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2016-05-19 06:00
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Change is difficult. Most people don’t want to change. No, they do.

But when they get it, they don’t want it.

Are you with me? Broadly speaking we hated apartheid, and we changed it for democracy.

So we had it. What does democracy mean? I wish that could be an essay.

I don’t know whether kids at school still write essays. There are lots of changes these days. Maybe they don’t.

But if they do, it would be interesting to see what they could say about that. Maybe they could say a lot. Maybe they could say nothing.

Does democracy mean anger? Does it mean mayhem?

Why do I choose anger and mayhem? You know why. It has been going on too long. It has spilled over to kids. Kids destroyed a principal office. Politicians burnt schools. I thought they were there to protect schools.

You see what I mean? Things that used to be done in 1976 are things that are still done in 2016. I thought things would be different. I thought people would be smart. They’d know how to tackle things.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m naïve. I think good of people. I think they adapt. They do what’s done today. They don’t cling on to the past and say, “This is how things used to be done. We can’t change them.”

This is me. This is how I think. I don’t say kids should not respect adults. This is what we should cling on to. But we should respect kids too. I’m talking about anger. I’m talking about mayhem.

I’m talking about the burning of schools. Why burn schools? What do you want to achieve? Do you want to maintain the past? If you do, why don’t you do it though negotiations?

Why don’t you talk? What happened to talking? As I say, maybe I naïve.

I am naïve indeed. I love progress. I don’t see us going to the past.

The past is in danger of being overtaken by the present.

Do you get my drift? It is the same with you. I remember when I used to meet friends that I hadn’t seen for a long time. The first thing I used to say was, “I haven’t changed!”

Oh my God, was I showing my ignorance? I was indeed. I did not want to change. I clanged to the past. This was I thinking change is wrong.

Change is not wrong. It is the right thing to happen.

We all have to change, for the better. We all have to work to be better than before. Anyone who doesn’t want to change, I don’t know what to say. Maybe you can tell me what to say. I’m lost for words. Stay positive.

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