The Kenyan Conundrum

In an attempt to explain the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Erwin Schrödinger, in 1935 proposed an experiment where a cat is placed in a box with a sealed can of poison that will break open at a random time. Since no one knows when the can of poison will break open, the cat at all points in time can either be considered to be both dead and alive. It’s only by opening the box that one can tell the cats status.

1935 and 2013 have something common, I’ll make that clear in just a bit. Let’s talk about 2013 for now.Glorious 2013.The year 2013 which goes down in history as the year Kenyans took to the polls and elected a new president, chose an entirely new system of government through an entirely new system of voting, with an entirely new commission in charge of the whole process. So if you witnessed this whole phenomenon be thankful, someone somewhere sometime in the future will read about it and wonder what it was like. Judging by the discourse held in most social gatherings most Kenyans are still reeling from the results of the recently concluded elections. Be it through a joke, a fact, a jibe, an allegation, a remark you name it, the subject happens to somehow surface, wherever you are. And as we continue to bask in the euphoria of peaceful elections, soar on wings of dreams fulfilled, trample on dreams shattered, as we pump up our chests and bark at any foreign media house that dares cross that red line. The world  continues spinning beneath our very feet.Life goes on all around us and in one way or another we return to the very state of mind we left.Reality.

Plato once said that “Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike”. But on the onslaught of rising insecurity, increased unemployment rates, rampant spread of HIV/AIDS and strained foreign relations. It seems the second most important thing next to Atwoli’s ultra ego is the welfare of Kenyans. I don’t know what’s more irksome the fact that MP’s believe that they are actually justified in demanding for increased pay or that the police just stood by cuddling their guns and rungus as Atwoli’s zombie army mercilessly flogged Boniface Mwangi. At this rate if “the main aim” of democracy is to equalize the unequal say bye bye to “the main aim” and hi to “the exact opposite”.  So from my heart to yours…

Dear Politician,

  “In whatever truth you hold right and in whatever esteem you hold your thoughts kindly remember they come second. It is your earnest duty as a leader to put the welfare of those who you serve above anything and everything else. Just thought I should remind you. ”

Yours sincerely, the conscience you seemed to have lost.

With the crimes against humanity charges facing the President and Vice President in the ICC. There’s a lot of speculation going around about who is right and who is wrong, what is true and what is false, who did this and who did that. But if history has taught us anything at all, it’s that we can never actually predict the outcome and repercussions of events, each individual is part of a bigger picture.<< Pause>>. The bigger picture here being; The millions of Kenyans who are struggling to make a living. The mothers who go hungry so that their children can eat .The fathers who work incessantly hard in order to put food on the table. The students scouring  over books day and night in an attempt to make better a future that is hitherto capricious. There’s people crying on the sunniest of days, people constantly scratching to make a living, people looking for a way to make things better, people searching for a way out. These are the people that matter; these are the people that count. These are the people whose welfare must be put first, people who the system should work for not against. As a country we’re walking on a very tight rope any wrong decision, any miscalculated action can render a tragic end. And if you thought Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace was bad you haven’t met this one.

Schrödinger’s experiment is a thought experiment which tends to provoke the mind, awaken the sleeping logic and trivialize that which you think you are sure of. This is where 1935 and 2013 meet at the point where logic meets reality. Here we are; a new breed of leaders and hopefully a new school of thought, things can either go really well or really sour. For we know not what the future holds and in this case the box is still shut. Until the box is open at which point time will tell, then shall we be sure. Whether we are dead or weather we are alive or whether we are dead and alive we…we…can never be too sure of anything really. To all you pessimists I say hope, to all you optimists I say think twice. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Kenyan Conundrum.

Time alone  oh, time will tell:
Think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell;

hanging-out-on-brooklyn-bridge-cables-black-and-white-old-vintage 1914  Eugene de Salignac

  • Talib Kweli & Novel – I am
  • Bob Marley – Time will tell



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