I want to tell him to quit complaining and take her for therapy; that these things he "inherited" are a result of what she has been through, what she has seen, how she has suffered and not healed... But, my words go back into my stomach every time, and I join him to "spiritualize" the … Continue reading THEIR CLOSED EYES; MY CLOSED MOUTH…
Nigeria, Democracy, and Party Politics
A word for our present realities, really.
I’ve always been fascinated by the different approaches taken to democracy in various regions of the world, especially as it relates to parties of interest. For example, in the United States, the majority of the citizens (over 50% of self-identifying citizens) fall within two major categories: Democrats (left-wing) and Republicans (right-wing). It is clear what the left-wing represent—the desire for a society that is essentially socially and economically equal with respect to minority rights, gun control, and expanded educational opportunities—and even though these core believes are subject to ambiguities in their implications and methods taken to achieve them, the core idea remains solid and clear.
In the same vein, when you consider the right-wing, you get a pretty clear picture: the view that social equality is somewhat unnatural, and the acceptance that social hierarchies are inevitable, and, even so, desirable.
The debate on which ideologue should take precedence over the…
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