I first came to Kenya in 2007. A few weeks after my arrival, the country fell into a chaotic bloodbath as the tribalistic post-election violence tore into the people. I watched helplessly, a little wide-eyed, at the events which left a shudder in my spirit. Not because it was a terrifying thing to be caught in (which it was) but the strange contradiction I saw unfolded. There was unmistakably an extraordinary power in the land, and these primal aggressions did not match it.