of men and wokeness


we live in very strange times. or maybe it only happens on the internet. with all the wokeness doing the rounds, group identity, victimhood olympics and cancel culture one always finds themselves walking on glass shells when they are asked to mention who is their favourite anything. you start asking yourself whether you can still listen to R Kelly’s storm is over or do you cancel him; can you read Mencken on religion or will we cancel him because of his racism or cancel Nietzsche for his whip statement? It’s all tricky.

For some reason that I still yet don’t know, many of the works I admire greatly were written by people who are now dead. And for some reason they are mostly male. And with the woke brigade on their cancelling march, they too, might soon be cancelled.

Why am i writing all this? Well, I don’t know but i wanted to share this short essay i found yesterday written by Bertrand Russell before some woke person decides we must cancel him, especially now that people are being cancelled left right and centre.

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy — ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness — that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss.

I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem
too good for human life, this is what — at last — I have found.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart.
Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

What I have lived for by Bertrand Russell.

Have a cancel free Sunday.

About makagutu

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

18 thoughts on “of men and wokeness

  1. Cancel culture seems to show two things. First, you don’t need religion to have rigid ideologies that brook no dissent. Second, such impulses, more often than not, come from the young.

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Thank you for this, Mak. We need to gather close the words of wise men and women; the woke tyranny will turn us into fools subject to mass-induced dogma where nothing can be questioned, and people will forget how to think, or apply discretion, or know how to evaluate evidence, or realize that hearing or reading opposing/unpalatable views of the past might just help us construct a better future and keep us on our toes against creeping prejudice and ignorance.

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    • makagutu says:

      The woke have made this life feel like walking on broken eggs. You have to be politically correct

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    • makagutu says:

      Not related to wokeness but since it is my blog, who cares 🙂
      Have you seen this https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/will-natural-herd-immunity-end-the-pandemic/

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        I’ve been reading the arguments about this. Natural herd immunity certainly does not suit the vaccine industry though it seems to be the way vaccination is supposed to work. But the other factor in this seems to be that quite a substantial proportion of the population already has T-cell immunity due to earlier infections with corona viruses such as colds. Also no government seems to have bothered to actively discover how many of us already had the virus between Dec 2019 and the March lockdowns, our numbers unknown because we did not consult a doctor. There’s too much vested interest in all this – political and financial.

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        • makagutu says:

          There is a lot of interests involved and some governments have taken advantage of the situation to clamp down on rights and freedoms

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          • Tish Farrell says:

            That’s my main concern. There are now aspects of lockdown in the UK that are too close to police statism for comfort. One MP talking of coercive vaccination to be delivered by the army no less; all who refuse to be excluded from normal social discourse, travel etc. The last rushed vaccine for the fake Swine Flu pandemic in 2009 left hundreds of young people with incurable narcolepsy, compensation cases still outstanding across the northern hemisphere. Making a safe vaccine is not easily done. And even safe vaccines are not suitable for everyone, especially those most vulnerable to SARS Cov 2 – the elderly with existent life-challenging illnesses, or people with compromised immune systems, or those who already have natural immunity.

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        • Nan says:

          Your comment about the government looking into the virus pre-March is one I’ve thought about. I suppose they were too busy dealing with it once they finally accepted it was HERE … but speaking for myself and my other-half, we (especially him) have some pretty strong indications we may have been infected. And I’m sure there were others …

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          • makagutu says:

            I think if I could be tested, I most likely think I will show antibody for sars cov 2

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          • Tish Farrell says:

            Hello, Nan. I think it’s important that people know if they have immunity either from actual infection by SARS CoV2, or if they had immunity already due to other corona viruses. When there’s so much talk of compulsory vaccination with a rushed product, this is a human rights issue as well as a health one.

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        • basenjibrian says:

          I am convinced I personally had it in late February but there was not even a suggestion by my health care provider that I be tested.

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  3. Russell was a living Yoda! And, he lived to be about as old as Yoda, too. Great quote from a great guy and atheist. Now, I’m off to write something un-woke to bother woke people. BTW, I find THE most “woke” people in America to be Trump supporters. My god, say a single negative thing or satirical thing about Herr Donny and they are deeply offended, start crying, and do all the can to “cancel” you while they melt like the snowflakes they are. I hope we can get over this nonsense as a species because it is really annoying. (OOPS!!! That was an un-woke comment! Sorry!)

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  4. basenjibrian says:

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/10/paul-romer-comes-out-against-contact-tracing-in-the-united-states-which-biden-supports.html

    Ron would enjoy this little analysis. 🙂 Our “experts’ on COVID, like our experts on so many things, have very little credibility…for understandable reasons. Our experts (and I myself am among the educated class, although nowhere near any levers of power 🙂 ) have been disastrous in so many ways. One can understand the skepticism of our Trumpalos. 🙂

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