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Respect and the consequences due to the lack of it.

26 January 2014, 22:30
There are a whole cluster of things that deserve this, like fire, electricity and nature to name a few. Most of these were taught to us as children, but the one that has evaded the most attention is the respect to ensure a future for those that follow us.

Even though my experience of Apartheid is limited compared to those who fought in the border war and my parents, I still understood what was going on around me. I matriculated in 1997 and remember sitting on my parents bed in 1994 watching the conclusion of the elections and the whole rush of the neighbourhood stocking up on canned foods and other survival goods.

Possessing a high level of empathy since a very young age I started questioning everything around me from religion to politics and all aspects of life.I'm not saying I'm right in all aspects but it doesn't and didn't take a rocket scientist to spot the grave injustices all around, which most still wont be talked about in fear of being labelled as traitor or as disrespectful. The ANC in 1994 didn't take away my rights, I actually gained some.

The fear that I experienced was drilled into my head by society and propaganda,and not the self examination of a young kid. It's very easy to manipulate a child's thought process and keep the same problems happening over and over. Seems selfish doesn't it?

So many comments on social media news sites state that its ironic that the reason why white's complain and protest against the current government is because their comfortable lifestyle is now gone. It is true that younger white generations now do suffer because of the older generations inability to stand up against injustice.

Maybe a fear of losing the comfortable lifestyle and being ridiculed by society. People can be angry at me for statements like this but we felt and still feel cheated. Not because I "lost" my comfortable lifestyle, but because a selfish act and the inability to revolt against injustice took away my right to a future where I don't have to feel guilty about something that I played no roll in.

Being reminded of this everyday will only broaden the divide, and the anger created by this will in turn create an injustice to my children and never solve the problem. I have too much respect for my country to just sit by and watch evil rise to the top again! Be it while being ridiculed for only doing it because I lost my rich and comfortable lifestyle.

I have never been rich, I have never had a stable place to live since 97,I didn't go to university and I have never owned a car. Now I would like for someone to explain to me this "holiday" that I'm apparently on.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my life, I have made my choices and do not complain about them. But I am not going to be angry at myself or feel guilty because of choices I did not make. It's not my apology to make. My opportunity will come the day that my direct influence has an effect in the state of the world that I hand over to my children.

This is where we come to the ANC. They are committing that same injustice and will pay for it dearly. It's a situation we are now in power and will take what we want and make rules and laws to ensure our comfortable lifestyles.

Displaying utter disrespect to all. That lack of respect will result in their absolute failure, and it creates new generations who will despise their elders for making choices for them that they will have to deal with on a daily basis.

What if there is a government change? Will they have to deal with the guilt because of this? The only way we can change the future of this country is to acknowledge the mistakes of past present and make our voices heard, teaching our children of the importance of empathy and responsibility to all.

But not to let the acknowledgement of this rule my train of thought everyday for living in the past will help no one.

Rise up, speak out against injustice, help your fellow man, and most importantly... Respect the future of the ones that you make choices for.

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