellow (unsuspecting & vulnerable) humans, leaning comfortably into the notion that they will very likely not be held accountable for their actions.
It is a costly, unjust, and preposterous idea to try to manipulate people in these modern times — into running their lives dogmatically based on principles and ideals derived from translations of ancient (man-concocted) texts/writings of their perceived supposedly ‘supernatural’ encounters, especially without room for close examinations (of the details of such accounts) and constant evaluation of their obvious and subliminal messages — to ensure that people are less prone to exploitation via indoctrination.
How can you justify wars and discriminations on the grounds of faith /doctrine? Shouldn’t the world have long moved past these forms of renditions of religious bigotry?
The lesson from history —
Look how easy it is for us to torture others with our social inheritances! We’ve settled too hastily into the rigid embrace of these fundamentals of many ‘choices’ imposed on us from the early onset of our lives.
Like opinions, everyone is entitled to their faith and believes, and no one should be marginalized or discriminated against for choosing to believe. If there is a race at all, it shouldn’t be to outcompete each other in the matters of beliefs or doctrines, but instead; help us reflect on ourselves, and be reminded of the similarities that make us all humans first — before whatever else.