Early this week, my efforts of convincing the minds I held most respectable that we require Dr Ramphele’s efforts at AGANG SA so that we can reignite our political landscape in spite of lack of experience in governance.
“Let’s propel it from bipartisan sizzle to multi-faceted glory!”
Outdone by none other than the key proponent for my assumed revelation. And betrayal seems to be a theme for this phenomenon in domestic media of late. I am so glad I was apathetic enough not to be some coffee getter at said party’s head office, just to discover my new ‘hope for democracy’ had betrayed me. Idealistically it could also be said, in perhaps even a very small way; this undermines our young chick called democracy’s progress.
Progress, is the one thing that prevents our minds from going senile and it is the hope on which the future of humanity rests. This position of extreme importance is constantly undermined by cultures far too eager to forgo the importance of the society within which millions live for what is nothing more than distractions in the larger scheme of things. Why, when our children leave school, are they not familiar with the great works of democracy? Determinism? Altruism? Illusionary free will?
Innovation and technology are built on science and art. Our education system should recognize that. 'Hypocrisy' said Francois De La Rochefoucauld 'is the homage vice pays to virtue.’. This website exhibits many who insinuate prejudice callously, bearing no understanding of what names such as Jefferson, Milton, Paine and Mills had to do with plausible modern society.
Hold me to task if you can, but had my above point not been the case, then perhaps those great thinkers of our time abundant love for ‘freedom to offend’ would be a much more notable influence in political discourse and public reaction locally.
We have barely emerged from centuries of barbarianism. Societies have collapsed before, and they were followed by times of intellectual repression and cruelty towards many.
I lament that the ‘freedom to offend’ so many fought to constitutionalize has been replaced by a rather self-righteous ignorance, an atrophic mindset of the assumed right to take offense.
The man who is brave enough to make a stand against the contemporary thought of authority and/or society should be afforded extra protection and judged by the content of his claims. By not entertaining this you are left with the paradox of who get’s to decide which speakers are intendant of ill-will as well as the not-so-obvious resultant cycle of errancy if the censored speaker were right . A prisoner of inaction if you will.
Coupling this with those that subconsciously accept free will while not realizing how much they are a product of their own circumstance the only potential outcome is history repeating itself.
And it is globally.
Threats to freedom of speech abound internationally. Our democracy is not safe. You have a responsibility to teach your kids with as few agendas as possible, and should these principles become foundational and revered in modern education without the hideous insinuation that pastors will be throwing their ‘holy water’ on our kids textbooks then maybe we stand a chance.
2045 could look like 1945 but I really hope it doesn't.