Did homosexuality define Binyavanga’s entire life? Why are some Christians defining him by that only? Why is the LGBT community taking advantage of his death to demonize Christianity? Shouldn’t we paint him as a man without fault? Should we celebrate him as a man who kept struggling through his faults?
Why are some Christians & the LGBT comunity turning Binyavanga’s death into a debate on homosexuality?
The answer is simple – vanity.
Many young Kenyans are plagued by vanity, especially those you see active on social media debates usually of little constructive value. Most Kenyans have Twitter as their only locus of dignity – they judge their value by the followers they have and the retweets they get – all is vanity.
Celebrity culture never benefits those called celebrities nor those who follow them. A celebrity dies today he’ll trend for a day or two, after that he/she is forgotten and people move on to the next ‘conversation-worthy’ thing. We are going to have a generational calamity in 15-20 years time where all these ‘fools’ of youth will be the adults tasked with running this country.
Yes, Robert, I agree. Vanity is a cause of so many problems in Kenya including this situation. I also believe that the pursuit of vanity is an attempt to fill an emptiness that exists within us. What is this emptiness? Where is it there? I believe that we have shifted focus from our souls. Instead, we concentrate on our senses. They require immediate gratification so that is what we seek. I would also dare to argue that homosexuality is the pursuit of vanity. These relationships are in vain. They cannot lead to reproduction and people mimicing such relationships (one-sex arrangements) cannot reproduce as well. They end in nothing. However, they exist because people are trying to fill a void. I believe Binyavanga was trying to do that. Also, those who demonize him or the LGBT community are trying to fill an empty space as well because a holier than thou attitude is an act of vanity.