On De-Humanism in Nigerian Universities

Count Pico della Mirandola, Rennaisance Humanist.

Count Pico della Mirandola, Rennaisance Humanist.

Nigerian society dysfunctions because the universities fail; the universities fail to inculcate the values of Humanism, from which their curriculum springs, in the students. These students are then sent out into a world built, every single block of it, by the same ethics and aesthetics they failed to be taught, failed to learn.

So we have, in the end, students full of fancies and superstitions, brimming with sentimentalities in a world of rationality where logic is pressed as far as it can go, and then some, every time. We have, in the end, a race of the intellectually incoherent, who at the end of their education have not imbibed the core of Humanism’s ethics and aesthetics and worse, are not quite pagan, Chritian, Jewish, Muslim or amoral any longer. How can the social machine not work erratically or break down completely?

“Here, one felt no weight of the supernatural pressing on the human mind, demanding homage and allegiance. Humanity—with all its distinct capabilities, talents, worries, problems, possibilities—was the center of interest. It has been said that medieval thinkers philosophized on their knees, but, bolstered by the new studies, they dared to stand up and to rise to full stature.”

If our minds are not free, we cannot see that we are kneeling, talk less of exert ourselves to stand.

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2 thoughts on “On De-Humanism in Nigerian Universities”

  1. “So we have, in the end, students full of fancies and superstitions, brimming with sentimentalities in a world of rationality where logic is pressed as far as it can go, and then some, every time. We have, in the end, a race of the intellectually incoherent,…”

    I can relate with this statement… Our universities do not really prepare their graduates for the real world, They face a very rude shock when they come out.

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