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October 21, 2019

CATEGORY: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Essay Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Celebrating a purposeful actions by Emmanuel Chima Ugokwe [refresh]
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Author EMMANUEL CHIMA UGOKWE wrote on Apr. 18, 2014 @ 17:49 GMT
Essay Abstract

In the days of our fathers, people lived stress free life. Earth and those in it managed its resources well and tried to be considerate in whatever they do to it. Only few things harmed the earth. They made the earth realize its full potential and life was threat free. Things changed so fast that everyday news carries disparaging remarks about what happens in few decades that humanity fails to do something rightly. What has man done to deserve his name being mentioned often and on as being responsible. He has done a lot. Man has failed to live a sustainable life. Man has continued to fight natural resources, hoping he has the power to change the aftereffect? What has resulted to this? Threat of earth and life therein. This essay captures these and modestly provide a practicable solutions to them as listed. It concludes with a way forward that if we put up a hard fight for preserving the earth, we will win.

Author Bio

Emmanuel Ugokwe is a Nigerian writer, trained film producer, essayist and a journalist. He has won over 30 awards in the last 6 years. He heads many organizations like SIA Africa, PAYF Nigeria, SYNW Southeast South south coordinator, southeastern chaperon for Premeptive international project, IFMA Initiative, Lifeline Foundation, Racetothetop and others. He is currently a student journalist intern with Iafricash media Lagos Nigeria a student of Journalism and Mass Communication Sikim Manipal University Ghana.

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Wilhelmus de Wilde de Wilde wrote on Apr. 19, 2014 @ 14:48 GMT
Dear Emmanuel

It is indeed very difficult to see that "we have the paradise here with us" when are observing our planet and the nightmares that are occurring all around us.

I cannot agree with you that the world of our fathers was a "stress free" one , my father was a Canadian soldier that came here in Europe to liberate us from the Hitler, this was not at all stress less, wars have been around our earth ALL the times , see the history books. Mankind is a dualistic kind that has always TWO goals WAR an PEACE, Black and White and so on, we will never be able to escape this dualistic nature, but we can strive to use the energy between these poles to go further and to obtain a better MENTALITY.

In my essay : STEERING THE FUTURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS ? [:link] I am trying to give some positive indications based on my perception of reality and I hope that you can find some spare time to read it and maybe leave a comment on my thread, eventually after you have formed your opinion you can rate it in reference to your appreciation.

best regards

Wilhelmus de Wilde

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Apr. 19, 2014 @ 23:15 GMT
EMMANUEL,

The image you begin with is transformed by the hope represented in your final image. As you suggest, dry rot is only being painted over for show, maybe more subtly in advanced countries, but the result is the same.

Each of us can make a difference but it must be a common cause for common good. That is my theme as well.

Good Luck,

Jim

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James Lee Hoover replied on May. 25, 2014 @ 03:00 GMT
Emmanuel,

The time in the ocntest grows short, so I am revisiting and rating essays.

You are correct. Change is in our hands, but the motivation of common good must be there.

Have you had a chance to look at my essay. I would like to consider your comments.

Jim

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James Dunn wrote on Apr. 20, 2014 @ 13:02 GMT
Before I rate how your essay relates to steering the future of humanity, I would like to ask how what you wrote becomes broadly actionable?

My interpretation is you are saying everyone "should be" ethical.

Most people I know do not care about the future. I do. But without something that can implement change the tendency is to act based upon short-sighted self-serving agendas.

People most commonly do not think further than one month into their future. Sustainability is based upon the least effort to support one month of sustainability with little concern for anything beyond their family and friends.

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James Dunn replied on Apr. 20, 2014 @ 13:10 GMT
I see charity organizations for feeding starving children. Technology is brought in with no concern for the surrounding ecology. As a result the population is increased beyond what the local ecology can support, and technology is used to destroy the local eco-system. More people, and about the base number of starving children continues unchanged, but now with a larger population they must import food from corporations.

The population is sustainable, but not the local eco-system.

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Georgina Woodward wrote on Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:40 GMT
Hi Emmanuel,

that is a really, really nice essay. I love the way you transformed the vision of our world from a bleak and terrible, hopeless place to one of kindness and hope and restoration. Its a heartfelt call to action. You make it seem believable and do able. Thank you for sharing your vision and optimism here. Best wishes, Georgina

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Gbenga Michael Ogungbuyi wrote on Apr. 22, 2014 @ 21:21 GMT
Emmanuel,

I am glad to see a fellow Nigerian taking part in this highly intellectual essay competition. Your contribution is well noted! I can see your writing style especially from the angle of addressing challenges facing developing world.

I will be glad to see you adding to your list of awards from this competition.

I employ you to read my article "STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEM" and leave a comment base on your observation including giving the article a rating. I wish to see more Africans taking part in the competition.

It is well and stay lifted!

Gbenga

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 16:25 GMT
Dear Fellow Essayist Mr. Ugokwe,

I thought your essay was a fine piece of writing. I especially admired its positive attitude. Good luck.

Regards,

Fellow Essayist Joe Fisher

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James A Putnam wrote on May. 8, 2014 @ 02:20 GMT
DEAR EMMANUEL CHIMA UGOKWE,

Very nice essay. No vindictiveness, no hostility, no self-righteous selective blaming, no scheme for herding others into service to construct an ideological 'human-ant-hill' in a misguided effort to 'fix-the-world'. Your love for your fellow humans is your most important tool. Science is composed of humans. If your message improves humans, it will also improve science. I think you have shared a needed attitude for the future.

James Putnam

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Lorraine Ford wrote on May. 10, 2014 @ 00:29 GMT
Dear Emmanuel,

Yours is a wonderful inspiring essay. We need inspiration and hope to "steer the future".

I think everyone should read your essay. Although you didn't specifically point this out, you remind us that there are many people that currently do not have the advantages that many privileged people take for granted.

Thank you,

Lorraine

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