Sunday, June 3rd 2012!

As soon as I rounded up my speaking session addressing over 100, 000 young people at EXCEL 2012, TEARS rolled down my eyes and cheeks as I could not hold it back. I simply could not explain what was happening with the tears. I felt embarrassed and I wept uncontrollably. Amidst all the greetings, congratulatory messages and pleasantries, I was filled with MIXED FEELINGS. It was after I began to receive the news of all the mishaps that I began to give meaning to my many tears. Five persons reportedly feared dead as a result of the inferno on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway; the suicide bombing by the bomber who drove an explosives-packed car into a church in northern Nigeria yesterday killing 15 people and injuring 40 others; and the Dana Airline flight from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, with 153 passengers on board as well as the more than 30 others killed on the ground after crashing into residential buildings. I was so sorrowful; I could no longer shed a tear. I guess I had shed mine hours before it happened.

What an INSTRUCTIVE SUNDAY…June 3rd. Despite ALL the EVIL of MEDIOCRITY in the AVIATION INDUSTRY, what will always be TRUE is that a PLANE CRASH is ONLY a TYPE of ACCIDENT. As HUMANS, there will ALWAYS be UNPLANNED INTERRUPTIONS we COULD NOT have ENVISAGED nor PREPARED for. This is LIFE. At times, the INTERRUPTIONS are a GREAT GAIN, a GOOD BLESSING and so BEAUTIFUL. At other times, they are DEEP LOSSES, a BAD PAIN and so UGLY and UNPLEASANT. This is LIFE—there is NOTHING UNFAIR about it. The so-called “UNFAIRNESS of LIFE” is a NECESSARY DISEQUILIBRIUM that WORKS FOR you TODAY and AGAINST you TOMORROW. The TRUTH that EACH of us will have a FAIR SHARE of BOTH the BLISSFUL and the PAINFUL SIDE of LIFE is what DEFINES the FAIRNESS of LIFE.

The FACT of DEATH is a REALITY ALL MORTALS MUST CONFRONT. The CONFRONTATION is the CLOSEST ACCESS to the HIGHEST EXPERIENCE of FREEDOM. Is it possible to ACCEPT that to LEARN to DO THINGS and MASTER SKILLS only defines our EFFICIENCY? Then, EFFICIENCY UNTO WHAT? An EFFECTIVE PLANNER can be BEST at PLANNING, and choose to PLAN to KILL…Bin Laden was a GREAT PLANNER. A ROBUST PROJECT MANAGER can CHOOSE to MANAGE a PROJECT that seeks to KIDNAP a CHILD…Adolf Hitler was an AMAZING PROJECT MANAGER.

The noble question is this: Is it POSSIBLE for EACH of us to TRULY DARE to CELEBRATE the TRUTH that LIFE is SHORT and DEATH is SURE? That we are VISITORS HERE and only just PASSING THROUGH? That we are HERE to OBSERVE, to LEARN, to be very GOOD at SOMETHING or SOMETHINGS, then…to LOVE, SHARE, to MASTER our INDIVIDUAL BEST SELVES and to MAKE IMPACT and CONTRIBUTIONS, to USE and SERVE our BEST to a WORLD DESPERATE for it? Is it possible to ACCEPT that we are EACH BLESSED to be a BLESSING in ANY WAY we POSSIBLY CAN? Is it POSSIBLE for EACH of us to TRULY DARE to CELEBRATE these TRUTHS?

Clearly, it is SACRED to MOURN the DEAD…and as our NATION MOURNS, our SPIRITS PRAY for the FAMILIES of the CASUALTIES of both the BOMB BLASTS and the PLANE CRASH. Yet, with DUE RESPECT to the DEAD and their BLESSED FAMILIES, and at the RISK of SOUNDING INSENSITIVE, I MUST be SENSITIVE ENOUGH to appreciate the DEEPER TRUTH that June 3rd is a WAKE-UP CALL for ALL of US. A WAKE-UP CALL because BOMBINGS and VILLAGE ATTACKS have been KILLING PEOPLE (mostly the poor and wretched of society) in JOS, Bauchi and other parts of the NORTH. The total number today is almost 10times I53 people. No National Mourning was DECLARED in those REGIONS. It is probably so because it seems their DEATHS didn’t touch the ELITES. But it is INSTRUCTIVE to NOTE that the WAY we FEEL TODAY is the WAY many have FELT for MONTHS DUE to DEEP PAINS from the many BOMBINGS. The NIGERIAN of the FUTURE MUST be ABLE to MAKE EQUAL the PREMIUM PLACED on the SOUL of EVERY NIGERIAN regardless of CLASS, TRIBE, LANGUAGE or RELIGION—the SOUL of ONE NIGERIAN should simply be EQUAL to that of ANY NUMBER of NIGERIANS for WHAT it is WORTH to be a CITIZEN.

