Our expert says:
Ahhh, Lynne. You're so right about the loud whining from a small number ( but a few go a long way ) of spoilt toddlers. As "not the CS" implies, unfortunately after being liberated from a cruel and unjust system, we now need to be liberated from the cruelty and injustice within ourselves, inctead of feeling empowered to celebrate the worst within us.
And the Me generation has indeed run rampant --- of cours the most popular websites are those like MySpace which enable people to indulge in the fantasy that everything about themselves, from their beliefs to their bowel movements, must be fascinating to everyone else on earth !
I think one thing that feeds the climate of incivility is the pervasive experience of living within a system that despite fine words on the facade of the building, buried in the Constitution or on the posters, that doesn't care and doesn't listen. Eskom fouls up the electricity supply of a subcontinent for a decade or more, causing misery and loss to millions of South Africans, and none of those responsible will take responsibility or forego their bonuses. Hellkom runs the most expensive and uncaring telephone service possible --- and again, nobody cares that it causes severe problem and risk to so many people. And so on. We now labour under a different form of oppression, and one in which we receive no support or sympathy, and where we feel at least as powerless as ever. Probably more so, because at least during the Liberation struggle we belived that we would ultimately succeed, and in the struggle with negligent and uncaring bureaucracies, nobody seems to expect to win, ever.
And so we switch to little power trips, to trying to feel bigger by making other people look smaller.
( Oh, and John, I'm not sure that the people you're thinking of actually are fit to live with animals --- what did the poor honest animals do to deserve that ? :} An if playing cricket badly causes gloom and unfriendliness, we could be in for a bad few years ahead ! ).
And don't our national problems come from two sources, equally prejudiced ? Those who run down the country without reservation and without recognizing the good, and those who foolishly refuse to criticize anything at all about the coountry, thereby preventing all chance of improvement ?
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