We have probably all heard about the Parable Of The Blind Men And The Elephant.
The parable of the blind men and an elephant originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent.
It is a story of a group of blind men, who have never come across an elephant before and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different (but only one) part of the elephant’s body,, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their partial experience., Predictably, their descriptions are in complete disagreement on what an elephant is.
The story illustrates the propensity of people to project their partial experiences as the whole truth, while discounting other people’s partial experiences.
A case of one’s perception being his reality
This story can be adapted to the current Nigerian political landscape that seems to be divided between the Buhari Die Hards (Buharideens) and the Wailing Wailers (Buhari Antagonists) .
Divide And Rule, The Politician Cries; Unite And Lead, Is Watchword Of The Wise … Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For the people who voted for / against PMB in 2015, they are both right depending depending on whether they see a half-filled cup or a half-empty one.
Both were looking at different sides of a very big elephant. To have a complete view, they have to unite
Like those blind men with different perceptions of the elephant, thinking their own perception is the correct reality, a more collaborative vision by the electorate would have shown clearly that none of those two candidates in 2015 waz the best to lead Nigeria to the PromiseLand. Having a collectively holistic view of this political elephant would have given us a more panoramic view of the kind of leader that Nigeria really needs to turn the ship of State around.
Instead, we played into the hands of the politicians and chose to focus only on the divisive forces – ethnicity and religion rather than focus on cogent non divisive issues .
The vital question to ask ourselves,
How much lesson have we learn since 2015?
Are we perpetuating the cycle of being political pawns, oscillating between one set of crooked and inept leadership to another.?
Or, would we instead have a panoramic view of the big elephant for the good of all, by uniting to bring about positive change in the political leadership of the country? .
At the end of the day, where a good leader comes from is unimportant.. whether from own side of the country or political party, whether he is of your religion or not. The impact of bad / good leadership is equally felt irrespective of these factors.
Surely, there are people who can make a better job of political leadership than we keep recycling ?
As another round of election at the highest levels rolls around, are we going to reject mediocrity, corruption, nepotism and the rest? . Will fresh leaders with fresh either freshen the political Landscape with the sweet aroma of iridescent ideas? Or, will will keep rolling with the same stench that permeates the political Landscape?
When will Nigerians come together to elect leaders that would truly transform the nation?
The defining moment is right here.
Nigerians, think !