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Laziness, ignorance becoming a way of life

29 October 2012, 13:05

There  is,  indeed,  no  limit  to  how  far  some  people  will  go  to  get  what  they  want  in  life.  Whether it’s a job, a dream- home  or  even  wealth.  They  just  go  for  it.

As  an  ardent  reader,  I’ve  read  many  inspiring  stories  of  people  who  have  triumphed  over  difficult  circumstances  to  become  what  they  have  always  wanted  to  be.

One  such  story  is  that  of  Soweto  entrapaneur  and  property  developer  Richard  Maponya. Maponya  went  from  eking  out  a  living  as  a  stock  taker  at  a  clothing  maker  to  owning  a mall  and  a  string  of  other  bussineses.

Considering  that  he  started  his  businesses  at  the  height  of  the  apartheid  rule,  it’s  obvious  that  it  wasn’t  easy  for  him.  But, he  persevered  and  never  gave up  on  his  dream.

People  like  Maponya  inspire  some  of  us  to  never  give  up  on  our  dreams.  They  make  us  believe  as  cliché goes,  that  “nothing  is  impossible”.  They  are  a  living  proof  that  hard work  does  pay.

But  be  that  as  it  may  be,  the  culture  of  taking  short  cuts  to  get  ahead  prevails  in  our  society.  Ours  is  fast  becoming  a  “get  rich  quick”  society,  where  most  people  seem  to  aspire  to  be  overnight  millionaires.

It  is  really  no  wonder  that  bogus  prophets  and  traditional  healers  outnumber  the  upright  ones  in  our  communities.  In us they have a niche market.  Our  laziness,  ignorance  and  naivety  helps  put  food  on  their  tables. Our society has become  their  play  ground.

I  would  like  to  believe  that  we  have  all,  at least  once, read  or  heard  a  story  about  someone  who  fell  victim  of  a  con artist.

The  story  of    a  Grahamstown  man  who  was  conned  out  of  thousands  of  rand  by  a  bogus  prophet  fits  perfectly  well  into  this  category.  The  bogus  prophet  promised  to  make  this  poor  family  man  rich.  Overly excited  by  the  thought  of  becoming  a  millionaire,  he  gave  the  bogus  prophet  all  the  money  he  had.  The  prophet  vanished  with  his  money,  living  him  broke,   depressed  and  suicidal.

These  are  the  sad  stories  of  the  kind  of  society  that  we  have  become.  A  society  which  no  longer  believes  in  hard  work  and  perseverance.  A  society  of  “get  rich  quick  schemes”,  fake  prophets  and  coach  potatoes  who  aspire  to  be  overnight  millionaires  without  raising  a  finger.

It  is a  known  fact  that  millions  of  South  Africans  live  below  the  bread  line, and  that the  unemployment rate  has  reached  a  crisis  level.  But,  is  this  a  good  enough  reason  for  our  society  glorify  laziness and  ignorance?  I  don’t  think  so.

  

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