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August 29, 2011

scientific tribalism

Filed under: Uncategorized — revv22 @ 2:19 pm

I met smeone today; a young enterprising lady. As we were talking she wanted to make a luo stereotype joke then she realised she doesn’t know what community am from. She couldn’t believe my answer when she asked and here’s the killah, she asked for my hand.. Naturally I was curious to see what magic she wanted to do to confirm am a luo. She just took my hand, placed it on her palm, with mine facing upwards and gently, with her thumb and ring fingers, measured the circ of my wrist.. She then kinda pressed gently as if to feel the structure of my wrist bones.. Or so I thot.. After this little exercise, she concluded: “you can’t be luo, you are definately kyuk..”

Convinced of the accuracy of her conclusion, she went ahead and made the stereotype joke, followed by how annoying she felt luos were when they “brag” about stuff that no one needs to know. I wasn’t even mad, just amused. I left the place as I was otherwise engaged..

All this reminded me of the nazi ways of distinguishing between jews and whites by measuring the width of the nose, skull circumference etc.. It was quite the trend in post victorian era science, and was later discredited even by physical anthropologists since it promoted racism.

I have another meeting with her and I can’t wait to see how she deals with it.. I have a feeling a part two of this is in the works..

Berrypost.

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August 24, 2011

Analogies vs Examples

Filed under: Uncategorized — revv22 @ 12:22 pm

I tend to feel that anything that needs likening in its explanation is more often than not, very theoretical and most times at risk of being proved wrong.
An EXAMPLE is this time I went to repair a phone that cost a sizeable sum to purchase. The technician justified his high labour cost using an analogy comparing what it would cost to repair a Mercedes to what it would cost to repair a Toyota. Maybe I am the one who doesn’t have an appreciation of “business practice”, but isn’t it kind of unethical? Because the phone repair man blatantly told me that the phone is not a cheap phone and that’s why it cost a lot to repair. Translation: I charge according to what you can afford!
And oh I forgot to mention that when I finaly agreed to pay, the phone was repaired in 10mins, without the need for any new parts

August 23, 2011

To Mr. Mwangi Chege Mwangi

Filed under: Uncategorized — revv22 @ 8:59 pm
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I was just going through a friends profile and saw a photo they’ve been tagged on.. One of Raila Odinga wiping a tear after the 2007 vote count melee.. I remember seeing those images and feeling helpless and hopeless. Seeing the man who I believed, and still believe won the election being robbed of our victory. The people spoke but apparently in this country, the voices were not from the correct people.
That a young man, after all that happened following the disputed elections, can actually put that image up and make it his profile picture Knowing full well the emotions it would incite; the memories better forgotten, Knowing that it has the potential to negate any progress that we can ever make in terms of reconciliation given the volatility presented by our ethnic style of politics; would still go ahead and put it up and tagg a considerable number of his tribes men, who proudly express their joy at the moment that exemplified the impunity, intolerance, hate and the whole “uta do?”- mentality that pro establishment forces have. Not one stood to condemn the posting. They few, like my friend, who did not post praises chose not to comment; but my finding the post still up on their wall is disturbing enough for me.
When I openly support Raila for reasons best known to me, I am tagged a fanatic . Simply because am Luo. So what label should be put on those who show exclusive hatred for the man.. Those who were tagged were all Agikuyu and some even commented in gikuyu.
Am not purporting to be a saint. Like most Kenyans I have had my moments of ethnocentrism, but even I realise how powerful a suppressed personal opinion can be when brought to light. When an opinion is negative such as hate, it takes a few reckless utterances for others of the same opinion to stop suppressing the feeling. It becomes acceptable and later normal. Then we start seeing people being forcefully circumcised on the highways, and having their penis amputated simply because their have a different ethnic background.. We see people being burnt in churches and in their homes just coz they are living in the wrong part of the country..
When I see such opinions openly aired, I think to myself, why do I even bother to be diplomatic.. Why I even bother to fight the ethnocentrism around me..
Then I remember my children. The ones I have in the shape of nieces n nephews, friends children and the ones don’t have yet.. They need to breath oxygen as they grow.. Fresh and free of the lies and half truths that we were told. They need to be told about their history in an unbiased way.. They need to know that Jomo and Jaramogi fell off not because of their ethnicity but because of their conflicting views on governance. That they were both principled people who believed their way was the right way to take the country forward. That they both had their flaws, and strengths.. That they both had their independent opinions but unfortunately none of them was Gandhi, or M.L. King.. They where men and not the sacred legends portrayed in the myths we were told.
Raila is not a demi-god.. He is just a man.. But for my community n I, he is what a wise professor once described him as, “a mouthpiece for our frustrations, and a depository for our hopes..”
When you show his tears you remind us why we cry..

August 17, 2011

Procreation is mans duty to his kind, Sexuality in mans duty to his mind..

Filed under: Uncategorized — revv22 @ 5:32 am
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Some one once dared to suggest that if we accept LGBTIsm, we may as well go ahead and tolerate paedophilia and beastiality.

Homophobia, just like any other action,is a natural human response to environmental stimuli. Humans are conditioned, culturally and biologically to detect change and adapt accordingly. I have come accross many arguments that claim homosexuality is against nature. First evidence cited is the inability of a gay or lesbian couple to naturally have coitus and produce progeny.
First of all, we need to put a clear demarcation between sexuality and procreation, and view them as independent of the one thing that they may be confused for – sexual intercourse.

Where as procreation is totaly dependent on intercourse between members of the opposite sex, i.e. Male and female because of the obvious biological requirements it entails, sexuality is more about personality and psychological disposition. It is more concerned with satisfying the erotic needs of the mind than it is with the hormonal impulses of the body. It is not burdened by the possibility/need to produce offspring, and thus the biological limitations of pro-creativity do not apply.
Risking, to some extent, the suggestion of a mind – body dualism, I would say that the human body needs not change to accommodate the desires of the mind. But perhaps I am totally off since the existence of intersexed individuals, xxy & xyy chromosomed persons may yet be an indicator of such an evolutionary adaptation.
On the other hand, homophobia can not boast the same nature-based argument. Is it a response to enviromental change? Yes! No question about that, but what enviroment in particular: natural or cultural? I think the answer is rather obvious. And seeing how homophobia has only resulted in violation of other cultural ascribed human rights and freedoms such as right to life, privacy and a dignified existence, I would say that it is a grossly mal-adaptive human action. It doent matter how many “homos” are killed in Uganda, or how many times Eminem mentions the word “faggot” in his lyrics or even how many gay bishops are ordained in the anglican church. If we want to see homosexuality as a problem, the we better brace ourselves because this problem isn’t going away soon.

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