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Live and let live

31 March 2014, 08:00

My father’s favourite saying was; “A man can get used to anything- even to being hanged.”  Perhaps there is a bit of truth in what he said. In South Africa, we have learnt to live with a lot of things- power failures, scarcity of water, uneven roads, rising prices, endless queues, late trains and rowdy taxi drivers. 

We have even accepted corruption in our lives without batting an eyelid. After all, a bribe is often the “‘Open Sesame” to many closed door. And a wave of this magic wand has fulfilled all but the most vigilant of conscience.

We are curiously silent about these issues, often shrugging off the blame on to somebody else’s shoulders. Yet there is one thing which sorely tests the levels of our tolerance. Even a whiff of controversy related to this subject is enough to whip up fanatical emotions. No wonder then, that certain political parties are making ‘communal divide’ the slogan to woo voters. 

If we can learn to live with so many inconvenience in our lives, isn’t it time we learn to live with our neighbours progress in life. Why be jealous.

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