Monday, September 14, 2009

The Soccer Kids: An Allegory

This one is for FishEagle: I thought it illustrated nicely how democracy can fail :-)


There once was a bunch of kids who wanted to play soccer on a Saturday. There was a piece of rough ground close to where they lived, and their parents leant them tools and the kids went down to the field and spent the whole weekend filling in holes, and removing big rocks and other rubbish from the field and planting grass there. Soon the field was completely flat, and when their parents saw how much work the kids had put in, they bought the kids a goalpost and a soccer ball and were happy to let them play safely by themselves
.

Every Saturday the kids took their ball and went to play on their field. The Soccer Kids made up teams from among themselves and made rules and played their game.

After a few weeks some kids from the Other Side of Town arrived on the field and said

“We want to play too.”

After some discussion, John, one of the Soccer Kids said that they would be able to have a better game if they let these few other kids play too. So they built a second goal, and were able to have two bigger teams and everyone was happy. The Other Kids weren’t as good at soccer, but they tried hard to keep up and soon everyone was having fun.

The following Saturday, the Soccer Kids were surprised to see even more kids from the Other Side of Town. Simon, the tallest of the Other Kids said to John,

“We brought some friends”.

John asked Simon why they didn’t have their own field to play on, and Simon explained that there was some spare ground but their parents didn’t want to help them build a soccer field and they didn’t have their own ball. And he said that his parents weren’t as well off as John’s and that wasn’t fair. John agreed to let them play, even though there was as many of the Other Kids as there were of his own friends. The Other Kids were very clumsy and they didn’t understand the rules, but John thought it was fair to be patient with them and kept trying to explain the rules.

Some of the Other Kids got angry when they broke the rules and said the rules weren’t fair.

The next Saturday there were even more of the Other Kids. The kids who built the field were upset because the Other Kids weren’t so good and didn’t like the rules. The Soccer Kids decided they should have their own team, and play against the Other Kids. That way the Other Kids could play whatever way they wanted and might even learn the game faster.

The Other Kids agreed and thought it was a good idea.

But the Soccer Kids were much better at soccer and they always scored far more goals, and that made the Other Kids very angry. They didn’t understand tactics, and every one of them chased the ball wherever it went, and they didn’t stay in their positions. John tried to explain to them how the game works but that just made them angrier.

The next Saturday there were twice as many of the Other Kids. John told his friend that it was ok because they each had their own teams, so the Other Kids just had to pick a team from among themselves and the rest had to watch. But Simon said that because his friends weren’t as good as John and his friends, they should have a bigger team. John said that was against the rules, and Simon said the rules were not fair, because one team always won.

John was frustrated but said that if the Other Kids tried hard they would soon get better and maybe be as good as the kids who built the field. Simon talked to his friends about this but he said they were too impatient and wanted to have more players on their team instead. John said that in that case they would never learn but Simon said that there were more of them so their rules were more important.

John said that they had built the field, and bought the goals and the ball so their rules were more important. But he agreed to let Simon’s team have three more players. Simon agreed.

But John’s team still won, and more and more of the Other Kids came onto the field to play. They said they should pick both teams, and then they hardly ever picked any of the kids who built the field, because they were jealous of them.

Soon, it was no fun for anyone and John’s friends had had enough. They walked up to him and told him he could stay if he wanted to, but they were going home to play Playstation because soccer wasn’t fun anymore, because the Other Kids didn’t like the rules and kept changing their minds about what was fair, and hardly ever let them play even though they built the field and work so hard on it. So they left.

And that is how the Other Kids got their own soccer field. However, soon the field fell into ruin because of the large numbers of kids playing on it. Nobody filled in the holes or replanted the grass. The goal posts were broken and nobody fixed them. After a few weeks, nobody could play on the field at all.

13 Opinion(s):

FishEagle said...

Thanks Viking :)

Doberman said...

Nice, sad but true.

Anonymous said...

