The Nail And The Hammer

Time and again, I have seen people live out the saying that, “when all you have is a hammer, all your problems start looking like nails”.

People whose thinking is monodirectional. They lack innovation, imagination, and logical reasoning skills. Whenever you go to them with a problem, they only have one solution.

For some of them, the solution is prayer. Even when there is an obvious fix, their only solution remains prayer. Some are so engrossed in prayers, they can’t tell when God has answered their prayers.

Another group believes in the power of money. To them, “money answereth all things”. When you come to them for any kind of help, if they have money, they’ll give it to you. If they don’t have money, they will tell you to go and look for money.
Like a former state governor in Nigeria once said, ” whatever problem money can’t solve, more money will solve it.”
It doesn’t matter the color or temperature of your problem. If throwing money at it won’t make it go away, then you are on your own.

There is another category that believes “eniyan laso”. That is a Yoruba proverb that means “people are my covering”.
It is a sentiment that as long as people are around to support me, I have nothing to fear. Which is quite right. Except when said people come empty-handed and empty-headed.
You begin to wonder, doesn’t this fellow think at all? Is he doing this on purpose? Does he hate me? Or is this just who he is?

There is a place and time for every solution. Logical reasoning should let you know how to approach every situation.
If your solution to every problem is always the same, then it is time for you to introspect.
You don’t want to be that fellow with a hammer, who is always in a hurry to knock on everything.

Wilson Joshua is a Video Editor, Content Creator, and Creative Writer.
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