Lessons For Kenyans From “Frog in Boiling Water” Myth.
A two weeks wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court of Kenya, will be full of tense moments as supporter of either of the political sides meet on social media for their unsolicited advice, to both the learned friends and bench members.
The hip of manual back-up were seen on Raila’s hand when he went to file his petitions suggests that he has a water tight case that will see the nullification of the results by the IEBC or an order for re-run of the presidential polls. Everything thing is life has its drawbacks, but one of the pluses is the chance to catch up on a whole bunch of rumour mongers. Oddly enough, it was under these circumstances that I finally see the opposition getting to suck the Truth and realizing that only them who have not moved on. Since I found Raila persuasive on the big points, let me mention only a small one: the “frog in boiling water” myth that simply won’t go away. It’s the way JP wanted things to run and now you are singing to their tune.
Lets for once revisit the myth for purposes of clarity and to be clear on my motives, to let the truth sink in you, that you lost fairly and so will you be convinced at the end of the petition? Everyone who has heard a political speech knows this story: You put a frog into a pot of boiling water, and it jumps right out. But if you put it in a pot of nice comfortable water and then turn on the heat, the frog will complacently let himself be boiled. One standard version of the story is here. The reason it’s so popular in politics is that it’s an easy way to warn about the slow erosion of liberties or any other slow threat you want to talk about.
Here’s the problem. It just isn’t true. If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will, unfortunately be hurt pretty badly before it manages to get out — if it can. And if you put it into a pot of tepid water and then turn on the heat, it will scramble out as soon as it gets uncomfortably warm but by then the water will be so hot for it to survive. It is in the same aspect that I find the right Honourable headed to the Supreme Court today. The amount the pressure and temperatures are becoming unbearable to say the least. The people who left the fire burning are not around the out it off anytime soon.
How do I know? Let’s just say that with little observation, the historic evidence is all on one side of this one. Fast the right Honourable did an admirable early busting story on the rigging in its very first issue, how then can he distance himself from the mastermind of it all. We all recall that more than a decade ago. The best quote (Moi Must Go) a say that never saw the light of the day till Moi declared that he no longer be part of a election. The right honourable did good things then. Who then asked about the boiled-frog story said: “Well that’s, may I say, bullshit.” There is much more to the same effect, e.g. here. The most interesting report is on the issue surrounding Mr. Right honourable, is the response to illustrate the same point, a decision he had vowed not to take not long ago.
Why bother mentioning this moment in frog story, a biological experiment and argument that don’t hold? From a politician like, it would barely noticeable. But from our citizens, in fairness, his case is not as embarrassing as many critic would term it, but should be used to hummer down to throats of the right honourables that they simply lost it, for bee too comfortable in the tepid waters, we have a hard enough time as it is, what with diminishing swampland and polluted waters. Political rhetoric has its problems too. For frogs’ sake, and that of less-idiotic public discourse, let’s retire this stupid canard and move on with our lives.