Happy New Year! Recently, some of our visitors wanted to know if I am still here at tectechnics.com since I have been literarily quiet for some time. I am here and will always be here. A few of us are permanent volunteers working primarily behind the scene. We only write when we have wisebites to share. We have eaten of the fruits produced by the tectechnics seed. They are very sweet. So, we are committed to its continued availability. We are particularly happy that one of us planted the seed and determinedly nurtured its germination. By their fruits, we know them.
The planting metaphor is ancient. Planting was one of the earliest activities early humans intellectualized. Perhaps because it was very critical to their sustenance and survival in the Neolithic Era. The attention they paid to planting allowed them to be observationally close to Nature. Consequently, various adages that featured the planting metaphor emerged. Over the years, sages and non-sages have continued to find in the planting metaphor troves of wise-words. Here is one instance in which Jesus of Nazareth used the planting metaphor:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7: 15-20.
The core adage of the planting metaphor emphasizes nature's cause-effect message. This message has been expressed in various versions. For example, you reap what you sow is a popular version. The association of corruption with evil in Matthew 7:15-20 is particularly relevant in the political space of modern Africa where the stealing of public funds is rampant. The evil fruits of the trees of corruption are well known to the people. It is surprising that the candidacy of political thieves continue to be affirmed in Nigeria's elections.