The greatest realisation that has enjoyed creeping into my life recently is the fact that where there is a will, there is a way. Let me first define what a will is, you know, just to put things into perspective. The dictionary defines a will as the conscious choice, decision and intention. I would like to believe that everyone, in their own right, has a will. The problem with most of our wills is that they are misdirected and this has led to the soaring teenage pregnancies, dropout rate, crime rate, failures and unemployment in the black community. Please allow me to reduce this discussion to only blacks because I am black and I grew up in a black community.
Over the years, from as early as my primary school days, I have always sought to be different from other blacks. In other words I have been trying to run away from who I am, that is, a black man. When I looked at my father, uncle and principal I saw a lay man. Every time I opened a newspaper I would read about how a black man killed his daughter, wife and himself. I felt like I was trapped in a shadow; ironically, a shadow of myself. It was a circumstantial reactionary feeling. Entrepreneurship in the black community was reduced to a spaza shop, car wash, tavern, taxi fleet, water and wood fetching. Are these all what a black man can do? As it appeared, yes! Because there were no decent artists, engineers, members of parliament, investors, chemists, computer scientists and businessmen in my community.
I do not know who to blame. Anyway, a blame game is always a fruitless game. However, I can point out a few reasons why things remain as they stand in the black community. One of the reasons is that the government has painted a picture of South African black community as nothing but beneficiaries whose mercies are upon the ANC. I feel like the ANC has failed the people by nursing the apartheid legacy that a black man is incapable of doing anything, and that a black man is inherently dependent. It has achieved this by implanting a seed in a black man’s head that he is nothing without the ANC. It has failed to push for Black Consciousness, which was a philosophy drawn by Steve Biko with the purpose to make a black man aware that he is equally human as a white man and he can do better and achieve anything he wants to. The black community lacks role models from which the young people can model themselves upon.
What we need now as black people is to take advantage of the powerful will we possess. We need to start directing our wills in the right direction. We need to refine our wills to the purest form of will to work, learn, think, and conquer. In addition, we need to have a will to try out all these things that don’t exist in our communities. Political parties will not save us – they can only give us the platform to do all what WILL do. God will not come down from heaven to give us inventions on our table when we wake up. You see, a will is like a steering wheel and we are the cars; only those who can control it end up in the right direction. The destiny of a car lies in the direction in which a steering wheel is turned to. Make that conscious choice about where you want to be and remain fixed to it. Buckle up and drive yourself to wealth!
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