A ki sọ pé ki wèrè ṣe òkú ìyá rẹ̀ bi ó bá ṣe ri, bi ó bá ni òhun fẹ́ sún jẹ nkọ́? – Never trust an unstable/unpredictable person with life and death decision making

Oriṣiriṣi wèrè ló wà, nitori pé ki ṣe wèrè ti ó wọ àkísà ni ìgboro tàbi já sita nikan ni wèrè.  Ẹnikẹni ti o nhu ìwà burúkú tàbi ṣe ìpinnu burúkú ni Yorùbá npè ni “wèrè”.

Wèrè – Mad person

Ìpinnu ṣi ṣe, ṣe pàtàki ni ayé àtijọ́ àti òde òní.  Òwe Yorùbá sọ wi pé “Bi ará ilé ẹni bá njẹ kòkòrò búburú, hẹ̀rẹ̀-huru rẹ̀ kò ni jẹ́ ki a sùn ni òru”.  Àbáyọrí ìpinnu tàbi èrò burúkú kò pin si ọ̀dọ̀ ẹbi àwọn ti ó wà ni àyíká elérò burúkú, ó lè kan gbogbo àgbáyé. Fún àpẹrẹ, kò si ìyàtọ̀ laarin wèrè tó já sita nitori wèrè ni Yorùbá npe ọkọ tàbi ìyàwó ti ó ni ìwà burúkú, ẹbi burúkú, ọba ti ó nlo ipò rẹ lati rẹ́ àwọn ènìyàn rẹ̀ jẹ àti òṣèlu ti ó nja ilú ni olè lati kó owó ti wọn ji lọ si òkè òkun nibiti ohun amáyédẹrùn ti ilú wọn kò ni wà.

Gẹ́gẹ́ bi òwe Yoruba ti ó sọ wi pé “A ki sọ pé ki Wèrè ṣe òkú ìyá rẹ̀ bi ó bá ṣe ri, bi ó bá ni òhun fẹ́ sún jẹ nkọ́?” Ìtumọ̀ òwe yi ni wi pé ìpinnu pàtàki bi ìyè àti ikú kò ṣe é gbé lé wèrè lọ́wọ́. Ó yẹ ki àwọn ènìyàn gidi ti ori rẹ pé dásí ọkọ tàbi ìyàwó, ọba tàbi àwọn ti ó wà ni ipò agbára, òṣèlu ti o nfi ipò wọn jalè àti àwọn ti ó nhu ìwà burúkú yi lati din àbáyọrí ìwà burúkú lóri ẹbí, alá-dúgbò àti àgbáyé kù.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

There are various types of madness, because not all the people with mental problem are in rags or in a chronic state that is often noticeable on the street.  Yoruba would refer to anyone with personality disorder or irrational behaviour or making irrational decision as a “Mad person”.

Decision making is as important in the olden days and even now.   Irrational decision often affect the people around or the entire world.  For example abusive husband or wife, wicked relations, unpredictable person, a king oppressing his people, politicians stealing from their people and syphoning such to where there are basic infrastructure are all referred to as “mad” just as the chronic one on the street.

According to a Yoruba proverb literarily translated thus “One cannot trust a mad person with the decision of handling the demise of his/her mother, what if he/she decides to roast her for consumption?”  This adage simply means that a mad person or an irrational mind should not be trusted with life and death critical decision.   There should be intervention by people with sound mind, to stop an abusive wife or husband, an oppressive king, politicians from looting the treasury and anyone with irrational or unpredictable behaviour, in order to curb the consequences of their decision/action on the person at the receiving end such as the immediate family, neighbours and the world.

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