Growing up, there was a popular phrase that popped in my head whenever I considered being disobedient, “obedience is better than sacrifice”.
Whatever that meant or where it originated from did not matter. It however somehow patterned my life in such a way that I never considered disobedience in any form as a choice one could make.
But, there was one lovely morning in the bathroom when an idea came to me (we all know the best ideas come in the bathroom) that most of the greatest men to ever walk this earth were all disobedient at some point and that disobedience was what set them apart from others.
Don’t worry, I will give you enough examples because I know your body is already boiling up.
First, there is Nelson Mandela, he was for more than 20 years of his life obedient to the apartheid laws and a good lawyer, yet the world didn’t know him until he had had enough and decided to question the law. His disobedience to the apartheid policies not only gave him recognition but set the entire land free from white oppression.
He is not the only example by the way. Disobedient acts by individuals like Rosa Parks, who refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger after the white section was filled, and other great men like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jnr, went a long way to promote racial equality in the United States of America.
Also, in the world of technology, Apple Inc, known and recognized for its uniquely “closed system” emerged as a result of Steve Job’s refusal to adhere to the “normal laws of operation”. To bring it closer to home for you to understand better, most countries in Africa like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Algeria amongst others gained independence from colonial domination courtesy of some “disobedient bunch” who refused to succumb to the laws and pressures of the colonial overlords.
Even Jesus disobeyed the old Jewish laws, to make way for the newer, better law!!! I’m not saying we should all go around disobeying every law that is, thereby creating anarchy. All I’m asking is, “is disobedience as bad as society makes it look?”
Would we as Africans have been free if not for the disobedient activities of individuals like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Michael Imoudu, Robert Mugabe, Jomo kenyatta and the likes?