Chinua Achebe in his book Things Fall Apart, says the following:


“A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so. Therefore, let us continue with the team spirit and enjoy the power of togetherness. Let’s smile not because we don’t have problems but because we are stronger than the problems…”


In December, friends and family come together to celebrate the holiday season. Those who don’t have loved ones or who are lonely and isolated may find December to be a challenging month.

Consider such people, make an effort to get to invite them to your family lunch, otherwise reach out to them; it is only when they feel loved that they can truly feel secure.

When we gather together, it makes our respective groups safer places to be.

Once it is by itself, a buffalo runs the risk of being attacked by lions; however, when it is in the company of other buffaloes, it is safe from attack.

This is something that I continue to learn and appreciate.

You can move quickly by yourself, but you can only get very far when you move with others.

As Euripides has said before: There is safety in numbers.

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