37 Contemporary Philosophical Thoughts From Michael Eneyo.

PHILOSOPHY OF UNITY.

Michael Eneyo is a Nigerian scholar and a philosopher. He has written many
philosophical books and articles on different challenging existential issues.


His major books include Philosophy of Fear:
A Move to Overcoming Negative Fear (2018), Philosophy of Unity: Love as an Ultimate Unifier (2019) and Ethics:


Judging Morality Beyond the Limits of Man (2020). Eneyo has published many academic articles in both National and International Journals.

His ultimate goal is to contribute ideas that can help in making the world a better
place for all beings, and not just for human beings.

Below are 37 contemporary philosophical thoughts from Michael Eneyo.

  1.  While boundary and division are mostly creations from humanity’s greed and hatred for another, love is a bridge that brings every being together. In love there’s no boundary and division. (Page xi of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

2. I come from the largest family on earth; it is called family of beings. All beings are my relatives. They love me and I love them too. (Page 2 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo).

3. We were all invited as special guests of honor on earth; anywhere you find yourself is your high table. (Page 8 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

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4.The uniqueness of individual beings is not a limitation to the oneness of all beings. (Page 20 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

5. Every being is a unifier of some sort. (Page 38 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

6. Human beings can be influenced by the circumstances of life, but none of these circumstances can influence the truth. (Page 54 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

7. Treat every being with love. Remember the world was made for all beings not only for human beings: Every being deserves your care. (Page 80 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

8. Pride causes disunity among different classes as each of the classes is struggling to surmount the interest of others. A proud person always finds it difficult to accept the reality of life. He always disagrees with anything that does not arouse or apprise him. A proud man is a class creator; he doesn’t mix up with people that are not of his illusionary class. He creates factions wherever he goes; he is a factor of disunity. . (Page 96 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

9. For you not to be hurt while walking on the path of fear, you must put on the shoe of fearlessness and adorn the helmet of courage and love. (Page 103 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

10. Exclusion is human’s false belief that he can achieve “all” by excluding “some” without realizing that the “some” he is excluding is part of the “all” he is desiring. (Page 127 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

11. Today we may be young thereby standing in opposition to those that are old. And by tomorrow, we will become old, hence becoming opposites of those that will then be young. Here opposites are different stages in one continuous process of existence. Opposites can be said to mean “difference made one.” It is within the concept of opposites that the notion of unity in diversity can be grasped. (Page 132 of the book, :Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo )

12. Disunity delays and kills dreams. It is a sign-post of potentiality with no assurance for actuality. Disunity produces many ideas without a single solution; many dreams without a common goal. In all, it is the major reason why so much attention is paid to beings in their exclusive multiplicity with little regards to their oneness. (Page 75 of the book, :Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo )
in their diversity. (page 127 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo)

ETHICS.

13. The moral law is given by a being other than man to be observed by man. This means that moral laws are given. It should also be noted that without the “given”, it will be difficult to have a generally agreed standard for a particular moral act. The “given” ought to be independent of every individual. This makes human beings vulnerable in making moral decisions outside the “given” and the “giver”. (From the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

14. “The power to make a choice goes with the duty of accepting the responsibility of the outcome of the choice.” (Page 1 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo)

15. “When you hate, you automatically lock yourself in a mental prison, the only way to free yourself is to love.” (From the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

16. “Any good act done outside the context of love is no good at all. Goodness must go with love.” (Page 64 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

17. “Our moral responsibility is to act in such a way that our action could be recommended to anybody facing a similar situation. Always let your actions to be directed by true love.” (Page 80 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

18. “When you choose Karma as your chief judge, you don’t need a lawyer to defend your case.” (Page 92 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

19. “Enlightenment can only come when the mind is willing to accept the truth and let go its false beliefs.” (Page 113 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

20. “God didn’t create anybody as a good or a bad person. He simply created us as human beings. Being a good or a bad person is a product of our choice in making moral decisions.” (Page 138 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

21. “God is so real for His existent to be doubted; every living thing is a manifestation of His power.” (Page 172 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

22. “Act in such a way that your action becomes a universal law.” Kant is saying that at any time a moral action is demanded of us, we should ask ourselves if we can make such an act become a general norm for anybody facing a similar situation anywhere in the manner we do.” (Page 86 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

23. “The ambivalence surrounding the decision on whether to lie or to tell the truth goes beyond what one can claim to have had an absolute power to decide without the consent of the being who we perceive as the giver of the sense of what is good or bad. In this case, we resort to God or our consciences which the law is said to have been written.” (Page 109 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

24. “It is the trust of this book that anything which is accepted as a standard of morals, ought to transcend human limitations. Thinking in this direction, it is pertinent to look at the concept of God, which this book is pointing at, as the supreme source of moral standard.” (Page 114 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

25. “Who qualifies to confirm a thing as right or wrong? Is God concerned about morality” is moral standard truly absolute or relative? Can the situation consistently give us a sense of morality? These are some of the challenges we face any time we try to look into the concept of morality holistically.” (Page 139 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

26. “I don’t really have problem with the concept of freedom of speech. My problem is having the assurance of the same freedom after your speech. The experience after the freedom of speaking the truth is what a moral man will hardly escape.” (Page 155 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo).

