Even when life goes on in its full normalcy, I am always aware of a strong force around me, a force stronger than gravity. It pulls me in this wonderful yet empty orbit called virtue.
And within it I find embedded: love, kindness, sacrifice. And even when I swim ashore as I often do, its ripples knock me back into the orbit. #life_in_its_entirety_in purity of heart.
Even when life goes on in its full normalcy, I am always aware of a strong force around me, a force stronger than gravity. It pulls me in this wonderful yet empty orbit called virtue.
In as much as I may be neutral and uphold my convictions that the type of government doesn’t matter as much the kind of heart its leader has for development of masses, it is still cardinal that important matters have to be talked about if their benefits can help shape the future of a nation.
Zambia has seen a new turn in the field of political growth and if well nurtured would soon attain greater heights. with less of political violence perpetuated by cheap arguments and better conduct of candidates, it is evident that we have matured and will conduct future elections in a more civilized and respectable manner.
After the death of the late President last year, I calculated a great deal of anarchy and blamed most of it on him for tactfully suppressing opposition by other political parties during his reign and for not grooming a candidate to replace him, which of course as at now most people have forgotten that he never actually did but only left people with their own assumptions and an inevitable indoor striffle(confusion) within the party. However little did I perceive that time that his actions, most likely unknowingly, were slowly hatching a healthier ground for political maturity.
Briefly looking at his work I would say he knew his calculations so well that he took aggressively risky decisions. At times certain decisions have to be taken regardless of what the general public thinks and it is his aggressive temperament that won people’s confidence in him. Probably he had taken keen interest in the methods of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but whatever his inspiration was, he had come close to being an ideal politician. Politics is one profession that requires mastery of the skill of doing less talk and letting people make their own assumptions, if a leader is considered to be a level head by the public then unconsciously they make good justifiable reasons on one’s behalf for every deed one makes. It’s like the bible theory in which Christians try interpret every word of the scripture as a holy coded message even those that aren’t.
And I would say he achieved this much because no one raised a stiff eyebrow on the source of the money for developmental projects like multi-kilometre road construction and repurcursions on the future generations in terms of payments. No one ever thought why previous govenments didn’t run several multimillion projects in the shortest timeframe and everyone thinks he did a billion things but can’t count more than ten.
This however isn’t much of my concern as at now but his muting of opposition and creation of a possible in-party tension and his death are my main attention, because these are what birthed this new evolution in the political field.
With the “loud” politicians gone, professional politicians of a quiet temperament like Hakainde Hichilema and upcoming potential, eloquent think-tanks like Elias Chipimo will now have a chance to take the stage and move politics to another level. But since change is a gradual process it would be good to keep them a little longer in opposition while that change is fully instilled in the minds of the citizens and for the candidates themselves to gain a little more experience. Yet how long we should keep them is a sensitive question that needs brisk response because we do not know when which party would like to replace its fore-leaders.
With the increasing distrust in biased information services like the Zambian Watchdog yielding growth in people’s judgmental skills and ability to analyze information in preference to taking it raw, we have a green light that people have awakened and will show active intellectual participation in governmental issues.
Whether we opt for continuity of the PF rule or choose UPND is not the main matter, but how we want to shape the future of elections in Zambia and the kind of leaders we shall put our faith in in the forthcoming general elections in 2016 must be decided after this week’s January 20th elections. We need to critically analyse the conduct of both the winning and losing teams and see how much effort the winning candidate will put in serving his people while weighing all matters at stake in every decision he makes.
It’s not about the party or tribe but the kind of heart one has for his country with consideration to his intellectual skills.
The hacking of some of UPI US News twitter accounts today shows us how making the world a smaller place by reducing everything to a click can bring its own costs. “This Friday afternoon, the twitter accounts of United Press International and the New York Post were hacked, tweeting that the US and China had begun a war at sea and that the Pope had announced the start of World War III.” You can get rest of the story on this link http://t.co/NRdHg3NLSp .
Among other publications during the hack, Chinese leader Xi Jinping was allegedly quoted in a tweet that said “Obama “condemned” for Asia pivot , and “has forced China to protect its interests through military means”
This incident clearly points out some inevitable consequences that are surely bound to come with the world taking another turn in the age of cutting-edge of technological tides. This will most certainly set new ripples of fear in people knowing that if big companies could be so helplessly hacked by criminals then their safety and the safety of their accounts lay in the hands of luck and time. The news agencies will certainly redirect funds into fortifying their cybersecurity and in response to today’s attack the government will as well consider looking into cyber-crime with new vigor as this attack is likely to cause a slight stir in the long term massive business endeavors by the business community between the two countries.
