Wisdom Of Lynching
By GACHUHI Chris
In more than two events, stones have been most precious comrades. Resultantly, stony feelings are all we have now; revenge, incitement, remorse, neurosis and regret.
Imagine for a moment, how great the feeling is, to have the power to do what you want. Wake up, make the kind of breakfast you like, decide whether the lecturer should come or not. By snapping your fingers, your love comes trotting humbling mumbling ‘master’. The kind of power which when a thief is caught, you can assuage stones to sing the song of justice. You can inflict the highest and most acute agonizing pain to make them pay for their atrocious behavior. That only you can decide their fate.
How stupid it is, mundane and uninteresting to play God. The truth is, we have no idea what power is. By definition, it is the loss of electricity in Soweto, K, L and M. The accomplishment of getting ourselves a MUSO’s docket and clubs’ leadership seats, common and dreadfully boring dream of becoming the man of the house, the lady who will lead ‘chamas’, the richest man in the village, the first woman to become a senator in your area. The reason why these dreams are stupidly boring is because we have no idea what to do in the event of achieving them.
By lynching a thief, your laptop will not be brought back after they have died. There will be no sweet apologies. Psychological impulses of revenge will not be quenched permanently. All there will be are those moments of victory; shameful victory, a paining ember of anger and regret. That is when it dawns on you that matters have become worse than they were. Another burden of self-justification is on your shoulders.
We lynch all the time. Not with stones and running battles but with words, perception, stupidity and wrong judgment. You will be labelled as weak,
psychologically wanting, failure, complicated and an easily malleable character that can be bent to
everyone’s will. These are the kind of stones we throw at each other every day.
If you cannot give life, you have no authority
whatsoever to take it away. If you are not morally
upright, you have no right to judge other people’s ways. If you are of a particular tribe or religion, you have no mandate to judge another tribe or religion because you have no idea what it is like to be of that tribe or religion.
In conclusion, let us not end the lives of others with stones of perception. The lives of lynched martyrs…as for me I call them saints, they must not go in vain. How many have died for their sins…only these precious souls. Just because of properties incomparable with their priceless lives. In every person there is good and bad, darkness and light. We must try to ignite flickers in people who are dimming and if not so, we will lynch one another till no one is left.
The writer is a Second Year in the School of