Making sense of the present crisis


In the days of my forefathers, when calamity befell the community, it was reasoned that the ancestors had been wronged and corrective measures were deemed necessary to appease them. Sacrifices and cleansing ceremonies would be arranged to please these ancestors. It was understood there would be both good and bad ancestral spirits. So it is particularly these bad spirits that would be appeased to stop the pestilence from decimating the population.

The missionaries came with their monotheistic religions with one powerful god. And in these times of crisis, I keep seeing texts and memes from my Christian friends that we have offended their powerful god through our godlessness, and all. One text I received this morning says god has decided to bring to a halt, temporarily, I think, the worship of sports, celebrities and even the public worship of the gods by ensuring people can’t go to church. And my godless self is here left wondering how unimaginative can people be?

It’s beyond the pale to claim that an all loving God has seen it fit to bring pestilence (& locusts) upon mankind because she has been displeased by a few people here and there. It is like killing of David’s son, as told in the Bible, for the transgressions of the father. It also brings to sharp focus the claim by the same group of persons regarding the vicarious redemption Jesus was meant to offer through his death. Was it for all time or it is like my android apps that need updates every few days?

The good news, if it can be called that, is this will end. People will die and those who remain will continue with the breeding business. Some people will lose faith. Some churches will grow in membership until such time as another crisis hits us or those who will be left.

When one looks at the statistics being shared around regarding the number of people who might get infected and die, fear and paralysis is likely to set in. We must find ways to be alive. To live meaningful lives even in the midst of the crisis. There is room, a lot of room, to be kind, useful and helpful to others.

If we die, we die but let’s die as we have lived.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

66 thoughts on “Making sense of the present crisis

  1. judyt54 says:

    Luckily we are already isolated, where we live, so a quiet day here is pretty typical, unless the roof decides to blow away or we are attacked by crazed turkeys.
    If people attend to what Trump is saying, there will be several thousand–or more–republican devotees who will not be voting for anyone, anywhere.
    I hope people are beginning to see what a wackadoodle we have for President…

    Take care, Noel.

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  2. john zande says:

    Here’s to dying well!

    You have locusts. Australian burnt. I’m waiting for the raining frogs here.

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  3. Ron says:

    But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your ancestors, or the gods of the nation in whose land you are living.

    But as for me and my household . . . we will go bicycling!

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    • makagutu says:

      Well said. Someone sent me a text saying now we can’t worship money because the economy has crashed and I am here thinking if there was one time people need money, is now.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      Yes! Except (not to do tmi personal information) even my cycling will be limited for a while. I…am plugged! I thought I just had a strained calf muscle. Limping around badly for a day or so. So, I hop on the bike to go for a little ride to hopefully loosen things up. A strained calf muscle does NOT result in one leg being a few inches larger than the other! So I happened to literally be riding by the local hospital and instead of continuing my ride I turned down the driveway.

      DVT in the vein behind the left knee 😦 I am on blood thinners now. I can still be active, I am told, but crashing would NOT be a good thing with blood thinners in the system!

      The joys of getting older. Plus, I am plump. And my mother had serious problems with vein blockages. And my dad had strokes, so all in the family DNA. No clear one explanation for why this happens, of course. 😦

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  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Check out New Scientist. Neil Ferguson who has hitherto been advising UK gov on the basis of his modelling with dire prognostications, now backtracks to predictions of less than 20,000 mortality which is akin to flu stats for the vulnerable and chronically sick. Prof Sunetra Gupta of Oxford who has criticised his approach has a model that suggests half the UK population have already had Covid-19 and that it’s been present in the UK since Jan. Antibody home test kits which are about to be made available will reveal what has actually been going on.
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2238578-uk-has-enough-intensive-care-units-for-coronavirus-expert-predicts/

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  5. makagutu says:

    Interesting article. Oxford scientists doubt the accuracy of the Imperial college model

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  6. chrissblog11 says:

    Hey I am teaching out to inspiring bloggers to join my hope movement in these times. Would you like to take part? If so then I would challenge you to post an encouraging thing everyday!😊

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  7. chrissblog11 says:

    I am teaching out, not teaching lol😂

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  8. chrissblog11 says:

    I meant reaching.

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