These are however growing pains and must in no way impede our tech advancements. What is the meaning of “secure” when you don’t have a once in a while “break in”? It keeps our security measures in check and upgraded.
On the positive side, this hack has stalled if not completely prevented any possible military aggression whether imminent or not and will see a smooth relationship between the two Nations for even over 35 years. A behavioural psychologist would agree that ambitious and enabled people mostly never like their next actions being predicted and would rather throw away years of effort if they have to, in order to change course. Hence we will see the tolling friction between the two countries lessening, yet looking at the enormousness of the two countries it is highly unlikely that the reconciliation will be done on the stage but rather secretly and diplomatically.
Looking at how social networking has changed us and how unimportant as it might have been initially considered in the fight against cybercrime, I believe it is time that we as independent users took a different approach as to how we use it. Knowing that it is our most used end tool in venting our emotions and the best place to go to when learning about someone’s personality, it will soon if not already be an efficiently tool in workforce employment as employers will now easily shortlist the best people for a particular job based on their personalities too, and all thanks to social networks. Hence job seekers and university grads need to think twice on what kind of personality they show to the world through social networks.
Embraced by anxiety as I lunge into the skies of a new found planet I feel my heart throbbing as my seat belt tightens over my shoulder with each new pulse. Before my eyes lies a planet that has been radiating a steady flow of blue heat; a sign of calm tranquil life and love.
Could this be the long promised land of peace? As I land on the fresh soft land , I see its inhabitants having fun. True joy is written on their faces,some are wrapped around fireplaces in their homes, others watching moving pictures on a big wall. others are grouped up in a building marked with a cross, they hold burning tongues of flames in their hands and chant spells like my people do when going to war. Yet I see no cannon balls; no armour around them, and their presence radiates blue heat, not the red Heat of anger and vengeance. I know for once they are harmless, yet their way of life puzzles me.
As I get off my ship, kids with hands tucked in mittens run towards me. They offer me sweet soft food, they say it’s candy and it’s what keeps their hearts soft and keeps the witches away. Indeed it is food of the gods, with one bite my heart melts and I feel the warmth of love growing within me.
The people in the building marked with a cross welcome me, they give me a gift.
They say it’s a talking box that has voices of all my friends that I wish to keep in it, they call it a phone.
I turn to enter one of the houses and its in habitants tell me they’ve been waiting for me.
It shocks me how they don’t shake at the size of my figure my tentacles are no strange sight for them. As if reading my questions they tell me their king has been born with a message of love and peace and as long as he lives on their planet no harm can come to them hence there’s nothing left to fear.
They say he is the ancient one promised to protect them. Every year he is born down the road in a little cave. They say his presence among them radiates enough love to break all spells evil in a man’s heart.
Out in the road I am alone again and I head in the direction of where their king is born and in every window I look through I see beings radiating the blue heat. Indeed this is the promised land, love floats in the air. Its in habitants have no worry. Their faces show no sign of wrinkles. They spend their wealth not on guns and artillery but on food and enticements and anything that brings endearment to their hearts.
I finally reach the cave where their King is said to be born, and there before the child King I see its Mother, a pure fount of white heat.
My kind do not see in colour but only “see” the heat radiated by one’s true emotions, blue shows love, red anger but white is a rare heat radiated only by the purest of heart. At least for once I think I have seen her face like the humans do, in colour. Her beauty resembles that of the great Ayani, The great woman of magnificent beauty prophesied to bring unity among all living creatures of all planets. Her face has never been painted by the finest artists, for her beauty out matches their skills.. But I believe the prophesy has come true before my eyes.
I bow down to pay my respects. With all my discoveries I believe my people will finally have a land to call home, the candy-plains spoken of by the Seers. As I head off, out of the little cave, the woman sees me off. We walk for a short while in silence and I think of what words to pronounce before her, One mistake and I might be banished and so I struggle to choose the words to fill my lips.
While thinking, she points in one direction with teary eyes, I lift up my eyes to see where her hand points and behold I see a radiant red heat in the empty darkness. With a sob in her voice she says,” there lives the Iscariot, In three moons from now my son will be taken away from me by him and the entire cycle will begin again”.
I try to understand what she just said, “three moons” might mean 30 years in my world or even 3 months, which could be March in their world but at least I know “taking away” means killing.
I find it even harder to find words with which to comfort her, so I bow to be excused and run back to my ship to be alone, for at this rate my head might explode.
