Warning: This article is a very long article that will trigger you to think. If you know that you aren’t ready to THINK, don’t read further. If you know you are RELIGIOUS, just stop reading here because you will get angry with me.
While growing up, I wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer, not because every other kid around me wanted same but because I mistook my philosophical spirit for an engineering spirit. I wanted to know what was inside the box of our electronics. I would always use my father’s screw driver to inbox some appliances. After my withdrawal from UNIBEN, I became useless.
I wanted ‘MechEngine’ but ended up reading Industrial Chemistry. After about three years, I was thrown out violently like an unwanted weed. I came back to Warri without a certificate.
I knew I had to go back to the university because my destiny was in it. On my second attempt, engineering was out of the option. My bond-brother suggested Computer Science. I gave it a thought and accepted, thinking it was all about Microsoft Office, how wrong I was when I started the journey.
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As a Computer Scientist, I understand the word VIRUS.
A Virus, from the biological perspective, is an infective agent that typically consist of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat. It is too small to be seen by light microscopy and able to multiply within a living cell of the host.
From a computational worldview, it’s a piece of code which is capable of copying and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying data. Please read that definition again because that will be the basics of our journey.
As a Computer Scientist, while my colleagues see virus from a narrow perspective, as an enemy to a software or computer. I see a virus as a piece of code capable to run and ruin the ‘MEntal MObile’ (MEMO) App of an individual.
Religion, generally, is the belief in or worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. This definition is too narrow but a boarder one will help you get my message. Religion is a personal or passed-down set or institutionalized system of doctrines, beliefs and practices based on ASSUMPTION, IGNORANCE or UNINTERPRETTED EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE.
* Opportunities come but once.
* All men are the same.
* Isoko Men are stingy.
* Urhobo Men are lazy.
* Warri people are untrained.
For us to make quantum-leap progress in life, we have to question our beliefs. If we are to achieve ground breaking feats, we must sit down and ask ourselves how our religious belief originated.
PS: The moment I decided to wear my rugged jean to church today, I knew it will raise cloud dust and like I predicted, it did. Some people ‘shouted’ at me… To be continued.