“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE) Socrates ’ belief that we must reflect upon the life we live was partly inspired by the famous phrase inscribed at the shrine of the oracle at Delphi, “Know thyself.” The key to finding value in the prophecies of the oracle was self-knowledge, not a decoder ring.
Socrates felt so passionately about the value of self-examination that he closely examined not only his own beliefs and values but those of others as well. More precisely, through his relentless questioning, he forced people to examine their own beliefs. He saw the citizens of his beloved Athens sleepwalking through life, living only for money, power, and fame, so he became famous trying to help them.
As it was with ancient Greece we are still obsessed by power, money and fame. This is clearly evident through our African leaders. Robert Mugabe has been head of Zimbabwe since the country’s independence, he has been clinging to power despite his advanced age. They say with age comes wisdom, despite the tonnes of wisdom and knowledge, from his numerous academic degrees, Mugabe has been clouded by hunger for power, money and fame to a point that despite his failing health he doesn’t want to let go of power.
Closer home is Yoweri Museveni, it’s hard to explain what he was after when he seized power through a military coup over 30Years ago but it is evident that he is not giving away the power and fame of being president. By now Besyige, who maybe charged with treason after he swore himself as president, should know that Museveni seized power and the gun that ascended him to power will be used to keep him there.
Here at home we have leaders who are so self centered to the point of displaying ignorance and stupidity then cashing on it to gain fame. They talk then think, their followers, who live unexamined lives, without placing any thought to the leaders words they act then think about their actions.
I still don’t understand the rationale behind the weekly protests by CORD and their supporters, if Raila cared about kenya the protests would be headed to EACC not IEBC. The protests would be on the war on corruption, but he can’t do that. If CORD wanted what’s good for kenya then they would be giving solutions and suggestions.
I take pity on CORD hooligans who spend their Mondays smoking teargas outside IEBC offices, then go back to Kibra on foot only to spend the night on an empty belly, while their leaders are whisked away by their security, on the first sign of teargas, to Runda and Karen in armored fuel guzzling vehicles.
Let’s take a minute and assume CORD cared about kenya and stormed to EACC offices. We would get to the bottom of so many scandals, leave alone the NYS saga, we would know what happened to funds for kazi kwa vijana, the Tokyo embassy, Triton, maize scandal, BAT scandal, Kisumu molasses plant, Mumias sugar company, just to mention afew. This can only happen in our wildest dreams, because all this scandals involve CORD principals and other CORD leaders.
The reason why we don’t seem to see all this hypocracy is because we live unexamined lives we don’t evaluate our lives and that of others, that’s why the CORD leaders easily manipulate their supporters who don’t know themselves, their lives are not worth. That’s why they are put in the front line to fulfill selfish desires of leaders which are power, money and fame.