The Straw that broke the Camel’s back

The Straw that broke the Camel’s back

A lot can be said about South Africa, her history and her people, some of it good, some of it bad, depending on how you want to view life.

But what can be said about her people is the amount of patience they have and ability to pull together when times are rough.

In a sense, one has to explain the backdrop of what I am speaking about, and one must stare the realities of the past in the face, confront it, work around it, as not to be haunted by it in the future.

For years South Africa has suffered the biggest failure of Imperialism, and that is to build your empire on top of the ashes of bones of a broken communities of people.

Imperialism, driven by the human “Greed Gene” has been the cause of great conflicts, but also great advancement, and one should already remember it in such a way.  The problem lies in the fact that someone need to do the work, and not all is really willing to work for it.

This Empire wanted the minerals in the soil of South Africa, and this also brought about a South African Genocide which few really remember these days, home and abroad.

This Empire also imparted the gift of Segregation Laws on us through a man called Sir Milner, and he and fellow imperialistic figures like Rhodes made sure that they would have “slave labour” to do their bidding.

This brought about the Apartheid State of South Africa which should also not be forgotten, because forgetting about your past is a sure way to repeat the mistakes you suffered in the past.

It brought great advancements in technology, healthcare, civil order and structure, but, it was broken.

Because all of these advancements were achieved on the backs of millions who didn’t benefit from these advancements or the money they generated.

These Segregation Laws revamped into the form we called Apartheid created the gap, a rift, which made terms like “middle class” and “lower class” acceptable.  It also created the situation where we are now sitting in, even after a Government change.

Now this is not the blame game, this is realty, and we need to confront it and move on.

There are two simple facts that one should face and that is

  • Government is dividing the people successfully by polarizing the groups in opposition with each other.  Fueling racial tension causing rifts with good policies which got badly implemented like AA and BEE. Creating strive between the different income groups, as well as racial groups.

    This in turn left  them up to their own devices and extra time to line their own pockets while we were busy fighting each other.

  • That even though everyone has said it a million times before, and even though most might be tired of hearing it, but that Apartheid had a massive role to play in this tragedy, because of the legacy of “Greed” it left behind in Corporate companies like Lonmin, and crafty State sponsored entrepreneurs in Government like Zuma who enriched themselves at the cost of the many.

The reason one must face this, it to understand how patient the people of South Africa really are.  After all of these years, nobody is really free.  We are all still slaves on a tax making machine for Government, but just divided along “class” lines more than racial lines.

Taxes which are supposed to be used to uplift the people, but are now siphoned off into the pockets of Corporate elite, dirty politicians who pay lip service and Government “Officials” (at some stage they manged to change the title from Public Servant” to Government Official without us even noticing)

These taxes do not only affect the middle income group, they also affect the low income group, and the unemployed.  Taxes like E-Tolls, which is one of but many such little surprise packages we found out about.  Who knows what we are yet to learn?

The problem is, that Government dealings are not transparent and nobody is accountable,  and the political parties who make up Government are also not really transparent, as they don’t reveal their party funding so that one can sniff out the rot of corruption even before it starts.

But now, the patience of the people of South Africa is wearing thin, and the emergence of a Civil Social Movement is on the grow, small communities are linking up and standing in solidarity with each other, united against a common threat to national security like the blatant corruption of Government “Officials” and asking questions about where all the money has gone.

Dodgy dealings which have surfaced in the last couple of years have created a platforms for people of all different groups in South African where they can pull together.  Pressing issues like unemployment, poverty, inflation, service delivery protests (Andries Tatane), wage related issues like Marikana (with Government ties),  Nkandla, WC2010, Armsgate and other scandals like GuptaGate and their kickbacks to Government and failures like Eskom has for once done something amazing, it has created an environment for Civil Movement Groups to grow, because people have seen that Politics is just about that, politicking and not really doing something about the problems.

Groups now have a chance to stand together, against a common enemy, The Corruption and Decay in Government.  People like Steve, Vavi and Rob can sit around the table and talk the same language, but first, for that to happen, we must start caring about each other again.  We must find our humanity and our empathy for each other and each others plight.

