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On the Illusion of Tranquility

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    M. M. Mwanakijiji

    We believe it is there. We act as if it does exist in perpetuity and the very attempt of questioning its relevance is met with a forceful and reliablee opposition. Peace.

    We are described to be a unique African nation that is blessed by the Almighty with peace, solidarity and tranquility that seem to be exclusively ours. This peace that is constantly portrayed to be a result of good governance and exceptional leadership of the founders of our republic is used to warn us every time that if we stand in opposition of the current government, if we stand firm against mediocre leadership we are endangering this unique and rare value and therefore by default we are always asked not to cause trouble "lest peace be the first victim".

    We are admonished by leaders of the ruling party (in different ways and by different words) to be wary and watchful of politicians who 'seek cheap popularity" from the opposition. That, if we were to listen them and take them seriously we will be putting peace and tranquility of our beloved nation at stake.

    Thus, I'll argue that to most Tanzanians peace then is that absence of violent conflict, internal strifes and wars. According to this flawed mentality we are a "peaceful" nation just because such negative events are not happening in our country. We are a peaceful nation.

    That my friends is an illusion; an illusion of a magnitude only comparable to that famous illusion in Plato's Allegory of the Cave. It is not real. Our minds are lying to us; we are looking through a fault instrument and hence our interpretation is inherently erratic because it is based on wrong information that we have acquired.

    Unfortunately, those who believe this illusion will defend it to their death and strongly and sometimes I fear violently, charge anyone one who promulgate a different view to be heretic to be "burned at stake".

    My friends, peace is not the absence of war, violent conflicts or internal strives. Peace is the result of rule of justice and the presence of equality. Sometimes what is seen to be seen as tranquility is nothing but the rule of fear. The quietness on the surface of the ocean should not be taken as an indication of stillness of the ocean.

    Tanzanian people are quiet and most of the time very laid back. We like to present our cases through arguing and making proposals and counter proposals. At the same time, we hate arguing! Whenever someone make a strong arguments or pushes a certain proposal we tend to default to "mpeni basi". We don't like stubborn people (wabishi). Because of that very fact we give up easily and sometimes with minimal opposition.

    What I see is that, there is a new generation of young Tanzanians who when certain circumstances change will not tolerate or accept this illusion of tranquility. They will stand up against corrupt regime and as we have seen in other parts of the world, they will challenge the status quo and the sight of that won't be very good to our eyes!

    When that day comes (as it surelly will), we should understand that the seeds of its fruition have been planted so many decades ago.

    Only the cultivation and defence of the rule of law, the presence of accountable and transparent leadership, and the exaltation of the virtues of justice and equality among our people will create an environment where true and sustainable peace will exist and flourish.

    Yes, true peace! Not the peace of the fearful, but the peace of the grateful; Not the peace of the scared, but the peace of what is shared; Not the peace as an illusion, but the peace that is an allusion of what we truly know to be true.

    And only then, the illusion of tranquility will seize to amaze and dazzle us. For then, we will know peace in reality, potentiality, and in actuality.

    NB: First Draft.
     
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    Hao majasusi waliokutembelea wanasemaje, tuambizane sio kukimbia kimya kimya na kuachana kwenye mataa ya barabarani.
     
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    Wamemfunda ABC za 'the Tranquility of Illusion'!
     
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    To me it is more about the illusion of tranquility than anything else.
     
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    Peace comes at a price and judging by what is happening around us it is now just a matter of time before we are forced to pay a very high price for harbouring such stupid notions. Peace is fought for and once attained is nourished, strengthened and kept alive. Fear, coaxing and cajolery as perpetuated by our mediocre leadership only fuels the embers of a growing awareness of the dangers lying in wait if we dont wake up - and soon.
    CCM is our devil in prada.
     
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    Kwanza karibu tena mkuu karibu sana....Hii khabari mutilib!
     
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    In other words, Mzee Mwanakijiji, we have a fearful peace. I recall Malechela advising CCM Youth to make sure they slap twice anyone that slapped them once.

