On death

Become accustomed to the belief that death is nothing to us. For all
good and evil consists in sensation, but death is deprivation of
sensation. . . . So death, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us,
since so long as we exist death is not with us; but when death
comes, then we do not exist. It does not concern either the living
or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more.

Epiricus in a Letter to Menoeceus

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On the incredibility of the resurrection story

It is an easy thing to tell a lie, but it is difficult to support the lie after it is told. The
writer of the book of Matthew should have told us who the saints were that came to
life again, and went into the city, and what became of them afterward, and who it
was that saw them—for he is not hardy enough to say he saw them himself,
whether they came out naked, and all in natural buff, he-saints and she-saints; or
whether they came full dressed, and where they got their dresses, whether they
went to their former habitations, and reclaimed their wives, their husbands, and
their property, and how they were received; whether they entered ejectments for the
recovery of their possessions, or brought actions of crim. con. against the rival
interlopers, whether they remained on earth, and followed their former occupation
of preaching or working; or whether they died again, or went back to their graves
alive, and buried themselves.

Thomas Paine

Visit to the museum

collection of guords

Hey guys, today I went to the museum and took a few photos. Since I used my phone some may not be as clear.

Then I visited the craddle of mankind to see your long lost relatives.

Introduction

More about our relatives

A brief introduction

The black skull

Nariokotome boy

Proconsul

Homo erectus

Homo rudolfensis

Homo habilis

Then I went to the neighborhood just to see what could have been going on.

The relatives doing their thing

Could they be hunters and gatherers?

Then I saw some really old guns

I seriously need a gun

The Pride of Africa, our National carrier

Kenya Airways

Some snakes,

Rock python

Gabon viper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, football fans celebrating within the city centre after a game played this afternoon

Gor Sirikal

I promise to update these photos where possible with clearer ones when I can convince my friend to lend me his good camera.

 

 

 

 

on the big questions

What is life

Most religions claim to have an answer to the ‘big’ questions of life; is the universe finite or infinite, where did life originate, what happens after we die, do we have a soul separate from our physical bodies and many more questions people consider as ‘big’ or important. Whether this claim is true, I leave it to you to decide.

I think as Buddha many years ago observed, these questions are at best irrelevant. We need to concern ourselves with living this one life we have here and now. This by far I think is the most important thing. We must live a full life. Don’t misunderstand me, I love all the work scientists in different fields have put into answering these questions. Here, am addressing the man on the street who has no idea what the 1st Law of Thermodynamics is ( I also don’t know) and telling him/ her to live life fully.  Am imploring you to live a life of compassion, to value your life and the lives of those around you and most of all to accept the eventuality of death that awaits all of us. I am forever hopeful, that if not in our time then in my daughter’s and grand children’s time, the answers to these questions and others yet to be formulated will be found. There is every reason to believe this; Bruno, Galileo, Einstein, Darwin and others before and after them have provided us with answers that have challenged most of the old claims advanced by theists and as we acquire more knowledge of our universe and continue research into all this areas, answers will definitely be found.

To get back to where we started, I want to posit a question in an attempt to deal with the above questions. To this end, I will use an example to get to my point. My question then is; is it of importance to you go when you go to a restaurant/ cafe to want to know from which coffee plant, who harvested the coffee bean  and who roasted it or will just enjoy the coffee and its sweet aroma (that’s if you get good coffee) when served? If your answer to this question is similar to mine, then just enjoy the coffee. We can look at life in the same prism, and make each moment count.

The theists claim of having definite answers to these or any other question can’t be taken seriously until they adduce evidence to support their claims.

Genesis 32

Jacob’s Fear of Esau

In the complete Jewish Bible, this verse begins with Laban kissing his family by, while the NASB has it start with Jacob going his way, which is the right one I’ll let you to judge. In this chapter, we have a member of Abe’s family, Jacob, planning an elaborate deception scheme comparable to Abe’s pimping episodes except this time he is bribing his brother who cheated of his blessings and birthright. The scribes have also murdered one of Jake’s children because instead of counting twelve, they have eleven. Of note as well, is the circumstances under which Jake’s name changes to Israel of an episode of either WWE or kickboxing.

