Dear Metha! Even Jesus Is Coming Back Guns-Blazing. Grow Up!
The More Educated Than His Ancestors, the Metha, are inculcating in their children a debilitating idea: they teach their children to obey their parents, even when these children have become adults. In Ghana, we have 40-year old men still bending to the whims and caprices of their parents.
Many products of the Missionary Colonial Institutions of Africa, are parent-obeying men. They have no mind of their own and they take seriously what their parents say, they cling to their parents’ advice and they espouse what their parents teach.
An adult should not obey his parents. What is the point of being an adult, if not to have a mind of your own? The only definition of an adult is that he is no longer a child. When an adult listens to his parents, he commits either one or two crimes: (1) He is either a child, or (2) he is a coward.
There’s no exception. If the mind of the adult syncs with the mind of his parents, let it remain a coincidence. Or yet, let it remain an accident of time and space. The adult must own his own mind and he must use his mind as he wishes, devoid of parental influence.
I am by no means saying that an adult should not take advice from his parents. Taking advice is not the same as remaining a child in your adulthood. Specifically, an adult mind knows what he wants and when he wants it. More information only streams into the mind to better the decisions of an adult.
Better put, an adult has principles. Unbreakable principles. No action he takes is random, all actions are carefully calculated and delivered according to the principles of his adulthood. An age-old man without principles is still a child. And there’s no such thing as a child with principles.
I already know—some of you are probably jumping out of your slumber while reading this. You say, well, “Narmer, in Africa, we respect the elderly. We listen to parents because they are older, they have more experience and they are genuinely interested in our wellbeing.”
All that is incorrect. To pay respect to the elderly does not entail remaining a child. In fact, what better respect to pay the elderly than to develop the principles that enable you to become and remain a better adult? It is also not true that your parents are interested in your well-being. They are interested in their own well-being which includes you remaining as their child! That’s what!
Now you might ask, “Narmer, well, what is the point of all this? Why can’t I remain a child? What is so wrong with that?” And I would say that this is, generally, a good question. Except it is still a childish one! “What is the point?” The whole morality of it! Children are taught all across Africa, in the concertedly cultivated Colonial Missionary Schools of Europe, to be mindful of their in-bred morality. Children are taught to leave matters in the hands of their parents, and then subsequently in the hands of God for the ultimate judgment.
You see? Children cannot run anything by themselves—they often need help from their parents, from God. They certainly cannot run a real nation, let alone a whole continent without Aid; without Foreign Direct Investment; they cannot run a country without Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnerships; without signing long contracts to build Cathedrals in praise of other people’s Gods; children cannot run a country without attaining long foreign degrees in Colonial Missionary Schools.
Children! Children cannot understand—in fact, they refuse to understand—that the world is run by giant, skinny, sadistic terrible white men from Europe, Asia, etc., who want everything for themselves and for their kith and kin—the lands, the gold, the diamonds, the oil, and even the enslaved labor of the African people.
That kind of reality is beyond the Child’s wildest imagination. What God would want such a thing for his African children? So he thinks it’s a joke. He moralizes the real situation by assuring his fellow children that the reason country-folk should not rise up against their foreign exploitation is simply that such realities are conspiracies and that God’s Time is simply the best.
Children! The Metha will find versus in any religious texts to support his childish machinations about the sorry state of his own existence. He would ask his parents what they think, and he would pray to some God to give him sound advice—as if these Gods prefer him over the foreign exploiters.
The Child-Ruler, the Child-Elite, The Child-Adult in Africa, the Metha, simply refuses to accept the economic, social, political and spiritual picture of the sorry state of his African nation. He refuses to accept that Devils exist in the making of this suffering, and that the actions of Devils are non-negotiable.
The Child-Ruler, the Child-Elite, The Child-Adult in Africa, the Metha, also refuses the Colonial Missionary lesson even of his own adopted Christ that even He, the Christ, suffered at the hands of his exploiters. That even He, the Christ—as it is allegedly written—vowed that the second time he comes around, He is bringing the whole host of Heavens Seven Armies, with the General Himself, God, leading the battle against the Devil exploiters of His Kingdom.
The Child-Ruler, the Child-Elite, The Child-Adult in Africa, the Metha, refuses to accept that even Jesus, his co-called Christ, had some growing up to do in order to learn from the clear lessons of his first coming, from his Childishness. Jesus assumed that preaching about Peace and Love, and leaving things in the hands of God could not get you killed, and crucified! He quickly learned that leaving things in the hands of God did not solve the problems of his loved ones. How childish that Jesus was? He was killed and crucified in his childishness.
It is no wonder that Jesus, the Metha’s Lord, has promised his followers that he’s coming as an adult in a Second Coming. This time, Jesus has promised a Second Coming, without consulting with his Father. Jesus has promised clear, concise principles—nothing but to defeat the Devils and grant his loved ones freedom and peace through the actions of the sword. Jesus has taught the Metha that even the Kingdom of Heaven has to be taken through violence without even consulting his “all-powerful” father.
Alas, will the Metha ever learn what he has been taught by his Christ? Will he grow into an adult with his own set of principles or will he wait for his parents to tell him what to do? Will he allow his own children to grow free into the adults they need to become in order to wage war on the Devils? Dear Metha! Even your Lord, Jesus, is Coming Back as an Adult with the full regalia of heaven’s best soldiers to fight for his loved ones. When will the Metha grow up like Jesus and see the light? When will the Metha begin to fight the battle for his loved ones?
The adult knows one thing: You need something? Get it, by any means necessary. You love something and you want to keep it, protect it by any means necessary. By any means, while protecting yourself from the consequences of violence. That is adulthood. The rest is dancing about the bush. The rest is childishness. The rest is stagecraft, to keep you in childhood, while other adults raid and loot your beloved home!