The Struggle is far from over, it has only yet begun.  Because we need to struggle against our Greed gene, which would allow for situations like this to come about, we need to struggle against putting ourselves ahead of those around us, because if the community is prosperous, the individual is prosperous.

A luta continua

Harsh Times, not only in South Africa, but the World

Things have been rough in the geopolitical sphere for a while now, but this most people have noticed to a degree I think since one can often hear them speaking about it in little groups, but as individual cases not linked together, and I am guessing, not totally grasping the influence in how it will define us as human beings in a time to come in the not so distant future I believe.

The gap between the “Have’s” and the “have not’s” are growing wider every single moment, never mind day.  

Oxfam has released a report stating that in 2016 the richest 1% of the population will own more than half of the World’s wealth. A staggering wake up call if one realizes that this means 80 of the richest billionaires will own the same amount as that of the bottom 50% of the Earth’s population!

How on Earth did we get to this point?  Where the gap is so gigantic and so unevenly spread?

Well, we forgot who we are, where we came from, and what our actual goal must be, and somewhere, along the journey we started out as wandering nomads, we forgot, or maybe just neglected the fact that we are all “stuck” on this little blue Goldilocks planet, and that we must evolve to explore beyond our current limitations.  Simply put, we stopped evolving and started devolving.

The dissident and the uproar of voices from the “have not’s” has been slowly, but steadily been climbing because of the steady flow of information in this digital age, the easy accessibly to this information, and also very often, misinformation.

Regardless of the misinformation, the tolerance for corrupt leaders who “lead” from a position of opulence is dwindling as more and more suffer the instabilities and unjust standards of living, or maybe I should say existence to which the majority of the Earth’s populace are subjected.

An example of this would be the grown disparity between the “have not’s” in South Africa, most of them from the “previously disadvantaged” who gained freedom through the efforts of liberators such and knowledgeable men like Mandela, Biko, De Klerk to name a few.  These “have not’s” as a majority group of the black populace of South Africa are mostly still disadvantaged, and little to nothing has changed for them since the end of Apartheid South Africa.

I want to stop a moment here to sketch you a picture of why these “have not’s”  will soon come into revolt against a system which is not working for them.

The Steyn City’s of South Africa is a glaring example of how the capitalistic way of life accompanied by globalization.  Of course these are not the only factor which brought to life the abomination of the Have’sand the “have not’s”  that is today the “Class Divide”, but this does not matter to the “have not”, because he does not care how it came to be, he just knows that it is unjust for him to live either in squalor, or to slave away at an average job, living an average life in order to maintain the opulent lifestyle of the “Have’s”.

Evidence in this can be seen in uprisings all over South Africa.  Yes, uprisings, not protests, because there is a very clear difference between the two.

A Protest is defined as the following:
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something

Where as an Uprising can be defined as the following:
An act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt

A few examples of the unhappiness about the normal run of the day Modus Operandi of the South African Government can been seen in the often, and very often violent “service delivery protests” which is going on around South Africa today, for example Marikana, Randfontein, Alexandra and for me, which was one of the most important and significant uprisings, the Ficksburg uprising, where a man I believe to be a true patriot towards the cause of the “have not’s” gave his life, Andries Tatane.

This is a phenomenon that is sticking out it’s head all over the globe, and with increased frequency.  People who are sicked and tired of the normal Modus Operandi of their own Governments and big corporations, this, compounded by rising crime rates, the increase in violent criminal behavior, the apparent perception of social decay and the loss of moral and ethical behavior with a very real increase in the costs of survival is opening up the eyes of the people to a great extent, where I believe that full on revolutions, the likes of the French Revolution and the Russian October Revolution is in our collective near future if things don’t change drastically.

Political turmoil all over the globe has pushed up the instability that we as a species experience, and this turmoil is mostly caused by our very own greed factor, the need to have more than one can use.

