Okay, so I've been talking about leaving SA, the first world, and patriotism. An interesting realisation has come from that conversation: I now understand what the News24 expat haters mean when they say patriotism.
It's all based on the DDL principle: deny, deny, lie.
First, they're in denial about South Africa. Mention crime, corruption and government failure on a massive scale, and they point out one example of something that's not failing.
As I understood it, only government and dieters apply the 90/10 principle, but apparently, the DDL brigade do too. They want us all to ignore the 90% or more failures in favor of the 10% positivity.
The way I see it, it's fine to celebrate success - but if it's overwhelmingly overshadowed by failure, then is it really success?
The next denial is that the first world offers a better life for expats.
I hear that I will be hated for being an immigrant. That - OMG - I will have to clean my own house (gosh, good thing I've always done that!) That the first world is crumbling (faster than Africa?!) and all sorts of other first world horror stories.
The thing is, I live here, and so far, haven't seen any of that.
Then there's the lie part of the equation. The DDL brigade will lie about the reality in South Africa, and demand that everyone else lies about it too. If you're not a liar, apparently, you're not South African.
Makes sense actually.
The bottom line for me is simple: the first world offers me better employment, better government, better social services for tax payers, better schooling, better safety, better food and better lifestyle.
Should I lie about that to make 'patriotic' South Africans feel better?
To spell it out for all of you:
I love South Africa. I believe it has potential. I believe it could be a fantastic place to live. One day.
Right now, however, it's just not. And no amount of insulting me, denial or lying to yourself, me or anyone else is going to change that.
The apartheid regime fell because people who weren't happy with the evil it was would not stay quiet. Do you really think that the power behind the evil in South Africa today are going to change without that?
If you do, I have a nice hole you can stick your head in...
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