Understated Wisdom

I took this picture in May, when I went to Ghana to conduct research on water and sanitation in a small town called Larteh. I was walking down the market, when I spotted this man just relaxing on his chair. as soon as I readied my camera for a snapshot, he sat up straighter, and gave me this effortless smile. I crossed the street to show him the picture, and he just smiled as if to say “well I know I look good. you’re welcome”.
I couldn’t stop looking at this picture afterwards because well, look at the beautiful colors; and also because I wished I spoke Twi (language in Ghana) fluently so I could carry a conversation with him in which I am sure I would absorb many decades of gathered wisdom. And then maybe some of his swag would rub off on me. I mean look that this class!

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A Case for a dynamic Quest for Enlightenment

I think it is very important that we leave room for a dynamic socio-political consciousness, one where people are allowed to have evolving thoughts. That is, many people are often reluctant to change their stance on something they once believed in because they fear the vitriol that will ensue when people unearth some old statement they made and calls them a fraud for now changing their mind. Even

in something as simple as conversation with a friend, if you really analyze your arguments, you will realize that you are putting a lot more effort on proving that you are right rather than on entertaining the possibility that the other person is right. And there is that ugly moment in the conversation when you realize that the other person is right, but instead of feeling good about a step toward personal enlightenment, you feel shame because this person will probably mock you for being wrong.
We need to leave room for a dynamic socio-political consciousness, one where people are allowed to have evolving thoughts without the public castigation that often ensues.Image