“Resilience” is one of the societal expectations concept, enforced by those who gather taxes, yet instead of having a smart Joseph to prepare the country for draught and famine, are spending them on lavish managerial indoctrinations about why employees must be “encouraged” to become “more” resilient.
In the UK, this has become visible through the shameless normalisation of “food banks”, where the majority of those who have thrown away their last molecules of dignity, are employees with full time jobs…
Excellent post from @makagutu!
Merriam-Webster defines it as capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. You wonder why I bring this up, but hear me out.
In many fora, I hear people say Africa is resilient. Speaker after speaker talk about how Kenyans are resilient, that we manage as a people to recover after tragedy but I disagree with these speakers. They are spreading a gospel I can’t consciously agree to. I am not in any way opposed to resilience, not at all. So I hope I am not misunderstood.
My argument here is that as Africans, generally, and Kenyans in specific, we have learnt to survive. There is nothing great in surviving bad leadership. What choice have we? We must keep surviving or we perish and I don’t want to call this resilience. It is just basic common sense.
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