Last updated on March 20th, 2018 at 09:18 am
What’s living in the 21st century? We disembowel our writers’ musings, cut out the tripe, skim the fat and get to the nub. This is #living21
To so bravely fight cancer, a fight epitomized by the unveiling of iPad2 by Apple founder Steve Jobs, was not only an indication of the revolutionary cred of the tablet, but also indicative of the event standing up to the challenge of the times: Wikileaks, Arab Springs, Chile mine rescue and Facebook. Only in the 21st century …
The wars of the 21st century will be wars of information. The military-industrial complex that thrived on air, land and sea as it was the case in WW1 and WW2 will only lead to triumph if the information wars are won.
Hosting a world cup is like hosting a global economic forum. Only the swankiest locations with matching facilities fit for millionaires get a shot. This is because footballers who play in World Cups are not poor. This is all true, until a splash of images from the Brazil and South Africa editions painted in 1000 words, worlds uglier than the backstage of a concert.
The shame of shanties next to multi-million dollar somewhat utilized state of the art stadiums. This story of injustice: less fortunate members of the society living in squalid conditions amidst the obscene wealth of the 21st Century is not alien to Johannesburg, Rio, Mumbai, Lagos or Nairobi.
It is a fate that the cities of the world today. UN Habitat estimates that a the majority- more than half of the world’s population will be living in urban set ups by mid-century. Sadly, it seems most will be living in informal settlements.
Gene editing and the broader practice of genetic engineering hold the promise of unraveling solutions to a host of human plights. Especially so in the 21st Century, when new global realities like the 4th Industrial Revolution demand a paradigm shift from yesterday’s solutions.
As a result, 21st century heroes will be the ones with the verve to venture and sail uncharted waters. Those driven by a healthy dose of an unsettled spirit. Fellas who yearn to get out of their comfort zones. Yet, all the while remain grounded by a smattering of audaciousness in their readiness to challenge common truths.
Increasingly, there are ideologically Christian leaning churches which secular views on contemporary moral issues. Churches that are liberal on LBGT rights, celibacy among the clergy and even the dicey issue of wealth and the Christ-like prescribed life of minimal wants. With all this choice, what then you might wonder, does it mean to commit blasphemy in the 21st century?
Today, Nairobi stands tall as East Africa’s economic engine. The City within a game park or is the converse more accurate? Either way, the tensions between Nairobi’s ambitions as a modern metropolis in the 21st century struggling with traffic, congestion and environmental degradation. Faced with the duty to protect its heritage as a sanctuary for both man and beast is ever getting more taut.