_"Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting." - Joyce Meyer
Patience is considered a rare virtue in our present day world. A world where everything seems to be super fast- Light train, Telecoms, Wi-Fi- are just but a few products of our fast evolving world. Knowledge hasn't been spared of this rapid evolution with Computers Now having the ability to read minds. We all want to drive on the fast lane because, of course traffic could be a hell of delay. Little then will one be surprised at the rare virtue of patience in our new fast moving world.
Patience is believed to be the ability to keep cool in the most difficult of situations. It could be a situation where you remain calm while waiting a long period of time without hurrying. It also takes a great deal of patience to deal with difficult people. Indeed, patience could be the one missing spice in our societal recipe.
While in a heated argument with people, a patient person will allow his counterpart to establish his point (and sometimes, satisfy his ego) before stating his. In a bid to establish his, while the other party does simultaneously, chaos could break out leading to serial conflicts. Similarly, while waiting in traffic, some drivers - who mistake their act of impatience for smartness - take to the pedestrian pathway and drive through them only to get to the point of stoppage and add more salt to the wound of the long traffic.
The lack of patience plays a pivotal role in conflict outbreak in many communities. Most communal clashes have been born out of reprisal attacks. One which could have been averted, if complaint were lodged and a level playing ground was created to resolve them. The lack of patience have led to the loss of valuable properties and even precious lives. A second, minute, hour or even a day of wait goes a long way in sustaining the peace a society enjoys.
Some months ago, in some part of the world, the President of the Students Union of a certain University was allegedly slapped by a lecturer for simply soliciting for some students who wanted to write their computer based exam (CBT). While many accused the President of of being naive, complacent and displaying high sense of cowardice. Others praised his brave act of not getting tempted to have retaliated. An action which could have led into break down of law and order. Instead, the Case was reported to the right quarters and it was resolved after a truce was brokered by the Vice Chancellor of the supposed school between both parties. This singular act of patience went a long way in maintaining the long celebrated peace they've claimed to have enjoyed over the last decade.
While utopia might be imaginary, it could be achieved if we all take a pill of patience wherever we go. You might be dubbed dumb, clueless or an epitome of cowardice, what matters most in the end is how well you've managed the situation from disintegrating into conflict. You'll be saving our world from chaos. After all, fighting the war isn't the problem but Organising the post war peace , as opined by Aristotle.
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Muhammad Basheer Ishola