I love sitting on the sands of my beloved Africa, and watching the playful waters of the oceans. I am mesmerized by the beautiful waves as they teasingly move closer towards the sanctuary of dry land, only to retreat back as night falls. The sound of the oceanic waters is music in itself. It soothingly touches me, the same way the sand gently massages the soles of my bare feet.\r\n\r\nBy Maynard Manyowa\r\n\r\nIn moments like these, and on days like these i find proverbial peace and renewed belonging. I find, in my beloved Africa, a unique pacification that inspires my deepest thoughts and analytic indulgence.\r\n\r\nAfrica is in my heart, Africa is my blessing, but my curse. I was born in Africa. My forebears fled South Africa in the 1940’s, my Grandfather married my Grandmother, a Rhodesian, and birthed my Father, who in-turn married my mother and gave birth to me.\r\n\r\nMy forefathers are buried in the North West, their progenitors are strewn around the continent. If i was to trace my lineage, i would find my Bantu ancestors resting in the African soils all over the continent. I am an African, my heart is here.\r\n\r\nI am in love with my lands, and my people, but i find my heart broken repeatedly and I often flirt on the brink of tears.\r\n\r\nThe reason is devastating in its simplicity. My people are broken and in denial and my land is afflicted by many great illness.\r\n\r\nMy fellow brothers and sisters are enslaved in perpetual anger, brutal infighting, and sheer hatred.\r\n\r\nThe remedy for all these malaises is upon us, but not imminent, because the hatred inspires a unique kind of denial, one where loyalty to stereotyped differences is preferred over truth.\r\n\r\nFor example, over the last few weeks, i have argued the case against Honorable Julius Malema, and his Economic Freedom Fighters movement. My argument thus far is knitted together by a few simple facts which outline the collective of the person and movement of Honorable Malema as riding on the frustrations of disenfranchised people.\r\n\r\nI state the the well-grounded naked truth, that they are amassing numbers at an unbelievable rate, because of the blatant populism. As i have said, that is how Hitler rose to power, Mussolini, Stalin, and even Gaddaffi. This cannot be denied, it is just what is plain for everyone to see.\r\n\r\nI have not poked holes into their policy framework, on the contrary, I have simply illustrated the inherent holes already there. I have argued, informed by History, or in my terms, ‘The Precedent’, that the approach of the Honorable and his movement is dangerous to say the very least.\r\n\r\nStatistics are rude, and statistics show that, of the 70 odd nations that have attempted to implement far left policies (radical socialism and / or communism), none has succeeded. In fact, all that has been bred by such an approach is monumental poverty, anarchy, and grand regression.\r\n\r\nSadly, much of the discourse that has followed my insights is not factual, nor equal to the indulgence of my thoughts.\r\n\r\nA few hundreds have taken to the ideas well, while some few have been unconvinced, but indicatively fail to rebut the obvious truth i state.\r\n\r\nOn the other hand, a significant number of adherents simply resort to hurling insults towards my person, and my mother too.\r\n\r\nObviously i just shrug this off. My view on insults from any of my readers is very simple. Rudeness is the weak man’s way of imitating strength. Insults are the ignorant man’s way of mitigating for his mental incompetence.\r\n\r\nThis phenomenon of ‘argumentum ad hominem’ is one of the reasons why our remedy may be so near yet so far away.\r\n\r\nFor the purposes of those unaware, An ad hominem (Latin for “to the man” or “to the person”), short for argumentum ad hominem, means responding to arguments by attacking a person, rather than to the content of their arguments.\r\n\r\nIt is a fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the person of the author.\r\n\r\nBut the most paining segment of the readership are those who are keen on remaining ignorant and enslaved, as long as the source of information is a perceived outsider.\r\n\r\nOne of my readers, and to the shattering of my heart went as far as saying.\r\n
I know what you say makes sense, but i won’t listen until a South African says so.
