Long time no see

It’s been at least 14 days since I posted something on this blog. Life got in the way. Kony 2012 got in the way. School assignments got in my way. My love didn’t get in my way. My family didn’t either. Trayvon Martin didn’t either. I will spare us both with links to the Kony 2012 and Trayvon Martin because this post isn’t about them and yet they hover over and around me and you as we go through our usual routines.

Another news  that isn’t tragic as those ones, I finally got my Masters In English. Yes, I am a Master and English is my servant, but I don’t know if I speak English or English speaks me. I could say the same thing about Swahili, French and Lingala. Where does my identity starts and language ends? I’m sure it helps to have an expressive face and use gestures when we speak but what if instead of air as a way to make sound travel, we used water or ground or stone?

I have been feeling light lately and you must know it’s not that easy with my weight. It seems like every educational achievement I make has been defining my growth as a person. I have read somewhere that school is a brainwashing institution that helps create docile citizens who will continue to uphold the system in place that keeps the few happy and the rest of us miserable. I’m paraphrasing. Well, I think they have done an amazing job with me because I enjoyed school or is it the camaraderie and the intellectual challenges that I actually enjoyed? If it’s the latter ones, I would gladly go through the same brainwashing again. Something else I have read is that there’s no outside of the matrix or the system (But hey, that’s exactly what THEY would want you to believe! ). You can argue, fight or bleed for a different system, but you will always end up with another set of flaws or problems.

There’s a reason why I started off by talking about those tragic events because I have been thinking about what shape or form my agency in this world should take. I have had my share of pains and joys over the few number of years I have lived on this Earth and there’s no greater change that’s ever been than the one that happens inside of me. If I am good to someone, I think my purpose on this Earth has been achieved. I still don’t know how to be good to anyone, but I don’t stop trying. News are what they are news. At the end of this year, the LRA victims would still need to eat, to go to school, to find jobs like any one of us. Trayvon Martin’s family will find a way to come to terms with their loss ( the conviction of Zimmerman and/or financial remuneration will never replace it, but they help) and the rest of us will keep on doing what we been doing.

Nothing new under the Sun. Read the pages of History (however misinformed it could be), and remember you are not the first or the last or the only one facing what you are facing so strap on your boots and just do it.

Photo credit: Daily struggle


5 thoughts on “Long time no see

  1. Kony got in the way of a lot of things.


    Always remember this:

    The fact that I
    am writing to you
    in English
    already falsifies what I
    wanted to tell you.
    My subject:
    how to explain to you that I
    don’t belong to English
    though I belong nowhere else.
    —Gustavo Pérez Firmat, or, as he known to others, the Terminator of Cultural Certainties.

  2. Congratulations on such an accomplishment. I am really grateful to have met you in undergrad, and to have had the opportunity to follow your blogs/writing over the last couple of years. You are a wonderful person, and maybe the proper term is “clairvoyant”? I just mean that you seem to see things so clearly, realistically, and in an unbiased way, and that is a quality I constantly strive for in my life.

    • oh stop it. Actually don’t. I should let you write a blurb for me when I get published! But thanks it was a long journey, but it seems like another just started.
      How have you been? Are you ever returning to weird Portland? I don’t blame you if you don’t.

      • I would love to do anything to support your publishing experiences. Soon it will happen! Have you been getting along in the Mpena novel? I haven’t revisited it in a while.

        I have been doing great, there has been beautiful weather here, and it is hard to be anything but great in such sunshine. I hope to return for a visit this summer, but I am planning on staying. Yeah, Portland is great, but it is such a nice reality check to leave the Portland bubble and the America bubble and join the rest of the world!

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