Our 38th prompt comes from Caudex. They ask:
What are some magnificent nonfiction, non-management, non-self-help books you’d recommend?
It’s as if you know how much I love reading and recommending books to people. This is a pretty solid reading list that should last you a year or two depending on your reading pace. The books are listed in no particular order, and span a wide range of topics, from big data, behavioural science, physics, decolonization, humour, feminism, economics, autobiographies, philosophy and identity. Continue reading “#38: 50 Must Read Nonfiction Books”
Our 37th prompt comes from Pumpkin. They ask:
Which system are you for: capitalism, socialism/communism? Why? (Sustainability in Kenya and what not)
Welcome back! Most of us are deeply aware that we live in a capitalist society, and more and more, the drawbacks are proving to be greater than the benefits. Continue reading “#37: Capitalism vs Socialism vs Communism”
Our 36th prompt comes from Dude. He says:
delivery.jo.ke, and other short stories
Dude (and other Kenyans),
Hello, we hope this message finds you well. Four years ago, we were sworn in as your new government. We asked you to elect us based on three pillars: Umoja (Unity), Uchumi (Economy), and Uwazi (Openness). Continue reading “#36: Delivery.Jo.ke”
Our 35th prompt comes from NA. They ask:
Do you think it’s possible to identify as feminist and still be friends with someone who’s a misogynist?
Good question. I think this is something you ask yourself earlier on in your journey as a feminist, when it occurs to you that people who are dear to you – your family and friends – don’t share your system of belief (see #3: Musings on Kenyan Feminism(s) #19: Can men be feminists? and #23: Musings on Political Lesbianism for more on feminism). Continue reading “#35: Can feminists be friends with misogynists?”
Our 34th prompt comes from Pumpkin. They ask:
Is it possible to be too woke? Are we becoming too sensitive? Say comedians, should they have to apologize for fat people jokes?
Hello! I’m assuming that this question was prompted by this post: #18: Is being woke a blessing or a burden? In which case, it is a great follow-up question. It has been asked by comedians, politicians (usually conservative/right leaning ones) and many other people who abhor political correctness. Continue reading “#34: Is it possible to be too woke?”
Our 33rd prompt comes from AK. They ask:
Can affirmative action and meritocracy exist on the same page? Or does it have to be one or the other?
Great question. It tends to be brought up whenever people encounter programs to increase the representation of marginalized peoples in places of power. For example, when girls have a lower entry requirements for university as compared to boys to increase the number of girls that go to university. Or when girls receive free sanitary towels so that they don’t have to miss school when they are on their period. Continue reading “#33: Can Affirmative Action and Meritocracy exist side by side?”
Our 32nd prompt comes from Mo. They ask:
Why are people so steeped in ignorance even in the face of fact and information?
Great question. Before the spirit of teaching people left me in 2016, I constantly asked myself this question. Someone would say something that was flat out wrong/stupid and I’d have this perplexed look on my face, after which I’d ask to see their phone. 9 out of 10 times they had a smartphone, so I’d ask them what they had against search engines. As you can imagine this rarely ended well, because people do not like discovering or accepting that they are wrong. Continue reading “#32: Why are people so ignorant?”
Our 31st prompt comes from Passiona. She says:
Committing to one partner for life is unnatural
What a lovely discussion to have. I find myself having it more now that I’m considered to be of marrying age, to which I respond (depending on how tiresome the person trying to pull me into a debate is) that not everyone is interested in the same things, and that is fine. Perhaps one day we will discuss why people are so personally affronted when you don’t want a relationship/marriage/children like they do. Continue reading “#31: Is monogamy unnatural?”
Our 30th prompt comes from Sigmund Freudian Annihilist. They say:
Aristotle was wrong about everything
Sigmund Freudian Annihilist,
You are really hard core. For those who are new to this argument, it’s a running trope/joke in philosophy circles that Aristotle was wrong about everything. Aristotle is one of the Greek philosophy greats, alongside his teacher Plato, and Plato’s teacher Socrates. He is said to have invented logic (as we know it, though who is to say some other person didn’t do it first and fail to record/share it) and made it a fully systematic discipline, and his work covered metaphysics, physics, ethics, political theory, poetics among other fields. Continue reading “#30: Was Aristotle wrong about everything?”
Our 29th prompt comes from B. They ask:
What’s with the ‘beard craze’ lately? Masculinity tings?
I’m one of those women that doesn’t have a thing for beards, or bearded men. I’m indifferent to them and still don’t understand how or why they are so hot. Continue reading “#29: Are we in the middle of a beard craze?”