Very few people in the country do not know that there is a Superhero amongst us. The media has waxed lyrical and been driven to a near orgasmic state by the arrival of Barrack Obama, arguably the most famous ‘son’ that Kenya has produced to date. This is not going to be a post bashing Kenyans for being caught up in the excessive hype attending his visit. I’m not going to claim to be too cool to be unaffected by the symbolism of a Kenyan-American landing on our soil on Air Force One, and adding more meaning to a popular term: ‘Beast’ 🙂 I was glad to be one of the users on Twitter posting (retweeting) tweet after tweet, slamming the myopic CNN report that called us a hotbed of terror.
However, what intrigues me more than that is the way the country was saturated(and still is) with runaway expectations and excitement. Judging from the media reports and posts online, the Messiah has come. It is this tendency to look for saviors outside our situation that piqued my interest.
Sometimes we abdicate responsibility for determining our destiny and instead place it on the shoulders of a powerful figure who is ‘removed’ from the situation. This is the line of thinking that prompts many people to say: “It is in the hands of the Lord.” “Let God take the wheel”. “His Will be done.” I have always sensed that there is much more hiding behind those words than meets the eye.
We are much more willing to sit back and wait for our problems to be solved by a mysterious source, figure or power rather than to actively engage the circumstances in our lives and strive for a better future. We are much more willing to allow a foreign power to dictate to us what needs to be done to put our country on the right track, rather than sit down and realize that we are our own saviors. We can wait for the government to pull us out of the clutches of poverty, or we can take matters into our own hands and forge a better and brighter future for our families and the country.
We can sit back and wait for the ‘right time’ and ‘the one’, or we can go out and actively seek love. Of course there are events beyond our control. There is a God who is in charge and directs our footsteps. However, this is not a licence to give up autonomy and purpose. Our lives are what we make of them. Our country will move forward because individual Kenyans will not shirk responsibility for their actions. We will not blame corruption, ethnic cocoons and alcoholism for our condition. We will not wait for a skinny man with a funny name to pull us out of the abyss. This is something that we have to do on our own.
Let us stop waiting for somebody to save us. That’s our job.