Skip to main content

The Greater Thief, The Box, Love and a Motivational Book

The Greater Thief


So someone stole money meant for free Primary Education, while other people stole millions of shillings which were under transit. Meanwhile, elsewhere, someone stole someone else phone or chicken. If the long arm of the law decided to catch up with the above individuals, the ones who stole millions of shillings will end up with several months in jail while the phone and chicken thieves might end up with several years or even death sentences.

Most of you will have the feeling that the judgements handed in in such situations are completely unfair, and that those who steal millions from public coffers are favoured.After all, shouldn't judgement and the law be fair?

Lets examine the 2 situations deeper. Let us take a hypothetical situation, where someone has stolen your phone, some poor man has stolen some other poor mans chicken , and probably beat him up during the robbery. Some civil servant also stole millions of shillings from the public coffer.

What is the outcome of all the above situations.If your phone is stolen, you have very strong feelings against the thief, and most people would even prefer that the thief be stoned to death, when found. As for the chicken thief, robbing the poor neighbour of their few chicken leaves the neighbour in a more critical state of poverty, and beating up the neighbour during the robbery even makes it worse, as the neighbour has to spare some hard earned cash for treatment. As for the civil servant who stole millions from public coffers, most of us only noticed it when it was reported in the news. Most of us will even never notice any direct effect of this robbery.

So, when the court heavily punishes the chicken and phone thief while sparingly punishing the million-shilling-public-coffer thief, it is actually punishing them according to the causes of their actions. the heavily hurt victims of the phone and chicken robberies will feel that justice has been done, while the rest will receive justice-outcome in the news.

And therefore, the court still remains just.


The Box


For one to be successful, one is always encouraged to think outside the box. one is given examples of people, e.g. Richard Branson and Bill Gates, and told how they thought outside the box and ended up been successful.

The problem with the above theory is that it is false. the theory suffers from the common misconception of underestimating the size of the box. To be successful, you have to think inside the box.

Actually, one has to think within the box; think of how to occupy the box fully. Richard Branson started selling records in his neighbourhood from the boot of his car. Bill Gates used his ICT knowledge to give a solution , then coupled it with strategy.

It's actually very difficult to think outside the box. So examine your box carefully.


Love


2 people fall in love. They promise each other how much they will work to make their love last. 1 person works very hard to provide for the other person, all in the hope of making their love work.

Soon, the party working hard no longer has time for the other party. The other party feels neglected and let down, and that the first party no longer values their love, and off they go to look for a third party that has time for their love.

Thus one party fails in trying to work too hard to make the love last.

Motivational Book


Again, most people read motivational books to motivate them towards achieving success in their lives. Most people will take this quest further, and try living their lives off the motivational books, or trying to draw similarities.

Unfortunately, there are too many variables in the life of the book author and that of the reader. It is almost impossible for the 2 to be involved in remotely similar situations. the author has different characteristics from the reader, different surroundings, different people. Like fingerprints, nothing is similar.

As motivational book authors make money, many readers will end up disappointed by how unsuccessful they did not become. As to whether they became motivated, that was not their original intention.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nairobi's Top 4 Texas Brisket Places Reviewed and Ranked

What's the best place to have Brisket in Nairobi? What's even brisket?  Brisket is one of the toughest cuts in a cow, from around the belly. It is so tough that it has to be smoked for about 16 hours to tenderise. But that there, is the catch.  16 hours later, it is the most flavourful and softest cut you will ever have. So full of flavour and so soft you can pick it apart with your fingers.  However, due to the long cooking time involved, only a few places offer brisket in Nairobi.  The best so far is Texas Brisket which is located within Kikuyu Railway station.  They do the meat for a proper 16 hours, and will usually have a fatty or non-fatty portion. The fatty portions are more tasty. A 500 gram serving goes for KSh. 900 and a 1 KG order comes with a serving of free fries. Their brisket has a well smoked exterior coupled with a very juicy interior and is served on a bed of roast vegetables.  Texas Brisket is also the most affordable. If going there past noon on

A Kenyan in Addis Ababa (Part 2) - The "University Girls"

Addis Ababa's Light Rail system runs through the middle of a street. The electrified light rail is still under construction, though mostly done This post continues from Part 1.  The residents of Addis are friendly too. On my first day, I did meet a guard at a hotel, who later offered to show me around. Among the places he suggested, was this place where some “University girls” were holding some "dancing ceremony". He added, that Ethiopians being Orthodox Christians, were about to go on a sex, alcohol and meat fast, hence the importance of this “ceremony.” I had some suspicion that I was being sold to sex, but my guide insisted that this was not a sex sale. Just dancing University girls. We did end up in some nondescript compound, and into a house. There was sort of a sitting area, with a radio system, low benches and tables, and grass sprinkled around the floor. Grass sprinkled around the floor is an Ethiopian tradition that indicates you are welcome to a plac

Beers in Kenya: A sober opinion

Note: This is a dated post and has since been mostly passed by events. SAB Miller beers including Castle and Peroni are no longer widely available in Kenya after their exist. Sirville Brewery was bought out by Brew Bistro before being permanently shut in a tax dispute. Kenya is a land of milk, honey, beaches and taxes. I have penned, or is typed, a newer post here .  Peroni - One of the best beers in Kenya. Did a taste of canned and bottled Italian, and bottled Tanzanian I like the tangy flavour and body in Tanzanian Peroni. The can is close. Heineken drinkers will like the Italian one.  I have had a short beer swigging stint in my life. It has however been long enough for me to share my opinion of Kenyan beer. Interestingly, over the course of sharing such opinions with other drunkards connoisseurs,  I have found that we all have different views as to what beer is the best, which one makes you too drunk, or which one gives one free, extra hangover for every hangover you get

5 Kenyan Holiday Destinations in Turkana and Rift Valley

Much local holiday travel in Kenya involves going to the Coast. If not the Coast, most holidayers end up in Nanyuki or Naivasha. But what if you wanted to go somewhere else, what are the alternatives?  An interesting itinerary would be Lake Turkana, through the Kerio Valley and Kerio Escarpment. This is a trip doable both by public transport or as a self-drive. Given the distance, it takes at least 2 days by road - though it's manageable in one day if you have 2 drivers.  However, it would be more fun if you explored different destinations on your way up and back, which I'll highlight below.  1. Iten - Kerio Valley and Kerio Escarpment The Kerio Valley is a breathtaking valley within the Rift Valley, with the Elgeyo/ Kerio Escarpment forming one boundary of the Rift Valley and the Tugen Hills forming the other. The Tugen Hills are within the Rift Valley and one of the oldest features on the planet. The Kerio River flows in between falling over the esca

Counterfeit alcohol hits Nairobi

Counterfeit The Famous Grouse    bought at a shop along Nairobi's Dubois road, note the packaging. Dishonest dealers in Kenya are now repackaging various alcohols and selling them off to unsuspecting buyers. The scam appears to target a broad range of popular spirits, including Smirnoff Vodka and The Famous Grouse Whiskey. Various residents have reported that the drinks are sold in shops in down-town Nairobi and cheap clubs. Popular drinks are either substituted with similar looking forms of alcohol or blended with them. Vodka is substituted with chang'aa , a local moonshine drink while brandies are used to dilute, or wholly sold off as more expensive whiskies. There is suspicion that some of the alcohol used in this drinks is diluted industrial alcohol. Industrial alcohol is normally cleared, with tricks such as food colouring and perfume deployed to have the counterfeit alcohol look like the genuine one. The syndicate appears to be recycling bottles which are colle