South Africa is recently going through "birth pains". It's not a bad thing but it's a crucial situation. And we shouldn't allow anything or anyone to make us feel or think that we are at the worst situation as a nation, because we are not. We have been through far worse than this, and we came out as a stronger and better nation.
I deeply believe that our nation has grown and matured in different angles. Our young democracy has now matured, and it's ready to give birth to change; political change, economical change and social change. However the best way to approach this changes is through dialogue. Dialogue is the most despised approach of dealing with issues, but is the most sensible and matured way of resolving problems. Because dialogue is taking part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem.
We do have problems and struggles just like any other nation, but we have to put our pride and differences aside. And seat down as descent citizens and discuss the problems and struggles that affects us as a nation. I still emphasise that our country is having changes that precedes "birth pains". For instance as a pregnant woman will experience many usual and unusual changes in her body. Though she can be disturbed by the changes, but she is also encouraged by knowing those changes are a clear indication that she will soon give birth. This scenario is exactly what we are going through as a nation. And if we can encourage the spirit of dialogue in all levels then we will soon realise that change is good and "birth pains" are necessary.
As South Africans we should refuse to be told what to do or what not to do, without having a proper dialogue to fully understand the situation we are faced with. By so doing we will avoid supporting "half truth, half lie" presentations. As a democratic nation, we shouldn't just follow without asking all necessary questions. Despite who tells us to follow. We come too far as a nation, we are not a dumb nation and we will never start to become dumb now. Our forefathers fought the apartheid regime in all angles. But dialogue was also part and parcel of their battle. Without a dialogue how can one understand what your fighting for, what you want, what you represent, and what you hope for.
Having and promoting dialogue is everyone's responsibility. The parliament should promote it, then there will be peace and stability despite their different political views. After all when leaders disagrees almost in everything it delays service delivery, and the poor citizens are mostly affected. The spiritual leaders should promote it within religious organisations, then there will be tolerance and understanding of one's religion and beliefs. The community leaders should promote it within our society, then there will be safe and prosperous communities. The educational institutions should promote it by bringing forth initiatives in schools that involves our youth in dialogue concerning political, social and economical changes. By doing so we will be grooming well informed future leaders. South Africa will never fail, South Africans will govern through dialogue. United we are the voice of the nation!
- Eric is an aspiring social consciousness author, penning his first book titled, The Invisible Victories.