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This is apparently a quote from Ken Peters, Professor of Economics in the Czech Republic.

“The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate, willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.”


Does he suck his thumb at night when thinking back on the day…
Of the plans and procedures he secretly fudged in so many ways
In fright does he quiver at the pain and mayhem caused
Or does it not even bring even a second of reflective pause
That he filled his own plate and drained his oversized mug
rubbing his huge gut with a full face all smug
While the rest of the many wept silently in pain
For inside they all know it will happen again

The lust for more continues to dull his eyes
And fills his lips with even more filthy lies
So he justifies the abundance of plunder he has seized
Saying “this is just what my country needs”
The few get more and the most get less
And the rest… well it’s all just a godless mess

The once oppressed victim is now the oppressor
The great hero revolutionary is now the slave boss of the lesser
His singing of songs, dancing and casting of spells
Increases in might as it dries out the wells
in the hearts of the people who will queue, longing to be quenched
While it’s increasing poverty and oppression in which they are drenched

But they still seek for their heavenly king to unfold
Who will retell their story with glories untold
Patiently holding hands with ancient tradition
In desperate, blind hope they volunteer…
a suicidal mission

And who will stand up and speak up for the masses oppressed?
The obscenely salaried politicians they say…

…who would have guessed?


This Christmas thing is upon us again. Every year I seem to be one of those who participate in a pitched battle over the pro’s and cons of the whole thing. On Facebook it can get quite passionate and messy, but the views are not really conclusive at all and there are opinions expressed from many angles. I am always most amazed at how some very intelligent, educated people seem to dig their heels in and do what they do simply because they do it.

I know, I know, we all have our rights … yada, yada, yada, – all I am suggesting is if we believe we are rational let’s be rational.

I mean, who really makes the decisions we make? When is the real you or me speaking? Does the real me speak at all? Is he allowed to? Do I permit the real me to speak?

Sometimes I think we’re almost like that joke: “I went out and bought myself a camouflage outfit the other day and now I can’t seem to find it anymore.”

….. Hmmmmm, now when last did I see myself?

Come to think of it, who really am I? what do I think?

It really seems like there is so much pressure to be in tune with those around us. To merge in and not be seen as different. On small things this is perhaps not really an issue, but on major decisions …. ? and when do the small things suddenly become major?

Ok, so I have heard that I am known as a bit of a non-conformist …. er, sorry, what’s that my dear? …. oh, ok … rebel, … now where was I? ..  oh,yes, …. apparently I am known as being somewhat of a rebel, but is it only me, or is there really that pressure I feel all around to be so inappropriately socially ‘appropriate’. Where does it come from?

One of the most fascinating bits of recent research on personal choice in our modern age is by Sheena Iyengar ( – please, have a listen, Id be really interested to hear your take on her discoveries.

In other research it is suggested that the tribal instinct is very strong in us humans and that it’s universal. Apparently tribalism is clearly not confined to those “primitive” cultures in Africa and isolated jungle regions in other parts of the ‘uncivilized’ world. And here we “cultured westerners” are, all the while thinking, “those uncultured savages!”

However, culture itself is the patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population. Culture is the acceptable ways, values, beliefs, of a group of people that is passed down from person to person, from generation to generation.

We all live by faith. We don’t have to belief in God or a religion to live by faith. There are just too many wonderful questions out there and they far outnumber the answers. Maybe this is the way it’s meant to be? But we all have the ability to think. Not only that, we also all have the ability to think about our thinking. We have the ability to live by faith and to think about that faith, to accept it and to challenge it. To engage and interact with it.

Maybe the most honourable, worshipful, creative, noble, thing we can do is to actively and intelligently engage with the almost infinite faculties we have been blessed with (and here I include all the wonderful people we are surrounded by) rather than disengage by unwittingly switching ourselves and others off by remaining addicted to mediocrity?

We are by nature unique. Why spend so much time and energy trying to be like someone else?

(PS – I bet most of you can only see 2 Beatles in the picture posted above?)