We are a wounded nation. We were raised to be ugly on the inside, we were programmed to hate and distrust. We were taught to be scared of aliens instead of standing up to the enemy in our midst - that minister preaching inequality, that religious leader more concerned about your immortal soul than your physical well-being, that teacher who lashed out at you with a sjambok, that family member that raped you, your parents expecting you to suppress the parts of you that would make them lose face, your friends turning on you when you needed them most, an abusive spouse, the false happiness promoted by a consumer culture and just the general contagious joylessness of those around you.
Obviously, there are people not that close to you that may harm you, and that enemy created is holding you back, sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally. Serious reflection is needed on which of your fears are justified, and which not. Which of your enemies are real, and which ones not?
And are you perhaps somebody else's foe? Have you created your own prison?
We were raised to be ugly, and by and large we are still ugly inside, but there is good in all of us. We might be a wounded nation, but we are slowly starting to win that battle - at least, that's my feeling.
There might be a light at the end of the tunnel. I might be slightly damaged, but my children will be less so, and their offspring will be beautiful...
May the force bless Africa, may it fill us with love, joy and enlightenment...
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