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What would make South Africa GREAT?

15 October 2012, 08:09

With the current US Presidential campaign getting hot under the collar with the other night's vice-presidency debate, you are often reminded of the words "that is what makes America so great" and Americans obviously has various opinions on the matter. And rightly so. Some of them will be the first to admit that it really only boils down to one thing: FREEDOM.

Freedom of choice ,freedom of movement, freedom of religion ,freedom of speech,freedom to be left alone, freedom to privacy, freedom to be married to one's own sex,freedom not to marry at all,freedom to kill one's baby in the womb,freedom to sexual revolution,etc.

South Africa is not a great nation compared to America or Europe or any other Superpower that ever existed,and the way it's current Government recklessly destroys what little decency,good name and image we still have left,we'll never be a powerful nation to reckoned with either. Our sad BEE and AA system is the glass ceiling that hinders and discriminates against minority groups in the country and ensures that only an elite few that lives in a parallel universe to our own will always benefit their own immediate selves.

In 1994 almost everybody in South Africa spoke of a new beginning in South Africa,remembering where we just came from. A chance to put behind us our horrible past and start afresh,wipe the slate clean as it were,with a new life so to speak and a new outlook. Unlike the do or die situation that was case in some first world countries like America when people first stepped onto that continent,South Africa's new democracy wasn't really a scrabble for life,although for some it certainly felt like it.

If someone were to ask you: What makes South Africa unique? What would you say? Regardless of the answer you came up with, if that person were to ask 10 other honest South Africans that very same question,he or she will most likely not get the same answer twice. The mysteries and narratives of everyday life in South Africa displayed on News24 is that Government,past and present, has made the country far too complicated to be fully understood. South Africans cannot master any real and relentless optimism about our country and it certainly doesn't look as if that will change anytime some in the near future.

Do you understand South Africa as it currently is? What encapsulates South African society? Has South Africa got fundamental principles in life on which it is supposedly to be built on and what are they? Have we got a unique social order that undergrids our way of life?

There is old saying: GOD helps those that helps themselves. You don't have to believe any of that. But what it does mean is that in terms of good ethics,there is consistency between proper actions and profitability. Which underlines the importance of the saying: Honesty is the best policy. It also means that the world is not a random place,nothing is mechanical or organic but ethical and that there is a predictability between an ethical cause and an economic effect and uplift. Why can't confidence in an ethical cause & effect prevail in South Africa? Because of a corrupt bargain by the Government whereby hard working taxpayers benefits the rich elite cadres and well connected groups of individuals of all races in the country. They sought high-risk profiting through unscrupulous actions at the expense of ordinary South Africans blood,sweat and tears.

Ever been told to mind your own business? It actually has a double meaning that saying. Firstly there is a need to pursue your own business. In the broader sense it implies that everyone that can work should work. You can't be a slacker or lazy goldbrick or work shy coward,but need to be an industrious individual. We really need to be part of a productive economy and stop doing nothing for a living. There is honour and respect in hard work. Secondly,mind your own business also means a resentment towards those that interferes. If you have no authority to interfere into someone else's affairs,then you should shut up and be quiet. In this context I'll refer to civil government and their attitude of a welfare state to be enforced on it's citizens.Since when is being subservient to bureaucrats helped anyone? Do you know the expression "Don't tread all over me"?It simply highlights the fact that welfare states are offensive,but that hardworking individuals are defensive and anti-bureaucratic.

Pay your own way and take responsibility for your own actions. Benjamin Franklin once said:"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else".An individual needs to contribute to a healthy and productive society. The growing acceptance of the legitimacy of the ANC Governments plundering of South Africa's wealth undermines the hard work that the taxpayers are doing.

So what characterizes South Africa and South Africans? What could make them and their country great? Getting rid of the incompetent ANC Government is a step in the right direction. Confidence in them by their supporters are fading and waning.Peole have shifted their trust in them. The ANC have become a government that helps those who fails to help themselves and it does that by taxing those of us that have succeeded in helping ourselves. In the Financial world this is called moral hazards. This ANC Government has no principles to live on and therefore South Africa cannot become GREAT whilst under their government.

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