ON THE VERGE OF GLORY: AS WE STAND IN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
As the Edo 2016 gubernatorial poll draws closer the great battle of our time draws near. This type is a bloodless battle. It is a test of what lies within us as individuals and group(s) of individuals Hobbes says in Leviathan that a man is driven by three things: competition, diffidence and glory. Competition is what a man does for his gains, diffidence for his safety and glory for his reputation.
Even now we lie in the brink of glory, what are we willing to do for our reputation? Are you going to sell your dignity and self worth for self-aggrandisement?
To foster competition are you going to sell your dignity for selfish gains, going from one politician to the other seeking the highest bidder when in your mind’s eye that true man who deserves your support lies within your heart?
What would you do for diffidence? What safety tips are you trying to apply. Is it to sit on the fence until after the primaries and throw your weight behind any candidate projected by your party not minding whether the candidate is credible or not because you call yourself a party man? Or are you just playing safe and lurking in the dark to enable you amass wealth from different candidates?
I expect better from the youths of this generation; if not for their sake then for the sake of their children. It is pure hypocrisy for someone to say they have no candidate until after the primaries. It is either you have seen a more suitable candidate based on your personal rating among all the aspirants , or you have found none among them.
Saying you are still watching at this point is either a sign of political apathy, or a sign of a parochial political culture and saying you will take a stand after the primaries is nothing short of self gratification.
This is the moment of truth. How many can truly stand? How many are willing to come and take a stand for their choice candidate whether he wins or loses the primaries? How many are willing to burn bridges now that the die is cast and the Rubicon crossed?
No, please tell yourselves the truth; you are only concerned about what will become of you should your preferred candidate lose. So you choose to remain on the fence until after the primaries because you want to save your own skin. There is no greater cowardice. He who gives up essential liberty for temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.
It is a pity. The age of gallantry seems to be dead. All we find are small men not big enough to fill their armour. “COWARDS die many times before their death but the valiant never tastes of death but once. Of all the wonders I may yet have heard it seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death a necessary end will come when it will come” (Shakespeare ). The true measure of a man is not where he stands at times of comfort or convenience but where he stands at times of challenges and controversies.
This is the time for a true test. How many are willing to take a stand for the truth even when it is not convenient. In an age of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act (Oscar Wilde ).
We must stand for what is right. As for me I have chosen to pitch my tent with credibility and integrity as a criteria for making my choice for the Edo 2016 gubernatorial poll. Primary elections or not, I will always insist and continue to insist on credibility and integrity. That is what will safeguard the future of my children and children’s children.
What are you waiting for, make a credible choice today, and stop grovelling in the dark.
It is #Redemption Time