Help Us All; Just Die Now or Join the Evolution
This harsh message is brought to you by yours truly, a realist. It’s either you want to adapt to new burial methods in the future or you just die now if you cannot bear the thought of compromising your cultural or religious believes that are bound to be part of our lives in the near future. The whole text is purely about the shortage burial space in South Africa and I believe some parts of the world would soon be experiencing the same in years to come if not already. You see I do not travel so I would not know much about other parts of the world; but I read and watch a lot of History channel or Discovery.
When I was young; roaming the dusty streets and navigating the scary forests of Utrecht, North of the KwaZulu-Natal province; I had resigned myself to be the farm boy for the rest of my life and if lucky, I would possibly marry a beautiful farm girl with wife like traits in her personality. I could not speak English then, let alone write it but was somehow average when it came to Afrikaans. This is all thanks to Thomas Webb who was my master and Baas during those years; how can I forget his contribution to my life. He used to send me to my sister who used to work the kitchens to make tea for his Friend; Karoo; whatever the name meant. “Hey, Pikinini; Bestel asseblief ons tee” (I never really understood the Afrikaak (our protest term) language but it had tee (tea) and asseblief (Please). That was good enough for me that I knew I had to run to my sister and request the tea for my master’s guest.
But while I was under the enslavement of Master Webb and his cronies (New term I learnt following politics); I used to read stories from Reader’s Digest to empower my knowledge as I knew then that my education level would go as far as standard three (grade five); history had shown me. Little did I know that would be my salvation and ticket to freedom. It might have started with Laughter, The Best Medicine; All in Days Work or Quotable Quotes but it was all I needed.
In one copy under Quotable Quotes; they had this quote; “A PESSIMIST COMPLAINS about the wind; THE OPTIMIST EXPECTS the wind to change but THE REALIST ADJUST the sail.” After that, they asked WHICH ONE are you? Believe you me it’s not as easy as that but from that day I chose to be a realist and accept the current situation then and make better life for myself. Well, with the help of political liberation and the New South Africa; I got out. I left all my dreams of a beautiful farm girl had planned to marry and ventured to the new urban world of bright lights. I started speaking English; used flushing toilets and lived in brick houses. As much as the farm life had nurtured me; I accepted that to better my world and those around me; my mind and thinking had to evolve with the current world. I could no longer apply the same methods applied in the rural world but to cultivate myself with the modern and urban weaponry. You see; I evolved because accepting reality of change; changed me. This is comrade Motto and I advocate for change and I am preaching to you all; it is possible and mind empowering. Let us not be those dogmatic puritans hiding under religion; culture or whatever doctrine you prescribe to.
The recent statistics by the South African Cemeteries Association show that the burial space in South Africa is almost finished. This is simple because you cannot grow and make more land where else people are born and die every day. Honestly I did not know there was such an association but well; there is now.
Please also note that burial land should be used responsibly or it would also become a health hazard to those surrounding the burial places. Well the fact is; there will no longer be space to bury people in the future; so it’s either you die now or you will not have any place to be buried unless you adapt to the proposed ways of burying loved ones.
· Grave Recycling, i.e. the grave is re-used after some time.
· Cremation, i.e. the body of the deceased I cremated or legally burnt to ashes,
· Vertical Burials to Stacking; i.e. digging deeper holes and members of the family buried in one grave,
· Mausoleum, i.e. honestly I do not know anything about this but I hear it’s more like vertical burial only it’s over the ground; more like being mummified honestly.
Well; all these have been put forward to the public for consideration but people are resistant to these because of religious and cultural reasons or any reasons whatsoever. We all know the sacredness of one’s burial, being a Zulu boy; I have seen how the dead are treated, to be honest; way better than the living. I am not jealous but just pointing to the obvious.
My call is that we all know that the world is developing and more space is needed to achieve this. On the other side; people are dying and more space is also needed. We need to reach the compromise on how we could share that space and which cause we want to advance.
Are we really going to impair on development because space is reserved for the DEAD; I disagree.
I say; let’s educate ourselves on better methods that could save all the space that will allow us to advance our development.
Let’s educate, educate and educate. Let’s revise our stance or culture and religion to allow for flexibility and realities of the current world.
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