This weekend was interesting. But I was annoyed… but not the way you think, you will understand.
A lecturer from Daystar University, who is also a student in some university in S.A pursuing a PhD. in economics, came to my campus to carry out a research along with a few helpers of his. He came to do this under his student status, he explained. The research was in form of a game, that was made to simulate certain conditions in real life and his aim was to observe people’s behavior when dealing with money in relation to other factors as ethnicity and gender. Apparently, this is the millennium way of executing research as opposed the old way of just using questionnaires.
He came to us in need of ‘guinea pigs’ for his experiments and we provided him just that… I was one of those guinea pigs, but only because I heard that there was going to be cash rewards.. and they promised much! But they clarified that the amount of money you will pocket will depend on how well you play the game.
So they group us in threes and explain the rules;
There is going to be player1, player2 and player3. These players will not know each other for they will be selected at random and they will not see each other for they will be in different rooms. The only detail a player will get of the other two players is their surnames, surnames were required to make it easy for other players to know your tribe. Each player will be assigned a certain amount of cash, not necessarilly equal in amount. Player1 will be required to transfer cash to player2 (a range within which the amount should fall was specified), player1 decides which amount he will transfer, and in return player1 and player2 get profits from this transferred amount- player1 gets 2 times the transfered amount, player2 gets 2.5 times the transferred amount. Player3 is rather dormant, his is just to watch. But his amount decreases by the amount transferred by player1, if player2 accepts the transfer. But player3 can choose to punish both player1 and player2 for his losses which they caused him, but in doing so he will have to incur more losses. If player3 does not do anything, he basically remains better off.
I played player1, I wanted to eat off this guy of a lecturer as much as I could, this is easy money, I thought to myself. In that room I could already see me swallowing whole bottles of beer! So I was willing to bet, the money wasn’t mine anyway. It wouldn’t even hurt losing somebody else’s money in a gambling game! So hell yes I was willing to take a risk (which really wasn’t a risk) so I transferred an amount.
Then they give us questionnaires to fill in, I remember one question “why did you to transfer?” then the multiple choices were… I can’t remember but I know I ticked on the one that said “To increase my profits”!
Then afterward these sons of bitches tell us that transferring an amount represented offering a bribe! And by accepting, player2 was also corrupt. And if player3 did not punish the two players, that he saw corruption taking place and did not do nothing. So these assholes tell me that I’m corrupt? I’m not corrupt, you tricked me! This game lacked a lot in trying to reveal how corrupt minds think.
I don’t know, I just felt used and deceived when they tried to convince me that I am that which I resent the most and that I just don’t know it. That it will show when the opportunity presents itself. He almost concluded that we are all corrupt in one way or another, which is true. Corruption is sinful. It is fundamentally a sin. It is very clear in the good book that we are all sinners, there is not one pure soul in the face of the earth. Then how will some of us end up in heaven? …because some of us will.
Maybe I am corrupt, but not the way that you are. But I learned something. That corruption is a matter of trust and passion, passion for your country and countrymen and trust in the leadership. Things don’t have to stay the same.
For the curious heads, yes we got paid… but just like you guessed, not as much as they professed. No, I did not spend the rest of the weekend drinking.
I got tagged! If you’ve never been tagged before, wait for your turn. I might just tag you (I am required to brag, pardon me if it sounds lame). Mama tagged me. This is my first time and it feels good. But again not so good… I’m supposed to reveal personal stuff. That’s kinda tough.
Here it goes;
1. I have a way of disposing off my nails after I cut them, I eat them! I wouldn’t bite them off straight from my fingers. I attend to them real nice and let them grow long enough, then I cut them in big chunks and arrange them on a table top somewhere. Then I pick them one by one and eat one at a time. It’s like a ritual. And if one flies off as I cut it, I will have to pursue it. If I lose it, I feel awful. That may sound weird to you guys.
2. I hate small talk, probably because I may not be good at it. I’m a straight forward person, when I talk it’s about what, where and when… and probably who. I hate gossip too. on the contrary I like deep conversation. I like to listen to people as they reveal their thoughts. But at times you can catch me blubber a bunch of dumb shit, when I’m in a good mood.
3. Unlike Mama, I’m not into cars at all. I don’t know car names and I don’t really have preferences.
4. I like beer (Well mama, if you are ever going to marry then I guess it wouldn’t be me!). My good times are when I’m in a nice (and I mean nice) pub with nice music in the background and accompanied with a couple of friends and chics, talking… I don’t know, real talk.. like discussing global warming.. haha.
5. I am relentless when it comes to things that challenge my intelligence, like crosswords… or math problems. This probably explains why I never get anywhere cause I spend too much time one thing and just won’t let it go and wouldn’t accept help until I’m really beaten!
6. I dread to make calls! I don’t know what it is, but I find it easier to text and use other means to communicate. I’m too conscious about airtime credit. And if someone called me and I didn’t know what to say to them, I hesitate to pick up.. even though THEY called. Add this to my inability to engage in small talk you can imagine how confused I become.
7. I sleep a lot, I think. I sleep very late and wake up late, I sleep about eight good hours during school days… meaning I miss various classes, and sleep even more in other days. But that’s healthy, ain’t it?
8. I can’t mention seven names of fellas we went to school with in primary school.
9. I rarely go to church. Not to mean that I’m non-religious. I do pray, read the bible and all. Most of the times that I go, my mom dragged me.
10. I can become insensitive sometimes, cause I say things to people hoping to be funny and it turns out I’m mean. Chics are the common victims. Good thing is I realize and diffuse the whole thing.
11. What else can I say, ummmh… I like to be in clean environments but cleaning isn’t one of those things I like to do.
12. I have never broken up with any girl, they all just fade away because I wouldn’t call. At least not as frequently as girls would like. But that’s just one reason I know, there may be more..
Attachments to the award.
1.You must brag about the award.
2.You must include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on you and link back to the blogger.
3.You must choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
4.Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog.
5.List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself.
Then pass it on with the instructions!
Well, most of the people I would have tagged are already tagged… by she who tagged me.
Fixated– Ey, come back to blogosphere!
Rafiki– Tell us who you are.
Robin– What’s underneath the poet in you?
Shishi– I especially want to hear about you!
neemadivine– I’m going to start reading you blog more often.
Jeez, I can’t think of two more who are not yet tagged. Maybe I’ll add them later.