By Afolabi Akinola
The Creation of man has always establish a bond inextricably demonstrated between Mentors and Mentees.Man has a mental capacity to consciously and unconsciously make a choice and choose his own mentors or otherwise.
Clearly defined, Institutional choice can also be channelled for him by his society. There is a provision for tutelage in every stage of life. SUCCESSION and PREDECESSOR is naturally systemic and programmed because it is syllogistic to say nobody lives forever but History and Legacy does.
A wise predecessor will naturally plant the seed of succession for germination by ways of identifying such fellows and instill certain qualities of good delivery or leadership abilities for the sake of a better society at his or her own exit .
By close observation, menthorship has always be a strong connecting instruments in the philosophy of greatness of man. Those who excels in their various occupation or profession has always had someone they look up to for emulation, inspiration, admiration acclimatization. Again, aspirations has mentorship philosophy as a custodian of the conscience of society.. For every step of man there is a step ahead of you by someone who has carved a niche ahead. Innovation and invention has elements of referencing. Studentship has a Teacher for life.
Let me zero in on systemic and individual fire extinguishers. Mentorship is never negative. Role models are always positive but advisers can both be positive and negative. Bad company corrupts good manners. It is possible to be negatively influenced by bad friends,enviroment and inordinate ambition. Your habitat is a mirror of your standards and perception of life. There is a philosophical back up to the fact that WHEN YOU STAY SO LONG IN THE DARK YOU BEGIN TO SEE IN DARKNESS.
Tellingly convincing , the consistency and constancy of what you are regularly doing becomes your person in totality and entirety
Philosophically indisputable,. what the eyes sees, the ear hears constantly the mind believes. Constancy is a chemistry of adaptation. Some environment and people are fire extinguishing.The mind can be programmed to fumigate negativity and embrace positivity
It is a statement of fact that, the mind has a password for construction or destruction. The mind has the arsenal of whims and caprices to destroy or construct.
Life navigation shows that Some innovation, ideas, talents, brilliance and ambition are completely burned because of the fire extinguishing environment and people they come across. Stars are known from conception of pregnancies. It is terribly sad that one of the indices of underdevopment of Africa which has resulted to braindrain is the systemic negations of our best in our environment. We do not appreciates and patronize anything made in Nigeria, in sport, science, Arts, manufacturing goods, health care, education among others except made in Foreign countries.
Systemic fire extinguishing is a negation of progress and advancement of society and man. Sincerity and patriotism has been mind mortgaged.
Irrefutably commendable, Mentees has a connecting teachable spirit that is attractive to mentors. Mentors are Eagles. Mentees has chemistry of endowment in connecting mentors and role models. The wisdom of greatness is for both to have an understanding that raising the young shall grow philosophy whether in politics, Arts, Science, sports, moral and so on is an assignment for generational construction and standard emulation.
Experience shows there is wide margin between a Talkative and an Orator.A talkative makes noise with baseless content of ideas in emptiness of wisdom for hours.An orator always held his audience spell bound with views and expression of common sense to his audience purpose of engagement. Therefore, Your innate potentialities will identify your mentors.
It is an assignment that Identifying mentors is an assignment for whoever wants to grow today and tomorrow. Shun wrong companies. Listen to good music not nonsensical ones with wild cacophony
On trial also is a nation that fails to deal with institutional fire extinguishing mechanism to lubricates the engine of her growth and development. The positivity of menthorship is real. The negativity of fire extinguishing system and people is real. The negativity of bad influence is damning. The choice is left for everyone of us to either choose a mentor or fire extinguishers . Man is a product of his own choice. You are responsible for the consequences of your choice and ways. The former is deodorizing and the latter is insecticidal
The rate of criminality in the society is both institutional, individual and parental. A mentor can provide a way out in the mind moulding, a society can be a solution providing mechanism if parents and the government played statutory roles objectively, statutorily and constitutionally for the greatness of Nigeria. Charity I repeat begins at home.
Afolabi Akinola writes from the University of Lagos.
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