32 Now as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him. Jacob said when he saw them, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim[this word translates to two camps. Why a person would name a place as such still passes me].

Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He also commanded them saying, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau [why would his brother be his master? If I remember correctly, he already purchased the birthright, supplanted the brother during the blessings. By any means, we can say he is legitimately the first born!]: ‘Thus says your servant Jacob, “I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now; I have oxen and donkeys and flocks and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight [ is old Jake feeling remorse and at the same time apprehensive about meeting his brother whom, at their last encounter was overheard planning to kill him. It’s been 20years since he supplanted the brother, why would he think the brother has not forgiven him or is this an admission of guilt on his part but the scribe is intent on portraying Esau in bad light? ].”

The messengers returned[ how far is Esau from Jake’s location or are we being set up for something as I suspect?] to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him [are these his, Esau’s, slaves, friends, or soldiers? and why 400? Did the messengers of Jake have time to count or did Esau pass on this important information?].” Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels, into two companies; for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape [given this family’s love with deception, you can guess where Jake would want to be if he stayed to wait for the 400 strange men and his brother!].”

Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the loving kindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies [the becoming two companies is deliberate on Jake’s part, why is he appealing to Abe’s god with it?]. 11 Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him [you have every reason to fear], that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. 12 For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.’

13 So he spent the night there. Then he selected from what he had with him a present for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty milking camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys[ by any standard, Jake was a wealthy man, he could easily have had a small retinue of guards]. 16 He delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on before me, and put a space between droves.” 17 He commanded the one in front, saying, “When my brother Esau meets you and asks you, saying, ‘To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and to whom do these animals in front of you belong [just asking, was this the normative greeting of the time? Why would Esau be interested in knowing who they were?] ?’ 18 then you shall say, ‘These belong to your servant Jacob; it is a present sent to my lord Esau. And behold, he also is behind us.’” 19 Then he commanded also the second and the third, and all those who followed the droves, saying, “After this manner you shall speak to Esau when you find him; 20 and you shall say, ‘Behold, your servant Jacob also is behind us.’” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me. Then afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” 21 So the present passed on before him, while he himself spent that night in the camp [let us pause for a second, in the introductory verses, he has divided his flock into two camps and given the reason for the division, they can’t be close to each other. At the time he is diving the flock into droves, has he dissolved the camps or are they still in place? What distance is he putting between each group of droves? And combined with this question how far was Esau and his entourage?]

22 Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven children[allow me list the names of the children so you could count for yourself and tell me who among them is missing. I have not read any report of a missing person so far; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun and Dinah by Leah, Joseph by Rachel, Gad and Asher by Zilpah and finally Dan and Naphtali by Bilhah], and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had.

Jacob Wrestles

24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak[ this I believe must be the longest wrestling match recorded or do the Judo wrestlers take longer? Anyone?] . 25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him [since I have no experience of dislocating my thigh socket, can anyone share this experience and can it be just dislocated by touch? This information could be handy when am accosted by not very nice characters]. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me [ am honestly confused here, who is asking for blessings? Is it Jake or his wrestling opponent?].” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed [take time for a good laugh, Jake has wrestled with god(s) and prevailed? Tell me dear reader, if you have been reading since we started, is this god omni-anything?].” 29 Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved [keep this verse in memory, later we will be told by another scribe who I think is not aware of these verses that no one has seen god and lived. In yet another we shall be told no one has seen god! But don’t worry if you can’t remember, I will remind you when we get there.].” 31 Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh [I don’t know how extensive the dislocation was, but given the location, would someone share how long it would take to heal and what amount of pain he could have been in? I have had a sprain and I can tell you, it hurt badly]. 32 Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew of the hip [flimsy reasons, methinks, for prohibitions].