South African society today owes our children an apology.
For too long the parents, leaders and elders have allowed our values to disintegrate into a morass of corruption, greed and crime.
Taking a look at the media this week, the state of our children should cause us all to stop and take a long hard look at what we are doing and why the children of our wonderful nation are in the agony they are so obviously are experiencing.
Among others, the Skielik shooting trial, a boy who had his eye gouged out by a fellow student, the arrest of three school kids on alleged rape and murder charges, and a breakdown of discipline at schools, the increase of violence at schools and teenage pregnancy are all headlines that leave one staggering punch drunk.
And the sadness only deepens when you consider the circumstances, poverty and physical surroundings in which so many of our children are forced to grow up in.
We simply are not doing enough and we are all collectively to blame.
Too much politicking and jostling for power, position and wealth has left us morally bankrupt.
Consider who the potential role models for our children are and those that our youth would hold in high regard and then ask yourself if that is the type of individual you would like your child to become. It really becomes nasty.
If a fraud, liar, cheat, drug abuser, woman or child abuser, greed driven, power mad environmentally unfriendly and overweight person is what you have in mind we seem to be on the right track.
Fortunately for us, many of our children know better than us adults. While we bicker, moan and get little much other done than increasing our wealth and destroy our health, they are observing and praying that tomorrow will bring a brighter future, building bridges where we have failed to.
Consider now that our President and his Minister have decided that the thing to do would be to force our learners to say a pledge of allegiance every day, one that would morally uplift and magically transform the nature of our society.
And then consider what these same children see of those who lead by no example, I don’t think they are going to be fooled.
You see very few of us are in reality smarter than a fifth grader. While they hear our words of instruction they are far more learned by our conduct and behaviour.
And while they may tow the line when in our sight they will have no hesitation in making up their own pledge, a pledge of belligerence. Defying our words as lies and our actions as fraud and our treatment of their inheritance as reckless.
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