My backyard nursery – The Book
Extract from the book (in the making)
With time, I come to the realization that the disparity between the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor of this world cannot be solved by the current economic, social and political systems that are in place. The advantage of getting on in years lie in the ability to see life for what it is, if you have the will to do so. My journey began in the Free State and the Karoo as part of a typical Afrikaner (white) middle class family in apartheid era South Africa. I often equate the then differences between black and white to the ‘untouchables’ cast peoples of India. Black people were all around but not really part of one’s life, separate yet necessary beings whose sole purpose was to serve the white elite of the day. I was part of this system, influenced by an ingrained view of life that could somehow be justified on religious, political, historical and many other grounds why white people were superior in some strange way to the indigenous black people of Africa. It was never a case of blatant and overt discrimination on a personal level but rather more an awareness of the social realities of the day. The real discrimination was left to the politicians and law makers with most of the white privileged population following an unjust system like sheep. I still wonder at human nature that has the ability to turn the proverbial blind eye when one’s own comfort zone is not directly under threat or encroached upon. I have done some reading on the holocaust specifically with a view of trying to understand how one of the worst genocidal crimes in the history of man could happen under the noses of a whole nation who appeared to find justification in the words of a madman. I don’t think I have the answer or do I deem myself qualified to express an expert opinion, however, what I have learned over the years that loving one’s neighbour is not a natural behavioural human trait but rather the result of one’s environment and wise teachers should one be fortunate enough to encounter such individuals on one’s path.
The euphoria of Mandela’s release in 1994 was not all that long lived and once again ideologies and the dictates of a centuries old monetary system that was (and still is) engineered to favour the mega rich and enslave the residents of planet earth, left the majority of South Africans still struggling to survive. As I am writing this, (October 2014), survey results released by Credit Suisse a week or so ago, confirmed that as much as 71% of the wealth in South Africa is owned by a mere 10% of the population. Not much different to UN revelations that 41% of the world’s wealth is owned by 1% of the world’s inhabitants, mostly the great banking families, who over time almost perfected a system of creating money from nothing as a tool to control humans and their everyday lives. We remain the only species on planet earth that have to pay to live here.
In summary, you don’t have to be the proverbial rocket scientist to see that poor people do not benefit from the economic system as it is at present and there are no tangible solutions on the horizon. Economist jargon such as ‘economic growth’ etc. have no bearing on the realities of everyday people who remain slaves to a monetary system with all its trimmings of greed, self-interest, dog eats dog, dishonesty, corruption, etc. The world does and has the capability of producing enough food for the entire global population and yet 30% of food produced is ‘dumped’ annually because of market reasons. The same principle applies to basic needs of health, education and housing. The saying ‘money talks’ has become a sinister and shameful utterance underscoring human greed and apathy to the needs of others. There has to be another way . . . . . . . . . . .
1st May 2018