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How to be a good South African

15 February 2013, 14:10

If you are fat and do not suffer from a medical condition that makes you fat then don’t blame KFC or Nandos. If you are ugly then that is how you were born. Deal with it and move on. The only reason you think you are ugly is because you have been convinced by others that you are. Remember beauty is a relative thing. If your relatives are ugly then so are you. That was a joke but there is some truth in it. Beauty is what society currently considers it to be. This is not set in stone and it shifts its scales constantly. It is also a cultural thing as in some cultures a fat woman is considered beautiful. Now if you change the image you have of yourself on its head and make this your new motto: “I am perfect” then you will feel better about yourself.

However in your new found perfection there comes the responsibility of setting an example for all those around you. This means don’t be an ass as this will make everyone around you be one to. Lead by example and do everything you do to perfection. Next time you think of doing something less than perfect remember you set the standard, so set it high. Here are a few things to look out for.

Many things we do today would have been considered offensive not too long ago. Showing a little cleavage is now acceptable and frankly I really don’t mind this one, but don’t try doing that at a mosque as your fans will stone you to death in gratitude. So is it wrong to show a little skin? Well that all depends on your personal point of view. Adam and Eve didn’t seem to have a problem till after they left the Garden of Eden. In some countries people don’t cover up at all. We as humans have created certain laws to govern the actions of those around us who do not have self control. People are people and when you assemble a group of them they will regress to the lowest common denominator. This is not a judgment call it is a fact. Outraged at this statement and think you are above this? The truth is you’re not. Let me explain. Just like me and everyone else you know who watched the riots on TV you are probably outraged at the looting and stone throwing. But if you had been there at that rally and those around you start stoning the police and burning cars would you say enough is enough and walk away or try stopping them? Don’t answer yet. Your first response is clear in your mind and you say it with conviction but the fact is that everyone there is just like you. When asked individually prior to the event those involved would say they would never do such things. However as tension builds up the rhythmic shouting and dancing takes over mob mentality sets in and before you realize what is happening you are behaving just like everyone else.

Now would you consider that in certain special circumstances one might act contrary to one’s own high standards? So as the new perfect person you have become why would you choose to be there when you know what might happen? Don’t be a sheep be the shepherd set an example for the rest of us. If we all accept that we are perfect just the way we are then we will be able to live together as a great nation. If you accept that you are perfect then it is your responsibility to show others how to be perfect too.

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