Gov. Uzodinma And Sen. Rochas In The Eyes Of Platonic Allegory Of The Cave

Source: Prof. Protus Nathan Uzorma
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As a philosopher, I find it very difficult to rejoice while others are rejoicing and to weep while others are weeping. The reason for this is because I look beyond the moment euphoria to the period of reality, at the expiration of same when pain, sorrow and agony await familiarity. And until then let him that rejoice weep and he that weeps rejoice in anticipation.

In the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas states, “Natural things are intermediate between God’s knowledge and ours. For we get our knowledge from natural things of which God, through his knowledge, is the cause.” Things that are natural are sources of our knowledge but could be controversial or contentious following the school of thought where the scholar belongs.

However, the creator of human race is the cause of nature and He teaches us beyond the natural phenomenon which intermediate between his knowledge and ours in line with St. Aquinas view. This dimension of knowledge could only be acquired outside our normal academic curriculum. Though this is not my point of argument for now as my intention in this article is to prove beyond every human reasonable doubt that Imo has not been totally delivered, as the task ahead shall determine the condition we shall find ourselves.

Though by faith, we can say that the administration Gov. Hope is at his best to reposition things though, it should be noted as it’s now alleged that for eight good years Imo was in the cave and to be able to meet with reality of life we shall need to trust God as the cause and not trusting nature that serves as the intermediate between humanity and the divine. Let me ask a little ‘meaningless’ question that may fail the test of logical syntax and syllogism within the abode of religious creed and credo, Where is Arch Bishop AJV Obinna in line with what is happening in Imo? I have not heard him condemn or criticise Gov. Hope Uzodinma for any reason, is Gov. Hope now one of the political Roman Angels? I feel like smiling at this question because I can imagine how my good friend, spiritual father and renowned Igbo leader would feel and react right inside of him by reading this from his son- The Reformer.

However, my joy is that the Arch Bishop knows too well that too many eyes are him. Sen. Rochas claimed that no governor has done to the Catholic Church in Imo what he did for them within his eight years in power; yet the Arch Bishop criticised him as never before. I’m a witness to his criticism on Chief Okorocha.

In the words of George Orwell, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary act.” No wonder it’s very difficult to understand what is very simple to understand. Yes, the most difficult thing to understand is why anything should be understood. In the difficulty of understanding lies the complication of simplicity. This informs why Anthony de Mello enthuses, “He who understands the hidden truth is a lonely man.” In the spectrum of same, the allegory of the cave as the basis of this article is justified. The reason for all this analysis is to enable my reader follow me in my line of thought which on the other hand, may be very difficult because if a million people follow you, you need to ask yourself a serious question of where you have gone wrong.

Over 2,000 years ago, Plato, one of the Greeks elder-statesman and very famous in philosophical thought, explored the question of whether reality exist in his famous allegory of the cave. The allegory of the cave begins with a scene painted of a group of prisoners who have lived chained to the wall of a dark cave their entire lives.

Every day these people in the caves watched shadows projected on a blank wall. For them these shadows are real and they shaped their entire reality. Now, imagine that one of the prisoner’s leaves the cave and walks outside into the sunshine. For the first time in his life he sees the sunshine, he will be amazed in the first instance and will certainly be happy. He will feel librated from ignorance and bondage.

The great question then is, what will he then think of his companions back in the cave? He certainly felt very sorry for them and their limited reality. If he returned back to the cave and told them about what he saw, they’d probably laugh at him and think he was crazy.

The Platonic allegory of the cave explores the tension between the imagined reality that we think is “real” (shadows) versus the reality that is the “truth” (outside the cave). At this point it is very imperative to infer like Sir William Osler would say, “The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.”

What makes the people of any state to rejoice is not the man at the hem of affairs but his policies. The man may be outside the cave while his policies may be those inside the cave. If someone enjoys too much of injustice, he sees justice as a favour.

Nobody in the past criticised Rochas like me. Sen. Okorocha knows very well that my criticism of him was not pecuniary based. Today, many people are making noise about Rochas when in reality they know nothing about him. I am even surprised to see his good and trusted allies betraying him just for fear of losing one or two properties. What a shame! Sen. Rochas succeeded in making people that will fight against him in the future. Oh Onyemaechi (who knows tomorrow)? Make a friend with someone that can defend you in life and in death. Sen. Rochas has lost so much especially those he trusted and made. I pity him now because he did not see this coming too fast. Gov Hope should watch himself too because the Igbo proverb of the fowl and guinea fowl can always come into play any day any time.

I opposed Rochas for complete eight years and I am still asking myself does Imo deserve all that I did? The way and manner Gov. Hope is going about the matter of Rochas does it truly worth it? Is Gov. Hope truly sure of recovering the so called looted money as well as properties from Rochas? Can Chief Rochas survive the fiery dart of Gov. Uzodinma and can Gov. Uzodinma remain resolute in his fight against political corruption in Imo without compromise? Sen. Okorocha is a strong politician in Nigerian context; can he be patient enough to face legal trial as demanded by law? Gov. Hope and Sen. Rochas are of the same political party, is it possible for Gov. Hope to sustain his fight in this context? Time will answer all these questions!

In Imo today, the government of Rochas is seen to have kept Imolites in the cave for a long time now. Don’t forget that the cave people believed that the shadows they saw were the truth just as many people right now are rejoicing for a mere shadow that is momentary. The interpretation you draw from this may obfuscate your understanding and may not be associated with the inherent meanings. However, I am very sure that the liberation of Imo people by the special grace of God has come.

The coming of this total liberation may be associated to the very person who left the cave and witnessed sunshine. The key lesson from Plato’s allegory of the cave is to question every assumption you have about the reality you call “real.” Appearance is deceptive!

History has it that one day King Philip of Spain (1627-98), called his son to a private room in the palace. There on a table were the sword of the king and the crown of the king. His royal majesty asked the prince to choose which of the two he wanted. The young man chose the crown. Then his royal father said, “No, son, first take the sword in defence of your country and win the war; otherwise your enemies will wear the crown.

If you must wear the crown, you must win the war. Again, anyone who wants to wear the crown must first of all tell himself the hidden truth.

Are you the man or the woman of the people by circumstance? If given the opportunity to serve either as a Local Government Chairman, Counsellor, Commissioner, Minister, Senator or even House of Representative member etc. are you going to replicate the philosophy of looting? No wonder Aristotle say “If a man is interested in himself only, he is very small, if he is interested in his family, he is larger, if he is interested in his community, he is larger still”.

A good society is very possible and realizable only when the right knowledge is taught and people manifest love and peace towards one another. What will happen in Imo in the next four or eight years shall justify my averment.

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