By Mukurima X Muriuki
Why should an individual, a mere mortal subject to the fickleness and uncertainty of life wish death, injury, harm or ridicule on a fellow mortal? To make matters worse, at the core of such malevolent desire(s), is the need to gain political expediency or excite a sizeable social media following at one’s disposal.
I understand that our narrative as it exists is based on: a nauseating hatred towards those who do not agree with our opinion, a repulsive attitude towards those who belong to a different political outfit from us, and a nefarious thinking towards those who hold a different ideology that we consider simple-minded.
Let me be clear.
Evidently, 200 years later, the words of Greek classical philosopher Aristotle stares at us and calls on us to make a sobering assessment of who we, and demands that we reach out to the inner self for self-reflection:
“A high minded man does not bear grudges, for it is not the mark of a great man to remember injuries, but to forget them.”
I have seen many instances where some people wish death upon the person of Raila Odinga. I see others wear a sardonic smile if the worst were to happen on the person of William Ruto. And this is not limited to the two. You are free to name others who have had the worst wished upon them.
But why? Are we that inhuman?
John Ruganda, in his little book the Burdens articulates the following:
“The fools will laugh at disease while the wise laugh at ugliness.”
Are we backward?
A few days the World Bank announced that it will no longer distinguishing between “developed” countries and “developing” ones in the presentation of its data. What the World Bank will not change however, is the truism held by Frantz Fanon on the true meaning of a developing country, and one perhaps explains that makes the case for our pugnacious behavior and attitude towards other people:
“A developing country denotes a nation whose people are still escaping from a state of backwardness”
Is Kenya a developing country?