An untidy mind. What is it? Why does it happen and WHY to me?
With negativity owning the sphere of social media and in particular South Africa at the moment it is of no surprise that my mind is messy! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to social media. Should you ask me why I would probably not be able to answer that convincingly. However, following my Letter to Mr Zuma, I have been following social comments quite closely and have decided to share some of the best ones I have found:
An school mate of mine, has encapsulated my exact feeling so brilliantly. What I appreciate about this post is the quote which he completes his thoughts with:
“A man who blames his environment for his lack is a coward, a man who creates a new environment from where he is lacked is a hero. Be a hero!”
I agree, instead of standing back and accepting what is happening why don't we all act as hero’s and start creating new environments for ourselves?
It reminds me of an issue I faced while working in SA as a teacher. One thing that really irked me was the lack of accountability students and kids in general had. Often on a Monday morning I would be faced by very innocent faces carrying very somber and poor excuses of why their homework had not been done, or why their projects would be late. This lack of accountability is something, I feel, that is modelled, not learnt. Those somber faces would always be backed up with really well worded emails from Mum or Dad ‘confirming’ the story - what are we teaching our kids? We need to make mistakes, we need to fall, we need to be punished for things we do wrong.
South Africa needs to stand together on the other hand, why aren’t there people standing up for those people who are acting as ‘hero’s’, those students who are standing up for their rights? What is happening, those that are making the mistakes aren’t being punished and those that aren’t are?
A friend here in the UAE has recently shared her insight with me. She shares a pertinent thought:
“What is happening is not racism its prejudice, we have this innate fear of the unknown or the lack of understanding of each other and maybe we should start to understand each other first and put aside or colour barriers and the sins of the past, thats what is slowing down the future.”
She is quite right. These student protests are not creating new environments they are purely reactive on the past! Come on people!
Social media at the moment is totally dominated by these posts, and often its not uplifting or positive in any way! Having said that I have been watching with interest the goings on at some Afrikaans universities where they have taken to faith to create some sort of positive in this very negative situation.
To draw connection back to accountability and parents, citizens need to stop making excuses for the mistakes they haven't made, they need to stop covering up. The parents of our country (government) need to stop with the cover ups, they need to out, they need to allow accountability to take its course. The majority aren’t making the mistakes but they are the ones paying for it!
Let the students do what they do best, socialise and create their lives, not have to fight to stay in lectures! - If only we did that when we studied? :)
Dirty mind cleared, somewhat. May your weekend be blessed with only good things. May your social media feed be filled with positivity, I’m certainly hoping for that, for mine!
A big thank you to Ryan Campbell who shared this as a response to Lwazi's post above, so so true!