Is dumb the new South African Grade 12? Did the thinking and learning population of South Africa emigrate and left a few old pharts behind? And a shyte lot of dumb to make up a population of 50 million plus?
Are we aspiring to Tolstoy’s Ivan; not his successes, but him being a fool that leads to separation from the rest of the world? Unfortunately the moral that wants to show that hard work is noble and Nobel also seems to be lost in translation. Judging by some politicians’ pronouncements though, they would like to know what exactly a Tolstoy might be, and how it can be used to enrich the already rich.
Long, long, ago, when South Africa was “white and brutal and bankrupt” children were taught to Read, Right n do Rithmetic. Reading was something to be proud of and writing was a skill. Newspapers were a source of information and logic was taught at school. Chemistry, Biology and Maths were not funny squiggles on a piece of paper. Some proficiency in Arithmetic was a life skill.
It was probably one of the reasons why 11 South Africa born people are listed as Nobel Laureates, +/- 50% of the African total, including Egypt. (ref. Wikipedia)
Today we are entertained/horrified with gems (called news), such as the fibre optic blades of Oscar Pistorius, Friponil (should be Fipronil, a veterinarian product), administered orally to children by teachers, crèches and parents, people openly declaring that they are happy to have a president that lives in a palace, comments that want us to believe no-one has ever walked on the moon and that a comet is a divine sign of the end of the world. That’s now just around the time the holly church’s roof fell in, but long after the blood of Christ dripped through a crack in the earth’s crust into a secret chamber and onto the Ark.
Snot nosed, not yet born when it happened, quasi-intellectuals wants us to believe black people in this country were bounty hunted, yet they cannot claim that they thought this through and came to that conclusion from study material or other literature. Or can they?
The post ’94 government supplied electricity, housing, sanitation and water services often fail as a result of sheer ineptitude bordering on criminal laziness, never care attitude, poor training, tenderpreneuring, cadre deployment and populist governmental vote seeking. Yet when protest violence happens, some brilliant genius of a speech writer will prompt a president to blame that on apartheid?
It is late in the day when an aspiring political party hands out T-shirts and the 1st word of their party name is spelled “Econnomic”. One supposes that they claim kinship with the laureates above; if not in Nobel stature, then the title Darwin does come to mind.
These same Effers claim that the economy is in the “hands of a few whites”, the untruth of this easily exposed by a trip towards a certain a place proudly sporting a subway for cattle, a multitude of coal mines, observing the South African way of eating sushi and the fact that 9% of the population is white of which percentage wise there are as many residing in “scatter camps” (as mentioned by one proud poster), as there are blacks. (It is unknown if they are in squatter or scatter camps).
Point is with Effing logic and comprehension of Economics 101, what (if it were true) would have happened, or will happen, when they get their hands on the so called white money? E.g. what would the inflationary effect of a worldwide shortage of Johnny Walker Blue be?
As Python’s professor might say, I have somewhat strayed from the original subject, but it appears as if dumb is the accepted norm and that we have, despite exposure to, and offers of, all knowledge and skills of the rest of the world, regressed to a state and State of Dumb.
In conclusion: We are as a country a bit deep in the brown. I cannot prove it, but it is as “Education is not in SA” and .....oh yes:
I would dearly like to read an article that could explain self publication of an out of focus selfie that is captioned: “Just me sitting” or “Just relaxing” when both subjects are posing.....