Complete optimism is naivity and every fraudster requires that his victims be optimistic. In my country today, there is religious ecstacy and people are so optimisic that they deny the existence of many problems. Still, denial is not resolution. Nature doesn’t care who believes what. Some even say problems should be seen as opportunities. Right! So if the IRS or the army is dysfunctional does that mean people can start their own armies or tax agencies? And if we all try to solve problems for profit, wouldn’t the common good be in limbo? Maturity always comprise some element of realism which is often mistaken for pessimism. Truth is, optimism indeed can lead to the biggest opportunities or blunders. So lets not only emphasize the former as faith mongers always do. Half truths are lies and lying is immoral.
“I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.”
~ Bertrand Russell
The internet has caused an explosion of information and knowledge that has never been experienced before in the world. Only four decades ago the conversation I’m having now would not have been possible because there was no world wide web. But what real personal value is there in social media? I’m not on facebook, I’m not on twitter, I’m not on youtube, never been on Instagram or snapchat etc. I was once on reddit but the language is so dirty I have had to close my account. I still like to interact online with people but my interest in social media is gradually waning and I think it’s because of the following 6 reasons:
1. People on social media are often the opposite of what they present themselves to be. A person who appears happy, friendly and excitable on social media may not be sociable or friendly at all in real life. So you might want to rethink the idea that you’re connected to someone.
2. Social media is filled with too much intellectual rubbish. It accounts for about 40% spam on the entire web. Everybody seem to have their own version of the same truth. This creates a lot of confusion. If you are a factual person it’s far better to go to a library and read something decent and useful there.
3. It wastes a great deal of time. Ofcourse it’s good for people to interact. We’re social beings but some people don’t know when to stop or slow down. Hours spent on social media can be used to do something more productive than simply talking.
4. Social media is a cloak. People hide their true personality and identity which makes it useless should you record/save anything about someone you think you know. Names, Identities and web addresses can change at anytime. Are you thinking of online dating or relationships? Good luck! But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
5. Social media is filled with perverts, the most bizarre ones. On social media, they have a field day. You never know until the truth catches up. Some are lesbians, some are gay, some are zooerastians. The saddest part is that many people take advice from these “friends” on social media. Very sad indeed.
6. Social media is an ideological rubbish heap. You can meet just about any type of person who will reinforce any distorted notions you have about yourself, others or life situations. This makes it dangerous for young or inexperienced peope. If you’re thinking of ruining your own life through alcoholism, drugs or violence I bet you will find people on social media who will fuel these ideas. So how “social” is social media?
According to research, most people are influenced by what they see and hear on social media. I’m on WordPress because it’s more than just social interaction site. I’d say WordPress is a great place to train yourself if you’re serious about being a writer. Considering the huge information load on social media, the most valuable intellectual skills you can have is the ability to quickly and instinctively sift truth from lies.
If there is something one wanted
But didn’t get, one must try again.
The difference between those who
Get the fulfilments they want and
Those who don’t is that the
Former tried again
And again and again.
Beauty that comes from inside never wilts.
It is the beauty of mind, character, deeds etc.
This kind of beauty is in short supply these days.
It is not how you look that makes you beautiful.
It is how you carry yourself around.
Looks fade, eyes grow pale, skin wrinkles, butts shrink, voice slurs
And knees shake but the heart that is true to itself never fades.
October 2017 is exactly six years since I started blogging on wordpress. I have interacted with a lot of people and I appreciate their comments and likes etc. I have also learnt a lot. Also made mistakes. These are a few things I have learnt:
1. People notice things
2. Being completely honest is a good exercise.
3. There is something that unites all of humanity.
4. Don’t write if you don’t want to be judged.
5. Social media is full of social misfits.
6. WordPress is not free. I pay for internet.
Note: The word “Kulungugu” reminds me of the sound of war drums. It is pronounced “kooloongoogoo.” I interpret it to mean “life is war.” Geographically it is the name of a remote village in upper Ghana.
To all my readers I say thanks for sticking around. From now onwards we are going to climb higher on the mountains of truth.
