On 28 December Themba Radebe wrote an article here which showed his concern for the perceived danger of weakening cultural roots....
Themba - I feel for you - and for all people who are struggling to retain some modicum of individual identity in this so-called 'modern world'. I am a white African. I was born in Zimbabawe and have been a nationalized South African for 49 years.
I love this country! I believe South Africa (still) is the best country in the world to live in! While I was a young man I too became a spiritual being. I believe that you and I could live together in harmony here in this beautiful country. I believe that we can have mutual respect and trust and live side by side. I would hope that you could learn to see me as a person who deeply desires to see everybody get ahead - receive a good, meaningful education, receive effective health-care and be able to have faith in the systems that were created to protect and serve us. All of this is possible! But sadly, not too probable...
The problem is NOT the adoption of aspects of foreign culture\s. We ALL have valuable ideas to share with each other.
The real problem is in the HEART! In my belief-system, there is quote which says:
"The heart - There is nothing so false and deceitful as the heart of man; deceitful in its apprehensions of things, in the hopes and promises which it nourishes, in the assurances that it gives us; unsearchable by others, deceitful with reference to ourselves, and abominably wicked, so that neither can a man know his own heart, nor can any other know that of his neighbour's."
Any and every country CAN succeed - if the hearts of it's people are renewed. However, while leaders live in selfish greed and corruption, and the electorate choose to remain in subjection to such unfair standards, the country's people become more desperate... to the point where you and I give up hope of ever becoming friends... and then your and my children suffer in the same cycle of distrust.
I would love to, and I am sure you would too, honour the greatest man ever to walk on the soil of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela, by starting a movement of people who are not afraid to say I love South Africa and I choose to love my neighbour, irrespective of his culture or skin-colour.
This is a cause which you and I and our children could subscribe to. We could change the future of our country together and become the very change we so desperately long to see.
Let's decide together to change the future without changing each other.
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