Random thoughts

Random thoughts · 08. April 2022
The Britannica defines friendship as a "state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people." Is it possible to be friends with people you disagree with politically? Some people would say yes, but I have my reservations. In this episode, I share my thoughts and reflections on why I think that this is not possible.
Random thoughts · 28. February 2022
The thing about this war is that nobody saw it coming. Which is a strange thing to say because Putin did not keep it a secret. He told anyone who bothered to listen. Maybe he didn’t mention the logistics of it all but other than that, he never made any secrets about his intentions. A friend from the Balkans once told me about the times when war broke out there. She was still a kid, but she remembers an excitement in the air. An energy that engulfed the whole place. This would eventually be...
Random thoughts · 01. January 2022
2021 has come to an end. I wish I could say good riddance, but it is difficult to say that without knowing what 2022 has in store for us. What if 2020 and 2021 turn out to be the good old days? The past two years have been a rollercoaster. A literal one if one ever existed. I have struggled to motivate myself to write. The better excuse would be to say that I have lacked time. But this simply is not true. I look back to the days when I enjoyed reading and writing and it seems like a whole...
Random thoughts · 25. July 2021
The Querdenker, the German equivalent of Qanon have been encouraging their followers to move to Africa. One of their leading lights, Bodo Schiffmann is at the forefront of encouraging the move to Tanzania. From Africa, they plan to fight to free Germans from Angela Merkel's "Corona dictatorship." What is this about?
Random thoughts · 30. August 2020
To call 2020 a disaster would be a huge understatement. I in all honesty have no idea what to think or say about it so I invited my 10 year old son to share his thoughts on corona virus, police brutality and the year 2020.
Random thoughts · 31. May 2020
These past days I have felt like the conversations in my family only revolve around that video. We don’t even dare to say his name afraid of the violent pains that it has sent through our inner most souls. My kids look away when it appears on news. It is unbearable to watch a man taking his last breath. It’s unbearable to watch a black man being killed yet again by a white man. It’s unbearable to watch the casual smug composure of a white man slowly draining the life off a black man. The...
Random thoughts · 29. December 2018
Beyblade is the world’s best toy. My eight year old says this so it must be true. African Twitter-space is divided into two distinct parts. Those who fall over themselves praising the continent’s leadership and those who stare at the first group with their mouths agape. Exceptionalism is a lie. It’s not the gender. When it comes to gossip and pettiness, gender parity rules. Bluffing is an extremely important skill. If in doubt, watch Trump and the Brexit shenanigans in the UK. Be wary of...
Random thoughts · 30. November 2018
The first time I saw Sheryl Sandberg was a few years ago on CNN. It was around 2 pm on a random Saturday afternoon. I remember sitting up, intrigued by her enthusiastic voice and her bubbly face. There was something about her. Something about her vulnerable demeanor and raspy voice that made it look like she was talking to me or people like me. “What do you tell people who might think that you are too privileged to understand the struggles of ordinary women?” The CNN anchor asked her. I...

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