A Brief Exposition On The Book Entitled: “The Nathanael Effect” Authored By Reverend Father Kingsley Oru, FJS; An Important Read For All And Sundry.

A Brief Exposition On The Book Entitled: “The Nathanael Effect” Authored By Reverend Father Kingsley Oru, FJS; An Important Read For All And Sundry.



 

 

 

 

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The issue handled by the author, through his book, “The Nathanael Effect” is so NECESSARY as it has been a popular tool of division and enmity which some of us have been using, almost unconsciously. However, author used this medium to discuss the issue wholly -the problem,the effect and how not to give such negative tags or be weighed down by it when one receives them. From the account of the stories and experiences shared by the author it is obvious that the problem has been with man almost all through humans existence, especially the periods or times known by history. And he noted that this issue is still very much with us now. So,the need to push for its eradication or minimisation to a very low level led him into writing this remarkable piece.

 

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The author noticed that problem of having bad and negative presumptions about people or places  who are usually, if not always, different from us with regards to ethnic extraction, religious affinity or political affiliation makes us think less of them and place them at levels that they have no chance or opportunity for anything positive and progressive. These preconceived notions make us look at them or act towards them with degrading and dehumanising attitudes which causes all sorts of harm and trauma to such persons, especially those who have allowed such to really get to them and distract/discourage them.

Furthermore,the author did not stop at analysing the problem alone and the attendant effects, but also provided means to stop such dangerous act as well as ways to help those who receive such “negative social tags” to get over them and emerge victorious from what he described as “dangerously incomplete or outrightly wrong” ways of looking at people or places.

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The style applied by the author in getting every regards attention regardless of ones background as well as ensuring that the message is well grasped is one to be admired and appreciated. The relatable stories were beautifully presented in such manner that they simplified the theories postulated to help manage the scourge of prejudice and bias. All of these were presented in linked chapters that will keep you engaged in each step of the journey.

The major part of the book opened with the discussion of “The Nathanael Effect” as seen in various times and places. Stories of how people maligned others because of their current background as it relates to finance, exposure and education, or as a result of the places they came from were also presented. The author revealed that these biases and prejudices usually come from a heart filled with hate for such people, which has stayed and have been sustained over time. Sadly too,the author observed, they are accepted without recourse to inquiry but propagated and used against such people and places. He made it clear that an action of one of few from amongst a people cannot be used to discredit all of them even if such claims about the few persons were to be correct.

The second chapter was dedicated to the discussion of a relevant and notable contribution on the theme which is discussed by the author. This piece was made as a TED talk by the mesmerising Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, entitled: “The Danger of a Single Story” where she unearthed the disastrous effect of having a one-sided information of people and places and forming an opinion based on that incomplete and often dehumanising information.

 

 

The author went further to discuss the psychological and biological aspect of biases and prejudices. He opined that humans are naturally capable of reacting to people simply based on how they say things and even how they appear (which were referred to as “irrational factors”) even before paying attention to what they say. He went further to make reference to the work of Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks which is entitled: “Messengers: Who We Listen To,Who We Don’t, and Why and how they observed that even without rational and reasonable inquiry we tend to accept or refuse people and places simply based on things that do not really matter. The biological aspect as posited by the author dealt with how we tend to belittle others just because we want to feel we are ahead of them. This is caused by the abuse of our survival instinct as humans. We therefore get biased about them and never want to give them the chance and opportunities to prove their worth.

 

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In the fourth chapter, the author talked about the danger of having a default mindset of being better than others. Yes, there might be difference economically, financially, academically, physically, etc but the attitude of degrading anyone who is different from us is so ignoble. He said that with such notion in one’s head, we automatically place ourselves above them, judge them in accordance to those standards we’ve set,not giving them any room to rise and never going to rise ourselves because we have that wrong and erroneous idea that we have attained the peak of that health, wealth, academics, holiness, and so on. But the author urged us to see those opportunities we have, those levels we’ve achieved and those possessions and qualities as privileges and not rights. With such consciousness,we will appreciate the ultimate giver, appreciate those around us,encourage and support those who do not have what we have, and know that since things and times could change at anytime and without recourse to what we want, the table can turn and we might be on the receiving end.

 

 

On the fifth chapter, the author took the tempo high by challenging the recipients of prejudices and biases to be “game changers” and not be discouraged or fall under the overwhelming effects. Yes, the scenario is tough and the bitterness can be debilitating, but it far more honourable to surmount them and emerge victorious, the author encouraged. He submitted that instead of being overtaken by anger and bitterness, such persons should try to respond with positive efforts and an increased hardwork in order to change the status quo for which they are ridiculed. The author also urged those with the so-called “disadvantages” to know that there are underlying advantages to be tapped in them and be used as an edge for development and growth. He also urged such persons to look up to God who has absolute control of everything under the sun.

 

The steps on how to contain the debilitating effects of biases and prejudices meted to people were beautifully written in chapter six of the book. The author urged those who have been subjected to those bad actions not to be demoralised but rise up to the challenges and prove those who do not give them any chance, wrong. This can be done, according to the author, through a positive attitude. This positive attitude and response will help such persons to be open to chances, taking them up when seen, putting in great efforts and utilising them to achieve those heights they are deemed unfit. He posited attitudes like courage, open mindedness, knowing ones abilities and having a growth mindset in order to enable them seek growth through great ways and means.

 

In the last chapter of the book (chapter 7) the author acknowledged the fact that so many great men and women have rising from the bad weight of biases and challenges to achieve great feat and such persons are now celebrated for breaking every barrier and gaining prominence. He noticed that there is a “process” in climbing through the ladder of life, so there is a need to be patient and follow through so as to get to the point of greatness. He recounted the stories of great individuals from different fields who have achieved great heights regardless of the many reasons they’ve had not to get to the top. But according to the stories of these individuals, they showed relentless desire, great efforts and made tremendous sacrifices thereby surmounting the daunting difficulties of life and the challenges posed by those who never gave them a chance. The men used as examples are: President Goodluck Jonathan, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Srinivasa Ramunujan and Professor Ayobami Ojebode.

This has also been the cases of places that have had to contend with natural inadequacies, human obstacles, wars, cultural divisions, religious tensions, and so on. However, they were not swept under such “disadvantages” but pushed hard and made their way to recognisable positions. These countries presented by the author are: Rwanda, Uganda, Dubai, Singapore and India.

 

The above, which is an appraisal of the book, “The Nathanael Effect” is just a tip of the remarkable work done by the author who is a Priest of the Catholic Church. His ministry is basically in correcting the numerous ills of the society and to help make our world more peaceful and happier.

Without doubts, this will be a great read for all and sundry as it has both religious and social background, and it without bias or prejudices but written to accommodate all because in all our differencs and uniqueness, we are first humans.

 

I enjoin all of us to get a copy and read. Thank you so much.

 

The Author can be reached via;

Number: +234 806 308 4460 and book distributor on +234 816 909 7035

Website: https://kingsleyoru.com

Email: frkingfjs@gmail.com

 

You can Download the book on Amazon Here.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091WWN4HC/

You can download the Book on OkadaBooks Here. https://okadabooks.com/book/about/the_nathanael_effect-why_we_write-off_people_and_why_we_shouldn_t/41651

 

 

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