Paschal Agonsi

Overstanding Corner: CRABOLOGY

The word ‘crabology’ is coined from the word CRAB. Yes, the same crab that you know. There is something very interesting, yet wicked about crabs.

If you had ever hunted crabs you would know that once you have two or more crabs in a basin, no matter how shallow, you don’t need to cover because none of the crabs will escape. Leave them in the open basin for weeks, none will escape, even though each of the crabs has the capacity to crawl out. Now this is what happens; whenever any crab tries to crawl out, the other crabs will instinctively pull it down.

So they would rather die than to see one crab escape; hmmmm! Therefore, the word crabology is synonymous with – pulling down syndrome. If you research on this word you would likely see the sentence ‘If I am not free, neither would you’.

This is crab mentality and I think it is witchcraft! Sadly, many people in offices, market places, families, neighborhoods, schools, mosques, churches etc., have this mentality. So the word Crabology is not about crabs, it is about us, humans.😪

Crabology is the study of the mental attitude, language and actions of individuals within a society who refuse to support others in their efforts to better themselves, their community, and/or their organization(s). You must consciously deal with such mentality with the understanding that the candle you light can never reduce your brightness. You must build people around you, help people to succeed because transcendency is true fulfillment in life – helping others to be fulfilled. 😍

Desist from talking people down; use words that dignify others. Celebrate people’s achievements. Man was made for the sake of another man. Never be happy that you are the only wealthy person around.

It is actually very dangerous because whenever the poor become so hungry, the rich becomes their target. This is so common in Nigeria, people like to see others coming to worship and beg them for help. Perhaps this is the reason our country is experiencing the challenges we have today.

Don’t be like that. Recognize we have to raise each other up not to crab one another down. Celebrate others’ victories because their victories cannot stop yours rather, will hasten your own victory.

The law of attraction states that “what you admire you attract, but what you abhor you repel.”

Let’s broaden our horizons, reach out, help genuinely, love unconditionally, treat people with respect, help others rise, and celebrate others.

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