Thursday, 30 March 2017

THE NYANZI MELODRAMA: TAKING AN INQUIRY, VULGAR?




Photo source: President & First Lady reading the bible
I am in awe that people are still looking around for answers of whether the words Stella uses are vulgar or not. Lets define vulgar, indecent; obscene; lewd:Of course they are pure vulgarity.They are very disagreeable to hear but nonetheless you will still hear or read them for as long as you are here.They have made Stella who she is,in the political limelight, and to think they are going away soon is the direct equivalent of the old the Italian joke I have often talked about: 'a story is told of an an Italian beggar who once took the streets everyday to a statue of a god asking  it to win a lottery.The statue got mad, one day, the statue said to this poor beggar, how do you expect to win the lottery if you have never bought a ticket?

In his book on the history of human progress, Our Kind, anthropologist Marvin Harris asked in the final chapter, “Will nature’s experiment with mind and culture end in nuclear war?”The book came out in 1989, in the final years the Cold War nuclear paranoia, and his telling of how people developed from hunter gatherers all the way to McDonald’s franchise owners, he said, couldn’t honestly end with him gazing optimistically to the horizon because never had the fate of so many been under the control of so few.


“What alarms me most,” he wrote, “is the acquiescence of ordinary citizens and their elected officials to the idea that our kind has to learn to deal with the threat of mutual annihilation because it is the best way of reducing the danger that one nuclear power will attack another.”


In the final paragraph, Harris wrote that “we must recognize the degree to which we are not yet in control” of our own society. Progress was mostly chance and luck with human agency steering us away from the rocks when it could, but unless we gained some measure of control of where we were going as a species, he said, we’d be rolled over by our worst tendencies, magnified within institutions too complex for any one person to predict or direct.As we are, it should be easy for you and I to relate with the text because what are we in and up against doesn't seem to be a "ceasefire" sort of thing,everyone thinks they are right unfortunately they are wrong.

Here is a tip,the bible is crystal clear, "if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV. If we are to have leaders who call their followers rats and their followers who have studied sexology, we will be reading or worse watching the news with our kids looked up in their bedrooms so that they don't hear what they are not supposed to.

 You are Not Smart as you think and neither am I but somewhat it is only if we take it that nothing in the world seems as it is,we aren't going to have a lot of trouble connecting the dots:You’ll hear how Gordon Pennycook and his team at the University of Waterloo set out to discover if there was a spectrum of receptivity for a certain kind of humbug they call pseudo-profound bullshit – the kind that sounds deep and meaningful at first glance, but upon closer inspection means nothing at all. They wondered, is there a “type” of person who is more susceptible to that kind of language, and if so, what other things about personalities and thinking styles correlate with that tolerance and lack of skepticism, and why?
What the Museveni government has chosen to do is to willfully ignore the plight of the common man for the most part,to them, it is business as usual, that is why we have people parroting the steady progress rhetoric: it is bullshit, unfortunately.If Museveni and his government cant address what the common man faces day in day out,we are at the verge of having abuse and vulgarity as the new normal.Research has it that man always adapts to the way things are, either by conformation or by defiance.This has been proven a thousand times everyday of our lives.
The popular Stella Nyanzi who uses profanity as her language, even when she manages to hide in plain sight that it is her choice of diction, being a sexologist and literature teacher.Accepting that as the new normal is a direct way of messing up what already is messed up,we cant all begin to say asinine things unto the other because that way someone is going to be mad at us and possibly respond. It is said,and very true, the mind is the most poisonous weapon any human has to himself/herself
Do you vote? If not, is it because you think it doesn’t matter because things never change, or politicians are evil on both sides, or one vote in several million doesn’t count? Yeah, that’s learned helplessness.When battered women, or hostages, or abused children, or long-time prisoners refuse to escape, they do so because they have accepted the futility of the attempt. What does it matter? If those people do get out of their situation, they often have a hard time committing to anything which may lead to failure.

Half-a-century of research has placed confirmation bias among the most dependable of mental stumbling blocks. Journalists looking to tell a certain story must avoid the tendency to ignore evidence to the contrary; scientists looking to prove a hypothesis must avoid designing experiments with little wiggle room for alternate outcomes. Without confirmation bias, conspiracy theories would fall apart. Did we really put a man on the moon? If you are looking for proof we didn’t, you can find it.
“If one were to attempt to identify a single problematic aspect of human reasoning that deserves attention above all others, the confirmation bias would have to be among the candidates for consideration. Many have written about this bias, and it appears to be sufficiently strong and pervasive that one is led to wonder whether the bias, by itself, might account for a significant fraction of the disputes, altercations, and misunderstandings that occur among individuals, groups, and nations.”– Raymond S. Nickerson

In a 1979 University of Minnesota study by Mark Snyder and Nancy Cantor, people read about a week in the life of an imaginary woman named Jane. Throughout the week, Jane did things which showcased she could be extroverted in some situations and introverted in others. After a few days the subjects were asked to return, and the researchers divided the people into two groups. The scientists asked people in each group to help decide if Jane would be suited for a particular job. One group was asked if she would be a good librarian; the other group was asked if she would be a good real-estate agent. 
People then searched their memories for examples that might suggest she was right for that position. In the librarian group, people easily remembered all the moments that made her seem like an introvert, ignoring the moments she seemed more extroverted. They then said that she seemed perfect for that career. The real-estate group did the same thing, but upside down, searching the same kind of memories but for different information and coming to the opposite conclusion. After this, when the groups were asked if she would be good at the other profession, most people stuck with their original assessment, saying she wasn’t suited for the other job at all, that she was too introverted or too extroverted, depending on the original question. The study suggests even in your memories you fall prey to confirmation bias, recalling those things which support your beliefs, forgetting those things which debunk them.
Like I said earlier, you and I can be as certain as we look at our very faces in the mirror, we will always meet critics especially if we are still holding our pens (or in positions of leaders of leadership). It is thus imperative for you and I to take up criticism and examine it objectively for as Theodor Leschiticky, the great piano teacher, remarked, “We learn much from the disagreeable things people say, for they make us think; whereas the good things only make us glad.” Ask yourself honestly if there is any truth in the criticism. Beware of self-excuses or rationalizations; if you give in to these, you may just compound the original error. If you are forced to the conclusion that whatever your critic is saying is the truth, the best thing to do is to admit it.This in itself will silence him. After all, if you agree with him, what more can he say? Besides, it is astonishing how people can admit that he has been wrong.


What I will not recommend to you to entirely, though, is what I just said above—you may choke on it; it goes back to the question: Is he reputable and sincere? If so, you had better dismiss his words too readily. Has he reason to be spiteful or jealous? Then perhaps you can dismiss them. Dignified silence is often the best reply to Slander. Sometimes, of course, if the criticism is false and damaging, you must reply to it.But it is best simply to sate the facts, not to try to retaliate. Another thing to remember: when criticism finally comes to your ears, it may have become exaggerated.There are always people who enjoy the excitement of a feud and will throw gasoline on the flames if they can. “Come on,” they say, in effect, to the Victim of the Criticism. “Put up a fight”. You must be aware of these not-so-innocent bystanders. If I am to reference the bible that Andrew doesn’t buy into a lot the bible commands us to return good for evil.This is not pious nonsense; kindness is stronger than malice.Both to Stella and the Museveni government,both of you have taken it outta proportion,if that is the new normal, you are giving some of us a tough place on whom to follow,please cut the rhetorical cruelty,we already have enough of the numbing things: sort it all out at once.



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