Thursday, May 18, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Today's Quote


The civilised world ? What do you think of Mahatma Gandhi who when asked what he thought of Western civilization, replied , "I think it would be a good idea!"

The second law of gravity is "Thou shalt not exaggerate !"

The Supreme Leader of North Korea we know - he has weapons of mass destruction, just like the other members of the nuclear club who are trying to bully him, but who, pray , is the other supreme leader that you say is "warming up" in a non-existent Biafra?

"Warming up" indeed. Is he about to go nuclear ? Challenge Nigeria? Threaten to obliterate Abuja?

He reminds me of what's reported in the Acts of the Apostles Acts 19: 13 - 15 and the retort :

"Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?"

About poetry and the animal world there's this song "At the zoo" - a short treatise on animal nature :

"The monkeys stand for honesty.
Giraffes are insincere.
And the elephants are kindly but they're dumb.
Orangutans are sceptical of changes in their cages
And the zoo keeper is very fond of rum.
Zebras are reactionaries,
Antelopes are missionaries.
Pigeons plot in secrecy
And hamsters turn on frequently."

Occasionally, our politicians actualise some of the tendencies

some monkey honesty

a proclivity for missionary activity


not unexpectedly in the senate, the PDP pigeons will continue to "plot in secrecy".

The world of gorillas and chimpanzees is not mentioned here , perhaps as big brothers they are an intensification of monkey honesty, even if in Africa the monkey's chief characteristic is not honesty but playfulness - and nimble fingers - so that in Saro patois we say "Monkey noh dae leff im black han' " (implied : his thieving black hand - just as the leopard doesn't change its spots.

In the world of prose, Kipling's The Jungle Book , Orwell's purposeful, Animal Farm

There's also all that cat poetry culminating long ago in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Looking forward to an animal fable (political) by one of our raconteurs - in which you can situate whatever words they chose , all in inverted commas, in the mouths of any of the protagonists.

Some music - with Trilok Gurtu on drums, percussion...

On Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:24:22 UTC+2, Chidi Anthony Opara wrote:
While the Civilized world tries to figure out what to do with one "Supreme leader" in N.Korea, another "Supreme leader" is warming up in Biafra.


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