The name of the rose

Is a novel by Umberto Eco, set in the early 14th century of our current era. In it, he writes of the theological disputes of the time with the pope living in Avignon and other disputes in the secular arm of things.

The two themes that are carried to the end of the novel attempt to answer two questions, did Jesus and by extension, the first apostles preach poverty? Did they own property? The second question is whether Jesus laughed? On these two questions, lie all the disputes in the novel.

The disagreements between the pope and the Fransciscans, Minorites and all the others introduced by Eco depend really on the intepretation of poverty that one adopts. The simple people who follow Fra Dolcino and others like him believe in poverty. They loot not to own but to have in common.

On the other end, that is, in the Abbey, life depends on the question of whether Jesus laughed. Any pursuit of this knowledge becomes, literally, a matter of life and death. Jorges through his various ploys kills or is an accomplice in the deaths that occur in the abbey within the duration of 7 days that our narrator was there.

Inquisitors like Bishop Benard Qui can only be appeased when someone dies at the stake. His commitment to truth leaves no room for doubt. He would kill an innocent person if it served his end arguing that god would recognize his own. Jorges kills so people can remain ignorant.

Alinardo is ignored because everyone believes his ramblings are those of a bitter old man. Maybe Abo’s life would have been spared or the monks like Malachi too, had he been taken seriously. But maybethe fate of the library was sealed from the time Bro William was assigned the task of investigating the death of Adelmo.

Why did temporal power allow itself to be involved in the inquisition which was really a dispute between the churches? Why allow the bishops to keep their hands clean in a matter that was entirely a doctrinal dispute?

What is it of relics that there always seems to be a person claiming to have one? And the more absurd it is, the higher it is valued?

If you are looking for holiday reading, this is a good one.

Hiking trip

Clear blue sky
Views from the top are amazing, getting there is another matter
Sunrise from the summit
Surface of the mountain
Your regular host at the summit
Just before daybreak
5 star accommodation at Shipton camp, elevation 4200m asl
This plant stores its water
These birds have evolved to survive the cold mountain climate. They are also quite friendly/ docile. There are not many predators, if any.
This is before I was tired
Penis envy anyone?
Reflection of the footbridge
Where it all began

How do you dress?

In this article, people it seems take different approaches to getting dressed. For me, I wake up, look into the wardrobe, get a shirt and find a trouser to go with it. Chose a pair of socks. Ask myself what shoe will it be and I am off.

But when you think of it. I keep to almost the same theme. Thursday and Friday- casual. Monday to Wednesday official wear. Saturday bike gear. Sunday easy wear.

Tell us, how much effort do you put in dressing up in the morning? Are you the type that plans your clothes a day in advance? Or the random type like yours truly?

It has occurred to me

That the adage if you want to go fast go alone and if you want to go farther, then go as a group is mostly false. With me as the test subject and other observations, I can demonstrate my point.

Take the case of the g.o.a.t of marathon running, Eliud Kip, he would not be as fast without his team of pace setters. These men keep him pushing harder and farther.

Compared with your average cyclist, I ride long distances and relatively fast. Some of my PRs have been set when I am alone ( my fastest 40km, my longest ride) but over segments, some were only possible because we were in a group of equally fast riders.

When I ran my last half marathon ( I think I picked up an injury during or after) I was able to run fast simply because there were others with me running equally fast.

The second random thought is man is never ever free from conception to the grave. In the womb he is tied to the mother physically and physiologically. Once born, she is tied to culture in which she finds herself in with its many variations. And so I say again, as it appears elsewhere on this blog, that JJ Rousseau was wrong when he said man is born free but is everywhere in chains. Man cannot escape the chains. He can however modify or better still challenge the chains that hold him/her.

Finally, I have seen on a blog or two a suggestion that to end the furore over tansgender folk, we should simply let people identify as they please in terms of race and gender but grant no advantage to any specific group, simply end the victim hood Olympics. Now, I think one important question that we should all be asking is why is woman contested? Related to it, is racialism and especially between so called white n black in most societies? In short, there are two ways of being that are really contested: being woman/ female and being black.

