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Life Of A Banter #2 : On Killing Thanos And Praying For The Destroyer Of Lives

“…understand that you are more powerful than you know. You have a part to play in determining what the world we bring our children in looks like.”

-Oreoluwa C. Macaulay.

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A friend once told me, if this world were to be a movie, then we would be watching it in rewind mode. It hurts to wake up each day and realise the world keeps taking a step back instead of progressing and everyone seems absolutely fine about it. Days gone by, we were taught the blind cannot lead another blind lest they both fall into a ditch. Today, the blind are leading the blind and they’ve fallen into the ditch but they don’t know it yet- a step back. We grew up learning about dignity and justice, we found out under no circumstance is there a justification for rape or any form of assault. Today, a simple click on the internet would show you various analogies on why a certain alleged rapist is innocent because the victim dressed “indecently”- a step back. We were taught to believe in ourselves, know our worth, believe in the Word and be the deciding factor for how our lives would turn out to be. Today, majority seek appraisal from others, they bow in obedience to peer pressure, greed and to their queen-mother, the first of her name, the destroyer of lives and destinies- Social Media.

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The advancement of the world in communication and technology and the creation of social media was done with a good intention for the greater good. However, even with the various advantages that comes with such medium, it’s no secret this same social media with its subtlety is responsible for the loss of morality in our community today. Nowadays, things that were unacceptable years ago are suddenly permissible, people now boldly air their twisted opinions unapologetically in support of these moral ills and they get support! Ironically, others say they are just ‘woke’. Young ones now exchange their conscience for vain popularity, all to be socially acceptable and trendy.

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I’ve heard a lot of people say in their ignorance ‘social media isn’t that deep’ but this not-so-deep social media is the “Megamind” behind a lot of cases on depression and suicide to say the least. One needs to understand that to defeat an enemy, the first step is to acknowledge the fact that you have an enemy, you get to understand its objective and subsequently, draw your battle plan. It’s pertinent to know that there is an ongoing struggle between what is morally right and what the social media deems acceptable. Many have dedicated their lives to the dictate of the social media and have gotten lost in its tides, they seek validation from people who are also there for validation (who will now validate everybody?), With all these as a foundation, what role do we then have to play in curbing this menace and saving the generations to come from these pitfalls?

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On a WhatsApp group chat that was originally created to watch the fall of an arch-enemy; Thanos (obviously, we are still waiting) but turned out to be a classroom where lessons are taught and learnt without paying a dime while waiting for the Titan to fall, this same issue of moral decay, where to draw the line and how to preserve the unborn from falling for the same mistake was treated brilliantly, a good number of friends there made wonderful contributions and I’ll cite some.

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Just like Angelo said, “The self is being preferred (celebrated and indulged) over the collective and we are quick to forget there is no such thing as self, cause every action creates a ripple effect in the community.” People (some of whom I know, sadly) have become so fame-drunk that they result to becoming unnecessarily rude or savage (as they would like to call it), then they take screenshot of the texts, post it online and get empty praises that neither give them long life, battery-draining credit alert or even the fulfilment they dearly crave {this table, is officially broken}. Enough complains, enough mud-slings, there is a problem and only you and me can fix it: whatever the society or the social media has turned out to be today, it didn’t just become porous all of a sudden, all we see today is the overflow of tiny drops here and there which accumulated due to the inactions and actions of both of us; directly or indirectly.

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We need to re-prioritize our ambitions and desires, there is more to life than self-aggrandizement, and seeking validation from people you probably have never met and would never meet in this life. On that same “Thanos-must-die-this-year” WhatsApp group, another friend noted something key, that the only way to move forward is to Know your whys and what’s more than ever before, it is important to know what you believe and why you believe it because this is what we will teach our children.” We need to realize that majority of this so called standard-setting influencers on the internet do not, I repeat, do not practice or live by the rules or opinions they give; all because they have access to the net and a good number of virtual followers they feel a sense of authority to assert they are “woke”, when in real sense, they are deep in sleep.

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One vital but yet most ignored tool to use in this struggle is the art of prayer. As Ore said, “I pray every day to never be too woke for my own good and depending on how many times I visit social media, the fervency of that prayer increases.”  Majority think being a man of strong will is good enough to fight off all these epidemic (man’s got jokes). It’s not just enough to know who you are, people who end up losing their way on this street did not lose it all in a day, no. It’s a gradual process, like I noted earlier, subtlety is the master plan, you first start seeing valid reasons in the false analogies they give and little droplets like that, then one gets lost. We need to have a form of examination to always fall back on from time to time; in this race between morality and immorality, you cannot treat it with such laxity because at the snap of a finger, everything could fade away (yes, it’s a Thanos reference).

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Everyone is placed on earth with a responsibility, the responsibility of adding value and preserving whatever is true, honest and righteous; by all means necessary. No matter your level, believes or background, knowing that the preservation of our society is an individual effort as much as it’s a collective effort is very imperative. In your own little way, you cannot sit and see the morals you hold to be sacrosanct being eroded all in the name of evolution. Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to set a clear path before you, take a stand and believe in what’s honest and just. Pray, again I say pray, use this same social media to influence people to stand for this precious truth and with that, show them the light; just like I’ve done.

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Peace and Light,

– Nuel
Twitter: @amcalled_nuel
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2 thoughts on “Life Of A Banter #2 : On Killing Thanos And Praying For The Destroyer Of Lives

  1. Everyone in this earth is placed with a responsibility but most times we question our existence😞
    Thank you for enlightening us Nuel
    I’m waiting for more

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