2011-03-03

Priorities

The ypungesr member of parlament was thrown out yesterday for not adhering to the dress code. Well.

When interviews on the BBC he said that it was ridiculous because there was no formal dress code and he represented the young people.

Later he promised to devote himself to get the dresscode changed as soon as he was let back in the building.

His fellow lawmakers scoffed according to aol and exclaimed he was dressing like a woman.

There might be a reason to rebel against the Kenyan parliament as an outdated institution possibly with colonial roots and traditions, but if so the law maker didn't bother making this point.

In my opinion there is a reason for formal wear in the type of institutions, parliaments, courts, churches. It's to show respect, to bow your head at its authority. If you don't respect it then that's rebellion is sppropiate.

The BBC reporter didn't ask the law maker if he thought that fighting the dress code was proper use of the parlemwnts time, or what overall purpose it would serve. And the law maker didn't Vulenteer any justifications other than that he was representing the young.

The fellow law maker that chimed in with "dressing like woman" pointlessly reaffirmed that women have less or no value as compared to men, but also completely missed the point: part of growing up is to accept and adhere to rules you don't like, focus on the important things, being a public servant is kind of just that, serving people.

He did a disservice by sidetracking an story that was simply about arrogance and stupidity into one about the innate value we assign to gender.

Meaningless gestures simple serves to cheapen the process until it means nothing.
When you become part of something you have to adjust to it.

The dress is a reminder to yourself of your reverence. In the case of parliamentary democracy that you ate serving your voters.

Making I am taking this too seriously, but in my opinion law maker is not taking it seriously enough.

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