“How do we change ourselves? How do we change the world around us? What are we to do to make a real difference for ourselves and others? This world seems to be in turmoil, perhaps you are too…
As I am sure you are mostly all aware I live in South Africa. A country (in)famous for a tortured history, a country where arbitrary discrimination was not only acceptable but part of the legal framework. Race, religion, ethnicity, gender and sexuality were all regulated and grounds for institutionalised and legalised discrimination and abuse. The state regulated our lives, told us who we could have sexual intercourse with and who we could not. Who could use which public facilities and even who could purchase certain products (alcohol was heavily regulated and certain racial groups could only purchase certain types of alcohol). Forget about riding at the back of a bus, black people could not ride on the same bus as a white person. The races couldn’t even use the same doorways at public buildings.
Once this ridiculous system was overthrown, we got a new constitutional democracy based on human rights…
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