Yesterday I had the honour (or dishonour maybe?) of watching the president of Uganda give a speech. I almost refused to go because I am totally against the things he does. However, seeing this grey haired, soft spoken man deliver his talk it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine this man ordering for the complete annihilation of his opponent. Yet the evidence speaks for itself, with riots, fights and walking becoming illegal in Uganda it is obvious that this man is not a good person right?
I recently intruded on a moment of soliloquy by my aunt. She looked up and said to me “looking at these politicians it is so scary to see how easily they play with our minds. You see them and think that you are immune to what they do but when you take a look at yourself you see, you really aren’t.” that right there is a scary thought. Nowadays it is so easy to meddle with information and provide selected misinformation. What is even worse though is not how easy it is but how socially acceptable it seems to be.
From where I’m standing it looks like sometimes the best thing to do to survive is to be as deceptive and manipulative as possible. Never let anyone know who you really are or what your true motives are because when you do that you are exposed, you are open and when you are exposed you are vulnerable. I mean who wants to be vulnerable right? We all want to be that guy who no one can decipher because we seem to pull rabbits out of hats. The magician who never reveals his secrets and you know what? We are doing it. God forbid that anyone knows the truth about anything. There shall be a national, maybe even global disaster.
A while back I wrote a piece about trust. I honestly believe that trust worthy people don’t exist anymore (no nothing happened to me this is purely based on observation). How easy it is for us to be deceived and even more how easily we deceive. If a grey haired shy old man can convince a roomful of people that the killing and mutilation that he is doing is justified then tell me, what hope is there? Any shred of tenderness (yeah I said it) left? Think about how often do you manipulate people to bend to your will and then think how often does it happen to you? Truth is there is no flowery ending to this Sunday’s post just a question. Is all this deception really worth it?