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28 May 2012 at 07:55 - Posted by Anonymous

Living with fear


My last post has stirred up a lot of different emotion. People have been excited and relieved, some have been pissed off and angry, some have been inspired and motivated to start talking about it and others have been shocked and stunned. One thing is for sure, it’s got people talking which I think is a good thing. If the only thing my post has done is to wake everyone up from their politically correct paralysis about the reality of what is going on in this country then that is an even better thing. Is no-one else talking about this issue? Surely I can’t be the only one. And if I am, why? Why aren’t all of you?

I have been called many things over this last week. An asshole, a brave woman, a bitch, a racist, a pampered princess sitting in her ivory tower, a hero, an ugly white woman, courageous, clueless, a revolutionary. Whatever label you want to throw at me is fine because I get that your point of view really has nothing to do with me at the end of the day, it’s all about your perception of the world you live in. My post may have brought up some uncomfortable emotions for you and instead of wanting to look at that, you want to throw it back at me. And that’s OK. I’m not going to get defensive because I know where I was coming from when I wrote that article. You chose what you wanted to take out of that piece and what you believed it to be about. Everyone read something different and formed their own points of view and that is great.

Whatever you believe to be the truth and what you perceive to be right is perfect for you. Your beliefs may not be shared by anyone else around you, but so what? It’s your truth and that is all that matters. Your points of view belong to you and no-one else. It really shouldn’t matter whether anyone else agrees with them or not. You certainly don’t need anyone else’s approval or permission to be who you want to be, to do what you want to do and to say what you want to say. It is your constitutional right. So why are you not exercising those rights?

Fear. That is what is stopping us. Fear that we’ll be called terrible names. Fear that someone will have a negative reaction to what we say or do. Fear that we will lose friends or our status or that our family will stop talking to us. Fear that the authorities will do something to us. Fear of everything and everyone.

I know that this country can be the greatest place on earth. But for a country to be great, its citizens need to be great. And as long as we are all paralysed by fear, we will not experience that greatness.

I will never defend, justify or excuse who I am in this world. It is not my responsibility to make you understand me. It is your responsibility to understand yourself and your own reactions to the world around you.

I am looking at ‘the man in the mirror’ and I really know that if we truly want this country to be another way, then it has to start with us. It has to start with you and me taking a long hard look at our own lives. If you don’t like the corruption in the world then look at the corruption in your own life. If you don’t like the lies in government then look at where you lie every day. If you hate how many promises get broken out there, then look at where you break your own agreements in your life. If it wasn’t in us, it would’t be in the world around us. Even tiny, small untruths cause us to be out of integrity and that filters out of us and into the world and the people around us.

We all say we want things in this country to change, but what are we actually doing about it? Sitting silently, living with fear, scared of everything and everyone, waiting for the government to make it better. Well why is it always up to the government? Why aren’t we getting into action? Where are our voices? What are we waiting for exactly?

I love the SHOUT campaign, a group of incredibly talented artists literally using their voices to make a difference. Their latest song is brilliant and it moved me to want to do something. The chorus:

You're the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
We're not gonna sit in silence
We're not gonna live with fear

The time of the people of this country living in fear has to stop. We have to start speaking our truth to each other every day.

The ANC was elected to do a job. They’re not doing it. So why do you keep voting for them when they don’t deliver on their promises? If you are going to vote for a political party simply based on what colour their leader is, whether they be black, white, indian or coloured, then you’re an idiot. I’m sorry but you are. Unemployment is getting worse. The education system is a joke. The police are out of control and the backlog in the legal system is embarrassing. The poor are getting poorer and the few elite are grabbing everything they can - screw everyone else. Our president is supposed to represent who we are as a people and speak on our behalf to the rest of the world. Does the President we have represent you? Do you want him speaking on your behalf?

I read this statement this week: “Racism does not come from the colour of your skin but from the colour of your character. Racism is a state of being, not a pigmentation or genetic history.” How true.

There is a brilliant speech in the movie 'The American President' and I am going to change one name in the speech in order to represent my feelings about our government:

“We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you the ANC is not the least bit interested in solving it. They are interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

Well I don’t know about you but I do not want to hear whose fault it is anymore. I’m interested in what we are going to do about it and how we are going to all work together to create a country that takes action, takes responsibility and doesn’t sell out its integrity or compromise on its values.

I'm not gonna sit in silence
I'm not gonna live with fear

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