As the country picks itself up from the ravages of last week’s terror attack several facts coming through are a disturbing revelation of change.
Apart from all the terrorists being actual citizens who frequented the Dusit, whether it was reconnaissance or the service, the state organs were apt with response as well as the common folk.
Kenyans are world acclaimed for their Hakuna Matata attitude and this came out clearly a few hours after the shock of Dusit D2 had settled down and left nothing but memes in its wake.
From memes making light of the rescue attempts to memes about the cornered terrorists getting a taste of their own dish.
This is very disturbing if not mildly concerning for we know how meme culture works, burning for remembrance into the hearts of people a complex mix of information with a twist.
Grace periods are expected, at least a day or a night before light is made of such affairs but the Kenyan meme scene is vibrant and the people are in a state of learned helplessness.
It’s only such a psychological issue that can explain why everyone was laughing and creating memes the moment enough canon was available.
Repeated suffering at the hands of terror, both domestic and external, exploitation and other national challenges, Kenyans have become the proverbial mouse that expects the worst of all circumstances and that doesn’t stop it from getting a bite of the cheese whether it’s electrocuted or not.
So in unison, to escape the brutal murder of fellow men and women, laughter was sought and merry was made in all the social media outlets.
It goes without saying, as President Kenyatta once recently just exclaimed, The nation is foolish. But is it?
Laughter is medicine
For after all laughter is the best medicine except when you have a bullet hole through your heart.
In contrast, had the attack been on foreign soil there would have been condolences awash online from people who have no idea where the attack happened but still feel the need to sympathize. Pledges of solidarity and flag themed avatars would have replaced the current avatars.
It’s uncomfortable to conclude that the Kenyan public is feasting and dancing it’s way in the very heart of terror sponsored filth like the people of Europe did when they heard the black plague was nearing their cities. For they were going to die anyway.
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