Religion … why would pick a fight about it?

I am surprised to see the whole Online debate regarding religion and faith here on News24 between die-hard fanatics on both sides of the religious divide.

Everyday each and every one of us experience countless challenges and obstacles!

We see our fellow countrymen suffer in the cold, we give them a cold look or a rude gesture and just wish they would disappear and not ask us anything.

We hear and see the neighbor behind us, violently shouting at his wife after a night out  and threating her with physical violence, yet we keep quiet.

We see the injustice that is brought upon the children of South Africa and the world because of a pathetic educational systems, full of people who are there only because it is a job and not a passion, yet we do nothing.

We contend with reckless drivers on the roads just to get from point A to B.

We ourselves face the possibility of falling victim to some heinous act of crime,  so why ….

“Why?”

Why would anyone even care if there is a God, god, gods, Gods … with our immediate environment being the way it is.

What is the point spending time fighting a pointless fight which is actually more of a personal choice than anything else?

Could this time spent on fighting each other not be used more productively?

Could this time not be used to pool our collective resources and come up with solutions to our common problems like inequity, violent crime, corruption; to halt the rate of the social decay around us and to turn it around so that we can work towards our survival as a species?

Why would the non believers care if someone believe in a spiritual deity?

Why would the believers care that the non believers just don’t have any faith?

How does this have a direct influence on our lives?

We are in the here and now, we have to fix it now to have a future.

Personally, I believe in God, but I don’t care if you care of not, because it gives me purpose in life to better my immediate environment for everyone around me.

Get your acts together and start being productive, not only the people here in South Africa, but anyone who might stumble onto this blog by sheer coincidence.

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Can’t wait for the new Wave, even though it scares me

On a bit of an anarchistic note;

I can’t wait for a Civil Society in South Africa, but it scares me to think what we will most likely go through to achieve that goal.

Che Guevara said the following

The feeling of revolt will grow stronger every day among the peoples subjected to various degrees of exploitation, and they will take up arms to gain by force the rights which reason alone has not won them.

This is what scares me, and I hope we could find a way around it, but can a Revolution truly be without bloodshed?

Or have we paid enough through the years, the years under the Apartheid system, and now under the Rainbow Nation? Paid with the blood of our loved ones because of a decedent ANC led Government who can’t clamp down on violent crime?

I believe that we have paid enough for the mistakes, driven by human greed of those who came before us.

Now it is time that we make our voices heard and stand up against a Government that is only in play as to satisfy their goals for self enrichment.

We should take this stance to every Government around the world who make the people their slaves.

Winter is coming for the “New” South Africa

It is very very cold today, a massive cold front has moved over South Africa and we are all stuck in doors.  You might think that is bad, but we are the lucky ones.  The maximum temperature for today was 12 degrees Celsius, but with the wind sheer factor it has come down to about 5 degrees, tonight we are dipping below freeze point.

At least 70% of South Africa is freezing out there today, tonight; living in shanty towns, some without basics like running water or electricity.

Ironic that this morning I would read the paper and see the results of an opinion poll done in South Africa regarding Jacob Zuma, a man shrouded by controversy, someone who’s tainted reputation seems only to be overshadowed by painting about him with his private parts exposed, something which nearly ignited violent protests from his die hard “sheeple” and which brought to light the deep, and well hidden racial divide which is still plaguing our country.

This poll suggests that 60% of the ANC voter base believe that Zuma is doing his job.  Last year in the same poll he scored 61%.

How on days like today, can so many people really believe that Zuma delivered onto them which he and his morally corrupt Government officials promised them?

I know that, some might say it is their own fault, but I would beg to differ.  Education plays a big part, and there is something which I’ve noticed over the few years I’ve been around on this speckle of water of and dust in the cosmos, and that is that misery loves company.

In this case the miserable,  the ANC, their various offshoots like the ANCYL and ANCWL along with their alliance partners like Cosatu love to keep people ignorant, that is why during times of unrest and protests the first to join up are the youths, they get forcibly removed from schools and made to join in the marches.  I am sure many of the disillusioned youths join the unrests just because they believe they are entitled to something, as if the world owes them something, and gets that feeling  satisfied with cheap free party shirts, some KFC and a speech about how ground will be given to them, that they will enjoy economic freedom if the “whites” relinquish their land and give it to the masses.

I genuinely feel for these easily impressed youths and their parents who cling to the promises made by the corrupt political elite.

Today is no day for homeless people to be out on the street, today is no day for any man, women or child to be without the warmth which electricity could provide.

I shall pray that the political elite start delivering on their promises,  but I will not hold my breath, because the next Winter is coming.

The Spear, The 1 Year Old and our Decadent Society

I’ve been quiet for some time after hitting a speed wobble of note, mostly because I put to much faith in other people, but I’ve decided to start taking up the pen again, and to pen down ideas and to share them with like minded individuals who are not content with the world being the way it is …

I’ve been following the local news the last couple of weeks and wondering to myself how far will we as a society actually fall, and, though I am not medical expert it looks like we are in for one hell of a ride.

There was as big bang about a certain painting by a white artist who has the habit of ridiculing the last ethically and morally corrupt governments we had, and currently have in South Africa.

One of his ways of ridiculing the current government was by doing an exhibition on called Hail to the Thief II, which portrayed our liberation movement and in particular, one of it’s current national leaders, who also happen to be South Africa’s president who came into power because of a few fancy dance moves, a couple of thousand T-shirts and a good PR team who knows how to play the tribalism card, how to make empty promises and to hammer the “faults” of the Apartheid system with the “sheeple”.

The Spear

Now lets not beat around the bush, South Africa’s president’s name has came up a lot of times in the past, and it was mostly due to the fact that he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar or because his trousers were on his ankles …

This is a man with an obviously colorful, yet seemingly tainted history, and anyone with half a working braincell should be able to see this, but sadly, they don’t.  The PR machine employed by the leading party who is also the in control of the Government can not allow for this to happen, so they hammer again on something which will divide the players … the RACE card.

They blew it up so much that another enterprising artist took to painting a Eugene Terreblanche painting, reading out of the Bible to his killer whom I will not name because I will not contribute in turning him into a martyr, hinting towards the possibility that Eugene sodomized the man.

I just shook my head and had a smile, because apparently this was news worthy …

My real issues are with articles like the one I am about to portray

A 1 year old black girl only got justice after 4 years because of a inept judicial system, a system which is very lenient on sadistic crimes, hate crimes and acts of barbarism.

The mother’s 22 year old boyfriend took the girl for a day, he raped her, and took her back to her mother as if nothing has happened.

And do you know what attraction it got?

72 comments after nearly 6 hours only (at the time of writing this piece) … The Spear of course drew about 300 comments in the first hour alone.

After being witness to this spectacle in the media and in human behavior over the last couple of weeks I wonder if we as a species are worth while saving, some of us are desperately clinging to the last bit of moral fiber we have left; but as a whole, do we really deserve to be the apex species on this planet?

Why is it we put so much time and effort into fighting each other over a painting, why do we fight each other over race and culture? Does it really matter when things like this is happening in society all around us?

Why are we not fighting the criminal aspect of our society?!?

I am not sure …

What I am sure of though is that I will not idly sit by and watch the world and society decay around me, I WILL strive and fight to better my immediate environment, I will carry on my spirit of Ubuntu to the next person, and that person will too better his or her immediate environment, and this chain reaction will change the world in the long run.

I do not know who you are, but if you are reading this then know this, I love you as a brother, a sister … please keep on fighting the good fight and never give up hope as I can only assume that you have been searching … this is what it means to have a purposeful driven life.