Our expert says:
That you ! May we all get a life.
You are totally enitled to get as excited over the SWC as you please. What you are NOT entitled to do is to insist that every other African living here must do exactly the same.
In our democracy, you are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine, and anon is entitled to anon's - and I in no way insist that you must feel about the SWC hype the way I do.
I have no doubt that the crowds who participate can share a most enjoyable igh and sense of well-bring. As this has cost us billions of rands, and the many clinics and schools not built so as to be able to afford this, it's an expensive high, like the use of some illicit drugs. If it gives us nothing else, and we return to our sour moods afterwards, without turning the delight you describe into actual concrete improvements in the life of all out people rather than only a privileged few, then it will have been a shameful waste. If we can collectively harness all the good feeling you describe into real achievements rather than PR puffery, I'll be delighted and among the first to praise this achievement.
I hadn't noticed myself ranting or raving ( I really don't have the energy for that ). And please don't make the mistake of assuming that anyone who disagrees with you, or with the expensive propaganda we have been fed, is somehow automatically ranting and raving.
Some of us, for instance, veterans of the Struggle, find it very distasteful when people declare that the opening of a soccer tournament is as important as when Madiba walked free. I don't know whether Madiba did, or is currently capable of, enthusiastically supporting the SWC - we have not heard from him directly, and what we do hear and see comes from spokespeople and PR folks.
You say the SWC never promised miracles, but so many immense benefits, not far short of miracles, have been declared by politicians and sponsors.
Have you even tried to calculate how many lasting warm beds, and warm meals could have been provided for the price of the costs of this world cup ? We chose ( or rather, those who chose for us did ) the games rather than the beds and meals.
YOu convincingly describe how some poor and deprived folks have learned to feel temporarily happy by blowing the horns and cheering the games. Sadly, that won't improve their situation much in the medium, let alone the long-term - imagine if, instead, they had been provided with needed services including learning how to directly act so as to improve their situation
I salute you for your work with people in need, and wish more folks would follow your example.
During the French Revolution, the soon-to-be executed Queen Marie Antionette was told that the people were rioting because they had no bread, and is said to have responded "Then, let them eat cake !" Apparently the modern version is : "Then let them blow vuvuselas. "
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