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Art of Unlearning my just published graphic novel, begins in the perspective of a newborn baby who is completely depended on the goodwill of those around them. This ‘Goodwill’ is what we variously describe as loving kindness. It is the life-blood of our collective human body. All sub-systems of social organization whether sports teams or gangs, draw upon this basic energy and capture it in various containers.

During our conversation at the Art of Unlearning book launch a week ago at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, I received many questions about one such container, namely capitalism. My response is that although the profit-motive has created great wealth and material benefits to much of humanity, loving kindness is much more essential and fundamental to human existence, whether or not that human had ever seen money. If your mother was motivated by profit alone, she may have found it more ‘profitable’ to discard you rather than bear all the expense of your existence. Indeed there are some who might discard their children, but when this happens, we recognize it as a profound disharmony. Yet disharmonies such as the destruction of our own life-sustaining resources, bio-diversity and the health and education of our children have too often been too compatible with the economic system we have adopted. …


Chief Nyamweya

Creator of graphic novel 'The Art of Unlearning' and other fun learning tools

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