HOW HEAVY IS EMPTINESS ? (1)
Not many people bother to consider the weight of emptiness because this paradoxical question is hardly asked. It is prompted when one witnesses a colony of scorpions, wasps, and black ants in a meeting with nonvenomous creatures trying to condemn the vipers for being venomous.
Out there are many folks demiolishing a castle of horror and terror but who live by moulding bricks of deceit, stealing, destruction, dirtiness, insecurity and subversion.
Does extracting venom to make antidote stop the venomous from biting and stinging?
I once said the trees, rivers, mountains and animals of a nation do not cause pains to humans as fellow humans do. In daily interactions with some people they betray, deceive, shortchange, and withhold favours. I then wonder how many fruits of happiness would grow where multitudes sow seeds of wickedness and corruption!
Many who have died sacrificial deaths have done so in vain: a multitude of people thrives in perversion and the price of uprightness they cannot pay, even though they desire its fruit.
The tormoil in the land does not give room for rhetorics, yet in this tiny voice of mine, I shall whisper loudly, for no one knows what else we would be privileged to say.
Sleep is rest, but what is restless sleep? It is more than a nightmare because the ordeals in a nightmare end at the time of waking. When the ordeals in a nightmare extend beyond sleep into day life, what you have is troubles.
It is a metaphorical irony for the crew and the sailors to tear up their ship ashore while quarrelling over whether to go toward the North or go in the opposite direction of South.
Two sides in quest of a better Nigeria are unitedly dragging her into destruction, losses and deeper poverty through violence. This is the price they are paying to have a priceless dialogue that has been available free of charge.
I am not a mere commentator on this brawl, I am an active participant in suing for peace. When our life is empty of peace it becomes troublesomely heavy, very heavy, in fact, so heavy that it overweighs the real essence of living. Nigerians, peace is costliest when purchased with the currency of violence. Protesters and government, please dialogue.
Written By: Ademola Sharafadeen