I am CONVINCED that our MINDS and SPIRITS MUST ACCEPT, DEFEND and PROMOTE the TRUTH that EXISTENCE in itself is a MEANS to a MORE MEANINGFUL ETERNITY. With this MINDSET, the CONCEPT of LONG-LIFE can possess a NUISANCE-VALUE. And the CREDIBILITY of EXISTENCE (how LONG or SHORT notwithstanding) is SUPERIOR to the LONGEVITY of EXISTENCE. It is the CONTENTS of our EXISTENCE that TRULY MATTERS…not the LENGTH. And honestly, the WISE know very well that BREATH is PROOF there’s SOMETHING HIGHER to CONQUER and to BLESS HUMANITY with. We SURELY are BORN for MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE. Yet, the HOUSE of MOURNING breathes MORE LESSONS than that of BIRTH. And he that is DEAD is BETTER than he that is BORN. But BETTER than BOTH of them is he that NEVER EXISTED.

Those who BREATH must therefore SHOW VALUE; as billions have come and gone; and many more are LEAVING UNNOTICED. It is LEFT to US to CHOOSE what our CONTRIBUTIONS will be. It is the DUTY of those WHO still LIVE to ENSURE that when they have to go, it will NOT be said that they were GREAT MOURNERS… but rather, that they ADDED VALUE, MADE IMPACT and left the WORLD BETTER than they MET IT. It is our DESTINY to LIVE MEANINGFUL and FULFILLED LIVES. So, unto MEANING and FULFILLMENT we now TURN. And LET the LIVING begin to TRULY LIVE. At times, the COMMITMENT to be ready to die for some kind of cause can be very SILLY. What is WISE and will ALWAYS BE RIGHT is the commitment to be READY to LIVE for SOMETHING NOBLE and HONORABLE. It is FAR BETTER to LIVE for SOMETHING than to DIE for it. May the Lord give us UNDERSTANDING. May God STRENGTHEN us ALL…may HE, most IMPORTANTLY, COMFORT and STRENGTHEN the FAMILY of the DECEASED. I leave you ALL with Isaiah 57:1-2. Please READ regardless of BELIEF. God Bless Nigeria, God Bless Africa. This is Olakunle SORIYAN, totally SOBER on the LORD’s DAY.

Posted on June 4, 2012, in QUOTES. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Hmmmmm…what more can one say?? He who has hears, let him hear!! It is well!

  2. taiwo olukunle

    God bless you for this piece Sir , truly death should be an eye opener for all, reminding us of the futility of life and how we carry on living our lives without true meaning. i pray for the departed souls … it is too late for them but not for you and me… may we never forget what is truly important. serving God and Serving Mankind .. ….. in all things we give thanks May the souls of the departed rest in peace .. God bless Nigeria

  3. Life… yeah, it will pass away one day… and i extend my heart felt condolence to those who lost their loved ones.
    Anyway, something caught my attention in the article and that is – At times, the COMMITMENT to be ready to die for some kind of cause can be very SILLY. What is WISE and will ALWAYS BE RIGHT is the commitment to be READY to LIVE for SOMETHING NOBLE and HONORABLE. It is FAR BETTER to LIVE for SOMETHING than to DIE for it.
    Truly, it will be better to live for the sake of the truth than to die for the truth; in that while you live, there is an opportunity to maximize your impact.
    Thanks for this timely piece at such a time as this.

  4. Words from the Belly of the wise, half a word is enough for he that truly hears! We have this One life, what shall we do with it?
    SA

  5. Prince Opeoluwa

    Words of truth….weldone sir!!!

  6. Insightful sir! I will want to broadcast this in serial bits to a audience I speak to online on a daily basis, Can I sir?

    • Pls go ahead. I have MR. Soriyan’s approval to allow you. long as you credit MR. Soriyan as the Thought Owner. God bless you sir. He also instruct i let you know he sees your works. Blog Amin.

  7. Dear Sir,
    My heart bleeds so much for the pain that this has inflicted upon us. You speak the truth better than most of us. Like you I felt an exhaustion that I could not explain that fateful day. Like you, i thought to myself, how come 3 days of mourning has been declared because this was a plane crash, what about the victims of the bomb blasts in the North?

    We could rail on and on about the corruption and greed that caused this ‘obviously’ preventable disaster. But have we asked ourselves, what we’re doing with our lives to prevent such occurences from happening.

    A colleague of mine said: “there’s a lesson to be learned from this incident: disaster knows no one – adult, child, pastor, imam, muslim, christian, heathen, good, bad. When it happens, it takes away everyone”

    RIP to all those who lost their lives, may the families they left behind have the fortitude to bear the loss.

  8. Well said sir…..may God have mercy on this great nation

  9. Lawal Bukola

    All is well that ends well.

  10. Indeed it was a wake-up call. I don’t know why June 3rd incident got me thinking, but I do know life is short and we’ve got to make it worthwhile.

    Having said this, i’m of a strong opinion that all these tragic incidents; suicidal bombings and plane crash, could have been avoided if Nigeria isn’t deep rooted in its mess. God save Nigerians, the occupants of Nigeria. And may the souls of our departed beloved ones rest in peace and May comfort the families they left behind.

