Philosophy is not something I can pin a definition to. The definition in the dictionary is what a group of scholars sat down and decided we should use. But who approves who a philosopher is and who is not? Was St. Augustine of Hippo a philosopher for saying, “If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it, what does the formula teach me?” Or was he a philosopher because these very words caught the attention of an individual or group of people that related to it? Anybody is philosophic in essentiality depending on the intelligence of the listener.
What I’m I aiming at? Standards. Who sets the set the standards for what is right and what is wrong? Good or bad? Are we not encouraged not to be of the world in Christianity? Are we not taught to maintain our own whenever we know it is right? But does the “world” not set standards to which we should abide to? Success is measured in the wealth one has accumulated or the level of education they have attained. Is success a societal achievement or an individual accomplishment? Is a person successful if he has no wealth and dropped out of high school and is happy? You tell me.
Who decides what is right or wrong in whatever beliefs you have? Are all these holy books not written by human beings? The white man introduced Christianity to Africa and made the black man abandon his beliefs. Is there a difference between believing in the Holy Spirit and believing in the spirit of an ancestor? The holy books have individuals that they revolve around. What is the difference between them and the prophets Africans believed in? Did the white man not make the African make take the bible as the “gospel” truth? Should the bible not be a guideline to how we should live? The bible clearly states the laws on sexual behaviours in human beings but the same people are the ones propagating for same sex relationships. Does the Quran not say, “Whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all humankind?” Then who decides who is innocent and who is not?
We have the judiciary that is charged with the duty of dispensing justice to the public. Justice means equity. Plato tried to explain the concept of justice to the Greek people. I will not attempt to explain it to you. The phrase on earth we live by the law justice is found in heaven perfectly summarizes the situation we are in. Take these scenarios. A consensual act of sexual intercourse between two students aged 17 years resulted in the male student being sentenced to 15 years, and the female going scot-free. Where is the justice in that or does justice apply differently to different individuals? The second scenario where defiling a child under the age of 11 years carries the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, and if the child is aged between 12 and 15 then the culprit must be sentenced to at least 20 years. A similar offence on a child aged 16 to 18 carries a minimum sentence of 15 years. Are these not all children? Haven’t they all been robbed of something they can never get back?
These are just my thoughts. Did someone set the standard for what I have written? I don’t know but do you know whose standards you are bound by? Do you have any input in setting them and what is the consequence of setting your own standards? Self-evaluation will only take a minute or two. Look in the mirror.