    We are often reminded that the peace we have is an engineered one (imefanyiwa kazi). We are warned, as you so aptly observed, that there will not be peace if we do not vote for CCM.

    What peace does a person who walks from Kimara to Kariakoo have? Is peace compatible with abject poverty? Peace requires contentedness.
     
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    Moshi,
    It may be true that the peace we have may have been engineered. But it is a truism that a farm that is left unattended for too long eventually turns to weeds. CCM may claim to be behind the umoja and mshikamano that was once upon a time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
     
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    I hope the events in Iran would be a lesson for all of us. We have taken peace for granted. Just like the Ayatollah in Iran. please lets organize and mobilize ourself and cry out against all these brainwash organized by CCM. we are the generation of revolution, lets denounce all those who are not for the people. Yes we can and yes we have the balls to bring changes.

    God bless all the true revolutionaries. I think we should fight for what we desire to see our country becomes. Enough is enough and we ought to clearly make a statement. CCM or Chadema we need to denounce all forms of kleptocracy that have in one way or another completely failed us.

    God bless you all
     
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    Nimefurahi kumuona MMKJJ karejea as a preacher, tuendeleze mahubiri ya 'kwa maana hamjui siku wala saa atakayoudi mwana wa Adamu, kesheni mkiomba maana ufalme wa Mungu unakaribia'. Ndivyo hivyo utakapokuja ukombozi wa kweli wa Mtanzania utapatikana pale atakaporudi mwana wa Adamu
     
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    Indeed Iran is a good lesson.It reminds us that we should never take things for granted. In order for peace to prevail, we all have to work hard towards making that dream possible by adhering to principles of justice and good governance.

    Hadithi nyingi za kujaribu kuupindisha ukweli pale inapoonekana watu wanahoji kitu fulani cha halali sio dawa ya kudumisha amani. In the long run inaweza kuleta matatizo
     
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    In Actual facts we have no peace in Tz. The TRUE peace should be the peace of mind. You can not have peace of mind while few corrupt leaders who have the responsibility of safeguarding the prosperity of our nation are squandering our economy through thieving, dubious contracts with foreign investors, irresponsibility, etc. Worse enough the parliament which is considered as the representative of the people have opted to keep silent and leave the regime to do whatever they like as long as their selfish needs are been taken care of. Now if the majority of Tanzanians are living in poverty, the schools and health facilities in rural areas are delapideted and the majority have no any hope of having a better future how can you say they are in peace.

    The major problem of our nation is lack of education and civil rights. People are living a fearful life. they think peace is absence of war. But the true peace should start from getting the basic needs: Food, better shelter, better clothing, basic education and health service, freedom of association, etc.
     
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    Asante sana Mzee Mwanakijiji kwa Kuwa Una hubiri na unaonekana kama kwamba una Huzuni sana Pole sana!! Bwana anarudi kuchukua wake wale walio ndani ya CCM wajiandae
     
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    Hizi ni salaam nyingine kwa Mjomba pale nyumba nyeupe na wajomba wadogo popote walipo hapa nchini.


    Absolutely, mwizi ni mwizi tu aibe kuku au ndama wote ni wezi na wanastahili wawekwe Mahabusu moja pale Keko.

    Mwanakijiji inaonekana ulikuwa na siku ngumu sana. Pole sana mpwa!
     
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    Samahani nielimishe, naona mnasema Mzee Mwanakijiji alipata matatizo ni yapi? make mimi sina idea yo yote.
     
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    Karibu Mpambanaji kamanda.

    Hii dossier inanipeleka ktk homework ya tafakuri
     
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    Sasa nawaelewa wazazi wetu walipokuwa wakituonya tulipokuwa tukikimbia umande! Mijadala kama hii tunabaki kung'aa macho tu.

    Amandla........
     
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    Sasa na wewe badala ya kuchangia mjadala unaanza kulalama! Au ulikimbia umande wewe kibabu?
     
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    Fundi can you put this in English?
     
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