  11. The GREAT Writer, William Shakespeare in one of his books ”Julius Caesar”, said, When Beggars die, there are No Comet Seen, but the Heaven itself Blaze Forth, the Death of Princes. Until our Leaders value each of the lives emplaced in their hands, the killings will continue unchallenged. The killers are ”having Fun” and Our Leaders are ”Afraid to Challenge the Status Quo”, because they knew within their hearts that they were Not Elected but Selected by the ”Godfathers of the Killers’. Otherwise, how long does it take to Apprehend the Boko Harams, if genuinely they were Not Being Sponsored From Within, by the ”Kingmakers”. May God Help Nigeria.

  12. The wake up call!

  13. Thank you for this classic piece sir. God bless PK. God bless Nigeria

  14. what a world! Like a yoruba person will say “Ile aye,afowo ba get out” this life is all about turns,when it gets to ur turn,u touch and u go.hummmm! Lord help us nt 2 miss ur glorious kingdom.

  15. Your piece is very touching and inspiring at the same time. Thanks for the gift of you to our society! God bless…..

  16. Lucas (@ltspark)

    I died in VAIN!

    My Death.
    Let me tell you about the day I died. I was in a plane crash. I remember the last few minutes so well. Or maybe not so well because there was so much pandemonium around that small space. At first I thought it was the usual turbulence except it wasn’t. Do you think the crew alerted us to the imminent danger? Not until my head hit the air vent did it dawn on me that we were going down.

    Let me tell you about the day a plane crashed into our building. We were watching a soap opera that Sunday evening. We were all tired because yesterday was my 10th birthday and we’d had a party. Of course everyone was at home. My only solace was that we didn’t see or hear anything. We just died.

    Did I tell you what I was doing when that big plane crashed into our street? Well, nothing interesting. I’d just come out with my bag of corn and I was setting up my fire place. I’d made good sales the day before and was believing God for a better day. I remember thinking, “Finally, Tochi will have the money for that hand-out she said was so urgent.”

    I want you to believe me when I tell you that I survived a plane crash. Yes I survived the impact of the crash and spent 10mins trying to smash the window. I succeeded in smashing the first but as I geared up to hit the second, I heard the explosion. I increased my effort but the resulting smoke enveloped me. I remember giving in – thinking how close I came to escape.

    The day I died, I remember thinking just before the plane hit that busy street, the “air crash investigation” episode I’d seen the previous night. I wondered how this crash will be investigated. Will it be? I wondered who the producers will cast in the reconstruction, should there be one. Who would play John my co-pilot and Nick the engineer?

    In Vain.
    I died from the impact with the air vent and I knew my death was in vain because if I’d survived that I’d have died when the plane eventually burst into flames. The fire service would be too slow to respond (negligence or traffic) and when they finally arrive they’d be short on resources.

    I died in vain because I knew our names will not be published in any “manifest”? I died in vain thinking how much trouble our landlord will go through before (if ever) he gets compensation for his damaged building.

    I died in vain because I know nobody will notice that I was also a victim in this national tragedy and if there’s any compensation to victims my Tochi might never be a beneficiary.

    I died in vain because I know that when my body is taken to the morgue, they will simply identify me and hand me over to my folks without any autopsy. They will say I wasn’t burnt like the rest and my folks will only be too glad to go bury their dead. Nobody will consider the fact that an autopsy will ascertain the true cause of death and help in training people on how to better handle escape in emergency situations. Nobody will know how close I came to escaping.

    I died in vain because I knew there will be no professional investigation let alone my fantasy of a reconstruction. I died in vain because I knew the man who asked me to “manage” the plane to Lagos will not resign out of guilty conscience but will wait to be fired. I died in vain knowing that the government will not be proactive in resolving this accident but will only react and respond to the agitation of the people.

    Today as a Nigerian I died in vain because I know that at the end of the day (after all the religious bias is applied ~ Will of GOD et al) there will be another plane crash in the future whose report will be a copy of this one.

    Lucas Togan (follow @LTSPARK)

  17. Hmm, food for thought.

  18. oladayo Ayopo

    #sighs#thank you sir.you’ve shared a piece of ma mind&God bless for the word.its a wake up call to us all

  19. oladayo Ayopo

    #sigh#thank you sir for the word at a time like this.you just gave a piece of ma mind.its a wake up call

  20. Ayomide Atitebi

    The life that surrounds us goes in d most monotonous of organic circles, d same dat went yesterday,came back 2day,yet d question stands: what can break humanity from this VICIOUS CIRCLE of senseless toil?(A QUESTION OF PURPOSE).
    Nothing,but to dat which is EXPEDIENT!What then is EXPEDIENCY? Nothing that requires as much as life but that which d society RIGHTEOUSLY requires to be done.The kind of instruction that naturally follows the trend of natural and human logic that would not surprise the fool or astound the wise.

    Hmmm…So I conclude:THE ONE THAT BRINGS RUIN TO THE COMMUNITY NEVER SLEEPS, SUCH AS WOULD, THE ONE THAT BUILDS IT.
    SO,RISE UP NIGERIA!

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