The Esau’s Mentality (2)

​A major manifestation of the Esau’s Mentality is Short-termism. Short-termism means thinking only about the immediate gains and ignoring future losses or consequences of today’s action. It is a widespread phenomenon in our generation.

In career, it sometimes manifests in making monetary gains as the main focus of working. Such a person can commit fraud, accept bribe and risk losing his integrity, practicing license and even his life when called to face the consequence of his action. 

It robs people of the ability to weigh their actions on the scale of conscience and posterity. They only think of what that gain can do at that very moment. It is also the reason for changing jobs because the next job offers higher pay, even when it won’t help to build one’s career.

People who engage in short-term thinking always have themselves to blame in the long-run.

Another area of manifestation is in relationship. If you always focus on what a man possesses as your main yardstick for going into a relationship, you will miss out on the best. This applies to men who are always looking for made-women. Just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, you should not weigh people on material possessions alone. It is very dangerous. 

When Abraham asked Lot to make a choice of land, Lot chose by sight and picked the greener side, which later turned to be Sodom and Gomorrah. Look out for intrinsic values in the man or woman. Integrity, fear of God, respect for life, vision and strength of character should be among the values you should be concerned with. If it is all about money, you will fall for fraudsters or abusers. 

We will dwell more on this in the next series.

Happy Democracy Day.
Adewumi Oni




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