on moral philosophy


My ancestors didn’t leave behind a codified form of moral philosophy that we can quote like those works of individual philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and others I am too lazy to mention. But reading this article, it does seem to me that my ancestors were right. Sometimes I ask how could a few white men colonize my relatives? I think the grand parents owe us an explanation and an apology.

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About makagutu

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

11 thoughts on “on moral philosophy

  1. basenjibrian says:

    I enjoy Aeon quite a bit, and this was a very interesting article. It DOES deemphasize the whole “rip hearts out of a living enemy to feed the gods” thing, but…..

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  2. john zande says:

    An explanation would be in order.

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  3. nannus says:

    The large scale colonization of Africa set in after the invention of the machine gun by Hiram Maxim in 1885. That was the key invention, together with the invention of racism. Not the fault of your ancestors, I think.

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    • makagutu says:

      You are right. The guns gave the colonizers a great advantage. And the fact that the resistance wasn’t a unified affair also made matters worse for my ancestors

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  4. Barry says:

    I don’t think it’s unique to Africa as the colonised or to Europe as the colonisers. “Might is right” seems to be the motto of most cultures throughout history. At that time in Africa, as it was in Aotearoa New Zealand, might was in the hands of a few European nations.

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  5. It’s unfortunate we haven’t yet developed views that are more nuanced and deal better with complexities…at least in regular discourse. Check out short essay on Camus – dobetterwithdan.wordpress

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