Do you ever get the feeling that South Africa could be a lot better as a country, simply if we all stopped trying to lay blame and instead looked for solutions?
There are so many examples I could use at this point, but here are the two most relevant:1: Instead of trying to figure out constructively what we as common citizens can do to improve the world around us, most of us seem only too happy to spend that time rather complaining about how the ANC hasn't done as good a job as it could or should have done.2: The amazing part of e-Tolling is that so many of its opponents aren't against the idea of having to pay for decent road infrastructure, but rather against not having been asked for their permission for the system's installation. We've all become experts on the relative merits of fuel levies compared to e-Tolling, and I don't think that any Government supplier has been as critically discussed as Kapsch TrafficCom has been.
When I see a pothole in the road, I don't immediately rave to the person next to me about how useless this Government is, that they cannot even keep the roads properly maintained. The first thing I do is carefully avoid the pothole, and if possible warn the driver behind me of it by activating my emergency indicators. If it's something in the road, I'll try stop safely and remove the dangerous item from the road.
When I look across Johannesburg's skyline, I don't feel fear about the agents of the so-called 'white genocide' coming to get me, and angry at the police for not protecting me. I rather feel sad that so feel people are making so many live in fear, and keep an eye open when approaching my parked car, and walk around with one hand on my wallet in my pocket.
My point is simply: if you're angry and depressed, I don't want to know. Those agents of depression around us need to rather just bite down on their tongue and go chew a marshmallow (it's impossible to remain angry while eating marshmallows). It's your choice to be angry if you want, but it's equally my choice to not take that on board. Unless you're doing something constructive about it - like defusing your anger by tuning into Classic on the radio, or having a walk in the botanical gardens on the weekend - you're just part of the problem, not the solution.
In terms of the meta problems, I don't have all the answers, and I'm perfectly happy with that. I'm not President, and I'm nobody has asked me to have a negative opinion on every single problem in the country ... so why do so many people feel they need to have one? Does it help? Does being so angry make your life better in any way?
If anger was concrete, Johannesburg wouldn't have any potholes.
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