PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Phil Hattingh083
 
Comments: 1
Article views: 180
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Phil Hattingh083's badges.
 

Respect and the consequences due to the lack of it.

26 January 2014, 22:30
There are a whole cluster of things that deserve this, like fire, electricity and nature to name a few. Most of these were taught to us as children, but the one that has evaded the most attention is the respect to ensure a future for those that follow us.

Even though my experience of Apartheid is limited compared to those who fought in the border war and my parents, I still understood what was going on around me. I matriculated in 1997 and remember sitting on my parents bed in 1994 watching the conclusion of the elections and the whole rush of the neighbourhood stocking up on canned foods and other survival goods.

Possessing a high level of empathy since a very young age I started questioning everything around me from religion to politics and all aspects of life.I'm not saying I'm right in all aspects but it doesn't and didn't take a rocket scientist to spot the grave injustices all around, which most still wont be talked about in fear of being labelled as traitor or as disrespectful. The ANC in 1994 didn't take away my rights, I actually gained some.

The fear that I experienced was drilled into my head by society and propaganda,and not the self examination of a young kid. It's very easy to manipulate a child's thought process and keep the same problems happening over and over. Seems selfish doesn't it?

So many comments on social media news sites state that its ironic that the reason why white's complain and protest against the current government is because their comfortable lifestyle is now gone. It is true that younger white generations now do suffer because of the older generations inability to stand up against injustice.

Maybe a fear of losing the comfortable lifestyle and being ridiculed by society. People can be angry at me for statements like this but we felt and still feel cheated. Not because I "lost" my comfortable lifestyle, but because a selfish act and the inability to revolt against injustice took away my right to a future where I don't have to feel guilty about something that I played no roll in.

Being reminded of this everyday will only broaden the divide, and the anger created by this will in turn create an injustice to my children and never solve the problem. I have too much respect for my country to just sit by and watch evil rise to the top again! Be it while being ridiculed for only doing it because I lost my rich and comfortable lifestyle.

I have never been rich, I have never had a stable place to live since 97,I didn't go to university and I have never owned a car. Now I would like for someone to explain to me this "holiday" that I'm apparently on.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my life, I have made my choices and do not complain about them. But I am not going to be angry at myself or feel guilty because of choices I did not make. It's not my apology to make. My opportunity will come the day that my direct influence has an effect in the state of the world that I hand over to my children.

This is where we come to the ANC. They are committing that same injustice and will pay for it dearly. It's a situation we are now in power and will take what we want and make rules and laws to ensure our comfortable lifestyles.

Displaying utter disrespect to all. That lack of respect will result in their absolute failure, and it creates new generations who will despise their elders for making choices for them that they will have to deal with on a daily basis.

What if there is a government change? Will they have to deal with the guilt because of this? The only way we can change the future of this country is to acknowledge the mistakes of past present and make our voices heard, teaching our children of the importance of empathy and responsibility to all.

But not to let the acknowledgement of this rule my train of thought everyday for living in the past will help no one.

Rise up, speak out against injustice, help your fellow man, and most importantly... Respect the future of the ones that you make choices for.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tendani Siala
It is all over for NDZ

All things considered I still say an NDZ win will be nothing short of a miracle. But as we all know miracles rarely happen these days. Read more...

0 comments 635 views
Submitted by
Balt Verhagen
Submitted by
Brett Bowes
Appoint Thuli Madonsela as new ND...

Madonsela's credentials are impeccable, she has been hardened to the rigors of chapter 9 leadership, and she would be the people's favourite. Read more...

0 comments 2343 views
Submitted by
Wes Van Der Walt
There's no chance vote-buying won...

It has been proven over and over again that when it comes to political positions, it is all about money, me and myself and how much I can accumulate in the shortest time possible. Read more...

0 comments 44 views
Submitted by
Lindie Langa
Cyril did not say Zuma raped Khwe...

If it was an attempt by 702 to boost his presidential campaign, it was a dismal failed attempt. If it was an attempt to sabbotage his campaign, and feed fire on the divide in the ANC, they just may have succeeded. Read more...

0 comments 1115 views
Submitted by
Jay Jay Mavanyisi
The real meaning of unity and sla...

Unity can only be brought about by establishing a purpose which is understood by everybody within a group in order to build what is termed a unity of purpose. Read more...

0 comments 47 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.