Is perception more important than reality?
30 June 2016, 13:16
A young lady by the name Catherine Sabina representing Bungoma in the just concluded Miss Tourism finals in Vihiga, described the county of Bungoma as the land of wheelbarrows and James Bond.
“Hello viewers. I am Catherine Sabina from Bungoma, the land of wheelbarrows and James Bond … I am kidding. Bungoma County is a bedrock of tourism, karibu Bungoma,” she quipped when asked to give a short description of Bungoma during the televised event.
My guess is that she needed to lighten up the terse moment and get people keen on leaning about the region. Instead, she reminded us of the highly publicized wheelbarrows that were overpriced and betrayed the greed of the County government. The James Bond tag must have been inspired by an incident of the inebriated villager who hang on a helicopter at the funeral of a controversial businessman Jacob Juma in the region.
Unfortunately, Bungoma County’s tourism and environment administration did not see her rich sense of humor and publicly disowned its beauty queen. They must have opined that as a representative of the County, her remarks should never show the county in bad light.
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Bungoma Tourism and Environment Executive, Martin Talian was angered by the remarks which he felt did not augur well with the County’s image and aspiration as a tourist destination. He wrote to Miss Tourism Kenya organisers denouncing Sabina’s representation, calling her an impostor.
The recrimination brings to the fore a perplexing human nature. This is the desire for ostentation and to be concerned with managing our reputation without developing our character.
As long as people view us as angels, it does not matter what our real character is. This is echoed by the marketers' creed which purports that perception is more important than reality.
However, the Holy Bible, the greatest book on wisdom ever written teaches us that God is keen on our real self.
Psalms 55:6 says, 'Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.'
Why many relationships fail is because many people put up a beautiful front to attract friends instead of working on the inner beauty and being a true gem. Within a short time into the relationship, one discovers that the friend is only good from a far but far from good.
Rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight - 1 Peter 3:4 (NRSV)
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