Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 500 BCE) was known to his contemporaries as the ‘dark’ philosopher, so-called because his writings were so difficult to understand. Seeming to hold the common understanding of the nature of life and the purpose of human life in contempt (as, in fact, he seemed to hold most, if not all, the human beings he came in contact with).
However, following in the traditions of the earlier Pre-Socratic philosophers, Heraclitus of Ephesus expounded a physical theory of matter and the physical world much along the lines of Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, but took the ideas further in his famous assertion that “Life is Flux” (Panta Rhei in Greek, meaning everything or all things change).
If one understands that change is the only constant thing in life then one will more easily recognise what Heraclitus is saying in his ‘obscure’ writings when he claims such things as, “The way up and the way down are one and the same. Living and dead, waking and sleeping, young and old, are the same. These things are the same in that they are all subject to change, arise from one change to vanish into another change.
Meanwhile, Heraclitus popular quote of “The only thing that Is constant Is change”, better summed up the latest habits of Nigerians who has found a solace in smoking Goza, Narghile, Hookah or Shisha as the name may appear.
According to research, there is a daily increase in number of people smoking shisha in Nigeria than any other African country. As a matter of fact, more people are dumping cigarette smoking for Shisha with most believing that Shisha puffing does not attract the same risk as cigarette does.
However, Shisha pipes use tobacco sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette smoke. Popular flavourings include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry and cola. Wood, coal, or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp.
Aside the contents that seems sweet before ears, Shisha puffing remains a deadly practice that needs to be curtailed if possible.
It is shameful to say the least in our country today, when a Five year old boy/kid is seeing holding the pipe, puffing and inhaling what Shisha produces after a snuff.
If care is not taken, we might witness a situation where a 7 day old baby will adopt the habit of puffing Shisha in place of breast milk.
Looking at this obvious anomaly as a neutral, one would agree that the country and her citizenry of different age are gradually turning to “A generation of Pipe Holding”, but the question is:
How Did We Get Here?
Written By Sammyramires