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Vexatiously the stereotype


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There is art and there is science. There is religion and then there is the occult. We have the clever foolish and the stupid treacherous kind. The world as is has given us views of scenery, aesthetic beautiful nature and the absurd even weird (in our biased reasoning). Then there is the plain – true, pure, unadulterated and serene. The approach that we gain over the years given our history and culture, shapes our outlook. We are stitched by threads picked from old, new, rich, poor and annoyingly but creative tones. We are walking montages and present a collage in all we do. We even sometimes portray split characters as situations arise. “Wow! Isn’t she an adorable drummer?” we quip and all along we never knew this as we only saw her as the startup entrepreneur.

The potential within is amazing and unique. It is regrettable that we only live to scratch but the surface of our gifts and talents. The possibilities that lay untapped are annoyingly loud masterpieces that remain silent yet an applause await them. How sarcastic it is to expect the best in people but we are never willing to encourage their feeble start. Albert Einstein was a struggling student. Richard Branson is dyslexic. Jackie Chan struggles with English. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a struggling bodybuilder with small calves. The list of poor starters is as wide as all seas combined and as deep as space. But the progress and finish of many poor starters is astoundingly marvelous. Come out all ye that itch with gifts and talents. Push and assert yourselves!

Fall ye not in the trap of cheap mockery or the disillusionment of self pity. Many overcome barriers and limitations beyond our imaginations. Julius Yego – with no trainer and improvised equipment trained for the Olympics in a village and country that knew nothing about Javelin. Even now my guess is that there are none if any Javelin expert in Kenya!

It is easy to watch from a distance and critic. It is another thing to be blind to the now and focus on the possible future of success and great achievement. Pursue your dreams! Commit and work on it until aches cheer you on! Athletes push themselves harder than their targets. When I was training for the half marathon my coach shocked me to set the target at 40kms. I remember how difficult it was to even do the 21kms when we started. But after painfully pushing my limits I could muster 21kms in 2hrs. Looking back when we started and all I could do (since my waistline was 42inches then) was run for five minutes walk for three minutes. Today I can comfortably run for two hours with very few slow paces in between.

When the target is higher than the focus then all else becomes a breeze. I like what the sub-marine inventors Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel (Dutch) and John Philip Holland (Irish) believed and did the unorthodox. In 1620 the late Engineer Drebbel sketches his first sub marine – remember ships had not been storm proofed as today. It must have been ridiculous to onlookers. I can imagine the debacle and damning findings the sprocket of engineers had to dispute the viability of Drebbel’s venture. But he did make the first sub marine vessel. Advancing on this the late John Phillip Holland a ship builder in 1878 designed and fabricated a big submarine and it passed depths unimaginable before. His type 6 design after many years (1880-1900s) of struggle and lobbying was finally accepted by the US Navy and named “Uncle Sam’s Devil of the Deep”. Look beyond the common, push your dream farther than your energy and you will soar in the clouds of greatness with the eagles of achievement.

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Love is the greatest victim of stereotypes. We get in with full abandon then as the swimming gets rigorous we wade to the shallow end. Where our feet are on the pool floor and we can scamper to safety at the slightest alarm. Many want the benefits but are not willing to build the production units that generate them. Build each other up – support his/her ambitions, buy in their toil, like the coach train them into champions. It may mean a push here, a shove there but more encouraging and cajoling gets the job done. I like a female athlete from Kenya whose husband is the coach – I can only imagine the orgasm levels when “they” win as they have so many races!

The society we live in has too many of us that get carried away by mob psychology. We fall into the trap of negative peer pressure and stereotype labels. “Girls are not loyal”; “all men are players”; “there is no honest Kikuyu”; “Luos are lazy”; “Kambas are sly”; “Luhyas are gluttons” among many others. When we are captured in these innuendos we set ourselves into the respite and slavery of mediocrity. Unfortunately, we live up to these stereotypes with chagrin in our secret lives and when politicking. Father in heaven, save us from ourselves – we have sinned and we require mercy and grace more so in the renewal of our minds. We need the divine perspective of unity in purpose. To operate in interdependent harmony as designed by you and as witnessed in all nature. Do not tire on me my love – with you we can do all things and win many races in life. I am sorry for the slow start, mistakes and the losses in between. I love you!!

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ART IN SCIENCE


The debate on art and science is an ever ending one. Many want to believe science dictates art, others have their reasons to say art directs science while different voices might argue against both. Today I pick a side and I have my reasons and hope this will not turn into a debate but an appreciation of facts and idea flows.

I believe God is a master artist. When I look at the magnificent scenes around the world – the rift valley, the mountains, the rugged or lush terrains oooo I gasp with awe. The colors, textures, sounds, forms and dimensions that are unique, peculiar and familiar. from the smallest of creatures to the largest of them all. we see beauty and the unmistakable signature of a master artist.

The very core of my belief and faith is drawn from the bible which starts by narrating the nothing that was and when God spoke “his ideas” to the nothing all came to being. the beauty of silhouettes that depicts lack of light(night) and the dazzle that is light (day). the very fact that he had “good thoughts” affirms my belief of Jeremiah 29:11 that states he has good plans for each of his beloved. his good thoughts formed words that upon his speech of them formed the great universe that we will continue to unravel mystery upon mystery through our inquiry and curiosity of the unknown.

His creatures will be subjects of study as has been since the human race was created. The possibilities in the combinations he created as discovered as the unique identifier not only of properties, form, character but distinct true value which we are told is “DNA” is incredible. Our God is truly mighty to have known each creature requires a primary key for his ever expansive creation database schema.

Its is therefore not surprising to note that behind God’s art is a well choreographed science that orchestrates lifeforms into being. Which affects both the animate and inanimate beings. This leads me to my belief that God is the greatest scientist.

To create we have to have thought and the synthesis of thought manifest into deliberate assertions in speech-written or otherwise that guide the creation. and following the biblical Genesis of creation as humans we need to encourage these “thinkers” however bizarre to process their “creation ideas”. their creation will be first artistic then the study of their intricate design will showcase a scientific prowess that manifests their genius.

When a painter uses oil paint on canvas, he might not be familiar with the jargon of density, magnetism created as he strokes the brush against that canvas or the fermentation(if any occurs) of the paint to form other hues and textures blah blah His main aim is to create new form or replicate a scenery in his own distinct rendition. but when painting specialists analyse the painting then their appreciation of that form of art can be termed scientific.

When the artistic creators of the movies star trek, star wars, the James Bond series etc wrote their scripts, their creative geniuses came up with concepts that we termed science fiction(sci-fi). This I term “art”. The concept cars and gadgets of James Bond, star trek , matrix etc have been a guide to scientists and artists alike to create their own versions of the same that have inspired items we see and use now. I saw a documentary on Deutche Welle channel in the nineties of concepts car elevators. Atse! This was pure sci-fi packaged as news.

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Now it is a best practice to have car elevators in luxury apartments, high-rise buildings and is an economic way of utilizing space.

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Creating an ease of parking like never before.

 

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Using spaces to their full potential.

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Art generates Science. James Bond’s character wowed the world with a bio-metric car starter and fingerprint specific gun, phone etc. now many enjoy this in their cars.

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Fiction writers talked of face recognition access doors and they were turned into movies. Now that”art science” is all around us and we pride in the security it assures.

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There are endless possibilities in art and given the boost of science then almost nothing is impossible!

 

“Thinkers” dream on then formulate the art-forms using whatever means which many will appreciate as science into new creations.

 

Lunani Joseph

MD – Insynque Solutions

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