We need to push through...

2016-05-31 21:25

Things are looking particularly bleak for South Africans at the moment! We might be granted junk status. We have a leadership crisis. Parliament is transformed into a circus. From what I read Pravin Gordhan is still being investigated. One wonders where everything is heading...

Personally I think we have reason to worry. It feels as if everywhere we look, there is chaos. Student protests are only one sign of the discord and the frustration among the public. It is clear that people feel as if they are not being heard...

However I do believe that South Africa is not unique in this regard. If you look elsewhere things don’t seem much better. Donald Trump is rocking the boat in the States. Europe is battling with the migrant crisis, not to mention ISIS. The world economy is not really in the best shape. There is the whole issue of the nuclear threat. Oh yes and then there is Israel and Palestine... Need I say more?

The million dollar question is what do we do about all these problems? Do we succumb to the worry and give in to the problems or do we fight back?

If we take a look at history, things have been looking bleak in the past. The globe has lived through two world wars. The Jews were hunted down by Hitler and his Nazi’s. In the States John F Kennedy was assassinated. In our own country, we struggled with years of political unfairness and discrimination. Yet we survived in spite of it all… The world has survived in spite of everything…

I believe that when it comes to things like these, we have to accept that we have limited control. Yes we control ourselves, our thoughts and behaviour. Yet we don’t control other people or external circumstances. So once again, what do we do?

The only way out is to push through with the little hope that we have. There is only so much that we can do… We have to tough it out, tough as it may be… Generations before us have survived. We can too…

If we want to wait for political breakthroughs we are going to wait a very long time. Things don’t change overnight. The world is filled with problems. The world has always been filled with problems. The secret is not to be consumed by it, but to carry on despite it.

I really feel that we don’t have much of a choice. Unless a huge miracle happens, it is going to be business as usual. We don’t have ultimate control over politcs. We don’t control what happens to Zuma or Pravin Gordhan. If ISIS strikes tomorrow, we can’t prevent it. If there is an atomic bomb that is going to explode there is not much that we can do. Life happens. We have to deal with it.

So to all of you out there who are in a state of despair, lighten up! Although it is an uphill battle, the battle might be won. One way to do it, is to push through…

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