The New Wealth

If all you have to show are only material wealth and you think you already have it all in this age you are fooling yourself, as all you have are for sale and perishable. To be fulfilled in this age, you must invest in yourself in every aspects possible; human capital is the new wealth which is essential to live a life of human flourishing.

Humanity Has No Colour

Some people have the understanding that the concept of race begets racism, and despite that knowledge, many people still cling onto that erroneous, meaningless, and devilish concept which was created by supremacists and imperialists. The concept of race, as it stands, is more abstract, but it keeps causing concrete havoc for humanity, as the categorisation of humanity through race remains the root of all segregation, hatreds, and evils among human beings. The segregation created by the concept of race give rise to the stratification of human beings, despite the fact that all human beings share a common genome. Thus in this incorrect and meaningless categorisation process, human beings are categorised into groups based on their physical appearance and skin tone. That vile idea was devised by the imperialist Europeans, when they claimed to be civilising the world through colonisation. To use Europeans and Africans for example, the European colonisers labelled themselves “whites” and labelled Africans “blacks.” How improper and brutish is such concept? In fact, it makes no sense at all. According to general understanding, melanin is the core factor which determines the skin tone of human beings, and their outward phenotype is determined by the environment. As a matter of fact, no human being is “white” or “black” when consider humans natural skin colour. But this idea of “white and black” has become ingrained in many people’s minds, that is why some people are proud to be white or black.

Moreover, there is a speculation that European colonisers must be colour-blind to come up with that incorrect concept of “white” and “black.” Whereas, the hidden fact is that, there are other meanings pertaining to that colour categorisation concept. Whiteness is a symbol of purity, justice, truth, and virginity. White defines what it means to be civilized, modern and human. Blackness, however, represents ugliness, sin, darkness, and immorality. Black also means dirty, prohibited, and funereal. Even in many Dictionaries, the synonyms for white or whiteness are of positive connotations. While the synonyms for black or blackness are of negative connotations. In addition, the dictionary definition of white is clean and pure, that is why a white lie is excusable; and black lie is inexcusable for it is awful. Besides, according to European belief, evolution itself moves from black to white. Even the Merciful God is white, with a bushy beard and bright pink cheeks. For that reason, why should black people be worshipping the white God?

In this sense, it is clear that Europeans have many reasons of claiming to be white, as they know it have positive connotations. But why would Europeans label Africans as black, when they know it have negative connotations? Is that not a pure awful and evil deed, or could that be cleverness of the Europeans? But then again, why would many Africans identify themselves as black, when in fact they are not black? Also, what is the reason why many Africans are proud to be black, when they know all the negative connotations of black? Could it be ignorance, or how they have been psychologically conditioned by the European colonisers? On the whole, the concept of human categorisation based on colour is, in fact, erroneous and it is not all-inclusive. Just for the sake of argument, if Europeans are white and Africans are black, what colour are the Arabs in Northern Africa and Middle East? What colour are Persians, Asians, South Americans, Native Americans in the US, and the Caribbeane?

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Meelick Road, Spring Afternoon

It’s a beautiful day to perform all the necessary rituals for my iron horse. Afterwards, I ride up the country road at a snail’s pace to feel the essence of Nature. Listening to the songs of birds, the whispering of trees, and the mooing of cows on the roadside. The gentle wind mix those audible sounds into a smooth serenade, of which I enjoy as I slowly ride up the road. I dismount at the top of that road to see the panoramic view of Limerick city, which is now at my feet. I took few pictures and start heading back home. As am riding down the road, I hear a car approaching from behind. I slow down and remain on the edge of the road. The next thing I see is a car right beside me at arm length. A lad rise up from the sunroof and catapult a canned beer at me. I greyout upon seeing such a reckless and inhumane attempt. Then I sense a rocket swoosh across my face, how it doesn’t hit me remains a mystery. I’m utterly terrified as I watch the car fade out of sight.

Nature spectates . . .
an osprey swoop down into
the sea leaving a splash

Change

Every phenomena we experience in life are products of change, which makes change the only integral part of life which is constant. Therefore, for us to have a clear sense of reality and experience a wonderful life, we must be courageous enough to acknowledge and embrace change as a natural phenomenon.

Living with Courage and Optimism

Mindset is everything in this life. Life has no definite meaning, as life is the product of your thoughts and actions. Your happiness and success are your responsibility in this life you’re given. Social supports can be handy, if you have few reliable ones. Still you own your life and you are responsible for it. Never give up on your life goals and yourself, the only time you fail is when you give up. Maintain positive mindsets as you live and utilize the happiness advantage in life. Start seeing failure as opportunity for growth, and setbacks as success in disguise. Keep on trooping despite disappointments, knowing that success is the best revenge. Make cogent plans on how to achieve your goals and be courageous, resilient and optimistic. Keep pushing and be rest assure that you are only few steps away from greatness.