THE TRANSHUMAN WORLD AND ITS FEARS.

27. It is time we start imagining the unimaginable that we might free ourselves from some of the fears and tensions that will come as the result of events that will change human understanding completely from what our present life has been feeding us with. In ancient times, a barren woman was left with no option other than to remain barren. These days, women who are unable to get pregnant and give birth to a child through the natural process had long embraced alternative routes through the aids of science and technology.” (page 13 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

28. As one of its core proposals, the desire to live forever is the underline focus of the transhumanists’ drives. There’s a strong move by the transhumanists to conquer death, aging, and disease through biological and technological means. They are contemplating producing a robotic version of the human being that can be connected to the human brain to make human beings experience everlasting life through technological means.” (Page 14 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

29.. Imagine the world where humans can duplicate themselves in four to five places, and then send these duplicated selves to different locations for different missions. In the case where one of the duplicated selves is at variance with the stipulated law of the land, will all the duplicates and the original beings be punished, or will the punishment only be meted on the duplicate self that committed the act? What would be the fate of law in such a society? Will all the duplicate beings and the original have the same reasoning ability and respond to issues concomitantly? (Page 15 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

30.. What would be the leading philosophies in the transhuman world?

While transhumanism (the move to transform the limited human conditions) would be the leading philosophy, the world will consolidate all kinds of philosophies that will likely be self-oriented. Individuals, including nations, would be concerned with things that benefit them with little or no considerations of how their respective actions affect others. The ideology of “might is right” shall again become a guiding principle to many powerful nations of the world. (Page 20 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

31 Any attempt to run away from fear often results in the creation of more objects and abstractions of fear. During the “stone age”, there was no car to transport people from one geographical point to another. Moving from one community to another was sometimes adventurous. It was an adventure that can take days, weeks, or months depending on the location before one could get to his destination. Attempt to avoid this ugly experience brought about the idea of bicycle and vehicle respectively. Man’s desire to escape the fear of trekking for days before getting to his destination only ends up in shifting part of the fear of trekking to fear of automobile accidents which have now claimed more lives than the one experienced from trekking. (Page 25 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

32. The transhuman society would be highly controlled by the technologists in almost all spheres of work. The success and the failure of this world will lie in the extent at which the activity of the technologists and the users are guided. This world would be so delicate in such a way that the wrongful applications of any of these technologies will affect humans and the entire living beings negatively, just as its rightful applications will also have the potentials of affecting the world positively. (pages 34 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}

33. Fear is everywhere, but not active at all times. It is the thought or consciousness of something that activates fear. Wherever our thoughts and consciousness go, fear goes with it. If we can imagine heaven; then, fear is there, maybe in this context; the fear of God, (Page 41 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo}.

34. While the brain is part of the visible world of the body, the mind is part of the invisible world of thought, feeling, or belief. Even though the brain is associated with the mind, the mind is not confined in the brain. Though we do mention brain and mind as if they are the same, but they are not. When mentioning the brain in this context, we are talking about how the brain responds to sense data it received. We are not talking about the physical structure of the brain. The mind can be said to be a spiritual/metaphysical part of the human being. The mind houses all forms of spiritual energies such as; fear, love, hate, kindness, and of course, all thoughts. We cannot see fear or love with our material or physical eyes because they are spiritual energies or forces.   (Page 51 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo)..

35.  Why it is very important in making fear a field of study is predicated on the rapid increase in the incidents of fear in the world and how it affects human beings negatively. No doubt, fear has hindered many people from the attainment of their respective goals. Therefore, understanding fear and its working will help human beings to know the proper measures to be put in place to control it, especially in the transhuman society where incidents of fear would be alarming as the results of the inventions of dangerous machines, apparatuses, and equipment for protection, defence, war, and the manufacturing of other technological appliances for self-fulfilment.  (Page 57 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo)..

36. There is always an imaginary line between success and failure, and fear is always the line. The region of failure is characterized by discouragement, weakness, laziness, timidness, and all sorts of disinteresting thoughts. The success region, on the other hand, is full of desirability, strength, hard work, eagerness, and arouser of joy, happiness, and excitement. It is a region that everyone desires. No one wants to be a failure, thus, none desire to remain in the region of failure. But how will we cross the border of fear? How can we confront fear? (Page 54 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo)..

37. The assumption that in the future there would be many incidents of fear that will make the world uneasy to live in, calls for quick intervention measures. Borne out of the curiosity to bring out measures to address this new reality, the advocacy for fearism or fearology as a new philosophy that is not limited to a particular aspect of reality becomes imperative by some philosophers of fear. This informs why this book uses the concept of fear to mirror the envisioned superman society with the aim to manage any fear that might come as the result of the implementations of the transhuman scheme.  (Page 63 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo).

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