It's quite clear that our South African cultures are a mess of archaic/bigoted beliefs and (don't tell the tourists) tend to be more of a burden than anything else.
And I'm not simply picking on African Traditional Beliefs - even our Christian beliefs have become a major distortion of the prime principles of the Bible and are really not doing much for our society. Besides religion, our very cultures and ways of thinking are problematic - and it cuts across the colour spectrum.
Black people have this fantastic sense of community and fail-together, work together and that's great, but then there's this horrible interpretation of what it means to 'learn from History' and respect one's heritage that creates so many unnecessary burdens. White People (at least in my experience) tend to have this pseudo-pretentious, subconscious 'white is right attitude'. Despite their punctuality and fantastic sense of practicality, most come across as equally, if not more stubborn, than anybody else as evident by the nearly one way osmosis of nation building (black people assimilating into 'white' culture - although that is somewhat economic).I have no comment as to the Coloured and Indian communities as I have not experienced them first hand.
One who knows more than I do could even cut it tribe by tribe - from die Afrikaners to amaZulu. There are of course cultures associated with economics - the stubborn wannabe communists who are trying to set the striking world record at the expense of a credible economy are just as problematic as the people who don't invest back into the townships and rural areas (okay... maybe a bit more problematic).
Each person is made up of several layers of various identities. Ethnic, religious, racial, economic, geographic and of course - political. It is clear, especially to the folks on this site, that we have a wealth of stupid burdens passed down to us from our parents and (not to lay the blame with them) which we have tended and cultivated. If we want to move forward, we must dump them.
My question is how? How does on change a culture? How do many change a culture? Wat vat dit?
How do you get people to stop excusing bad time management with their ethnicity? How do you get your friends to stop saying 'Mandarin is the language of the future!' every time you dare to suggest that maybe there's some value in vernac? Do we need to get our traditional leaders on board? Is it the Media that need to change? What does it take to change decades old ideas and beliefs?
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