The Rugby World Cup of 1995 and African Nations Cup in 1996 showed South Africa to be a positive and united nation.
However, the 'Rainbow Nation' seems to have lost much of it's shine, with crime being seen as one of the major contributing factors leading to some South Africans becoming more negative about the country's future.
IOL asked its readers: Has South Africa become a country of pessimists?
Of the 1151 people who participated in the poll, 885 (77 percent) voted "Yes" and 266 (23 percent) voted "No".
Here is a selection of reader comments:
richard: Its not a nice thing or an easy thing to admit, but the facts all around us speak for themselves...........the crime, health, education, corruption, service delivery failure, the list goes on.......maybe somewhere there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Duncan: Absolutely! Not just pessimists - take a look at the miserable gits on this poll every day and you will see those with a bad dose of schadenfreude (delight in the misery of others). There seems to be a Chicken Little mindset amongst too many South Africans that unless there is imminent danger of the sky falling on their heads they're not able to function. I've lived, worked and played on four continents and this one is fabulous!
MML: Pessimism is an infectious desease, most of all when your born optimism is stampeded and laught at systematically. Let's face it, CRIME does not give you any chance to keep up optimism. True Duncan, Schadenfreude has the upperhand. Let's keep up at least hopes. Hey, bafana bafana did it :) and Santana does speak english!
Ash: How can you not be pessimistic when you pick up the newspaper this morning and the front page shows that the "song" of choice that was sung at the football was umshini wami-bring me my machine gun!!!! That says it all!
Colleen: I think our country has huge potential. Sure we don't have the best leaders in the world but people make the country and if we all make a small contribution to stand up when we see wrong being committed things will change. I have family and friends who have left SA and telling me how great things are and when I ask what's different, it's always the CRIME. The government is not going to reduce crime alone, the communities have to stand up and be counted.
Matt B: I dont think most people are pessimistic i think however a lot of people are realists. ie if a window is broken it needs fixing, that isnt pessimism its a fact. there is an SA tendancy to deny things until it is too late. Instead of taking it head on, once people see these actions happening then they will become more positive as well.
Friday, June 19, 2009