Somehow, the ideal of being a good and useful person has been replaced by the ideal of being a winner. Money, now: that’s how we’re supposed to keep score.
Book publishers, newspapers, talking heads on TV, even “educators”– seem to think that they are doing the public a service by advising everyone to model their lives on the idiots whose lives are about making money. Virtue? Kindness? Friendship? Talent? Character? Fine, so long as they don’t get in the way of profits or share prices.
Nobody even mentions what the idiot’s company actually makes. No talk of the quality of craftsmanship or the satisfaction of helping people: all that counts is growth, & success. Growth and success of What? At what cost? To the planet, to the people who live on it? These CEOs and market manipulators are guys who have been wrecking the environment, busting unions, using the slogans of “free trade” and “feminism” to force workers around the world to compete in a race to the bottom.
Face it: a knack for making money is one part narrow-minded craftiness and nine parts luck. The capitalist dream is, for most people, a nightmare. Yet the stories of these narrow money-grubbing lives are told as if they should be hailed as heroes– and they are! They are! Not just by the lickspittles who are hired to admire them, but by the ambitious young– whose lives will be sucked dry by them. What fools we mortals be!
This time of year is the perfect time to reflect and show appreciation.
Christmas is a time of giving, I want to give my love to everyone. I am truly grateful for all of my readers, family, and friends that have and continue to support me in my journey. Honestly, I could never have done it without you all.
I am excited for what this new year will bring. My next book, Being Zealous, is due out in May. I said it before and I will say it again, my readers make all the difference. I enjoy your feedback and insights as they make me a stronger, better author.
WORKING ON CHRISTMAS
Take some time this holiday season to be appreciative of those who work when they should be with family and friends, those who are away from those they love, and those who sacrifice for our needs.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May this Christmas find you surrounded by those you Love, filled with a lot of fun and cheer, and the New Year bring happiness, health, and prosperity.
So yea. I hate politics. Obviously. I hate how every five years we get into this frenzy about giving people with immeasurable riches and privilege the opportunity to get even more riches and privilege by making them the head of a nation. (Yes, I realize that local elections happen but let’s be honest: most people really only care about presidential elections) We see it right now with all the chaos and think pieces that are going around right now about Mwonzora being crooked, rigging the election, and being anti-change and ED…well, just ED. Honestly, this election has just solidified my hatred for politics and shown me more and more that our election system and political structure is a piece of sh*t.
I’m sure there are some people out there mad at me right now. “You shouldn’t hate politics!” “They are important!” “You need to learn more!” And to that I say Nah. I hate it because I realize that all of this stuff is planned out. I’m not a conspiracy theorist on the regular, but I am willing to bet that the only reason why Mwonzora is a thing is so ED can win the election. Its shady, underhanded BS like that that really makes me hate this sh*t. I’m not so sure that we are even that important in the grand scheme of things either. Any type of politics are all about who you know, whose *ss you kiss, who you donate to and who you’re related to rather than anyone actually wanting or trying to do something positive for the country. (For the record, I’m not a Chamisa supporter either; I don’t trust any politicians claiming that they are the revolution). I don’t necessarily need to learn more either, since it is BECAUSE I am smart and I read and think that I realize how much of a sham this shit is, and why I honestly want no part of it. It is BECAUSE of what I do know that I can no longer shame the people, especially the non-party #cherozvazvaita folks, who decide not to put up with this at all. H*ll, I’m damn near one of them.
Kumbirai Thierry Nhamo
Now if you weren’t coming for me last paragraph I’m sure you are doing it now. I can almost feel the people angrily closing this post, or running to the comment section to tell me how wrong I am for not condemning to hell the non-party #cherozvazvaita people who DARE not to use their right to vote. “Don’t you know people died for your right to vote?” “How can you NOT vote? That’s what the Guerrilla War was all about!” People need to realize that people died for us to have the OPTION to vote. They wanted us to have the ability and right to vote, not just vote just for the sake of voting because we “have to”. If our Ancestors marched and died just to say that we had to vote every time the polls opened no matter what, isn’t that just another form of slavery? Isn’t that what they were fighting and dying against? We have to realize that as Zimbabwean people our Ancestors wanted us to have agency; they wanted us to have the ability to make decisions for ourselves and not be forced to do anything. We shouldn’t be forced to vote, go to a patriotic school, be forgiving to people who did us wrong, or anything like that. Especially when the people in these establishments don’t give a f*ck about us anyway.
Kumbirai Thierry Nhamo
People love trying to tell us ghetto folks (or really any marginalized group) what’s best for us. “Go vote or you’ll have ED as a president!” “He would destroy your communities! Like we haven’t been having undercover ED’s for politicians for YEARS. The truth of the matter is that ED isn’t a useful enough scare tactic to scare ghetto people into voting for Chamisa or any other (who isn’t too much better). Really, in order for voting to really become beneficial to ghetto youths we would have to be one of the groups that control the voting process. We would have to be one of the campaign backers, we would need to become politicians actually concerned with our communities, or really be working to dismantle the system. Until we teach each other that there is more to this political game than just voting because our Ancestors said so, politics will never really and truly benefit us. At the end of the day the political structure has never been kind to marginalized folks (especially the ghetto ones) and honestly because of that I can’t blame a lot of people who don’t care for politics.
Kumbirai Thierry Nhamo
Look at what is happening in Sudan right now. Even with this being election campaign season very few elected or electable officials are doing anything to help a state that is constantly being ravaged by natural disasters, particularly the ghetto communities in the state. Look at the ever growing list of people being killed due to police brutality. Look at the laws and general apathy towards the murder and bullying of queer people. Look at the constant classism and misogyny (and misogynoir) that we see so normalized in our world. Tell me what president has done anything to help any of these people (marriage equality, glass ceilings being broken, and failed investigations don’t count). I cannot wholeheartedly get hyped up on politics and these rich people getting richer when us oppressed people are becoming more oppressed. Until this political system starts to care about the people who work to keep it moving I can’t pretend to give a fuck about it. As the saying goes, “Earn this vote or lose” and right now everybody is losing
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