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A better SA

08 July 2013, 22:10


Have you ever wondered when a young boy decides to rape? When do we decide it is acceptable to steal, to be corrupt, to murder? When do we decide to hate. I do not for one moment believe that we are born like this.

Nelson Mandela said: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” I believe this to be true.

I profusely believe the answer (even though not immediate) to all our problems lies with our young and how we educate same. This education goes further than formal schooling. Its core lays with how our community teaches our kids. I know this sound simplistic and like stating the obvious, but if that is so, why are we not doing something about it?

Emilie Buchwald said: “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” You may have a different interpretation to the aforementioned quote, but the inference I make, is that a child future is shaped by how his parents raises him.

When I say parents I don’t necessarily mean biological parents, but the community wherein the kid is raised. How we as community teach our kids, will ultimately determine what kind of adults they become. Therein lays the recipe of a successful country. 

We need to teach our kids not to hate, to think independent, to make up their own minds and that the future lays within them. I know this sounds like I’m living in a dream world here, but to me it’s simple. If I teach my kids the value of money; how to use it and how to budget, do you think they will be inclined to waste it when they’re adults?

I was taught to respect everybody, that even with our differences we are all the same. Therefore I still walk around with this in me. Because of this, I respect a woman too much to rape her, I respect a man too much to steal or kill him. This respect took away any racial prejudice people are accustomed to. I know I may sound self-righteous, but don’t you think an inclination like this in more of our youth is for the better?

If we can just teach our kids that nothing in life comes easy, that they have work against any odds life my bring to reach their dreams, I believe that we will have less young girls having babies for government grants, we will have less people waiting for some kind of hand-outs and more working to some kind of goal.

It all starts with how we teach our kids. No government can do this for us; it all starts with how we teach our kids. I know this is a simple article, but I am also a simple man, I just hope we will someday realise this.

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