Whenever arguments are advanced concerning the study of nature (as in human nature and the natural world which is the main subject matter of poetry) they always include Freewill. The idealists define freewill as the power of making free choices unconstranied by external agencies. But these external agencies have far reaching influence on human life and actions. They say we have the freewill to do this or the freewill to do that which I find delusional. Because all our actions are reactions to the environment.
We can’t control planetary orbits nor alter their laws. We cannot control the climate and the seasons that come with it. We are locked in our genes which informs our instincts, emotions, behaviour, culture etc. Even concerning the natural world, in circumstances where people were informed of disasters such as rains, storms, tsunamis, disease epidemics etc. still we are at the mercy of such external agencies which strike unexpectedly. We are simply walking egos.
Unless the Freewill which they speak of almost in ecstatic way have limitations which I suspect to be related to human societies? If Freewill has limitations then our life is to a great extent determined in advance. For instance, one has no freewill to choose which gases to inhale. All animals must inhale oxygen in order to live. If we continue to carelessly cut down trees and destroy virgin forests and consequently become short of oxygen, we can only wait to die. Where is freewill in this?
In his book, “Long Walk to Freedom” Nelson Mandela narrated how a young man approached him in prison and introduced himself as a member of the ANC (African National Congress). The young man said he was sent by the ANC leadership to help him escape from prison. The plan was to bribe a few prison warders, manoeuvre to the main gate and escape through whatever means was available. Mandela said the idea was strange to him. He was probably in his 10th year in prison and had not received any message from the ANC leadership because they were being hunted down. Though he wanted to be free, he didnt trust the young ‘aid.’ He said he consulted some of the ANC members who were imprisoned together with him and they decided not to follow the young man’s plan because they didnt know him as a member.
It turned out later that the man in question was actually an agent who worked for the white minority SA secret service. The actual plan was that while they were trying to escape the guards will open fire on Mandela killing him instantly and then it will be published in the media that Mandela died while trying to escape from prision (Attempted escape is a violation of the law so they would have had a moral justification there for killing him). At the time many Black organisations in SA appealed to European nations to help end apartheid and racism but none intervened.
After 27 years in prison Mandela was still alive, reason finally prevailed and he was released and then suddenly all the white leaders started loving him. Very strange indeed, that someone whose name was on CIA classified documents as a communist and a terrorist, whom Margaret Thatcher described as a terrorist, was now welcome to tour the west, visit leaders and socialise. The truth is that they all felt guilty. They didn’t expect him to be alive. Does the reader honestly think that a white person can be a political prisoner in an African nation for that long without consequences? There, again the world cried forgiveness because Mandela was black. The lung infection that eventually killed him started in prison because he said the rooms were damp and had no windows. We must learn lessons as black people.
What’s the moral of this story? The moral of the story is threefold: (1) It’s a white man’s world, dictated by the dollar and the pound. (2) Equality does not exist in nature, but ofcourse everyone can dream of it. (3) One must not jump at quick “solutions.” One must consult people one trusts when making important decisions. If the reader must know, before Mandela was sworn in as president, all of South Africa’s advanced military weapons at the time were moved to another country in Europe because they thought he might retaliate against the whites. They didn’t believe he had truly forgiven them. Evil men are never at peace with themselves. And whoever digs a pit shall fall in it.
In conclusion, the story I presented here was in the book:”Long Walk To Freedom” written by Nelson Mandela, 1st Edition, so I’m not making anything up. Neither do I have any space in my heart for hatred. I’m a peaceful person. I don’t blame whites. I just want the world to recognise the Black race’s capacity for forgiveness.
It’s not only beauty but truth also lies in the eyes of the beholder because one man’s fabrication is another’s fact and vice versa. However, truth differs from beauty in that it is very ugly. I’m not sure if these two can ever cohabit. Beauty occurs where there is symmetry and ‘organisation’ whereas truth only emerges when organisation breaks down.
Could truth be the opposite of beauty? Or a precursor to it. It appears truth can only be defined and searched for within a specific context which is why some argue that there are no universal objective truths. Beauty on the other hand can be universal but I have never experienced truth where there is unaccidental beauty.