South Africa must speak up, it must lead, or its legacy is lost.

South Africa must speak up, it must lead, or its legacy is lost.

Will it lend a hand to the persecuted?  Will it speak up and be a sane voice on the African continent? Will it say that any form of hate will not be accepted? Will it help liberate those living in fear? I want my leadership to use their voice! 

Living in fear is not living.

In an age where it is impossible to know everything and where petabytes of new information are generated daily how can we claim to know better or more than anyone else? Surely all we can aim to do is treat everyone with respect and not judge them for the choices that are theirs to make. I make this observation on the dawn of yet another ill conceived piece of legislation being signed into law.

(A proviso: Individuals should not be criticized, governments should be. Governments should be held up to bright lights in order to search for stains and then either washed and cleaned or replaced. Individuals make mistakes but if you are truly representative a sane voice should be heard and listened to)

I’m looking at you Uganda, though you are not alone in this Russia, China, America, South Africa. Hell all national governing bodies are somehow complicit I’m near certain.

  • Have we not learnt yet how to write laws that uplift people instead of oppress them?
  • How will this make anyone’s life better?
  • How will this help the poor?
  • Will this increase access to information?

If you are not commissioning laws to help people, you are a failed government. If you are just adding red tape to obscure access to information you are pathetic.

If you are not using best judgement and best thinking combined with international research and a deep seated belief to do no harm or at least minimize it where you can, why are you in power?

Nothing makes me more angry than being let down by people sworn to help everyone achieve a better life. People that are paid huge sums of money to help the poor, to provide basic services, protect human rights.

More love in the world is not a bad thing, if politicians could love their countries as much as they love their perks we’d live in a very different world.

Gay people are not the problem. Information is not the problem. God is not the problem.

Fear is; and if you are living in fear, governing by fear, how do you justify calling it living?

Live more, fear less. Peace and love for everyone!

The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys)

Wonderful eye opening article, and it’s very true for all the damage white colonialists have done in africa, we have a killer PR campaign running. I think this “white saviour” has a lot to do with it. Yes Africa might need a helping hand, in the background. Africa needs to be given the chance to find it’s own feet and principles, dictated by it’s own people and leaders.

Africa is strong and has been around for a long time. She will rise again.

Pippa Biddle

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative –  most of the developing world.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania. Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.

In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. There were 14 white girls, 1 black girl who, to her frustration, was called white by almost everyone we met in Tanzania, and a few teachers/chaperones…

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public forums highlight society’s directionless quest for “stature”

It blows my mind that people argue politics on forums online in South Africa. I believe they hope their little bit of electioneering will change the hearts and minds of a particular political party card holder. That they believe they are reaching the majority of the population!?

I maintain that if you want to lose all hope in society you should read the comments section of News24’s website. Don’t get me wrong I like News24, information is not always accurate but they are among the speediest of updaters with breaking news. So i visit the site whenever I need a break and want to see if anything is going on.

Oftentimes not much is.

The above prefaces my utter loathing of this new trend of public participation in every form of media that is presented to the public now. Expert opinion, it appears, holds no more weight than the next viewer or listener that phones in to add their two cents. 

I think the reason it really bugs me is that it appears to be another celebration of mediocrity. It discredits the years of work and experience of thought leaders. It takes away from those that achieve more and encourages others to achieve less, because, what is the point? All voices are the same. Why aren’t philosophers, economists, scientists and engineers idolized and held up as examples? When it is so easy to pick upa piece of mass media and find a naked celebrity making a name for themselves.

Are we still so driven by sex and physical desire that looking good is enough of a reason to be celebrated? Will we ever get past this?

Yes I am a trained scientist, and yes I am cheesed off that science is largely ignored and discounted by people that do not understand it’s concepts. Yet they pick up a cellphone and text their friend to tell them just how uncool this guy was or how bored they are and they have nothing to do, and there is no concept of just what an amazing feat sending that simple message was and how much science and engineering it took to get to that point.

I’m going to stop now, because this is becoming, no it probably has already become, a rant. What I do want, is to find a few suggestions that may combat this general malaise. We all have the ability to learn and create. It’s our greatest gift! I want to see it used more. I want to see us prosper!

How do we make being smart cool? Once we achieve that, I believe it will become self-propagating. You’d have to raise your game to keep up!