We all need mental evaluation in Nigeria
Anything that’s human is mentionable and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. – Fred Rogers.
Sir: Wellness is the act of practising healthy habits daily to attain more excellent mental health. And also to achieve better physical results and grow luxuriously to survive in every complex environment. With all due respect, we all seem to suffer from cognitive distortions and mental health in Nigeria. If I were to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I would declare a state of emergency on national cognitive behaviour and healthcare from day one. I would import the expertise of psychologists and experts on behavioural health from recognised universities worldwide to do forensic mental health examinations on all of us, including the president.
In reality, something is fundamentally wrong with all Nigerians, nay Africans. Every day in Nigeria is one day, one trouble! Leadership is bedeviled with selfishness and ignorance and followership is bewitched by misplaced priority, unhealthy competition, and naughtiness. The stiff competition, instant gratification and penchant for wealth accumulation have beclouded our moral reasoning and preference for what is best for our health and everyday life.
The Holy Quran explicitly identified three categories of human beings:
1. Those who by hook or by crook, is in a penchant search for wealth accumulation and power. 2. Those who have the insatiable quest for research and knowledge acquisition. 3. Those who are contented with their humble beginnings and current comfortable positions.
Unfortunately, the third category of people is in the miniature state of the Nigerian, nay African population. The majority of us are in the cocoon of the first category. Our mundane problems are not unsolvable if our cognitive setup is critically examined and honestly evaluated.
Nigerian leadership is the offshoot of its followership. How do you explain the insane gathering of wealth and resources you do not need in life, and at the expense of the masses? What moral legacy are they leaving for their children? How do people want their children to explain to the world how they got all the unexplainable wealth they have accumulated? These are all burning questions that should prod the minds of these politicians and their enablers. Expeditiously, it is more than necessary to trigger a collective mental evaluation of everyone in Nigeria.
The level of our dysfunctional system in Nigeria is aggravating our collective amnesia for a nation we dearly beloved. We are all mentally glorifying misplaced priorities in Nigeria. We all need to undergo a mental evaluation! Until we all got our mental wellness examined, we will continue to beat about the bush chasing preys that are injurious to our collective wellness.
Yahaya Balogun wrote from Arizona, USA.
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