Like a starved prisoner, my knees melt and I fall onto the deck of my ship. For the first time I realize I had been carrying my gift of a talking box all this while. I rake my hair for answers. Who are these people? Why should they put the pure one in such pain? Why do they let this happen ever year? Is immortality an amusement to them? Why can’t they rid their king of the one they call Iscariot? What place is this?
With anger I tear my gift box to shreds and just as I am about to crush its content, the talking box, it comes to life and the first word it says is “Earth”, “this place is earth”, ” these people are called Humans, the building you went to that had a cross is called a church” “these people are Christians.” Impatiently I ask the talking box what a Christian is and whose voice is talking to me and for what reason the voice was imprisoned in this little cell and all I get is “Siri, Siri is my name. How I exist is for Apple to know. Definition, a christian is a human who claims to believe and pay allegiance to God and his son Jesus.” I could not understand anything. Especially that this Siri said “Claim” then what really was their belief? As I sat down to think, I remembered the other planet I visited months ago was also called Earth. That was the planet where I learnt what intense cruelty really was, I saw men in red heat pounce on the weak and break their spines for a flat piece of wood called money . That was the only planet where the general use of “I” in place of “we” and “us” was a common rule. That is where I extended my vocabulary with a new word called “sin”.
Could this be the same place? I remembered the horror like it was yesterday? Could these people be the same that caused all that evil? I turned to Siri and asked! “Which planet is in area 3221.35 due East of the Martian galaxies?”.
I waited for an answer and after a long paused, the box broke to life saying, “Earth”, “those co-ordinates are for this planet, Earth.” With a puzzled mind I asked again, “then why are they different this time.” All siri could say was, “It’s Christmas. People tend to use less energy during Christmas, like lion cubs fighting for a share of meat and drawing to a pause by the roaring of oldest Lion, Christians try to live as they should for 24 hours out of 8760 hours every year.”. With this I wondered what kind of people the Earthlings were and why was it that they should let the one they called their King remain in a cave when they all clung to the fireplaces? Why weren’t they willing to break the Iscariot spell when they had lived to see it pass ever year? Were they really interested in the reason of the event or only wanted the pleasure that came with it?
And why was it that Ayani chose to reveal herself to such ungrateful people, if she lived among my people she could have been my queen and together we could have written our own legends.
The clock has turned around again. Anniversary badges decorate my mailbox.
Like any anniversary I feel belated. My heart smiles with content, a feeling of belonging swells within my chest as I ponder over all I have gained in blogging.
By writing I have flooded the walls with emotions and endearment as my thoughts flowed with my hand. And in return I have watched myself grow.
Like a nurse I have graphed my growth, beyond the bounds of a prisoner his own success it ascends yet still in my infancy of this lifestyle.
Fame,importance and fairy overnight-success were the primal wants I hoped to find in blogging yet little had I known that blogging was nothing but an extension of one’s own self.
Like the real society, it has friendship, love and trust which can be earned with time and shared by those worthy of it.
Happy anniversary to you readers!!!!
Possessed by a surge of fury concealed in empathy aroused by the Guardian facebook publication today (2/10/2014) headed “focus on US ebola case shows how cheaply we value African lives” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/01/us-ebola-cheap-value-african-lives?CMP=fb_gu .I am forced to publish my newly written draft posts. Insulting though the heading sounds, it is actually painfully true. And one looking at it for the first time would call the western world stupid and egocentric, yet I; though in an African skin and shackled among the Ebola infested rotting corpses of my brethren, offer a nod of affirmation to the white man for this seemingly selfish act. And by my grounds, I blame the black man for he is “ the spoiled child of the celestial homestead” built up yonder in the soaring clouds.
Agile as a panther ,quick as a mountain fox and quick shiny darting eyes are by no means a description enough of my vessel of all beauty in his masculine youthful age; the child of my own making. Sooty is his name.
He walks with a majestic gait, with all authority and confidence, knowing that he earns by birth the privilege of holding the official seal, the crown of my throne. And I as a proud father bestow upon him all spoils befitting a king.
He never toils, for a king needs not to toil. day and night Ladies-in-waiting entice him with all delicacies the best chefs can ever offer.
He knows not the cold, for what makes a king but warm robes and a thick, woolen blanket?
He alone bears the taste on his tongue of the sweetness of true royalty, he that walks with a golden spoon embraced by his thick strawberry lips.
Not even his younger brother, Waxen is allowed to enjoy all these spoils for I allow him not. he must learn to serve his future king,Sooty and must never taste the enchanting fruit of splendor.
