GUIDELINES (AUGUST EDITION) – SWEET BUT POISONOUS
WRITTEN BY EMMANUEL ALAGBE
The august level of impact rendered by SICON group has left our followers in awe. The superfluous growth is the litmus test that shows that we do what we teach. It’s not a cock and bull story to say that marking our year of perfection is an emblem of God’s faithfulness. Our solid rock foundation makes our flag flying higher even q1during storms of challenges.
This is a special edition to mark our seventh birthday, 2013 is just like yesterday, any child born that time should now be in the primary school, let’s celebrate God’s wonder together, we are enjoying your support as you are enjoying our values. As you are praying for us, add work to your faith by contributing your quarter to the steady growth of this group. No amount is little.
Focusing on this month’s edition, all science students studied mixture and separation methods in chemistry, even back in JSS classes, we all studied it. There is a particular mixture I’m interested in, diesel and water. This has been a source of income for hooliganisms and those with a dead conscience.
How do I mean? During fuel scarcity or black market, 50 litres keg may be filled with 40 litres water, the remaining will be filled with diesel, may I gist you what happens, the diesel floats on top of the water, they will never mix, note that the hose will be used the transfer the fuel from the keg to the fuel tank, therefore, the buyer only sees diesel and sees no water, this can damage the fuel pump and the injector nozzle, each injector costs about a hundred and fifty thousand naira only, if not more. A quality percentage of trucks use six pistons which means it will use six injector nozzles. You can calculate the debt if the injectors get damaged. What I’m I driving out?
Many attitudes, habits and behaviour are like a keg of diesel and water. The sweetness floats on top of the poison, many careless youths have patronized the black market of life instead of being patient and using their brains, they have rushed the keg, enjoy the sweetness for a little time and battle with the poison’s damage for the rest of their lives.
Sweet and poison are parallel lines that never meet, just like light and darkness. Sweet is to raise one’s tasty emotion while poison kills. It’s so pathetic that a sweet substance can also kill, like Yoruba adage states “what is sweet is what kills”. This buttresses the fact that a smooth and free road can lead to destruction. My H.O.D told me sometimes last year that, we human beings love smooth road like a tiled floor but it is slippery which can fall you down easily, but when you walk on a rough road, you raise your leg up and walk diligently and by and by you step on challenges, gradually you get to your destination.
Human nature loves pleasure, free things, rest without labour, little or no effort with great gain. We all have this in our blood right from the lower classes. That is why we were happy when unforeseen holidays were declared or the teacher was absent, our hearts were overwhelmed with rivers of joy, because we didn’t want to work. Only those who can intentionally overcome this attitude become hard workers and occupy the top seat. Those who harbour the lazy attitude find themselves where they never prayed and shift the blame to the president of the country.
Nothing is as sweet as a student to enjoy electricity watching films overnight, playing games, visit merry-making friends, spend lavishly on the opposite sex (especially male students), partying is one of the ingredients of happiness, all the stated attitudes makes a student feel on top of the world. Notwithstanding, the result of these attitudes are poisonous. An unserious student will not value reading until he is served probation letter before he knows that rest is sweet after labour but poisonous before labour.
The worldwide cankerworm, COVID 19, has relegated the strong and the weak to the same level. Strong businessmen are running down due to poor sales, nevertheless, there is a distinction between wise men and foolish men. All schools and inter-state roads were closed down in March, many students took their books along for reading while some didn’t border. I doubt if any student will still be reading till date.
Despite the havoc on the world market and schools calendar, I have seen students with new skills, people with new business strategies, adults improving their intelligence. May I ask you, how have you improved since March till date, how have you maximized your time? Free time is sweet, it is very beautiful to have nothing to do especially when there is steady food and electricity. But don’t you consider the future of idle hands to be poisonous? After this compulsory holiday, many will only get fat with a blank brain like an A4 paper while some will have improved life.
Pleasing sexual urge is very sweet at the adolescence stage, sleeping around with different kinds of the opposite sex seems sweet. Just that the result is unpalatable, many have contacted incurable diseases, it’s so pathetic that, after many ladies have used their body expired, with all their shapes and curves slacked and worn out, they go back to God for repentance believing God for a godly husband, the innocent brother end up with the residue, used and dumped body with the mind of faith, chai, this life. Many have lost their womb due to uncontrollable sexual urge, their cry and shame last longer that the ten minutes enjoyment.
In conclusion, a wise man considers his end from the beginning before choosing a pot surfaced with sweetness but contains bitterness. Look before you leap, it may be sweet today but poisonous tomorrow. Not everything glittering is gold.
Superlight International Communications Network (SICON)
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