“We have decided to work out means to defend ourselves against these senseless killings,” Oritsejafor said.
The “means” isn’t always the way towards the end; it just gives them one point to be there. “There” being somewhere between the start and the end. In fact this “giving” in a point in time is created by what “means” means in strategy. “Means” in strategy is alway resources. So all Oritsejafor is saying they are starting to build a structure out of resources to defend, instead of solve, the problem.
The “end” in strategy, strategy consists of three domains: the end, ways and means and the “end”, has two points–the beginning point and the end point. I tend to think that the beginning point is not that important, even if it started 14,000 years ago by some aliens from another world or dimension(s).
This beginning point is not important because everything living is so adaptive (“everything with a beginning has an end”, The Matrix), and the environment, in the gap on the way from one point to the other, creates rule-sets that act as a point of means (“moment of inertia” if you will allow me to stray), to the end. The means is only a point (developed with the use of resources) on the way to the end; which end (past or future) is very unclear.
But the environment creates the logic (perhaps through the addition of algorithms) that creates the structure of the movement of the living thing. For thousands of years Africa has said to its people: “Nigeria will accept a $100million bribe rather than let its people enjoy a $100billion project. “run into me, run into the bush. Aren’t they still, in a way, running into that which protects them? A bribe is something given to them, a project is something you work for. Exactly which way are you going to run?
The environment realigns the forces that is made up of rule-sets so that one force doesn’t over-power the other, but is instead perpendicular to the opposing force (either attractive or repulsive) and the result of the perpendicular forces is a structure that enables all forces to live inside the same environment. For Africa that structure was the bush.
I am just saying that between faulting the people and faulting the environment: you can fault the people for being human, but, when the structure is crumbling, one has to look at what brought them here. Now either that bush is going to supply the logic that will protect its people, or it will not.
To me it is the oil and natural resources of the environment that is corrupting Nigeria, and not the people, nor the religions that are the means to their end. The outside forces are pushing against the structure, and there is much fear in the environment that the people live in, just saying….
Beauty, except for my many years knowing you as a Nigerian (I presume a 1%’er) living in Spain, the young African person (probably another 1%’er) who is a friend of my wife’s nephew , and all my other MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Facebook Friends, I don’t know the Nigerian people well enough to judge the level of fear between them.
What is the level of fear between the people of Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the MENA? Is it enough for an “Arab” Spring?