No

I don’t have writers’ block nor have I stopped blogging. And I don’t want to say I have been busy, because I am not that too busy to write something.

Richard Carrier has given us five bogus reasons to believe in the bible

This is for the parents who visit this spot and are not sure if they should raise their children religious

And if your plane is corroded for having been parked for a while, this charlatan pastor can pray for it and heal it

And finally, why it is worth listening to those you disagree with. Ark and John Zande, continue engaging CS and B(whatever his name is)

Have a good week everyone, those who are struggling through misfortune or some difficulty.

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from Kismayo

with love

Last time when I was in Garowe, Puntland, I was met by a choir. In Kismayo, they didn’t even know I was coming. There was no one waiting for me. There were no dancers. It was like a normal day to them. I was so disappointed. But, I go ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.

I wish it had a different beginning, but they are all the same. Have you woken up, dressed, rushed out of the house arrived at the check in counter three hours before departure and are told, no sir, the aircraft is fully booked, come tomorrow? I had to go through several emotions from shock all the way to disbelief. You see, there was no way I was going back to my house. I had told everyone their byes till we see each other again. I wasn’t going to buy the nonsense of an overbooked flight, no, not that morning. To cut the short story long, I called the agent and told him I must be in a flight to Mogadishu. I went and that’s why I am telling you this story.

There is the interesting story of me running across the terminal at Aden Abdulle Airport, but this is story for another day. Or the man who started snoring before he could finish eating the light breakfast served in the plane or how close we were to being shot.

I know there are some here who have not see the mouth of a river.

Sunset from 18000ft above sea level

i am the last person in this pic

welcome to Kismayo. a beautiful place, once you leave the airport

busy construction site

this looked like a WC but I don’t get the many valves

this cocktail was the life

if you move closer to the screen, you will see boys playing soccer by the beach

busy street

there’s a lot of paintings on buildings

effects of war

Monday reads

Concern about sexualization of children misses the point

Mark Greif has something about this. As I wrote a while back he argues

the sex revolution of the 60s and 70s did not liberate sex but led to a liberalization of sex. He argues we will be able to talk about sex liberation only when it is thought of as we would a coffee date. On the subject of pedophilia he asks why the allure in youth when all the adults who engage in it were once youth?

His book Against Everything is quite a good read

The creation of the world

In the beginingi beginning

two thousand years before the heaven and the earth, seven things were created: the Torah written with black fire on white fire, and lying in the lap of God; the Divine Throne, erected in the heaven which later was over the heads of the Hayyot; Paradise on the right side of God, Hell on the left side; the Celestial Sanctuary directly in front of God, having a jewel on its altar graven with the Name of the Messiah, and a
Voice that cries aloud, “Return, ye children of men. (The Legend of the Jews, by Louis Ginzberg)

if you have believed what your bible says, you have believed a lie. Your bible is a lie. But this is not what interests us today.

If you are good Christians( for the Christians who follow this blog), as I guess you are, you have read the parable of the banquet.

I am sure however you have never seen it in this light as expressed here by the Curmudgeon (thanks Brian). He writes,

The parable of the banquet is a cynical joke at the expense of those who imagine that Jesus and His Father will reward them with anything better than slavery and degradation. Not satisfied with inviting those who cannot reward him, the rich man in the parable invites those who cannot even attend: everyone has some reason for staying away. Even when the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind have been asked, there is still so much room to spare that the host orders his slave to force people to come.

Why should a rich man encounter such difficulties in getting people to attend his banquet? As soon as we recognise that the rich man represents the jealous, arbitrary and murderous Father, the answer becomes clear. The guests make their excuses because they know how the banquet will taste: how poisonous to the mind, how disgusting to the senses, how repulsive to the morals it will be. So awful is the menu that even the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind have heard of its reputation and stay away in humiliating numbers. At last, like every tyrant, the spurned host is reduced to ordering people to put up with him.

I like this reading of the parable. I think it puts it in perspective and changes focus to the *real* banquet promised to believers, heaven.

What are your reactions to this reading of the parable? Do you find it persuasive? Is it flawed and how?

PSA

No, there is no announcement I am making.

I find it hard, almost 90% of the time, when I blog to choose the appropriate title for a blog post. There are times I have deleted posts because I couldn’t think of an appropriate title and I don’t want to use click bait. I still don’t know where this post is going but hopefully it turns out to be something.

