Cyni-pessimism is disproportionate with the good that is happening in SA

2015-07-04 11:37

After a general survey of the past week's printed media I couldn't help notice a pervasive sense of cyni-pessimism disproportionate with the good that is happening in SA. And the good that readers of this blog piece, bar the usual finger wagers, can do in the face of the challenges we face. Yes, you read that correctly.

We need to study what, for instance, did Billy Nair, George Sewpersadh, Saths Cooper and other beacons of change of the Casbah, that resilient geographic location like District Six which is committed to memory, do. They provide the standard that instead of sitting back and accepting what is happening around us, we can and we should do something.

Indeed, there is so much good we can do as a collective, if we can rise above the negatives of crime, corruption and the attendant fallouts such as joblessness and poverty. And yes, Eskom.

Granted these are dragging SA down but I believe that if we as civic society do whatever we can,starting with our selves and radiating outwards towards our neighbours and to society around us, as many of us who survived apartheid in the Casbah, we can become agents of change. When election time comes we can do whatever we want with our votes but it's counter-productive when all we do is to point fingers at the corrupt and the morally lapsed who feel they is are untouchable. I reiterate we can change all this but it starts with us, what can we do for our country.

There is, to quote Kahlil Gibran, on the horizon of SA a new awakening, one that is growing and expanding, reaching and engulfing all sensitive, intelligent souls. It is ,he goes on to say, "penetrating and gaining the sympathy of noble hearts".

I have the audacity to hope and believe that in every South African there is fissionable potential to do good and be the change we want to see.

It's up to us...

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