We are the pawns in their game of chess, the Katniss Everdeens and Peeta Mellarks of their hunger games.
I love the hunger games trilogy for many reasons. Chief among them is the fact that it bears a striking resemblance with our nation and generally the world we live in. It offers us a strong and resourceful heroine, Katniss Everdeen, whom we all admire and aspire to be like, constantly leaving us on tenterhooks with its blend of thrilling action and captivating romance and it gives us the opportunity to grow alongside the main characters as they come to understand their world more deeply. I know this sound more like a movie review but bear with me. I am barely laying the foundation for something bigger.
There is so much to love about it, but one of the biggest reasons it’s so exciting is that it is about something especially dear to those of us who love our country, the quest for truth. It tells the story of how an intrepid girl, Katniss, peels away the layers of lies that swaddle her world and discovers the truth beneath its many deceptive facades. Falseness abounds in Kenya- and not just in Nairobi or other big cities, where a prettifying cosmetic veneer can’t really disguise the hideousness dwelling inside its leaders and residents but the whole system.
Just as Katniss Everdeen believed that she could never adequately repay her debt to Peeta Mellark for the gift of bread that gave her hope, we too feel an immense debt to our forefathers who fought for and gave their lives for this nation.
In a world of false appearances, Katniss is on fire with a philosopher’s love of truth that impels her to question everyone and everything, reducing all of the subterfuges to cinders so that only the naked and often painful truth remains. If you love our country as much as our forefathers did, perhaps that same fire burns in you.
Several proponents of justice democracy and truth have tried to explore as deeply as they can this grotesque and yet disturbingly familiar culture that has gripped our social, political and economic circles. Whether they have succeeded or made any progress remains a debatable topic.
Although the story takes place in a post apocalyptic world that in many ways seems impossibly distant from our own, the hopes, the fears and desires that drive the characters are really no different from the passions that sway us all; the hope that someday things will change, that someone will come to our rescue; the fear that perhaps all is lost and we should just pray to God to wipe this wicked generation out like He did in Noah’s time, and let everything start on a clean slate. The desire that we can do something to salvage the situation (correction, this does not even befit to called a situation, it is a crisis, a catastrophe). The hunger games speak volumes about us and our own hardships and aspirations.
If you haven’t watched it you might as well do to understand the philosophical point of view that I will be tackling in my next article, the hunger games part two.
This is just the beginning, see you on Friday.
© Jose Njoroge