Another week of reports relating to the most heinous crimes imaginable - now wouldn't it be better if all the violence in the world spurs us into being more proactive? Even people in large groups just walk by when they see a criminal offence taking place, nobody wants to involve themselves which is the very reason why criminals feel they can get away with anything and everything even though law-abiding citizens far outnumber the crooks - the cops are 100% correct, they cannot do it on their own - We need to mobilize, rally our communities and stop crime in its tracks by All means necessary, too much of an effort? well, just knowing your neighbors' digits and being alert could go a long way - Anything short of that is just plain down meaningless, particularly #cybersympathies.
How many of us would trade our comforts to join the Red Cross, fly to the Gaza strip and assist in the relief efforts there? None. Sad but true, Not judging, just saying, it's a point to ponder.
Anyway, moving along, one individual writes about living in a small rural town with only the bare necessities and thanks everyone wholeheartedly for some encouraging and uplifting words posted online on social networking sites.
To cut a long story short he frowns on how easy words seem to make things, dream big and the world’s your oyster, the small matter of proper nutrition, transport and college fees seemingly far removed from the writers’ pens and minds who (he implies) must be well-fed, lazy-sods scribbling away with one foot on a leather couch, bellies adequately filled.
Like it or not the world is cruel to people in that chaps position, not only must he win a good scholarship with education probably dispensed from under a tree but he has to do that on an empty belly, he must do all that with parents, siblings and relatives to look after. Do politicians ever sit down for one minute to really understand the hardships of the poor who need a helping hand via free education, food programmes', water, electricity and flushing toilets, land, reliable affordable public transport?
Even more importantly; did this gentleman seek out and find his elected political official and hold him accountable for those hundreds of millions going missing each year? Did he actively engage his community and involve himself in political forums? Has he explored and exhausted All the options?
Social grants are not a sustainable solution, nor are they a very good permanent solution, people need opportunities in the workplace, access to capital, land, skills and other support for new farmers and small business owners', we need our mineral resources to be processed locally to create jobs here, our gold and diamonds must stay here, we’ll sell you the finished jewelry thank you very much, we need to inject some optimism and excitement into all our people by opening up all kinds of business opportunities and millions more indigenous people need to be brought on board to play a meaningful role in the direction of their own economy.
Anything short of that is just plain down meaningless.
Lastly, If you are a Councilor/Government Official without a single idea on how to lead and manage, follow these tips:
(Document/Write down All of the below):
Find out WHAT needs to be done.
Find out WHO needs to do it.
Find out WHEN the tasks must be completed.
Find out HOW you will measure whether the tasks were done adequately.
A week after the expected completion date, call in the experts, inspect, hold people accountable, account for every cent spent.
Restart Process with better people if need be: Do Not wait until a few months before election time to start working, work every day, set a good example.
Anything short of that is meaningless.