Therefore I keep Waxen busy to numb his thoughts on pleasure gulping ideas..
Every fall I send waxen out in the far lands in battle to prevent him from enjoying the best of part of the season’s royal feasts.
Out of sheer luck or fortitude he survives the bitter winter and returns home with 50 heads of his slain enemies and retires to his tiny hole of a room.
My advisory council tell me it is not fair to treat brothers with such partiality.
“A king must be just, even to his own children” they say, but a king takes no advice from his inferiors about running his home. Who dare challenges a child of the stars that separation of children’s responsibility creates an unbreakable fortification that makes them foes for eternity.
*** They say A time will come when the kingdom of the crown prince, Sooty, will crumble. For he has learnt nothing but laziness his entire youth. Not even the wild fruits of summer, the mangoes, the guavas or the juicy caterpillars of spring will save him from starvation.
And while he languishes in penury, his brother, Waxen, will out of the skills that you unknowingly taught him, build himself a new empire. A kingdom birthed out of nothing but innovation, determination and perseverance such wonderful skills that Sooty never had a chance to learn.
And when that happens, sooty will live on the scraps of his brother’s table; collected and sent to his torn palace.
He will live as a beggar, enslaved by his own laziness and leashed to the foot of his brother’s stool.
Yet his loyal subject will never lose hope in praying for a miracle of hard-work and consistency to shine upon their king as they wait in vain for his order to rebuild the kingdom.
Waxen will forever entertain his guests with fairytales of a distant yet present part of the world where a lazy man with a treasure of leadership scrolls and fruitful, water-bulging lands sold off his dignity and land to his own brother all for crumbs of bread baked by his own chefs.***
What a heartbreaking moment it could be if it came to pass, yet with my kingly wisdom I know it shall. but even if this comes to pass I know as much as Waxen knows, of one ability that is stunningly present yet dormant in Sooty which no king has ever had; the flexibility of his mind as to learn almost any complex idea with great ease. And this when realized will snap him free of his entangled leash and will set the pillars of a great kingdom.
This ability sets Waxen’s eyes ablaze with scourging fear and I know he will suppress it to his last breath, while indirectly using his brother’s unrealized ability to build himself a kingdom.
When I think of this moment, I am filled with much uncertainity as to whether to blog about it or bottle it up because of something greater that weighs me down and reminisces something of the other part of me that I’ve always kept hidden on the shelves. Yet sharing both would not hurt as much as doing otherwise with my friends on the other electronic end .
Three months of thinking and planning I knew I had stumbled upon one little yet valuable aspect that people of the Christian circles had always overlooked.
In all my life like any other person, I had been peddling up influence; both in the most unsuspecting and suspecting ways and in my quest I realized it had as well crossfired an effect on me, it had carved a new personality in me, a personality that could never be effaced by sheer downsides. In me I now saw a person who would do something on critical grounds of acceptable morals and perfect motive.
All the works of burning out my eyes in forbes articles, detailed research on the core of humanity, wasting out the grains of the hour glass in studying man and all there’s to know about his nature, driving force, manipulation turned me into a quiet yet persuasive thoerist ready to use my artillery in piecing my own success.
Yet little did I know this had transformed the spiritual section in my vaults, I had successfully stayed for months without sinning and I knew I had found one awesome thing not perceived by many.
By setting other positive virtues one is capable living a sinless life.
It doesn’t matter whether one has the title of Christian or not, for Christianity is not a religion as most understand it but a lifestlye that anyone was capable of taking up.
I knew this was a great discovery in the circles of sages and I was eager to stash my work into the faces of those eager to live a sinnless life for I knew it was posssible when topped with other basics on psychological weaknesses of man.
With confidence, boldness and endurance man can excel in any areas of choice for it is one’s own desire of belonging that always betrays him.
When you ask yourself why certain good principles are compromised by even the seemingly principled folks, it is the desire to have company that desperately leads to giving in to anything just to have friendship.yet man hardly knows that at any given time any opposing parties are at the same level of giving up as ever and it’s only one who holds on for an extra second that always wins.
Shrewd business wigs would tell you that in every bargain, the first to talk always loses and everyone goes into any bargain with a view of securing their piece of pie but few such people ever think of applying this logic to life itself.
Definition of any society lies in the minority population of those that careless about what others say for an instant, for they know the same people would turn around and throng back to them.
With this I thought I would make a difference by letting the right and interested people know. But I was wrong about one thing.
It hurts to admit but realized not all this was applicable to all.
