The Philosopher King

Writer, philosopher, painter and a student of life and politics. Follow on Twitter @cj_njoroge. Instagram @cj_njoroge

The madness and charm of crushes

Post Views = 6683 We met while I was working. It was in a class room setting. A conference. She was two seats in front of me. What captivated me the most was her voice. Melodious, loud enough, cheeky but sweet. I had laid eyes on her that morning as each one of us walked into the conference room to …

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Rise of the Phoenix

Post Views = 9780 People are resilient. I think we are designed that way. Its embedded in our DNA to forge ahead, to soldier on. Classic scenario of survival of the fittest and we are the fittest. After all we are still here, aren’t we? But sometimes it feels like we are on our own. It might even feel like …

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The tie that binds

Post Views = 28313 I’m beginning to see the wisdom in keeping an ocean between oneself and one’s own relatives. Family is the tie that binds, but while one end undergirds human civilization, the other is a noose choking away our individuation. We enjoy occasional meals, exchange Christmas cards but the reason we are always vexed is the notion that …

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The writer’s curse

Post Views = 37820 Man was born to live either in the convulsions of misery, or in the lethargy of boredom. And if life, the craving for which is the very essence of our being, were possessed of any positive intrinsic value, there would be no such thing as boredom at all: mere existence would satisfy us in itself, and …

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Where did we miss a step?

Post Views = 21532 It is of no surprise to anyone that we live in wicked times in which the worth of human life has been lost, where moral integrity has crumbled, and where innocence is trampled in a seemingly cultural way. We live in times where the innocence of children is no longer protected, the moral integrity of our …

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Literary gangster Binyavanga Wainaina is dead

Post Views = 13745 No artist is mono-dimensional: every creative spirit is a complex creature and the receptacle of numerous influences, seen and unseen. And when we come to the end of our journeys as we must, it ought to be the import of our life’s work that matters. That is why I write this in memory of Binyavanga, to …

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