n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - Ethnicism and religious crisis in Nigeria : a stumbling block to national development
|Article Title||Ethnicism and religious crisis in Nigeria : a stumbling block to national development|
|© Publisher:||Calabar School of Philosophy|
|Journal||Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions|
|Affiliations||1 Ebonyi State University, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||357 - 402|
Man arrived in the world without pre-notice by his creator who knows him and where he is in the world and his purpose in it. As man became conscious of himself, the world and his place in it, he has been ever curious to understand the purpose of his being in the world and how to make a success story of that purpose. In his efforts toward that end, he has arrived at the conclusion that an invisible hand that rules his affairs anytime and anywhere in the world is his well-being. A desire for the realization of his well-being is the mother of all his desires in the world - the first and last rung on the ladder of his existence.
What is man's well-being? The concept man's well-being is a nebulous concept which calls for down-to-earth explanation in order to leave no one in doubt. Man's well-being is a network of his existential needs. What he seeks to acquire - to have at his beck and call in order to live well and die happy in the world. These needs are legion and among them are: adequate food, shelter, clothing, functional education and health systems; effective communication system; an atmosphere of peace, harmony and progress, security of lives and property; freedoms of thought, speech, assembly, association, rights to privacy, recreation and rest; opportunities to work, save and invest, rule of law and justice, self and collective fulfillment, etc. Man's activities, policies, organizations, institutions, etc, are judged good if they facilitate the attainment of these needs, and bad if they hinder their attainment.
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