5 Myths about the Nigerian Law School Bar Part II
I love whistling. Sometimes I catch myself whistling in public and attracting curious looks from people around. It can be a nuisance sometimes, I admit that, but I do love doing it. Yet, I grew up with a certain fear of whistling, especially in the dark. I do not now recall who told me, but I know I was told, and I believed to be true, that whistling at night was an invitation to spirits. The fear of attracting such untoward attention towards myself kept me very quiet every time that evening set in.
A myth usually begins its life as an innocuous story that is told to transmit a lesson, morals, or values. However, over the course of its existence, the original lesson it sought to transmit is forgotten and it devolves into some kind of mental inhibition.
Thinking about this tale now, I’m fascinated by the fact that I cannot even remember the source of the story, yet it left such an indelible impression in my psyche. And this, my friends, is the power behind a myth. A myth usually begins its life as an innocuous story that is told to transmit a lesson, morals, or values. However, over the course of its existence, the original lesson it sought to transmit is forgotten and it devolves into some kind of mental inhibition. The recipient of the myth is paralysed by fear without any rational justification for such fear.
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of the last century famously said, “The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open”. So, you see, mental inhibitions lead to closed minds and as such, constitute barriers to learning. Have you ever wondered why infants can easily learn a new language while the average adult would struggle? Well, its because they are not inhibited by the fear of failure or ridicule that an adult would struggle with; fears which have been acquired from many years of “growing up”.
This lesson is no different for every candidate of the Nigerian Bar II programme. Over the five decades of the existence of the Nigerian Law School, certain myths have become commonplace, and leave many students feeling mentally fatigued even before their first lecture.
I have compiled a list of 5 of these popular myths which I’ll be addressing over the next few weeks. I believe learning can be fun and should be fun, always. But, that can only happen, if your mind is unclogged and open.
I hope you’re back next week to join me as we explore what some of these myths are. Don’t let the fear of falling ever keep you from flying!
February 3, 2019