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Why do we continue to be reactive rather than proactive?

07 June 2018, 10:38

We have become a reactive nation instead of being a proactive and predictive nation. We always wait for people to be disappointed hurt, destroyed, killed, badmouthed and victimised first, before we can take action and unfortunately this reactive approach can be very expensive and hard to repair.

For example, what will be the corrective action when you are killed already? But if you were proactive enough you could have taken an action of quitting that abusive relationship to avoid that. There is so much that we can avoid if we learn to be proactive in our day-to-day approach.

Same applies to our government, StatsSA produces Household Stats every quarter, instead of the government considering those numbers and putting corrective measures in advance they wait until the community goes on protests and vandalises properties. This will take the government another 5 years to recover and it will cost the government even more. I am not encouraging vandalism of property and it is condemned in the strongest possible terms, however our government needs to put proactive measures in place to deal or prevent this from happening.

Same applies to us, human beings. Instead of us detecting health risks in advance through consultative processes at the clinics and doctors, we wait until we can't wake up on our own. There are free health facilities that are open to the public to check their health statuses frequently so that they can detect if there's any problem but instead we wait until our last breath. We should stop being reactive, especially our youth because we are the future leaders of this country.

Same applies to a car driver. Instead of changing the old tyres on time, he waits until he gets a puncture which can possibly lead to an accident. We would definitely have few road accidents only if we stop being reactive. We definitely don't need so many traffic officers as (controls), to check if our cars are roadworthy. We really don't have to die first to realise that the brake pads needed to be replaced. The money that goes to the road accident fund could be channelled to other public services such as water, reconstruction of roads, building new schools and libraries.

This applies to most companies at large. Companies start to work harder and ensure that the house is in order only when they know that audits or inspections are two weeks away. This puts the stuff under pressure to swallow more than what they can chew within a short space of time. 

This tendency is nationwide and we need to start doing something about our lives in order to become a better society. There's more we can save if we become more proactive than being reactive.


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