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

Dar mpaka moro (part 2)

This post has been continued from Dar mpaka moro (part 1)

Exchange Rates: 1 Tsh = 0.58 Kshs , 1 Ksh =17.2 Tshs (note to divide rather than multiply fractions/decimals)

Arusha is the capital of the East African Community, and might be referred to as Tanzania's third most significant city. Arusha also marks the end of Tanzania's dry region, quite small compared to Kenya's expansive Northern and Eastern regions.

You will also notice the presence of Traffic lights at major junctions and round abouts, a difference from Kenya's preferred police controlled junctions. However, motorists will at time jump the lights. Be warned though that Traffic Police might be present and will not hesitate to fine you. Overlapping , a common aspect of road behaviour in Kenya is taken seriously in Tanzania, it may land you a Ksh. 10,000 fine and/or a jail term.

Our bus did not stop over at Arusha, which though is quite a large town. Arusha is on the slopes of Mount Meru, one of Tanzania's m…

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

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 from it.
For starters, like everyone else, I discovered that beer isn’t as sweet as it looks like in those adverts that show golden barley swaying in breezes, happy men smiling and toasting chilled, foaming glasses of beer as a deep voi…

Coronavirus still proves Africa's Local Manufacturing Problem

For many people in Africa, more so Sub-Saharan Africa, local manufacturing is a concept we are very much in love with. We wish that our countries manufactured 90 percent of what we used locally, and by doing so, our feeling is that our countries would become developed countries.


Of course, manufacturing 90% of all locally consumed products means we would only import 10%. Early in school, we are taught that 1+3=4, and likewise 4-3=1.

Equally, if by manufacturing 90% locally means that we import very little, then the assumption is that importing very little means we manufacture a lot locally. And so, many people call for the banning of imports to promote local manufacturing.

Most governments understand that banning imports is hard, and so what they do is raise taxes on them. But interesting enough, raising taxes on imports does not lead to increased local manufacturing. Instead, it leads to a decrease in local manufacturing.

In 1981, manufacturing contributed to a quarter of sub-Sa…

The bitter story of the downfall of Mumias Sugar company

Have you heard the bitter story of Mumias Sugar?

Regarded by many as Kenya's most successful sugar miller, Mumias Sugar Company was a disaster waiting to happen.

Many pointed out how Mumias Sugar Company was a fortress in the wreck that is Kenya's sugar industry, only unaware that it was just a matter of time. As the old wise men said, "Ukiona cha mwenzako cha nyolewa, tia chako maji".

The proverb means that if you see your neighbour's head getting shaved, your head will soon be undergoing the same - you'd therefore better wet your head for a smoother shave, otherwise you will be forced to undergo a painful, dry, shave.

But what ails Kenya's sugar industry?

The Kenya sugar industry is under legal siege. The typical Kenyan issue of coming up with laws to tackle a problem is evident here.

Many of Kenya's sugar factories are owned by the government, and have slowly declined under mismanagement and corruption. The appointing of political cronies and trib…

Kenyan products: The art of punishing your consumer

This post was written in 2011. Facts may have and indeed have changed - but the conclusion has not. 
Peanut butter used to taste so good, but you could not afford it on the pocket money that you got back in school.

A few years later, you have your first real job and your first "disposable" income. You buy your first real tub of peanut butter, probably the first in your life. You feel proud that Dominion peanut butter is manufactured in Ruiru, a town that you visited in your campus days to withdraw your pocket money, it was the nearest bank ATM to your campus. 
This was before Equity bank became a mainstream bank and decided to open an ATM in your campus, and before M-Pesa meant that you could withdraw your pocket money next to the kibanda where you had your one meal of the day.
The peanut butter though is a far cry from the peanut butter you remember. It does not taste that good, and turns into some sort of stone barely third way through the jar. The stone is not the kind that …