Blog: Let us not be seduced by false consensus
20 May 2013, 10:25
The mood was upbeat. Speaker after speaker had highlighted the fact that Kenya is on the move, that the direction is right, that the economic fundamentals are now very attractive.
Then the final speaker stood up, and struck what felt like a false note. He asked us to be careful. He wondered what Kenyans being asked to ‘accept and move on’ really meant. Should we be so grateful that we’ve had a peaceful election in Kenya, that we should numb ourselves to the problems we still face? The awful events in Bungoma and Mandera right after the election, for example, should warn us that there is a great deal to be done before we are ‘cured.’
That speaker was our excellent singer, Eric Wainaina. I applauded loudly, for it is people like Eric who keep societies honest. Most of us are all too ready to ‘go with the flow.’ Few are willing to stick out like a sore thumb by saying things that are unpopular or unfashionable. And it really, really matters that a few people are so willing.
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