Most of the time when people stay away from blogging, Shelldigger i am looking at you, on return they give a number of excuses I mean reasons for the haitus. These have varied from illness to ‘life’. Now, life is an interesting reason to give. I see this blog not just as an expression of my growth and change in opinions and beliefs since I began writing it 6 years ago but also as an opportunity to be not so anonymous. And here there is a contradiction; this blog is public. There is much on it about myself and on the other hand, I am trying to be as anonymous as I possibly can.

So it is not life that has come between me and visiting your blogs which is a major part of blogging but I have been quite busy with other things that has made it impossible to find the right amount of time to blog.

I don’t think socialist would best describe my view of economics. What I know is I anti-capitalist. If I could with ease be assured of a place to sleep, healthcare, education, I would blog and read daily. Don’t get me wrong: I love architecture. I don’t think it is a bullshit job if you think of the positive spaces we mould. But because architects also build spaces of exclusion like prisons and of brainwashing like churches, I am almoat certain, we would not be missed.

That said, I am convinced the world would be a better place if we abolished prisons and police forces because then we would have to address inequalities that make such institutions necessary. We would rethink our justice systems. We would at least behave as rational and reasonable beings. And while at it, maybe stop the manufacture and sale of arms. And destroy all nuclear arsenal.

As Mark Greif writes in his book Against Everything, I am persuaded we should guarantee each citizen a minimum wage and set an upper limit to what anyone individual can take home. Extreme poverty and super wealth, he argues, and I agree are both antithetical to democracy.

So what was this post about? Nothing really except as information that I will be visiting your blogs soon once I can clear my desk.

Cheers everyone.

Random things

This is not a story.

When I last wrote about Somalia, I mentioned they had retained their language having been colonized by France, Britain, Italy and some parts under Ethiopian domination. You see on the one hand, I think we, as Africans ( I must admit here the difficulty of having a precise definition of who an African is) have to decolonize the mind. Suggestions have been made to decolonize the social sciences and language education (pdf). There is need for a common language and it doesn’t have to be English which my professor thinks is not rich and I tend to agree because I swear, there were occasions in Somalia I felt so frustrated.

Nabokov in Lolita broaches a very *delicate* topic in sexuality- pedophilia. I am not going to discuss Nabokov’s book, I suggest you read it for yourself. The reason I bring it up is because of another book, this time by Mark Greif; Against Everything where he argues the sex revolution of the 60s and 70s did not liberate sex but led to a liberalization of sex. He argues we will be able to talk about sex liberation only when it is thought of as we would a coffee date. On the subject of pedophilia he asks why the allure in youth when all the adults who engage in it were once youth?

In the same book by Greif talking about Octomom, he makes some very interesting critique of the media in the US of A but this can apply at home here too. He says when the financial meltdown happened in 2008-09, the media concentrated on a woman-Nadya and a Jew- Maddoff but not the bank and insurance execs who swindled peoples savings while these were known to them. The same seems to be happening here with our faux outrage on corruption. The media’s fingers seems to be tied. They can’t bring themselves to type the name of the banks or name the individuals involved in these banks but splash pictures of hapless conduits. For shame, the mainstream media. You are complicit in the crimes committed by governments and their operatives.

To be continued…..

 

 

 

 

ignorance

In the dear white people post I wrote a while back, there is this ignorant fellow who has written

You seem to have forgotten the endless flow of medical aid, vaccines, humanitarian volunteers, and tax deducted donations given to many countries.

When you look at natural population levels before and after European colonization, you’ll find increases of 400% in some cases. Almost as if our agricultural and technological advancements make it easier for people to live.

Yes, some European advancement was made easier by enslaving others. But, we also lead the charge in fighting slavery and are the most effective abolitionists. In contrast, Africa is still a hotbed of slavery, human trafficking, disease and ethnic cleansing.

We can withdraw our aid, our companies, our colonists, our technology and trade. If you want.

On diseases, I suspect Gentleman’s foundry hasn’t read any historical works that show many of the diseases for which Africans have needed vaccinations originated from Europe?

What quality of life are these large populations enjoying? I would rather a population of 200 well fed idiots than 80000 emaciated sick idiots, but that’s me.

Europeans did not lead the fight against slavery. That’s revising history. It’s only after the first successful black revolt against slavery in Haiti did some Europeans find the courage to join the fight. So please, shut the fuck up. You talk of ethnic cleansing as if that’s not what world wars were? Your ignorance and bias is showing but carry on. Human trafficking of Africans to Europe and Arabia. Maybe you should get a mirror.

By all means withdraw your aid, and stop the theft, we will do just fine.