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Monday, July 28, 2008

Be South African

I have returned to a country where everybody seems to have taken a kind of downer pill. Fuel prices are high, we have a slight electricity problem and then there were the xenophobic attacks. I would like to point out three things: compared to other African countries this is paradise and however bad things are we as South African will only become stronger and learn more character as a nation and the whole world seems to be doing slightly worse than usual so we are not alone. It is said to be darkest before the dawn and the only reason there are shadows is because actually the sun is shining. So stop moaning about everything and be grateful.

There was once an American called John F. kennedy who said something very true: "ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country". Now more than ever our country is only great because of what every single one of us do to make it so. Make a difference by concentrating and appreciating what we do have and do things like saving electricity. This is not a funeral after all; it might even be a rebirth!


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with these sentiments. After spending a month overseas I realised just how fortunate we South Africans are.

The next person who whines to me about how bad this country is is going to get an offer to help him/her pack their bags and then the instruction to leave and find somewhere nicer!

Joseph Sixpack said...

The neat thing is that if you replaced "South Africa" with "United States" and the reference to "the rest of Africa" with "the rest of the world" then your comments would apply 100% to the US. Right now our economy has slowed down and people are freaking out as though it's the apocalypse.

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