When he can look on generals and donkey-drivers in the same light- Crates of Thebes
while atheists are stuck in their position that the theists have not provided evidence for their claims about god, and others go as far as claiming theists have not even passed the first hurdle; what is god and why is it necessary that a god exists, the theists have 10 proofs. Who can deny 10 proofs? Only fools eh. What are these 10 proofs?
The first 5 proofs are the 5 ways of Thomas Aquinas. The first proof makes a claim that we have no way of confirming, that is, for something to happen in nature, there’s got to be something at the beginning of it that is outside of nature. We can’t know this. In the second proof, Aquinas is simply saying, I don’t know, therefore God. 3 way introduces a necessary existence which he makes his god. The 4th way is to say there are degrees of ugliness and the perfect ugliness must be god. The 5th way is the best. A rock falls down and not up because god. If this proof doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.
The 6th proof is quite complex. I can point at a tree and i can describe a tree. What connects the tree and my description is god.
The seventh proof is not a proof really, but is in itself need of proof. It is a claim that there has to be a powerful something causing organization in the world.
Mathematics or our concept of justice have actual existence out of our minds and therefore this is the 8th proof of god.
Things don’t just exist. The reason for their existence is god. And this is our 9th proof.
To deny the existence of god is to deny the existence of moral law. This is the 10th proof.
Atheists I know you are now totally stumped and will be walking in droves to join the church next door or you will go to hell.
Have a proof full day, won’t you.
In the past, in this country, we have had a parliament that at least, in perception, had a functioning parliament. Many times they wouldn’t be successful in challenging the government position but they did attempt to. In those days, we had an official opposition party and a back bench. Then Kibaki came, stole elections and that was the end of active check of government in Kenya by parliament.
When Uhuru got elected by 93% and Raila got sworn in as the people’s president and shortly after, was
bought by Uhuru, the government has been free to do as it pleases. And recall, most of the sitting MPs are what we call vifaranga vya komputa– computer generated MPs- for those who don’t understand my French. These crop of legislators owe only computers their allegiance and no one else. The country has in the mean time gotten worse as a bandit state.
in the days of yore, people would disappear but mostly at night and be accused of subversion by the Moi government or they would be involved in some gruesome accident with a tractor or some other such contraption. Not anymore. The current government lays siege to your house without shame and no one representative of this poor constituent raises a voice.
Then there are the cases of people who are found in sacks floating around rivers or in forests. And many other such banditry. It’s crazy when you think about it, really. The question one want to ask, is, how sick is this society that we live in? And how callous are the people who do these things?
And these same people want our votes.
Or rather, when will it be declared endemic rather than a pandemic? And realistically, if it is after mass vaccination, that is not soon. Whereas some places have close to 90% vaccination rates, we, here in Africa, at last check, are at 30%.
How will this post pandemic world look like? Masks everywhere? Booster shots every 3-4 months? Dead economic sectors.
In unrelated news, Moi, the late president is said to have left behind $3 billion worth of assets. Man was stealing for 24 years while the rest of the nation was impoverished. It is true he followed the footsteps of the first thief. Maybe these thieving heads of states should read Tolstoy’s how much land does a person need. Maybe they will check their appetite for public goods.
Whatever happens, stay alive.
These two videos speak to the same topic. I hadn’t heard of Prof Peter Millican before this, but I like him. He is eloquent. As for Krishnamurti, I have read some of his works and I agree with some if not most of it. The two videos will take a max of 35 minutes but you will thank me for days for contributing to your education.
Every year, billions of earthlings make resolutions to better themselves, get a wife/husband, a degree, lose weight, adopt a healthy lifestyle ans many others only to forget the location they stored the pen and paper after drafting the above in technicolor.
I used to be like these many people until I gave up the practice and adopted a let tomorrow bring what it will attitude.
It is to those people in the first paragraph that this post is meant. Maybe it is time to trying to unmake resolutions. Go to the unachieved list from the previous year and examine the reasons for failure. Were the goals too ambitious, did they depend on others entirely to be achievable, was there passion in their development?
In doing all this, they will begin to see what really matters, what is possible and what really is very ambitious and begin to make the steps to achieving them.
And with that, I end my self-help blog post. To a great resolution less 2022.
This is me saying or wishing everyone who crosses here a prosperous 2022. One of my friends said it is a feat to make it to the new year given the pandemic and all, but then, death comes in many ways.
Happy New Year!
I find it curious that they would argue nothing is naturally and intrinsically just, or honourable or disgraceful; but things are considered so because of law and fashion(custom). Is this the case or can a case be made that it is good to help a person in need regardless of custom? Or do is it the case that what we consider good are so just by custom?
I however agree with them that both the poor man and the rich man experience pleasure in the same way, that is, wealth or poverty have no bearing on the sensation of pleasure.
I think, our criminal justice systems would have served us all better if it was grounded on the basis that errors ought to meet with pardon, for men err not intentionally but from external circumstances or influences and that is best to teach one who has erred than to hate him.
And finally, since the wise man’s country is the world it is prudent not to expose oneself to danger for the sake of country.
Which do you disagree with?
The second year of this pandemic is coming to an end and if you are reading this, you are still alive having avoided death by the pandemic, death by the police and if you are a Kenyan death by a myriad of things from flash floods to hunger depending on where you live or how well you pray to the different gods. But before we get to the business of this post, I take this great opportunity to wish you all a happy and cheerful holiday season. Stay alive!
Leisure is the most valuable of possessions
There is only one good, knowledge; and one only evil, ignorance.
Riches and high birth have nothing estimable in them, on the contrary, they are wholly evil.
On why he was learning to play the lyre, he said, it was not absurd to learn anything that one did not know.
Those who bought things out of season at an extravagant price did not expect to live till the proper season for them.
What was the virtue of a young man? ‘To avoid excess in everything.’
Should one marry or not? Whichever you do, you will repent it, was his advice.
Young man, keep constantly looking at the mirror, for if you are handsome, you might worthy of the beauty, and if ugly, you might conceal the unsightly appearance by their accomplishments.