It had for an instant worked well for me yet it could not perfectly work for all, life isn’t one thing that can be governed by rules.
And as such neither could a lifestyle be.
Even if it worked it still lacked the main spice of religion, people would be righteous but what would happen when the tables wobbled? What would happen when trays overturned?
It would all crash to shambles like anyother theory that spiritualists have thought of and abandoned. It lacked the tact and needed a blend. It lacked needed final stitch to tuck it up. It lacked love.
I’m sure you are already thinking love is an easy get but logically who would love a person that had existed 2000 years ago if we cannot show much affection to a grandfather only two generations behind us.
Blasphemous as it sounds at first but it makes much sense as it unfolds. The apostles were devoted because they had his affection and shared memories with him, and us distant as we are in time how would we claim to love him as they did other than the “because mumy said so” kind of belief?
Impossible as it may now seem to love him, a better altenative has been offered that will generate a more permanent affection than the former. We need to begin by understanding the general core of man through self introspection: his strengths, his falls and all there is to know. By learning this which of course is impossible to complete in any man’s own life time then we can have a glimpse of what it is that we desire and we would be closer to beginning our next exploration; studying the the nature of christ and his main interests in us that make him keep coming back to us. This is another challenging task yet it can be partially achieved by being alert to all happenings and decoding his presence in every happening that occurs in our lives.
*No man can ever tell us how to be more attached to God but it is a discovery that we need to make on our own, in our own style. And it is one that is blurred and therefore needs constant effort to keep it clear even when it has been discovered
It may not be perceptible to all, but blogging is reality. It is an extension of who we truly are. A platform on which we all freely display our talents and abilities, those that our immediate society forbids us to, by virtue of it undermining us, intimidating us or not giving us a chance to express them.
At first it all begins like a natural human urge to be recognized and to feel important, this may be concealed in something else but it is an undeniable fact. Stats are all what matters at first and we spend much of our time reading blog posts of how others managed to build a great throng around them and how they have managed to maintain it.
We begin to write like them. In the formats that we think are crowd pulling and soon all our ambitions are directed towards posting on things that would push the juice in the meter to the other end. And every time we post we impatiently await the first likes and comments and even go to the extent of convincing our dearest ones to make an appearance on our blogs.
When we get to see the mileage escalating, we feel content with our work and begin to make as many posts as we can. We finally feel how good blogging really is. And coming to think of it, it gladdens us to see a person from the other end of the world liking our post and making two or so comments.
We finally get to have the feeling of importance knowing that somebody out there somewhere is eagerly waiting to read our next post.
But wait a minute! Is this what blogging really is? It is only a façade of the real thing called blogging life. Like a new bride who has just been ungagged in front of a new house, it is the first sensation that we get and the initiation into this family begins at a later stage or at times even never.
When we begin to realize stats are nothing but numbers and that our readers don’t actually own our blogs but we solely decide what to post, when to post and which crowd to keep around, then we are taking the first step to initiation into this wonderful family. We are blotting out the irony that keeps the art of blogging hidden to the unkeen eye.
As we begin to be introduced to this wonderful thing called blogging, we now realize that it is more than just a literal enhancing platform but a growth stimulating environment.
By free writing and self-expression, we free our emotions loosen the heavy burdens that stress our lives. This gives room to clear thinking and an air of relief and calmness arises as if one just soaked all his problems in a gallon of brandy but with a better effect, it allows us to now reflect on our own lives as though they were a specimen from without. Life starts to make more sense and this in turn enhances self-development.
By looking at one’s own posts after an interval of time one begins to spot out the areas of timidity that were shown when it was first written and one then starts to assess his life to see if weak link is still in him.
One admiration that I hold for real bloggers is their unwavering spirit that governs their judgment basing on what their hearts want them to do because it is the right thing and not what society wants them to. It is as if they have broken the natural spell of desire of belonging and recognition that has hypnotized man into making wrong choices in life in an effort to pedal up influence. But they instead have ridden beyond the desire to hold the wand of hypnosis and are now at another level which common man is yet to attain. A level of humility and lack of desire for reciprocation for any good deed.
I am proud to be part of this blogging family even though it took me quite a long time before stumbling upon it.
Blogging is real and it’s what makes all genuine bloggers that do it for their passion ALIVE!
A blog must shape you and not derail you
Thank you all for sacrificing part of your time for a good cause by viewing my blog posts despite my recent inactivity. I’ll be giving you a treat tomorrow on the 7th of June as I post on “Purity of Heart is attainable”. Be sure to check it out and see my thesis and angle of argument