The Friday Read: Self and The City

From Project Syndicate:

Urbanization is blamed for a wide variety of modern social ills, ranging from crime and incivility to alienation and anomie. But, by infusing us with their unique spirit and identity, our cities may, in fact, help to empower humanity to face the most difficult challenges of the twenty-first century.

What ‘unique spirit and identity’ might Lagos infuse us with?


  1. Jaycee (E.A) · February 24, 2012

    'Unique spirit and identity' doesn't go with Lagos…yet! Lol. More like "Multiple spirits and multiple identities.' First off, the island is so different from the mainland…*scratches head* Wait. The one thing that brings unity in Lagos is the "hustle."


    • theOOhj · February 24, 2012

      lol.. maybe the 'hustle' (the entrepreneurial spirit?) is the ethos of Lagos…

      Oh and the one about 'many spirits' just reminded me of the bloke at the Gadarenes who on meeting Jesus said he was 'legion'.. 😦


      • John Doe · February 24, 2012

        This brings to mind the documentary, This is Lagos.
        The city a mixture of many things, good and evil, foreign and domestic. The infusion and diffusion of so many flavours of life can a leave any but the stout hearted confused.
        It's uniqueness is in its diversity. And oh yes like Jaycee rightly said, 'the hustle'


      • theOOhj · February 26, 2012

        Fair point…. sounds like Lagos is evocative of 'hustling' then..


      • Obinrin! · April 25, 2012

        I suspect Jaycee meant the same thing 😦


  2. Sexkitten ******* · February 25, 2012

    If unique spirits and identity are borne out of struggle, I would wager that Lagos is among the supreme.


  3. kmplx · February 26, 2012

    chaos! the ability to deal with the ever-growing complexities and disparities of life…


  4. · March 11, 2012

    The "hustle" is so broad that I guess the next challenge would be to define it….that should be rather thought provoking


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