While waiting for the lady preparing my breakfast; noodles and a fried egg, a smartly dressed elderly man in a new looking black Toyota Camry (Spider) attempted to park at a tight spot close to her noodles kiosk. Out of sight, he had missed her cooler filled with drinks which was perched on the side of the road and while parking compressed the cooler and as good as damaged it.
He stepped out of his AC tight car, straightened his native wear, greeted a few of his “fans”, grabbed his phone and journeyed on like nothing happened.
Haaaaaaaaaa. I wasn’t having it.
“Oga, Good Morning Sir”, I greeted.
“Good Morning”, he replied with a guilty yet obnoxious look on his face.
“Sir, please come and look at the woman’s cooler you damaged”, I said with all the calmness I could muster.
“What?! What is the cooler doing by the roadside”, he screamed at me as if it was my cooler.
“Sir, even at that, I think you should come and take a look at the cooler first while…”
“Keep quiet, you don’t have sense”, he interjected with added anger.
As his high pitched voice began to draw a crowd, I decided to keep quiet so as not cause an unnecessary scene and escalate an already heated situation.
The poor woman couldn’t speak up for herself because the richer, more influential man was bullish and was threatening fire and brimstone for damaging her cooler. Imagine.
This episode reminds me of a scripture in the Bible, Jeremiah 17:9 (paraphrased) “The heart of man is desperately wicked.”
What stops this man from getting out of his expensive car, taking his share of the blame for the incident, empathizing with the ‘poor’ lady and giving her a token to make up for the damaged cooler?
But the heart of man is desperately wicked. The heart of a rich pompous man is desperately wicked.
If the Jesus Himself said in Mark 10:25 that “It is easier for a camel to enter into the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Heaven” then we should be careful how we use the ‘power’ riches entrusts on us.
An African proverb says, “There is no man as humble as a poor man and there is no man as proud as a rich man”.
Treat everyone with kindness and let your wealth speak for not against others.