Your environs affect your lifestyle


By: N. George

Worth Noting:

  • What makes these people lead their lives in programed manner is the environment they work in. Not only do they live an orderly life at their places of work but also outside their work places.
  • Issues like public speaking are not a challenge to these people as they have been used to interacting with various groups of people in their day-to-day operations and having discussions.
  • They value social class. To them every transaction they involve themselves in they have to be cautious of your status in the society and treat you accordingly.
  • Most of public service vehicle drivers are aggressive people usually due to dealing with many unfamiliar people and they need to be confident. At times they travel through unfamiliar roads even when they use familiar ones what is happening in those roads keeps changing from time to time as there are various characters using them.

People who were alive during the war of 1870, for instance, say that the idea of war ended by seeming to them natural, not because they were not thinking sufficiently of the war, but because they could think of nothing else.

And in order to understand how strange and important a fact war is, it was necessary that, some other thing tearing them from their permanent obsession, they should forget for a moment that war was being waged, should find themselves once again as they had been in a state of peace, until all of a sudden upon the momentary blank there stood out at length distinct the monstrous reality which they had long ceased to see, since there had been nothing else visible.……………… Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7

A look at those people who were attained teenage or were grown up around 1940-1965 in the central highlands of Kenya, you will realise some common factors among them.

Most of them built their houses away from major roads not that they wanted to avoid noise from users of the nearby roads or that they had no hurry in accessing the road but because they feared that the colonial fighters may easily access them from the road.

Having experienced the liberation war against British colonialists famously known as mau mau they tried to avoid anything that could expose them to capture by the colonizers and home guards.

Their thinking was shaped by the happenings in the country during those days. They ensured their houses are in locations where they could see anyone trying to access them from a distance.

Their fear of war persisted even past independence period. When narrating stories about war like how they were forced into concentration camps they talk not only with bitterness but also with a lot of fear of any kind of violence.

A keen observation of those people who have been born and brought up in informal settlements more in the urban centres commonly known as slums you will realise that most of them are relatively harsh.

This is usually affected by the highly competitive environment where they have been brought up in small spaces which are overcrowded. Water and playing ground if any are being used by huge number of residents who compete on who to be served first.

Whether you think of schools, hospitals or toilets the demand exceeds supply in the slum areas resulting to scarcity mentality among the residents with the strong ones benefiting most. They have little regard to the neighbour as he is seen as a competitor unless he is fierce and strong enough giving him advantage if contest arises.

While walking on the road or at any public space even if you are in a new location, it is easy to spot a teacher or health sector professional reason being they are people in authority their discipline is unquestionable, dressing code is unique and mannerisms are good.

What makes these people lead their lives in programed manner is the environment they work in. Not only do they live an orderly life at their places of work but also outside their work places.

Issues like public speaking are not a challenge to these people as they have been used to interacting with various groups of people in their day-to-day operations and having discussions.

They value social class. To them every transaction they involve themselves in they have to be cautious of your status in the society and treat you accordingly.

Most of public service vehicle drivers are aggressive people usually due to dealing with many unfamiliar people and they need to be confident. At times they travel through unfamiliar roads even when they use familiar ones what is happening in those roads keeps changing from time to time as there are various characters using them.

Musicians, politicians and other celebrities like to live unique lives. They are cautious with what they eat, what they wear and where they are ensuring they look different from the people. They want to be easily distinguishable from the rest of the population. To them image is of great importance more so when in public spaces.

A stay with security personnel whether policemen, paramilitary or military you will realise that they are curious of what is happening around them. They will not feel safe staying with you for a lengthy period if they will not be able to know who you are and what you do. They will also not like to walk around while alone even if they are two in number they would feel contented.

They keep looking around to see what is happening and usually pay a lot of attention to whatever seems to be extraordinary. Suspicion is a key element in everything they do.

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