PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
AbridgedThinking
 
Comments: 128
Article views: 46725
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all AbridgedThinking's badges.
 

Shower with a friend ...

30 December 2012, 10:08

It isn't called the "silly season" for nothing. Our president opened his mouth and spoke. Unscripted! A Capella! Impromptu! Off the cuff! Twice! Although his calls for a national cleansing ceremony were largely overshadowed by his comments about dogs (my God, what ARE we going to tell the dogs about Zuma), it is probably the cleansing ceremony that gives away much of the real workings of the head-lemming who is to lead us into the abyss over the next decade. 


Let me state off the bat - I am a spiritual being. I have great respect for any manner in which any of my fellow human beings express their spiritual component. No problems there. However, so often and in so many faiths, spirituality is deftly used to avoid consequences. Or at least attempts to do so.


According the the Sex And Booze Club’s news bulletins, Zuma said the ritual would be of great importance in the light of incidents such as the Marikana tragedy, the rape of elderly women, and political assassinations. He said people who were not cleansed, harboured grudges. We’re still on the same page here. I agree. A spirit of forgiveness is important. A reaffirmed sense of morality is critical. A spiritual approach would help. 


However, a cleansing ceremony will not (as seems to be his hope) make these things go away. Seeking to find the facts and bring the guilty to justice does not constitute harbouring a grudge. It is a constitutionally protected process that is designed to bring a degree of fairness and order to society.


Cleansing, in his use of the word (I cannot help to think this is a gross and infantile oversimplification - much like showering after sex with an HIV-positive partner), is not the result of a religious ceremony. It is the result of hard personal work, deep introspection and a very personal “coming-to-terms”.


Although a continual spiritual experience during the process is certainly valuable, a great many other factors also play a part. Not least of which, a sense that justice will prevail. A feeling that the system will take care of the nitty-gritty whilst I take care of the big stuff inside myself. So, Mr Zuma, perhaps try the cart on the other side of the horses.


Stop undermining the systems that would actually help to create an environment in which South Africans will find the forgiveness and “cleansing” process easier. And stop trying to be a spiritual father of sorts. You are not qualified; not intellectually, not philosophically and certainly not morally.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
128 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
woadstress
What do I aspire to?

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself.  Read more...

2 comments 103 views
Submitted by
Manthole Morwa Kgwedi
“The transition of the taxi indus...

South Africa is one of the countries in the world where the higher percentages of the population is using public transport as the mode of movement. Read more...

4 comments 411 views
Submitted by
Tommie Cato
What tough RWC pool for the Sprin...

The Springboks have only one major concern….don’t pick up any injuries against Samoa. Read more...

6 comments 633 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Boredom

How many times have you said to yourself and to other people… “I am bored” Read more...

5 comments 325 views
Submitted by
Markrschulz
Operation INFEKTION

It always amazes me how quickly some members of our population will point the finger at the United States intelligence services as the root of all evil plaguing Africa.  Read more...

2 comments 195 views
Submitted by
Darryn David Grimsley
Grabouw N2 protests

The N2 outside Grabouw has been closed by protesters burning tyres and throwing huge rocks in the road.  Read more...

3 comments 1261 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.