The following inividuals are OK with the Genocide of the Boer Nation (White African)!:
(these are the true Holocaust Denialists)
Melissa Steyn (University of Cape Town)Martin Hall (University of Salford)Max Price (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town)Jonathan Jansen (Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State)Thandi Sidzumo-Mazibuko (Acting Vice Principal:UNISA)
Crain Soudien (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town)Adam Habib (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Johannesburg)Arnold van Zyl (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Stellenbosch)Gordon n. Zide (Deputy Vice-chancellor, Vaal University of Technology)Cheryl Potgieter (University of KwaZulu Natal)
Judy Favish (UCT)
Nazeema Mohamed (Transformation and Employment Equity
University of the Witwatersrand)
Norman Duncan (School of Human and Community Development,
University of the Witwatersrand)
Jerome-Alexander Van Wyk (Employment Equity and the Promotion of Diversity Stellenbosch University)
Ruby-Ann Levendal (Organizational Transformation and Equity, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Samuel Henkeman (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Therese Fish (Stellenbosch University)Gerhard Lubbe (Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch)
Dorrian Aiken (Procorp)
Kopana Ratele (University of South Africa)Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Dept of Psychology, University of Cape Town)Mokubung.Nkomo (University of Pretoria)
Kurt April (School of Business, University of Cape Town; Ashridge Business School (UK); University of Oxford (UK))Thandi Lewin
Salma Ismael (Academic Staff Development, UCT)Thandi Buso (University of Witwatersrand)Christi van der Westhuizen (Independent Journalist)
Deborah Posel (Sociology, University of Witwatersrand)
Donald Foster (Psychology, University of Cape Town)
Tammy Shefer (Women's Studies, University of Western Cape)
Moonira Khan (Student Affairs, University of Cape Town)
Brenda Leibowitz (Stellenbosch University)Ronelle Carolissen (Psychology, University of Stellenbosch )Faadiel Essop (Physiological Sciences, University of Stellenbosch)
Swartz, Leslie (University of Stellenboch)Dirk C. Klopper (English, Stellenbosch University)
David Theo Goldberg (University of California Irvine, USA)
Philomena Essed (Antioch University, USA)Meg Samuelson (English Department, Stellenbosch University)Rob Gaylard (English Department, Stellenbosch University)Ingrid Tufvesson (Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town)Ralph Goodman (Department of English, University of Stellenbosch)Gafsa Datay (Transformation Office, University of Cape Town)Ronelle Carolissen (Psychology, University of Stellenbosch)Melanie Steyn (National University of Suncheon, South Korea)Keith Benjamin (University of Cape Town)
Tracy Gutuza (Commercial Law, University of Cape Town)
Wendy Orr (Resolve Workplace Solutions)Garth Stevens (Psychology, University of Witwatersrand)Abu Adams (University of Cape Town)
Mary Hilton (University of Cape Town)Daniel Roux (Department of English, University of Stellenbosch)Doria Daniels (Educational Psychology, Stellenbosch University)
Vicki Heard (Office of the Registrar, University of Cape Town)
Charles J Nicholas (Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town)Roshan Ebrahim (University of Cape Town)Fahmza Jaffar (University of Cape Town)
Carmelita Raizenberg (University of Cape Town)Edwina Goliath (Student Affairs, University of Cape Town)Sonwabo Ngcelwane (Department of Institutional Planning, University of Cape Town)
Frans Mamabolo (University of Cape Town)Waheeda Amien (Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town)
David Cooper (Sociology, University of Cape Town)
Edwina Goliath (Student Development, University of Cape Town)Linda Vranas (University of Cape Town)Mikki van Zyl (Independent Scholar)
Gillian Finchilescu (Psychology Department, University of the Witwatersrand)Vasu Reddy (HSRC of SA in my private capacity) TBC

Anonymous said...