To quote a great man who has made a profound impression on my life:

The miracle is this:  The more we share the more we have” – the late Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

He also coined it in his role on board the Star-ship Enterprise in the movie Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan when he said famously said ” Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

This my friends is just a peep into the crisis we as a collective human race face. Only together will we be able to survive the onslaught on our humanity which we are going to face in the not so distant future.

Namaste

It has been sitting heavy on my chest for the last two weeks or so, and I haven’t been really in the mood to sit down and mull all my ideas into a single cohesive strand, although I am confronted by it every single day for the last two weeks.

I’ve been following the international news as normal, and I was plagued by the barbarism of humankind all over the globe. Saddened that things can go so far, and that we, the normal average person who go about our daily lives can allow things like this to happen.

Now, looking back on the last two week I feel that I have to do my part, or else, I will be just as guilty as those who perform these savage acts of violence against their fellow human beings.  As Albert Einstein said

“The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

The catalyst for the piece is without a doubt the conflict which escalated so drastically in Israel between the Zionist Israeli Government and Hamas, but, this piece is not only about that conflict, but about the injustice happening all over the globe, and we sit by without decrying it because of man made ideological differences between us.

In Nigeria Boko Haram is running amok, killing civilians indiscriminately and all under the guise of religion.  Seleka, who are predominately Muslim rebels in CAR are waging a terror campaign on civilians and in turn, the Anti-Balaka, who are predominately Christians, have sprung up to defend themselves, in turn, also indiscriminately killing civilians on the Muslim side.

In Iraq and Syria the ISIS which is aspiring to create a caliphate in the region has suddenly appeared on the map and are brutally slaying everyone who does not side with them, including fellow Muslims.

But, this is not much different from the Spanish Inquisition, or the Crusades to the Holy Land in which the Church was the main culprit of all these atrocities.  The only difference is that this is happening now, during our lifetime on Earth, and, we can either choose to stop it, or allow it to go on.

Many people would think that this is about religion, but, religion is only the guise for the these atrocities.  It is a means to an end, and it works.

Following comments posted on News24, and actively engaging with people who commented on the forums I realized something.

“Divide and Conquer” Sun-Tzu, Art of War

We are allowing ourselves to be divided because of pity differences in our believes, our outlook on life, our political parties and by our perceptions on what we get fed by the mainstream media.

In an article on News24 which was about a woman who had a post up on her Facebook page, where Hitler says ” I could have killed all of the Jews, but I left a few so that you will see then for what they really are” one could see the divide growing bigger and bigger, pro-Palestinian pitted against pro-Isreali, with a good mix of racism thrown into the mix and dash of hate speech to get things boiling over.

This, is where our humanity starts fading, where we as a people start disappointing ourselves and severely diminish our chances to survive the onslaught of our Governments and the powers behind those Governments. Where we as humanity are failing the generations to come after us.

I’ve seen Muslim people wishing for all Jews to be wiped from the Earth, not only in Isreal.

I’ve seen Jewish people wishing the same fate upon their Muslim counterparts, celebrating each bomb strike into the open air concentration camp from atop a hill overlooking the Gaza strip.

I’ve seen Christian people getting into the fray who are supporting a Jewish led Government bombing of innocent Palestinian civilians, who seemingly forget the words of the Jesus of Nazareth, who was by blood a Jew, but by birth a Palestinian.

This man, this Jesus of Nazareth, who was a good example for people of any faith of how a decent human being can be like said the following:

“30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

That is what sets us apart from the beasts who live besides us on the Earth.  Our humanity.  The quality of state of being kind to other people and/or animals.

How can we still call ourselves human if we have lost what it means to be human, that which sets us apart from the animals which roam the Earth with us?  Surely, when we condone acts of violence from one group upon another group of our same kind, then we are no better than the animals who live beside us?

The same stands true when we say nothing about crimes against humanity in general, against us.  The normal man on the street.

We all must try and remember, that fanatics are everywhere, fanatics who are being fueled by hidden agendas from World powers to keep us as a race, as a people from achieving unity at all costs, because, there is no money to be made from peace.

So, decided for yourself today, are you going to give up your humanity or are you part of the solution who are willing to look past the differences in color, culture, language and religion to catapult the human race into the future.