I would like to apologize, foremost, for the leeward side of my posts. It has been raining on that other end. That statement was not meant to make any sense. I would like to re-affirm my commitment to bring you weekly updates(at least) of the BOGOF theme, PIECE OF PEACE, or at least something that relates to it, somewhat.
I would like to state, here, that Stereotypes are excuses people give for not understanding other people as the individuals that they are. I will repeat that, people use stereotyping to judge others at face value and refuse to look at the person within.
Last weekend I thought of this. Really thought of this. I realized that people relate to you just because of what society depicts “people-like-you” should be. Let me explain: I was dressed in a ‘kanzu’ last week Saturday. I did not put as much thought into it before. So, I left the house and as I was walking to the bus stop, I meet a gentleman draped in one as well, “Salaam Aleikum”, he said. I replied in the same breath. “Aleikum Salaam”. Then, at that point my mind went on a roll. If I were dressed “ordinarily”, would such a greeting even apply? If I’m in a kanzu, is it definite that I’m Muslim? If I’m Muslim, do I conform to the ‘jihadist’ theory? If I’m Luo, does it mean I should seem to be well-moneyed? If that is the case, shouldn’t a Kikuyu, then be a thief? All USIU chicks are sluts? Daystar chicks are drunks?In all the scenarios presented above, shouldn’t we all be living in ‘Year One’ where we have our little cocoons that we wrap ourselves in and the ‘others’ always seem like the enemy. Shouldn’t we always be at war, as the stereotypes define who ALL of us are? REALLY? See where I’m going with this?
Then,I think that, as individuals, even though I/you/he/she associate with certain groups/institutions should we not understand that whom we are in order to be at peace with it? Shouldn’t we, then, be at peace with the next person by looking at them as individuals and NOT representatives of a certain group.
Further to that, shouldn’t we discover this for ourselves, rather than let the stereotypes that continue to be propagated determine that for us.
I hope that we get to discover this PIECE OF PEACE for ourselves as we head towards the BOGOF, Being Only Great Of Finesse: PIECE OF PEACE on the 30th April 2011 at the Hilton Nairobi from 3pm. There will be a blend of Music, Poetry and Visual Artistes who will give you their take. For only 200 bob. Get your ticket now.
Be Positive. Peace