The election is over, the people have spoken, time to get back normality. However, what is normality?
Technology has allowed voices and messages to be heard faster and broader than before; often in an anonymous way, but these voices have always been there, that is not new. This anonymity is creating an atmosphere of uncivil behavior, and since that door has been opened, it is not going to close.
What has changed is the strong and polarizing divisions in this country, and around the world. Look at Philippines, Britain and Europe in general; the cracks are there and growing. Look at the solid political and cultural divisions between states.
Are we all aware that the conditions that exist right now (and that are developing) are similar to the way world wars have started? No, I am not saying we are going to war, I am just saying the conditions in which large wars start are here with us right now.
There are already many battles going on around the world and this country has basically been involved in wars non-stop since 2001; do not forget that.
I am not sure what the solution is, but what I do know is that there needs to be a better understanding of each other rather than the current “forget the other team” attitude. We need to listen to each other to learn, not just to respond, we need some unity (sounds corny but it is true).
Pay attention everyone, because history does have a tendency to repeat itself, so let us make sure we are all on the correct side of history.
More to come…
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III