Ask Takudzwa 20 – The Outside World

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand some more.

Here we talk about communication and the outside world.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Often, in the WhatsApp group, of which I am a part, there is commentary and reference to secular relevant events outside of Zimbabwe. How does this show the commonality of the experiences and troubles experienced for humanists around the world?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: Contemporary issues affecting secularism and humanism around the world more often than not relate to our own experience as Zimbabwean Humanists and Secularists. They inspire us and the thought that we are not alone is consoling.

Jacobsen: What’s the importance of humour in commentary on stupidity, non-sense, and cruelty on the part of mostly religious hierarchs?

Mazwienduna: Humor and ridicule in such instances usually influences emotional responses that can shutter cognitive dissonance or faulty ways of thinking. The more a faulty idea is ridiculed, the less popular it becomes.

Jacobsen: Have you considered other safe communications methods including Signal and Telegram?

Mazwienduna: We do have a telegram group. Most people however prefer using WhatsApp because there are cheaper internet bundles given by service providers for it. Signal on the other hand is not so popular in Sub Saharan Africa, very few people have heard of it.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.

Mazwienduna: It’s always a pleasure Scott!

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-booksfree or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

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