Back then as a Science student, I was always wondering why a catalyst would be defined as ‘something that will come in to speed up a chemical reaction without being affected by it.’ How could that be? was always my thought. Well, there still remain so many phenomena that can barely be explained, but are accepted to be true.
However, as I checked for another meaning of the same word, ‘CATALYST,’ it also means a person or thing that encourages progress or change. On the other hand, a CATASTROPHE is a thing that brings about a disaster of great significance.
We have heard and seen people who get into a position promising to be a catalyst, but no sooner do they occupy such a position than they turn to a catastrophe. Nevertheless, as catalysts don’t just ‘sit’ in a chemical reaction without causing a change, we will not watch things around us oscillate between catastrophe and atrophy. We’ve got to be the catalysts of positive changes. Don’t ever think it’s impossible, because a catalyst transforms that word to “I’m possible.”
One great teacher said, “When the wise are silent, fools will always multiply.” I refuse to be responsible for the multiplication of fools by being silent.
Let’s unite to fight out the catastrophe that scatters
And come together as a catalyst that changes, yet caters.
A catastrophe makes great promises, but will still hinder,
While a catalyst gives a soothing relief like a nurse who is so tender.
I PROMISE TO BE THE CHANGE THE WORLD NEEDS AND DESERVES.
A contribution from Zion Emmanuel Obeten – A Nigerian Banker