By Nneka Okumazie
What does the country an individual comes from say?
Many nations of the world offer what can be called nationality neutrality, where not much can be thought of people from there in terms of risk.
But there are a number of nations where coming from there, with or without nationality is a liability of caution around them.
There are many who say they judge based on individuals – but it is not that simple because of how the memory associates one thing with another.
There are countries – across continents, not just obvious guesses, whose people are known for exponential horror.
There is often deliberate avoidance – by many – of certain places or people because they know what the people are capable of.
Yes, there are most things in every country, to differing degrees.
Countries have prisons, where their own people fill.
Countries also have cases where their own people do unspeakable stuff.
But the countries that ensure to do better per positives are hardly represented by their worst.
The countries of negativity may have a number of best to offer but are dwarfed by their sea of horror.
There is something pervasive in whatever country – where behaviour generation skews grim.
The people may not know, outsiders may not understand, but these countries where it is just bad news, darkness, evil, etc. are cases of obdurate societies whose priority should be doing better by the people, not anything else.
But most times, the people are careless, double-down, or use interpretations that justify their actions.
They forget that to advance, evil from within must be conquered.
They also forget that there is no procession with evil that does not lead to destruction.
These places, in how they think, behave, assume, and induce ruin, set themselves and their people – everywhere – back.
They have a pattern – and that, predictable about them makes them weak. It also makes them unwanted.
They most times carry negativity wherever they go and are veritably selfish no matter how they seem to have fake bonds or gatherings among themselves.
No don’t say this about that people, or don’t talk about it – consign many to almost a life of waste – reared in those places.
The bigger problem, many forget, with evil – hidden or known, is what it inspires.
There are many extremes in the world at present that were not this horrific couple of decades ago.
There are also horrors within the last century that continue to shape negative action.
In many ways, good offers leadership and bad offers leadership.
The world is not that complex to have so many sources of leadership.
There are a few, relatively, and many just follow. Some who follow cannot even see that they are.
There are countries that would hardly do anything prosperous for themselves unless nudged by external people in some form.
There are those whose objective is sabotage and pain transmission.
There are those who would copy, skipping key sequences – just to do what others are doing.
There are many who would follow digital currency because everyone is doing it, but forget that differential productivity and jobs are better valued than capital pegged against anything.
There are also those whose education offers no leadership, whose sectors offer no leadership, whose businesses offer no leadership, but to follow what is done elsewhere – while over predicting their distance.
There are those who cannot show real courage, who do not even understand what courage is and that without risk – to the extent of losing all, most times, progress may never be attained.
There is a difference in the courage it takes to move from a poor country to a better one, to the one it takes to move to a poorer or unstable one, or to a war zone.
There was some civil war at some location within the last century where foreigners came to fight for a side to defeat what they believed would be dangerous.
Many died, but courage in that arena, where those having it better, keep it aside to war on backwardness, may decide for them, how they progress.
Courage is to open a business or do something.
But opening a business with a market does not compare to opening one with no defined market or developing a new product that can be useful, but may fail in demand.
There are just so many who peak at the luxury a position offers – and have nothing they would ever make better.
It is possible to make progress in different ways, but a nation without its best – those who are super attitudinally extraordinary, trying, it may be difficult to find new methods to change from their situation.
Where are you from?
Those from weak countries who do not do their best – selflessly for their nations may not be too distant from their worst.
[Judges 20:13, Now, therefore, deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:]