COLUMN: Life as a potpourri of confused listlessness

2016-11-17 06:01
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Something happened the other day that made me realise that there is something wrong with the world that we live in.

I recently parked myself inside my favourite drinking hole and sent for my favourite poison.

Much to my disgust, I discovered that it was somewhat hot; not the atmosphere, mind you, but my ale.

Not really something a man attached to his grog would ever anticipate, so you can imagine my chagrin.

For a moment, I was caught between thinking whether I was at a joint or had waltzed into a coffee shop masquerading as a speakeasy.

Based on this experience, I’d bet my last penny; I am not the only one who has a dim view of this world. I digress.

Preps it’s true what the Bible thumpers among us holler about: ‘we are in the last throes of this terra firma and the advent of the Son of Man is nigh.’

Am not one of those, but I am certain that what's taking place now was long ago scripted in the book with the red lips. Geddit.

Just take a look at the goings-on in the land of the stars and stripes. Last week, the citizens there voted the controversial Donald Trump into power.

It’s going to be a long four years for not only the USA, but the rest of the world, for when America sneezes, every one of us catches a flu.

Methinks this also goes to show that the fight against racism is far from won.

Speaking of prophecies, it’s even more interesting now that Trump has won, to note that the modern world soothsayers foretold a Hilary Clinton victory.

Social media has quartered, skewered, lambasted, basted and barbecued this man in the aftermath of a Trump victory.

Even in the local political arena, things are no better. Seems some people are clinging to power at all costs.

Five motions of no confidence later, our dear Pres seems to be still going strong in the hot seat. Maybe he possesses nine lives, much like a cat.

In our communities, young people continue to die at an alarming rate, mostly by the knife and gun. The world just isn’t a normal place when weekend after weekend parents keep burying their children, when it should be the other way around.

Even the weather is playing up. It must be global warming. But global warming or not, we expect to bask in the sun come November.

But that hasn’t been much of a case since this month started. Instead, the wind is wreaking havoc.

Last week in Jo’burg, the deluge took life, limb and property, leaving behind grief and mayhem.

Floods in November? Are the weather gods trying to tell us something?

To make matters worse, a belligerent young leader of a young political party last week made comments to the effect that whites won’t be slaughtered, at least not for now.

It caused a huge uproar. Everyone and his dog slammed ‘Juju’ and rightly so, I believe.

This has once again brought to the surface the festering wounds of racism, as well as the feelings brought about by the imbalances of the past.

It’s terrifying to think that this is a world where people may be looking to slaughter others merely on the basis of the colour of their skin. Damn, we know not what tomorrow will bring.


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