The Search for Martyrs

Death is strong.

Far too much value has been placed on the real value of the Human life that when someone offers to voluntarily give up his for others, he is termed a hero almost immediately.

Well, I’m sorry to debunk your myth, but the Human life has a price. There are so many things far more important than the Human life.

The value placed on life is not in the amount of oxygen one inhales, it’s not in the breathing space one occupies, that in itself is not arbitrary.

In the famous words of the Nigeria artist Tuface Idibia, “nobody wan die but they wan go heaven”. Everyone wants to end up in Heaven, yet they don’t want to die but experience rapture.

Some say they wanna live till 120, I laugh because when you place this much value on life, even at 150, you’d still be scared to die. The key to overcoming life is by standing up to it, little wonder our old men and women care less about most things. They realise that most of the things they spent their hey days pursuing were not really worth it and only wish they could turn back the hand of the clock.

I’m tired of a society that keeps granting hero status to just about anybody all because they have offered to die for a cause. Be the offering!!!

In Nigeria, there’s someone called Nnamdi Kanu. He has been termed fearless because of his outrageous remarks. He pitched his tent with the Biafra struggle. With the struggle of a people having to live the rest of their lives with the tag of a defeated people.

Nnamdi Kanu has been championing segregation for his sect. He was recently arrested by the Federal Government of Nigeria on the grounds in Treasonable Felony. The irony in this story is this; Nnamdi Kanu keeps saying he’s willing to die for the Biafran struggle. It is this stance that has won him a huge following amongst the people. But I was amazed and perpelexed when his followers came out en masse to protest against his arrest alleging that there were plots to kill him. Why protest? Hasn’t he offered to die for you already?

You then see that the Biafra struggle wouldn’t take a lift with a Martyr, Ojukwu tried, Uwazukike tried, and no, it’s not just about the Biafran Struggle. It’s about all life’s struggles, in all your endeavours, you’d never get a facelift if you keep waiting for someone to do the difficult stuff. You have to get up and do it yourself.

This post is not about Nnamdi Kanu, neither is this about the Biafra struggle. I only want to highlight something here.

Humans don’t care if you end up giving your life or not, so long as you brazenly come out in public and rant about how you’re willing to die for a cause, that’s all you need to win people over. People love their lives so much that they would willingly give their all to support a sacrificial lamb. This is pathetic.

This is the reason why so many Jihadist movements don’t lack funding, people are willing to support anyone that wants to die in their place.

We are all in search of Martrys. No one wants to be the martyr. We are all in search of someone who would go ahead and pave the way. Keep living this way and watch life trample you.

Little wonder people like the Wright Brothers and Gates who had been bold enough to venture into un-martyred zones became so successful that they’ve left their indelible mark in the sands of time.

Human life in itself is not valuable, the value comes in what you do with it. If you decide not to do anything valuable with yours, then forget it, your life isn’t worth a piece.

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.


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