One of the headlines today was, “are we past caring?” Automatic instinct replied, don’t be ridiculous. Of course not. Until I read the article.
Justice Malala’s column Monday Morning Matters today talks about how we in South Africa have become so used to violence, corruption, gross sexism and crime that we “are not shocked anymore. We have become inured to what is wrong, what is unacceptable.”
I share his view. It is difficult to read the news with the same enthusiasm when the stories are all so devastating and hopeless. I don’t want to think about the horrors of another rape, another corrupt official, another hijacking.
But it is not all bad. Some of us do still care. Some of us still get angry about injustice and the bad things that happen. Some of us can’t bear to see a child in pain and make it our life’s work to change that. Our organisation, Umduduzi – Hospice Care for Children’s job is caring. South Africa is blessed with thousands of NGO’s doing amazing work to build this country; they care.
One such person is a dear friend, Justin Foxton. He has just won the LeadSA Hero of the Year for KZN. If you are looking for inspiration and a feel good story for a change, all you need to do is have a look at their website. www.peaceagency.org.za . The Peace Agency runs projects which promote social justice and cohesion in South Africa. A true South African hero!
As Albert Eistein said, “The world will not be destroyed but those that do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”. Isn’t it time we tried to focus on what we can do?
And not just for 67 minutes once a year…..