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Sunday, 23 June 2019

The New Pharaoh: Parents and Teachers Help Take Charge

Centuries ago, a king lived in Egypt. His name was King Pharaoh. He was a powerful king of the time - so powerful that he claimed to be God.
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God sent Moses and his brother (Aaron) to deliver the Israelites from him and proceed to the Promised Land. They agreed to execute God's call. However, Pharaoh was challenged with this decision. He stood to make it not only difficult for Moses and Aron but impossible for him to get to the Promised Land.

That's the Pharaoh of then. That's the obstacle in the way of Moses and Israelites thousands of years ago.

Today, Pharaoh was gone but we still have him around.

This time, it’s no more the old and dead king and he was not stopping Moses. Rather, Pharaoh has multiplied into many things and the Moses of today is you and me.

The Pharaoh of today includes excessive TV watching, excessive sports love, excessive love for and use of social media such as our beloved Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Wechat, Instagram to mention but a few (existing now with more to come in the very near future).


If truly what the then king Pharaoh aimed to achieve was for Moses not to take Israelites off the mess and to the Promised Land, all the mentioned activities and platforms are today standing as Pharaohs in the ways of many people in order to stop them from getting to the Promised Land.

Today, we get so distracted with social media that we fail to pay attention to the fact that we're losing focus and going astray, in our education, business, career, family, relationship and more.

A few years ago, a student was chatting with me on WhatsApp - asking when a school entrance exam would hold. As at that very moment, the school's entrance exam was going on.

When she asked this question, I taught she's kidding but she's serious. She wasn’t aware her proposed school has sold entrance forms and the exam was as, at the time of chatting, on-going.

The most unfortunate thing was this. I was aware this same girl has been online for some days back and she has seriously been wasting time chatting with friends, "socializing" as they would call it.

You should know I got that! The time last seen on Whatsapp? Yes!

She couldn’t take time to visit the school’s website for updates regards her school entry form and exams.

This is an example of Pharaoh standing in the wheel of progress of some people.

I'm not of the opinion that we shouldn’t use social media. But won’t it be perfect for us if we can be minimal, such that we don’t end up procrastinating what's important to us for just online socialising?

Do we have to forgo our achievements in lives for watching matches and arguing unendingly about politics, players, clubs and some celebrities?
Do we have to forgo our achievements in lives for watching matches and arguing unendingly about politics, players, clubs and some celebrities?
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You won’t deny it that social media had caused you more harms than good. You may not be aware until now and a little reflection on your academic, religious or business life, in the past years, will reveal to you what you had lost to internet socialising.

In fact, some schools and government prohibit students from using phones while in schools because of this dilemma. This was not far from the fact that it had been observed that over the engagement of students in the uses of phones.

Improper use of phones was one main cause of students’ failure.


Even in the business world, a study by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing company, 54 percent of U.S. companies say they’ve banned workers from using social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace, while on the job. The study released in 2009, also found that 19 percent of companies allow social networking use only for business purposes, while 16 percent allow limited personal use.

Using social media is not a problem here. The problem is lack of good orientation to what social media should be used for, by each and a particular class of people.

You must reflect on what you, in particular, should use social media for.

I wish this technological trend had come during my time in secondary school. I would have used it to learn and share knowledge. I would have used it as a channel to be discussing something of interest to me. By now, I must have become a celebrity in my areas I chose to write on.

You can still do it.

Do you want to be a lawyer, doctor, nurse or business person? Why don’t you use this social media to get your voice heard in line with your dream?

Don’t forget that, as you do this, you wake up every day getting closer to your dream of becoming a doctor, businessman, engineer, nurse, teacher, consultant and so on.

Remember that - what a man thinks, he believes and acts on, he eventually achieves.

Never forget that this is the Pharaoh today. And if you aren't in charge, it takes charge.

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