On the Futility of going Beyond Good and Evil

Kenya is fast becoming a rather mature democracy. Why, for some time now, we as a nation have been deeply engaging in what I would call first class discourse, first rate for that matter. By it I mean abortion, test-tube babies, Vision 2030, techno-cities, homosexuality, contraceptives, GMOs, name it. And, had it not been for other factors, we could have joined the ‘first’ world, but maybe we won’t. Nevertheless the truth is, our national discourse is very high oder.

However still, one thing to note is that no matter how complex or simple our national issues have been, they have always and maybe will always be between good and evil’; right and wrong, moral and immoral. In fact, most world discourse happens to turn on questions of absolute right or wrong. Rarely has it been about the middle ground of things. Possibly it will never be.

Incidentally, as usual, no matter how disparate(different) good and evil are, there have been (in)famous attempts the world over by some to integrate the two or even blur the always apparent distinction. History is replete with such characters: just for instance, Friedrich Nietzsche, a renown German Philosopher was and is famous among many for going ‘beyond good and evil’ both in his thinking and lifestyle. But he went mad as a result of committing what the Holy Bible calls sin. That is, he procured a prostitute who infected him with the then yet incurable syphilis.

Michel Foucault, an eminent French thinker also went beyond good and evil, only to his detriment: he was the first philosopher ever to die of Aids. That is in 1984.

Bertrand Russel, once an accomplished Bristish Philosopher also obliterated the distinction between good and evil. Guess what? He succumbed to the very aberrant ideologies he was advocating. He suffered bans to teach at universities for his excesses. In one notable instance, Russell was barred from teaching in New York Universities for his books, in the judgment of the court, are “lecherous, salacious, libidinous, lustful, venerous, erotomaniac, aphrodisiac, atheistic, irreverent, narrow-minded, untruthful, and bereft of moral fiber”.

What each of those examples serves to show is that it is futile to blur or integrate good and evil. Whenever one ignores the boundary or stretches it, the two forces(good and evil) always act accordingly. That is, they somewhat, if not set the person on the ‘right’ track, conspire to annihilate the person concerned. But apparently, it is usually evil that swings back to slay its promoter : Nietzsche was killed both intellectually and literally by a disease(evil); Foucault was literally killed by AIDS(evil); Russell survived intellectual demise almost brought about by several court bans(evil also).

Hence no one has ever and will never benefit from being an advocate of the devil so to speak. Hence Kenya should be an epitome of Christian conservative morality—as it has always been.

Though we must never suppress intellectual discourse and dialogue around even those issues we might consider clearly ‘un-African’. Perhaps there might be someone somewhere who might be tempted to incline on such unpalatable, immoral or retrogressive practices, but in the process of constructive give-and-take, one such may be helped to see the light.

Yet before I quit, it is worthwhile to pay attention to this interesting development: homosexuals are coming out of their closets to be heard; let the Alshabaab and their sympathizers follow suit. Kenyans are particularly interested in knowing why they do what they do. Let every other deviant and ‘sinner’ in this country come out of their closets. Let us reason together, if only for good to prevail over evil. And to consummate the process, those found to have ‘sinned’ will have to repent before a holy God and mend their ways.

Then we will always have a better country; as it has always been, so should it be.

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