Have a thoughtful Saturday, won’t you?

what has your god been doing for you?

What other gods are doing.
  1. Does your god beat your business competition?
  2. Does your god advise you to become an entrepreneur?
  3. Does your god send you clients?

If your god isn’t doing any of the above, it is time you chose a new god. Gods are outta here blessing people and you are there sulking, praying to a god who will not send you clients, or even tell you when it is the right time to quit an employer.

As for me, I will continue to talk nicely to my clients.

Madaraka day celebrations

Yesterday was the 59th Anniversary of our Republic. An occasion where the president gets to address the nation, award national honours, exercise his powers of clemency and all.

One queer thing during the celebrations was a display of hardware by the defence forces and it got me thinking, to who is this display meant? Is it to our neighbours with whom we are not at war? Is it a show of force to the citizens in case they have the crazy idea to overthrow the government?

The country has made some progress in the 59 years of neo- colonisation. Whilst there is still work to be done, women representation has improved. Infrastructure has improved. Access to health care is still struggling. There is improvement in access to education but the quality is doubtful.

There is improvement in access to justice though the office of the president is a notorious law breaker. The police still behave like those employed by her majesty’s colonial office.

While unemployment was already high, the pandemic made things even worse. Because of the different public containment policies implemented at the height of the pandemic, many small and medium sized enterprises had to relieve their workers. And now the situation has been even worsened by the Russian- Ukraine conflict.

One hopes that a country could learn from mistakes and successes of others and follow those paths, but naah. Private interests come before public choice and the result is the same mistakes over and over.

Have a good Friday everyone.

it is Monday

and I don’t want to brain but this is really bad. If you are an atheist, you really believe in god even if you didn’t know it. And here is how.

  1. You bear the image of god. The bible says so. Everyone is created in the image of god. The atheist is not exception.
  2. You borrow god’s moral standards and logic, otherwise you wouldn’t know when to kill your sons, stone your neighbours for worshiping the wrong god, or killing everyone in the land your god promised including pregnant chicken.
  3. You hate god. You don’t write any texts against Thor or Minerva but are Christ hating mofuckers.

But there is hope for you dear friends, and here allow me to quote the author

So, what do we do when we encounter atheists? First, we should obey Jesus and share the good news of the gospel with them, as well as pray that God will work in their hearts. We can open our homes and build relationships with them in the hope that God will reach them through us. We should openly talk about our faith and attempt to win them. And when an atheist starts trying to convert others, we should be ready to oppose and refute them.

and why should they do all the above?

Being used by God to bring someone to Christ is an amazing feeling, and we know that there will be many former atheists in heaven—some are even associated with this ministry! And that is usually because a Christian cared enough about them to engage with them and persistently share the gospel.

Heaven awaits you, my fellow heathens. It is time to be converted. Go tell us how it is on the other side.

lessons learnt

in this post, i want to bore with some of the lessons i have learnt in my few years of active training and hope that you don’t repeat the same mistakes if you are going to get into exercise

  1. Sit ups, if overdone can lead to muscle tear in the stomach and this can manifest in so many different ways. You might think you have a stomach bug. If you are going to exercise any part of your body, start slow
  2. Every time you run a hard race, take time off pounding concrete. Your muscles need a break.
  3. whatever you do, don’t get a groin injury
  4. cycling is a good way to recover from intense activity
  5. include stretches as part of your work out schedule. especially after a strenuous run
  6. water is your friend
  7. carry a pressure pump, puncture kit and or a spare clincher for long rides, you don’t know where a puncture will find you
  8. listen to your body. if in pain stop. if sore, continue working out, but gently
  9. most of the time, the weather is not bad for a work out, we are just not appropriately dressed for the weather
  10. good nutrition is your other best friend
  11. finally, sleep is your best of friends. it can be the one determinant between a successful workout and a ruined run
  12. and final final, rest and recovery doesn’t necessarily mean being a couch potato.

Get up and run. Have a fun filled day everyone.