August 5th, 2010
about such a complex issue can only be answered by those
with exceptional insights. Since my limitations on the
subject are obvious, I am going to restrict my comments to
how contemporary world leaders insist on using force as an
instrument of national policy and in the process, waste
scarce national and human resources.
I have carefully evaluated the psychogenic intoxication of
those world leaders, who have been conferred with state
Their Excellencies enjoy the trappings of power until power
crawls out from the shell of authority, at which time; the
emptiness of power becomes real.
Those dictators, who have destroyed civilisation, are
constant reminders of the counterfeit nature of man.
However, history has been very kind to document their
ignoble ends and has stressed to the aspirant the
powerlessness of power.
Civilization is the cumulative product of the inventive
genius of thinking men and women. It often uses great
symbols to manifest its bountiful, complex characteristics
like the Great Sphinx at the Giza necropolis or the 15th
century BC Shang dynasty markings that "evolved into the
present Chinese characters" that assisted in the formation
of the bedrock of Chinese resilience and its progress, we
now celebrate, albeit, reluctantly, in the West.
I disagree with Kenneth Clark. His perception of Western
art, architecture and philosophy, did not stress the
eclectic nature of Western civilization.
How much did Western civilization benefit from the Laws of
Manu of India, the Feta Negact of the Ethiopian Orthodox
Church, the Codex of Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar, (now
Malagasy), the Inca's civilisation, the intellectual spread
of Timbuktu, ancient Zimbabwe and Azania ?
The West supremely documented their intellectual
achievements. Their thesarian etiquette has assisted mankind
My concern here is primarily, not to go into the disputed
definition of civilisation, synonyms, antonyms, derivatives
of civilisation, but to lament its withering away by power
When states dip into contentious politics, their leaders
permit themselves to talk tough, aggravate tension and go to
war. The cultured lives of cities are disrupted, young
soldiers get killed, and women and children get caught in
After that, life goes on and the dead are forgotten.
There must be something in State Houses that seem to empower
political leaders to desecrate human lives.
There click-streams help blood to flow in battle-fields in
Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Biafra, Congo and wherever
civilisation is to be crushed by military power..
Since 1960 when the hippie culture held sway until the more
debasing hip hop debauchery took over in the 1990s, world
culture has seen a running sore..
A sub-culture of violence, muggings, assassinations,
economic mal-practices, financial frauds, official
corruption that has taken on a globe texture, seem to have
tarnished civilized .mannerisms, on a global scale. Children
now kill their parents, kill their fellow college-mates,
while murders have been on the increase, reminiscent of the
Our civilisation, whose culture of the heart is decaying,
does not posses an illusion of strength or a future.
An arsenic culture is one in which the people's
consciousness is riddled with asinine habits, gossips,
paparazzi violence on prominent citizens, fraud in high
places etc. A civilisation in which evil brigandage rules
from the street s to State house, is suspect.
A civilisation in which delinquency is applauded, racism is
engraved in the hearts of men, women and children,
comedians, actors, rap singers are better appreciated than
thinkers, while the economy remains in the doldrums, paints
a disgusting picture of a civilisation in disrepute.
Such a civilisation cannot convince anyone that its ideals
are worth emulating. Their disputations will remain
A civilisation that purports to impose its rotten values on
others must have a re-think.
Human and material resources put into such civilizing
enterprise are wasted.
Moralizing about civilized behavior cut no ice because
people want to live by precepts and not by political jingles
from State Departments. and Secretaries of State.
Museums, cathedrals, the statues of our heroes past are
cultural relics, which symbolise the clean heart outpourings
from the zodiac.
The hippy culture of the 1960s,the noisy hip hops culture of
the 1990s laid the foundation of decay in modern society.
The debauchery they introduced into societal life in the new
century is a counter-culture and against the sensations one
feels in a well-lit cathedral or in a well-adorned museum.
There are states in which GOD acceptance is hindered by law
and other legislative props. Technology is dominating human
consciousness and the magic of the computer is
Human values are unconsciously been replaced by the dictates
of mechanical imperatives., statistical data, financial
gurus ,the turning wheels, journalistic heartless
fabrications, cultural trivia and war-mongering.in
The worst "civilisation" is the one that extols the culture
of mediocrity, which elevates the alalus homos, to the
highest councils of the land, which harbour morally bankrupt
people, whose fame is deep-rooted in their successful
looting of the state and citizens funds meant for societal
The people have cursed them, using the divinations in the
psalms, especially in Psalm 109..
While some of these people are recognised by being decorated
with national "honours", those, who are versed in integral
calculus and calculus of finite differences are ignored. It
stands to reason that honour earned by dint of exertion and
excellence outweighs the frivolous recognition given to the
decadent political class.
From the invention of writing, the Chinese have always
venerated the written word; a scholar is revered above all
other men. The Confucian canon has influenced Chinese
thinking till today and that accounts for their versatility
and intellectual prowess.
In some political regimes, speeches are faithfully written
for leaders. As a result, the promises made in the speeches
are immediately forgotten until next time the same issue
will be addressed.
Such societies are bereft of the plasma to add to world
civilisation. Even after minor or major plastic surgeries,
it remains comatose, never raises its cadence. It is
incapable of creating the technology of modern civilization,
but is usually the most voracious user of the products of
other well-developed and organized societies and
The problem of the withering of civilisation is of serious
concern, which the international society should entertain. I
raise the issue here with gusto and unmistakable pride.
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokai is the President of
the proposed Afemai University, Fugar, Edo State, Nigeria.
He is a writer and Academic.