\r\nSadly, we have become a people who cannot bear to hear the truth, especially when spoken by one who we consider not to be a part of us, or our definition of self. Nevermind how grossly misinformed that can be or how it can lead to disaster.\r\n\r\nIt is the same as ignoring a warning of an impending deadly earthquake, simply because it was delivered by say, an institution domiciled in the USA.\r\n\r\nI wonder, while watching the oceans kiss the African soil. If a mad man were to run up to me while i am walking down the street, and tells me that my zipper is open, and my great willy wonker dangling. Should i dismiss him, and refuse to pull my zipper up and terminate my embarrassment until a man i consider sane tells me to close my fly?\r\n\r\nDoes the man’s insanity mean what he has spoken is a lie? Even if the man was naked, by consequence of his unstable mind, would that mean my zipper is automatically closed?\r\n\r\nObviously not, the truth is the truth regardless of who says it. Its a pity our hatred does not allow us to accept it.\r\n\r\nIn relation to my case against nationalist socialism, does my ‘kwere-kwere’ tag severely diminish my arguments? Does my liberal mind (often called coconut) imply that i cannot reason the truth? And when i do reason with truth, why is it the first line of defense is that i am a white man, or serving white interests?\r\n\r\nEven if i were, of which i am not, would the truth change? Would far left radical policies all of a sudden become a pipeline of truth? Would it alter the policies history of failure? After all far left policies stalled Russia, China, et al for over 50 years? Ofcourse not. Its unfortunate that hatred blinds us in this regard too.\r\n\r\nThis is not unique to me alone. Often times reading through the thoughts of fellow thinkers who are either white or non-South African. The apprehension and response is always the same.\r\n\r\nIf the writer is black, he is a ‘Kwere-Kwere’, if he is white, he is a racist, and if he is black but perceived to be too smart, or too honest, he is a ‘coconut’, or in popular terms, ‘a black man in a white man’s body’\r\nThis is the insistence of denial i lament.\r\n\r\nHatred has blinded us, and it has inspired ignorance and arrogance. It has created a cycle of hatred that will kill us all.\r\n\r\nThe Afrikaner are said to dislike the English speaking white people. The whites are said to institutionally and collectively despise the Blacks. The Blacks themselves are said to dislike each other based on ethnicity. For instance, the Zulu are said to have no interest in marrying Xhosa women, and the Xhosa claim Zulus are boys with foreskins.\r\n\r\nThe Zulu & Xhosa however are said to happily unite, if the common enemy is Venda, Tsonga, or Shangani. The latter are also intolerant of their brothers up North (Foreigners).\r\n\r\nChristians condescend on Muslims. But both groups unite when the enemy is a common yet harmless homosexual individual.\r\n\r\nIt is an unbelievable cycle of stereotyped hate.\r\n\r\nI have said it time and time again. Racism, Tribalism, Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia, Afro-phobia, Segregation, Stigmatisation and Homophobia are all just variances of one problem that grips the nation – Hatred.\r\n\r\nIn the meanwhile, it is just heart wrenching that we allow ourselves to be destructed and distracted by hatred, and our politicians exploit this to our own detriment.\r\n\r\nYou see, while the economy has been failing in South Africa, and the ANC instituting unparalleled levels of corruption, we are too busy fighting foreigners and burning their goods, or persecuting people based on colour.\r\n\r\nWhen Max du Preez questions the intentions of Steve Motale, and points out just how suspicious the latter’s apology to President Zuma is, we easily distract ourselves and call Max a racist. We forget that Max actually makes a good point, that President Zuma has in one cunning way or another indulged with people who are corrupt, and enjoyed corrupt relations with convicted thieves.\r\n\r\nWhile we hate, Zuma escapes culpability, – AGAIN!\r\n\r\nAs i write this, we face a very dark and bleak future. Whichever way we envisage, there is no imminent respite.\r\n\r\nThe ANC seems keen on doing a Zanu PF version 1.0, which is to loot the country until it dies. The EFF is keen on doing a Zanu PF version 2.0, which is to engage in very self destructing policies, which will bring poverty and chaos.\r\n\r\nThe DA is written off as a party of white people and white interests. And because our hatred inspires ignorance, no matter how well they do in the Cape to show their competence, we write off everything they do because they are white.\r\n\r\nWhen Solomon Ashoms says we are all Xenophobic, and must look twice at ourselves,we tell him to go hang in Abuja. When Georgina Guedes gives an insightful opinion and says we are losing our humanity, we remind her that she is white, and must go back where she came from.\r\n\r\nAnd through all this, our country, and continent is tottering towards collapse. And, of course we do not want to hear this, so, when poor Maynard Manyowa gives this insight, he too is told to ‘go and die’.\r\n\r\nAt this rate, we only going to end one way – fat belly up!\r\n\r\nThis hatred will get out of hand, and eventually consume even the ones who breed it, or the ones who support it.\r\n\r\nHatred is like a monster that consumes its own tail, a revolution that devours its own children. It is an insatiable appetite that will not rest until it feasts on the last delicacies of the corpses of its victims, the silent watchers and the perpetrators too.\r\n\r\nPastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), during the time of Hitler’s tyranny wrote:\r\n
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—\r\nBecause I was not a Socialist.
\r\n\r\n\r\nThen they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—\r\nBecause I was not a Trade Unionist.\r\n\r\nThen they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—\r\nBecause I was not a Jew.\r\n
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
\r\nNow, Back to the sands of Africa, the ocean, and my thoughts.\r\n\r\nBy this time, when my analysis enters its penultimate leg and my mind contemplates rest, i am near inconsolable, and leave for the temporary sanctuary that is my rented cabin.\r\n\r\nMy last thought, The Macbeth Tragedy and how that seems so close to where we are right now.\r\n\r\nFor the benefit of the uninformed, Macbeth is considered one of the biggest tragedies because of the dark themes that the Shakespearean play explores. Greed, lies, betrayal and murder all occur in the story and serve to tear a family, and consequently an entire kingdom, apart. Although the title of the play refers to the Scottish general Macbeth, the character of Lady Macbeth is widely considered the most-memorable and tragic figure in the story.\r\n\r\nThat is who we are right now. Greed, lies, hatred, corruption, intolerance, poverty, crime, lawlessness, moral decay, and ignorance have become first nature to us. And, like in the play Macbeth, all this serves to tear an entire people, nation, and existence apart.\r\n\r\nBut unlike Macbeth, the villain is not some fictitious character, it is us. A people in denial, blinded by hatred, and keen on death.\r\n\r\nEnough Said, #ThisIsAfrica