Reg September (Private Capacity)
Siyanda Ndlovu (Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal).
Kirsten Meyer (Wits School of Arts)
Warren Nebe (Wits School of Arts)
Relebohile Moletsane (HSRC)
Judith Head (Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town)
SP Chowdhury (University of Cape Town)Pumla Dineo Gqola (School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand)
Royston Pillay (Office of Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town)Beverley Thaver (Higher Education Studies Programme, University of Western Cape)
Zimitri Erasmus (Sociology, University of Cape Town)
Danai Mupotsa (University of KwaZulu Natal)Gerard Bester (Wits School of Arts)Kathryn Pillay (University of KwaZulu Natal)
Danya Davis (University of Cape Town)Mills Soko (Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town)Rejane Williams (Private Consultant, embrace)
Jill Bradbury (School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal)Imraan Valodia (School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal)Eric Worby (School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand)
Dr Keith Ferguson (CSIR, Meraka Institute)Zena Richards (University of Witswatersrand)
Jacques De Wet (Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town)
Claire Kelly (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)
Dominic Wilhelm (threadmediagroup)
Thokozani Xaba (Social Work and Community Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal)Kezia Lewins (University of Witwatersrand)
Pauline Stanford (Communication Research Evaluation Advocacy Training)Sa'diyya Shaikh (Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town)
Francie Lund (Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Grahame Hayes (Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Shane Godfrey (Sociology, University of Cape Town)
Hazel Barnes (Wits School of Arts)
Julian Sonn (Business School, University of Stellenbosch)
Dr Richard Steele (Homeopath and Educator, Durban)
Jude Clark (Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Justine Burns (University of Cape Town)Sean Sivertsen (Office of the Deputy Registrar, University of Cape Town)Murray Steyn (Communication and Marketing Department, University of Cape Town)Khairoonisa Foflonker (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)Ashly Dorkin (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)
Emma Daitz (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)
Theresa Daniels (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)
Haley McEwen (Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town)
Terri Grant (Management Studies, University of Cape Town)
Jonathan Gunthorp (HEARD, University of KwaZulu Natal)
Ari Sitas (Sociology, University of Cape Town)Francois Botha (Discrimination & Harassment Office, University of Cape Town)
Gladman James (University of Fort Hare)Roshan Galvaan (Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town)
Noor Nieftagodien (History Department, University of the Witwatersrand)Molly Andrews (University of East London, UK)
Kerry Frizelle (Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Mthokozisi Mandondo (Laureus)
Sean Abrahams (Edufilms)
Janet Love (National Director, Legal Resources Centre)
Peter Barron (Wits University)
Jacqueline Barnett (Innovation Support and Technology Transfer, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)Samantha Yeowart (Strathavon)Michael Barry (Arts & Culture, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Cecil Arnolds Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Merle Favis; Kira Erwin (University of KwaZulu Natal)
Julian May (Development Studies, University of KwaZulu Natal)
Neil Roos (University of Pretoria)
Andries Odendaal (Cape Town)
Willem Ellis (International institute for Development and Ethics, Bloemfontein)
Kiepie Jaftha (Chief Director: Community Service, University of the Free State)Penny Foley (Shisaka)James Mclaren
Dr. J. Francois Strydom (Student Development and Success, University of the Free State)
Luthando Phillip Jack (Chief Risk Officer & Transformation Manager, Walter Sisulu University)
Catherine Collingwood (Social Development Consultant)
Hugo Canham (University of the Witwatersrand)

WHITEADDER said...

Sounds to mild. In realty the
" others " would have stolen the ball and the goalposts as well as stabbed some of the creators of the field , crapped at the penalty spotas well as got pissed in the process and raped some young spectators of both sexes. Thereafter they would ask the liberal West for donations - after all it's not their fault that everything was phucked . Funny thing is , they most likely would get some.

Vanilla Ice said...

@Anon. Thanks very much for the "academics" names. I will call it the name and shame list. I don't see any of the prominent researchers that I am familiar with, thankfully. Moreover, you will notice many are either non-white or foreign. This hardly qualifies them to comment, which is surprising since you would think an academic knows this. It seems many "vote" along racial lines, despite their educations.

Vanilla Ice said...

I will endeavour to post the list of academics, together with their qualifications and email addresses. I call on all alumni of the various institutions to register their dismay/disgust/disappointment with their respective alma maters, or diretcly with the academics concerned.

FishEagle said...

Sorry, did I miss something? Anon, where did the list of names come from? What did you mean they were "OK with the Genocide of the Boer Nation"?

Vanilla Ice said...

@FE. The list relates to the Huntley saga. There was a list of academics that has endorsed the Canadian view, that Huntley's claims should be rejected, and his status overturned.

FishEagle said...

Thanks VI. Makes the blood boil.

Anonymous said...

Listed denialists: so stupid they can't recognize a lifebuoy when drowning. Good on Brandon Huntley, braver than all of them.

Anonymous said...

Shame on University of KZN. It just lost my support as a 1970s alumnus.

Anonymous said...

Yes, apologies guys. I failed to mention that these are all the signatories to the "Letter to Canada" (from a group of Academics) which denies Huntley's claims!
Thanks Vanilla, and yes, I did notice that many were NOT "white" and wondered about their right to express an opinion of life in SA as a "white" man!

Anon 9:44