I choose fiction.
Not because I’ve been forced to vote or anything as dramatic as that. Being alive in the world as we know it does that to you. To me.
It is reality and all that so we cannot really escape, unless we are high on some grass. But if there were a way out of it…heck, that there should be a way out!
Reality means joining the rat race every morning and doing what proles do; be insignificant in the world and look on as politicians take you for granted. You are told to be greatful because at ‘at least,’ you can sleep, so shut the eff up and be an idiot. Twenty years down the road, you are told that you are wallwing in poverty because you sleep too much. Now is there justice anywhere in this galaxy?
It means always being unsure. Unsure of what’s going to give you gas at lunch, seeing as a new cook delivers your food every day or just how you’ll get home in the evening. The fares climb from A to B to whatever before you can open your mouth and say “bloodsuckers!”
Being alive in Uganda means putting your life in the hands of some loon every morning because you can’t keep on driving to town, what with the crazy petrol prices! Its wiser to leave your wheels at home and chapa muguu. The fools drive like they are the devil’s first son and if you ever say anything about the speed; he kicks you out of the kamunye or tells you to buy your own.
Reality is all red. It is red blood drying on the hot tarmac, congealing with the yellowish brains of some unlucky old man who was hit by a Humvee driven by a teen who’d stolen it from his mom’s garage.
That’s why I choose this reality branded fake by the world. The poor souls do not understand the workings of the matrix.
This world can be manipulated and show me a person that hates to manipulate their condition. This here, this fiction is certain victory in whatever conflict. Blushing belles to kiss, dangerous dragons to slay and PVC tights to don; that is the life.
Fiction empowers you. You alone have access to the strings and all the puppets march to your tune. This is nirvana.