I have just read a fantastic post on Thought Leader by Ismail Lagardien. He talks of allowing ones love for a brand, sport, team, country, person or anything to skew the way you interact with and interpret that brand.
I feel as if his point is an extremely important one. That people cannot and should not ever become complacent about their support for a country, for South Africa in specific. You should never lose focus of the way that things should be, the ideal, the goal of contentment and satisfaction. Your love should not skew your humanism in South Africa. South Africa the brand is not greater than the people who occupy the country.
Here’s a short snippet, but do yourself a favour and read the post:
To be patriotic I may have to place a country, which in most cases was established through violence and bloodshed, before humanity. I may have to say that South Africans are more human than others. I cannot do that. I love South Africa. There are places in the Namaqualand, or the Karoo, where I want my ashes to be scattered. The space between Stellenbosch and Swellendam is probably the most beautiful part of the world. We gave the world Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli and Desmond Tutu, and the wonder of Albertina Sisulu is our best kept secret. We should never have let Gandhi leave, but I accept that history needed him in India.
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