I don’t know about you

But as for me, I can’t wait for trump to launch his social media platform- truth social- where only truth shall be broadcast. There will be no fake news. There will be nothing about the election or even the audit that recently yielded no results. We will finally speak truth to power to the likes of Dorsey, Zuckerberg and whoever else doesn’t agree with us.

against religious indoctrination in schools

Today is Mashujaa (Heroes) Day here at home. For those who do not know, this is the day, many years ago that the Colonial administration declared state of emergency in Kenya and began the arrests of those who claimed to be Mau Mau leaders and their sympathizers, The arrests began on the night of 19th October and proceeded for many days followed by trials of the leaders and the eventual jailing of some in Kapenguria and a draft of other measures. But that is not what this post is about.

In our primary and secondary schools, there is a subject on religious education indoctrination offered depending on your religious persuasion and the schools sponsor. So for example, schools that are sponsored by Muslims would offer Islamic religious education. But it is not education what they do. It should rightly be called indoctrination. It is taught as if those things in the Koran or the bible are really fact. In essence it is to make religious believers out of young impressionable minds.

And they are most often a captive audience with little opportunity for rebel. They can’t opt out without consequence. If you are unlucky and ended up in a school run by the catholics, they will try and make a catholic out of you, Mass is mandatory regardless of whether you are muslim or a believer in voo doo. It just doesn’t matter.

I argue here that it is not the role of educational institutions to indoctrinate our children. Whether children want to or not attend church cannot be made mandatory by school administration. Religious indoctrination does not prepare these young ones to be critical thinkers or good citizens. It only prepares them for church work or sheep. Mostly sheep. And this should be a private affair. If your parents are sheep, that is theirs, but children as impressionable as 4 year olds should only be taught that which can be known.

Schools should teach them social skills. Arithmetic. Science to the level of their understanding while all the time encouraging curiosity and critical thinking. If any philosophy is to be taught in schools, it should start at a level where they can now begin to process abstract concepts but only as preparation for being good citizens.

If you are of a different opinion, I would like to hear it.

Protecting our values

The kenya film classification board has Banned a film for our own good because it promotes homosexuality and is an affront to our Christian foundation as a nation. Forget the fact that Christianity is a conquest religion that has been here for not over 200 years.

It’s the hypocrisy that leaves me always baffled. The same Christians are corrupt. There is runaway mismanagement of anything public funds and you would expect these Christians would be bothered, but no. It’s a film. Generally when a film is banned, its viewership goes slightly higher as those who would otherwise nor known of it become curious.

I hope someday they ban the bible for its violence.

Nietzsche spoke too soon

Though a good prophet, spoke too soon when he said God is dead and we have killed him.

It’s been 120 years since the good prophet breathed his last but all around us we are surrounded by irrationality that should have died when god died.

This is manifested in many ways. In many places, morals come to us from the sky, dictated by a god who is perfect, mysterious, vengeful and hidden- if you are philosophically inclined- ; in most jurisdictions we have laws that are informed by the religious persuasions of those who handed them down to us.

Then there is the obsession with objective Truth and all objective whatever-s that when you really bother to think around, leads you down the rabbit hole occupied by the gods.

The good prophet, in Genealogy of morals tells us to craft a new morality. And in his thus spake Zarathustra, invites us to be ubermen. Maybe it is time we took him seriously and thought about our morals. We may in the end not have to overhaul them, but to admit they are not from or by the gods, but they are covenants between men and women for sociable living. I simply don’t want anyone stealing my cow, not because it is an edict from high heavens but because i don’t want to be inconvenienced!

Whatโ€™s in a name?

Shakespeare wrote that which we call a rose by any other name, would smell as sweet.

My interest is on how do names come about? How did I end up being referred to as a Luo, Kenyan and African? Who is it that confers a name? My other names relate to the time of my birth and all. Would it still be me if the names were changed?

Why for example did the Europeans coming to Africa invent tribes- where they found nationalities? What did they find different in Africa from where they had come from?

It is this historiography that interests me.

On human intelligence or lack of it

I cant recall who it was that said he is displeased by anyone who doubts that we are intelligent or who compares our intelligence to that of other animals. Though I like what Plutarch wrote

For I do not believe there is such difference between beast and beast, in point of reason and understanding and memory, as between man and man.

Plutarch

but the most relevant to this post is

The man from Mars who saw how men suffered in the last war and how frantically they are preparing for the next war, which they know will be worse, would come to the conclusion that he was looking at the denizens of a lunatic asylum.

Norman Thomas, 1935

I just finished reading AC Grayling’s An enquiry on war where he reviews many topics around war such as what causes war, justifications for it, future of war and such. My contention and I think Grayling would agree is that as long as our nation states continue to build arsenal in preparation for war, we cannot claim to be intelligent. In a world where there is starvation, homelessness, disease, poverty, it is insanity to keep spending trillions of dollars on armaments. It is madness. Blind folly.

Maybe some day war will end and until that day, we must remember that man is only capable of being intelligent but may not be intelligent, yet.

Olympics

Most of you, except Ark know that the Olympic games are on in Japan. I didn’t watch the opening ceremony yesterday but I have heard it was glorious. Again for Ark’s sake, these games were put off for a whole year due to covid and there are very few spectators if any at the games and me wonders whether a non rich country would have managed to host the games without revenue from ticket sales.

I found myself watching two sports; Brazil vs Netherlands women football ( replay) I don’t know how it ended so don’t ask me. The second was weightlifting again the women trials or whatever they are called and man, don’t they lift heavy stones. And while at it I checked Wikipedia on the sport and a fellow lifted 256kg (?) At Rio Olympics and that’s amazing. The heaviest I have lifted that high is a spoon full of rice and it was a struggle.

So all the best to all the athletes participating in the games. I await to see Simone Biles wow the audience and the world stage.

A sporty weekend to you all and a great Olympics to all.

Flat earth

This is just me asking questions. I am on a break from braining.

I would want a flat earther to explain a few things to us/me

  • Is the moon also flat? What’s the thickness of the disc?
  • Are there other planets in this conception & what are their shapes? Are they flat discs?
  • Do flat earthers think there are other galaxies?
  • What’s the relationship between flat earthers and a 6k old earth?
  • Does the age of the earth affect that of the universe or are earth and universe synonymous?
  • Is the sun equally flat?
  • Since the earth is flat, is it bounded at the edges with a wall or a high-rise fence like the one on the US southern border? If someone fell off this border, where would they go?
  • Can we go under the disc/ plate that is the earth and how deep would that have to be?
  • Were mountains, valleys and other such features created at the same time when the earth was being created flat to keep us from getting bored from unending flatness?
  • On a flat earth, do we have different altitudes or that’s scientists lying to us about some place being at a lower elevation?

No, I don’t mean to stump a flat earther, I just would like to get a better understanding of where you are coming from. Maybe I can become a flat earther, who knows ๐Ÿค”