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 perspective, and 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-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.
Canadian Atheist Associates: Godless Mom, Nice Mangoes, Sandwalk, Brainstorm Podcast, Left at the Valley, Life, the Universe & Everything Else, The Reality Check, Bad Science Watch, British Columbia Humanist Association, Dying With Dignity Canada, Canadian Secular Alliance, Centre for Inquiry Canada, Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists Association.
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