The society has changed and old things passed away. It is the modern century of technological beef up. The engagements of today seems to be far more productive than then. We now have our information saved on clouds; We don’t need to bother our brains any longer. Indeed, the advancement in technology has made our lives easy, flexible and splendid. Unarguably, we are now smarter than our predecessors.
However, could the same story be said of our moral affairs too? I mean: Since the standard level of reasoning has evolved over time, shouldn’t the level of mannerism and behaviour also follow suit?
Whenever I hear some set of people accuse other set of not having manner, I personally begin to wonder if the meaning of the word “manner” has followed a neo-logical process. Although the word seems polysemous, its pragmatic meaning should however be stated. Let us know who is right and who is deceiving who.
I am practically beginning to get confused as to which divide to stand. A relative situation is where someone from the younger generation tries to correct or disapprove a detrimental step or advice from an elder, not judging the consequences or circumstance, the young man is quick to be labelled a ‘rebel with absence or no manners’. Even if it appears that the decision may affect him adversely in the nearest future. If that is what is called ‘lack of manner’, then the real meaning of manners need to be established.
According to the late Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the kind of dogmatic followership expected of us from our elders was described as ‘ZOMBIE’. And be it as it may, I am sorry; I was not bred to be a zombie. I will speak my mind with reasons for you to believe. Am meant to be somebody like my mum would say.
Our elders are our bosses at work, teachers in school, our parents at home and even the leaders in our politics ruling over us. They have always nurtured the notion that: we have no right to object whatever decree they made. Sometimes, I wonder if they still perceive this generation as a weak one. For the record, we have come of age. The 18th century is different from the 21st. Slave trade was abolished long time ago.
I am sorry, if my lips cannot be pierced like lock hinges to deprive me of my freedom of speech and I can not be handcuffed to be refrained from writing my mind. This is the 21st century.
Moreover, in as much as I refuse to be caged in the box, I know our elders possess some level of temerity, wisdom with a sackful of life experience. They are meant to guide our steps and not command our steps. It is not enough to toy with our success. We are the leaders of today: We rule our world.
In conclusion, as a well cultured Yoruba boy, I pledge not to insult or abuse anyone most especially the elders as it will be against the teachings of Omoluabi -the Yoruba teachings on good character. One of which says “Emi lóri rere ti kò níwà, ìwà ló máa borì re je” effectively translated to English by Adeyemi (2008:120) as ‘as good as a person’s destiny may be, if he has no character, it is lack of character that will ruin his destiny’. Well, I also pledge to always speak or write out my raw mind.
Written by Comr. Baruwa Yusuf.
Edited and Posted on Muzzammilwrites.