Journalism Practice In Imo And The Dangers Of Pride/Unforgiving Spirit (Part 2)

By Ikenna ONUOHA, mnipr

In the writer’s last article, he explored more on the need to discipline one’s behavior in order to be conformed to socially accepted mode of discipline.

This is because, lack of discipline especially, in the practice of journalism has brought unimaginable disrepute and despair to the once rated noble profession. Annoyingly, today, the role of gatecrashers, exhibition of guitar and repulsive characters by some of its money possessed practitioners is the reason why no one wishes to be addressed as Journalist. Their pride is worse than that of Jezebel!

When one spends a large portion of time in a state of anger, regret, or guilt, he creates more problems than he proffers solutions. Hate and anger consume far more energy than love and forgiveness. When one forgives, he learns to let go of certain things.

Without the habit of forgiveness, it will be very difficult for one to achieve self-discipline. Some people are too worried about how someone wronged them in the past to even focus on discipline or achieving goals.

If someone hurts you, there is need to learn how to forgive as fast as possible instead of keeping malice leading to Media revenge. It does not necessarily mean that the person has to forget. Just forgive and release that negative energy back in to the universe.

No doubt, by forgiving, one lets go of negativity that zaps his or her ability to be self-disciplined. If a person wants to learn how to discipline himself, forgiveness is surely one major avenue. While it might not seem like a discipline habit at first glance, it is one of the most important ones that exists.

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Think about all the people that you are angry with or that have wronged you, and write down why you forgive them. Try to put yourself in their shoes. What would you have done in their situation? Try to find some humor in it. Try to find a lesson learned in all that transpired.

In journalism profession especially, practiced here in Imo State, it will amount to indiscipline and act negating the principle of ethical standards of the job is one creates falsehood and published same with a view to revenging what a politician, business, clergy or tradition Ruler did to him in the past.

One such is said to have been done, the practitioner is veering off the rated road of ethical principle of journalism profession in chase of personal praises and frivolities. This is indeed bad journalism, and does not reflect the true taste of the job that we were taught in the university.

Sincerely speaking, if I were to be allowed once again to choose a profession, it will be hard for me to select journalism as a field of settlement. Reason be that once a new entrant begins to make bad money through false accusations, he or she does not respect those who began the job before him.

In summary, unlike in the military and legal professions where discipline and respect are the focus point, in journalism as far as the practitioner can lay false allegation against an identified big politician with a stiff rumpled face to collect “conja”, he or she begins to disrespect his seniors.

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Very dangerous that most untrained journalists all over the country over-rate themselves whether they have money to boast for or not, it is just the spirit. No wonder an Igbo proverb says, “anything gotten by the side of the pot, goes to the side of the mouth”.

It is quite embarrassing that our today’s journalism practice has become an all comer’s affair, where individuals desirous of fast money have brought her image to public opprobrium and odium.

Today, our young entrant with overzealous quest for richness are not willing to live decent lives in line with the vision of some of our senior colleagues in the profession like, Dele Giwa, Gele Agbai, Femi Adesina, Onuoha Ukeh, Lambert Ojukwu, Samuel Onwuemeodo, Bright Chimezie Njoku, and Fidel Onyeneke amongst others.

I know firsthand just how hard it is to forgive some people, especially those that have really wronged us in life. But it was not until one lets go of all those feelings of hurt and animosity before things really started to improve. One might be so busy worrying and stressing, that he will be so downcast to push forward. This is an act of pride and unforgiving spirit!

On the other hand, non of the young entrants see any need to meditate, forgetting that meditation helps to put the minds at ease. It provides us with a spiritual centeredness that acts as an avenue of growth. When we meditate, we cancel out the noise, so to speak, and realize that we are just one of very many connected beings in this universe.

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Meditation also has a big impact on a person’s ability to be self-disciplined. It clears the mind’s palette, and sets the right tone for the day. It helps to improve the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health all at once, allowing one to reap some of the biggest results for minimal time invested.

Meditation does not take long. It can be done in 10 or 15 minutes when the mind is kept still and and far from wandering. When it starts to wander, reel it back. Feel your energy grounded in the earth, open your palms to face the heavens, and really feel the air as it moves in and out of your lungs.

Meditation is about aligning the physical bodies with the spiritual or astral bodies. When one can align the two, he can live a more focused life by not worrying about the common things that tend to weigh him down. It helps to lighten the load, so to speak.

Many people will be surprise that a one’s media trouble maker is beginning to sound so sober and remorseful, no…far from it, but there must be need for ethics of a profession to take the center stage, otherwise, the journalism entrant may veer off the right path.

By so doing, we shall be expecting Imo of our collective dreams!

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