Thuita's 2nd Law of Human Nature
Norman Vincent Peale wrote an enlightening book titled The Power of Positive Thinking (see photo above). I have read it thrice in the past nine years. When I re-read the book for the third time this year, I found myself wishing I was as knowledgeable as Norman Peale.
In the book, Peale exhorts us to believe in the Bible and memorize verses from it. He also encourages us to pray regularly and to have faith in ourselves and in our abilities. It's in so doing that we can be constantly happy and transform ourselves into popular likeable persons.
I am thinking that Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States who led his country to Cold War victory, must have read The Power of Positive Thinking because he was a living example of all that the book expounds. Reagan was a charismatic president who believed deeply in God, loved meeting people and thought that all the solutions to problems facing civilized man today can be found within the covers of the Bible.
And guess what! I was surprised to learn that Peale and Reagan, the men I have briefly mentioned above, were hated by some people. One politician said in the 1960s that "St. Paul is appealing but Peale is appalling."
Then another politician said in 1984 that he "would rather have Roosevelt in a wheelchair than Reagan on a horse."
Not only was I amused by those hateful remarks on those two heroes of mine but also felt in good company because I have also been through the fire of vile comments. Like when I started sharing my stories on social media after falling in love with writing, I was discouraged by the negative statements some people spoke of me.
Imagine taking time to craft a riveting story by carefully selecting the right words from my thesaurus and sharing with my friends in the hope of entertaining them only to receive a feedback saying, "Thuita was a nuisance; I unfriended him on Facebook."
Reflecting on those negative remarks has led me to formulate what I call the Thuita's 2nd Law of Human Nature which states as follows:
You will never be liked by everyone no matter how good you try to be.This law teaches us intuitively that enemies are part of life. As for me, I consider it my job to like people; not to get others to like me. So I like you. If you like me too, that means I am constantly in your heart. But if you hate me, that means I am constantly in your mind.
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Thuita's 1st Law of Human Nature
Truth be told, I learnt how to efficiently use a computer in 2006 at Starehe Institute shortly after I turned 18. It was at that institute where I not only got to know how to navigate through the Windows Operating System but also how to type at a reasonably fast speed and how to operate a computer without a mouse. I became increasingly fascinated by how computers work that I delved deeper by learning web design and computer programming. It was such a great learning experience - the kind that makes a difference in one's life.
When I began applying to top American universities while still at Starehe Institute in 2006, I was impressed with how the universities had used information technology to market their institutions as well as improve their application process. So impressed was me by the impact of computers in easing life that I began persuading the Starehe administration to also adopt information technology to improve the image and management of the school. I passionately aired my ideas during what we used to call Dean's Talk, a weekly meeting between teachers and students of the institute.
Among the ideas I aired were that the school creates a dynamic regularly-updated website that reflected the Starehe way of life; that the school's Form 1 application form be made available online; that the student files be converted into digital form accessible through computer networks; and that students leaving Starehe after completing their education be cleared through a computer database that kept record of all lost and damaged properties of the school.
Those who listened to me were dragooned by my ideas but strangely, only little action was taken. And when I persisted with championing my ideas during Dean's Talk, some fellow students started calling me "Systems Analyst" which annoyed me not because I disliked the title but because they were making fun of me.
Annoyance aside, I have come to think that Starehe would still be a great school if my ideas had been implemented. And when I reflected on those experiences I had at Starehe, I have formulated what I call the Thuita's 1st Law of Human Nature which states as follows:
People love change but they hate it when they themselves have to change.This law probably explains why politicians in my country come up with very compelling campaign manifestos which they hardly implement when elected to power. Like President Mwai Kibaki was elected with a landslide in '02 General Elections, uprooting from power a party that had ruled for 40 years or so. After Kibaki's victory, people were optimistic that Kenya would change for the better. Even my apolitical brother Paddy remarked during Kibaki's inauguration day that Kenya would soon overtake South Africa as Africa's most developed nation.
But alas! President Kibaki underwent hell when he tried to implement his manifesto. He faced rebellion from those who had helped him ascend to power. The nation suffered the worst violence in its history under his watch. It took him eight years to change the country's constitution which he had promised to change in the first 100 days of his administration. See?
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