Last week, a guy who calls himself Joburger on Facebook started a magnificent thread which brought light and laughter to many people in South Africa. He asked black people to ask white people any question they have ever wanted to know and then he did the same with white people asking black people and everyone asking Indian people, Coloured and Asian people. The thread went on for a few days and it was both hilarious and eye opening. I really learned a lot and have already started to change my behaviour in certain ways.
Then on Sunday Joburger asked people of different races to say what they loved about a particular race. I tell you it was addictive sitting there looking at the love pouring out. People had to put their differences aside and look with eyes of love and focus on what is special about each particular race in our beautiful country. It was heartwarming, educational and love building. Just seeing what other people love about us is eye opening in itself, we often take those things for granted and don’t even realise that people notice it as a positive thing.
What I have to say about it is this…. As South Africans, we have so much potential for a cohesive society. There are always hitches and difficulties in every relationship and the relationship we have now is the New South Africa. Things haven’t turned out as planned for many and our government has disappointed most of us. However, I think that we as South Africans with all our diversity can become united.
I wish that there was no violence in this country, no crime, no poverty. I wish that we could all live together in harmony and be happy. I wish that for the entire world actually. My wishes aren’t going to make it happen though.
Let’s start off small by just loving and accepting the person you see. What I realised from reading the posts is that we have so many misunderstandings between each other. We judge indiscriminately and have tons of stereotypes. I recommend having a look at the thread by Joburger if you have access to Facebook because it is honestly heartwarming. It doesn’t take away the real problems that people are facing in their every day lives but it’s a start to see how much we actually do appreciate each other and how much we are all living together under the same roof.
(p.s. I warn you in advance, if you have a look at Joburger, there is swearing etc. which might offend sensitive readers but the overall thread is one of love and unity).