Having Increasing In Giving: A Hermeneutical Analysis of The Modern Day Network of Community (Vol. 1, No. 9)

When money rising schemes were introduced to Nigerians in 2016 (last year), many believed that it was time to redeem the poor masses from their pitiable situation. Consequently, the response of the citizens, especially among the younger generation, to these schemes was such that lent credence to the common sayings of every pastor, that ‘givers never lack’.  This is because, it could be observed that, during the network business, participants rejoiced more when they have been merged to provide help to the other, and they do everything possible to deliver such help within 48 hours. Funnily enough, when participants are due to get help, they will prefer to endure for another two weeks so that the mavro will grow more and more. Why this saying “givers never lack” did not become a living reality in our country remains a poser till the end of this write-up.

This piece therefore, intends to address certain contextual issues as a result of the emergence of the above mentioned sites. Firstly, the Church as the Mother and teacher of humanity has a diplomatic way of calling man to order whenever the need arises. Moreover, she (ie the Church) may not have solemnly or expressly discouraged the faithful from participating in the scheme, but she speaks consistently against the inordinate quest for selfish acquisition of wealth and hedonistic materialism. Meanwhile, the fact that the Church has not condemned the scheme as such is not sufficient enough to conclude that she (the Church) encourages it. In fact, the spirit associated with those who belong to the networking community is condemnable. This is predicated on the fact that selfish and egocentric spirit cannot endure the crux of our matter; that is “having increasing in giving”. The reason for this last assertion s clarified from the next paragraph through a hermeneutical analysis of how and at what point, does giving increases having.

The phrasal clause “having increasing in giving” is an age long inspirational thought. Nevertheless, it is a household expression that an average Nigerian person would not altruistically or ordinarily invite into his life, if not for the introduction of punzy schemes.  However, in these later days, experiences have severely taught the indigenes of the network communities that such a metaphysical expression “having increasing in giving” is impossible to bear lasting fruits in a soil devoid of selfless and communal spirit but corrupted by unquenchable quest for money, egocentric attitude to life and prejudiced attachment to vanities. From a critical point of view, it was obvious that the only established strategy for the survival of such schemes was hinged on giving.  This implies that, as long as everyone prefers giving to receiving, there will be a continuous circulation of income. No wonder Gethelpworldwide lasted more than others, because one of their criteria for membership was to be providing help that is higher or equal to the help previously provided. Thus, in the real sense, it will be difficult for a Nigerian to enjoy giving than receiving. It therefore implies that when receiving begins to exceed giving in the platform, members will definitely loose their money thereby exacerbating the pitiable condition of the masses. Besides, something must be responsible for receiving to exceed giving in a community that has as its criteria “the more you give, the more you receive”. Hence, we look into the hermeneutics of failure in the money rising technology.

The failure of these schemes, more often than not, is caused as a result prejudice. One of the major problems of man in a social world is the neglect of what Edmund Husserl calls phenomenological epoche, and the fear of verisimilitude (getting near to the truth). Through the grape vine, it has been gathered and confirmed that sometimes, when a participant notice certain kind of inconsistency due to network failure, he will immediately conclude that the scheme has crashed. Sequel to this, he or she will publicize the personal thought to the media as a verified truth. In reaction, every participant begins to develop a snail pace response to the progress of the scheme and to proclaim that the scheme has failed. In such erroneous chain of publicity, many will lose confidence in the reliability of the scheme. Consequentially, once someone who provided help refuses to fulfil his or her pledge, it discourages every other participant living close to the nfortunate recipient, from making their own payment whenever they get matched. By implication, the belief that a particular scheme has crashed, begins often as a mental construct that gradually discourages participant from actualizing the help provided. In fact this is the Nigerian problem; a problem that is on several occasions caused by the Nigerian masses and suffered by the same people. That is to say, we are the benefactors and the beneficiaries of the benevolence intended in those networking communities, but unfortunately, we have worsened our plight.

On the other side of the spectrum, it is observed that there is also a problem caused by the operators that infuses fear of failure on the participants. In any network community, there is a limited space available for participants. Once there is influx that exceeds the space, there is tendency for adjustment. In the process of adjustment, anxious participants detect certain inconsistencies like incomplete matching, strange guidelines and orders that could inconvenience them. Consequentially, they fear failures and their fears eventually actualize the  failures.

Caution: although we may have lost on the long run, lesson is gathered from experience and so, life goes on. Life could go on because in every single breadth, hope is precipitated. Beyond this, it is worthy to note that what was lost is not an essential portion of human existence, and so, is neither destructive to the body nor soul. There are opportunities that the soul could be inspired to direct the body to higher goals. Goals that prefers the value of being to having; goals that become more conscious of personality development against acquisition of wealth; goals that assure inner fulfilment and even secures man’s needs. Hence in every disappointment, there is a blessing for those who believe.

Above all, just like in network communities, in the world of realities, man is also the benefactor and beneficiary of that aspect of life that offers eternity to human existence. And just as the criteria for the success of punzy scheme is constant giving, the criteria for eternity is selflessness. Meanwhile, the manifestation of selflessness is anchored on giving, in other words, called charity. Nevertheless, there are clear-cut dichotomies between ‘giving’ in the network community and ‘giving’ in the Christian community. The former is egocentric (self-centred), while the later is theocentric (God-centered); the former is spacio-temporal (limited by time and space), the later is boundless and timeless (no need for adjustment as in the former when participants increase). Thoughtful enough,  in the former, success and reward is determined by the other, because the means and the end have only a horizontal dimension. That is to say, you can only get help if the other provides. In the later, the means could be horizontal or vertical, but the end has only a vertical dimension. This is because reward come from God alone, who is immutable (cannot be influenced) and has the infinite capacity to ensure that everyone gets help in proportion to the help provided.

On the platform of these comparative analyses, I therefore express the confidence that the concept “having increasing in giving” is unconditionally relevant and valid only in a heavenly scheme and never in a punzy scheme.

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