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Don’t Glory in Other People’s Woes


Don’t Glory in Other People’s Woes

My heart bleeds each time I see people glory in the agony of others. It is disheartening to know that some people could mock or say all kinds of printable things against someone who has been hit by tragedy. Those who are in the habit of this show of shame are either heartless or ignorant.

Someone is going through a difficult moment may be due to the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a terminal disease, you see someone attributing the person’s difficult moment to carelessness, mistakes, and other such otiose things. Davido, the Nigerian music superstar lost his three-year-old son in a tragic circumstance.

You can imagine the trauma Davido and Chioma, his wife has been going through, but you still see some mentally deranged individuals and netizens casting vituperation on Davido and his wife, blaming them for the excruciating death of their innocent child.

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While some said the child died due to the negligent of the mother, who according to them has been junketing and gallivanting around with the husband, leaving her child in the care of nannies, others said Davido has used his child for ritual or that the child died as a result of Davido’s disappointment of some randy women.

These set of people with myopic views about life must be the most heartless people to have ever walked the earth, for being too insensitive to the feelings of others, or they must be the dumbest people on earth for failing to understand that tragedy can befall anyone, anytime.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a saint or a sinner. Even the righteous go through tribulations. When you are fortunate not to have experienced tragedy, don’t feel it’s because you don’t make mistakes in life or that it’s because you are loved more by God. It’s simply that tragedy hasn’t come to you. Any day it comes, to you, you will begin to appreciate the importance of identifying or grieving with anyone who has been struck by tragedy.

Let us speak fewer ills of others, especially in their trying moments. Let us not mistake the grace we enjoy for a reward for our righteousness. Whether we like it or not, tragedy awaits all of us at some point in our lives.

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