Like the 1995 RWC and 2010 Soccer World Cup, the passionate and screaming crowds at recent
Bafana Bafana and Sprinbok games against foreign opposition, always amazes and
blaring and makarenas dazzling and shining in the bright sunlight, the
collective rendering of ‘Nkosi Sikele’
‘IAfrica now seems to evoke even more
passion than when a Frenchman weeps at the sound of La Marseillaise or an
Englishman stands to attention and salutes when God Save the Queen is played.
Gone are the days
when the white people only sang the last two verses of the anthem. Now, it
seems that they take pride among their friends to see who can sing the first
two verses the loudest and the clearest. The use of #Human Spirit as a slogan
by the major sponsor of both our national teams has moved away from a branding
tool to an apt description of everybody watching the games, either live or
Sadly, however, when the exciting sporting occasions are
played out, life in South Africa returns to normal. Conversations now move away
from tries and goals, teams and clubs,
to strikes and aggressive negotiations
for more pay.
Mzansi moves to the ANC, DA, Agang and Cope with scandal, rumours and
indictments for collusion and corruption, crime and complaints about government
service delivery and petrol and electricity price hikes the topics at dinner
parties, clubs and shebeens.
more complex, with everyone stepping into their own little niche in the mesh of
complexity that surrounds us in this country, as it does in all other
countries. It becomes dificult to distinguish
#Human Spirit from #Greed,
#Intolerance and #Negativity. Our behaviour becomes irrational, autonomous and
driven by the complexity of external contexts. Life becomes chaotic.
At an exciting sports event, we tend to leave behind the
chaos of our daily lives and enter into a world where everyone displays
heuristic behavour; behaviour that is in the present and is not governed by
complex relationships and regulations and where the noise of complexity is
replaced by the noise of thousands of fans cheering and, of course, by the
Our behaviour is governed by ‘rules of thumb’; we know who
scores the goals and tries and who we must cheer for, and not by financial and
political formulas and algorithms. We live in the present, our environment is
around us and #Human Spirit is within all of us. We feel good and we feel
positive; about ourselves and about our country.
How do we as people living in a country that is part of the
complex global exconomic landscape, change our perceived negative influences of
complexity and chaos?
The reason the world feels so much more complex now is that
many of us are still relying on behaviour that guided us under old conditions
that no longer prevail. When we base our decisions of this old behaviour,
things don’t seem to work out as they used to and we become confounded,
confused, stressed and fearful.
The world will always be uncertain and unpredictable but we
must learn to live with this and, instead of fearing it, we should embrace it, as we do at sporting events. The
very unpredictability of the game is part of the excitement of the sporting
Being a fan of one side or the other makes us long for the
game to be over so that we can know who has won and who the heros are. But,
during the game we positively and passionately
cheer and enter into the presence of the event.
We feel good when our side wins, we feel sorry for the team
that lost, although we may mock them for a while, but we have a bond with them
for they were part of our #Human Spirit during the game. Life in the real world
does not need have to be so different from a sporting event.
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