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Jun 21
2011

But it's my culture

Posted by flytrap in unity , separation , malema , madiba , culture

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Driving the staff, and being part of some interesting conversations, I often hear the words "It is my culture". This always gets me going.  As I point out to the girls,my father is British and so my culture includes Empire building and shooting black people that disagree with me.They usually get the joke. The most usual application of the idea is in an anthropological sense which wiki tells me, has two meanings namely; (1) the evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols, and to act imaginatively and creatively; and (2) the distinct ways that people living in different parts of the world classified and represented their experiences, and acted creatively.

So anthropologically,"culture" is seen as a dynamic adaption that allows creative development of identity and the development of strategies to manipulate our experience and thus our environment. This is a big contrast to the popular usage in our country which implies the opposite, an often inflexible adherence to practices and beliefs that reinforce the worse stereotypes of difference and separation between different peoples. Think Madiba vs Malema. One is a true Xhosa who reveres his traditional beliefs while understanding that to develop there must be a creative blending of all our people, the other who is not sure where he belongs, who calls on what he believes to be his "culture", to create separation and discord, so that he can have power and so promote his enjoyment of Sushi and Johnny Walker. ????

Now I'm really confused. There was a guy called Hendrik Verwoerd. He died long ago. I could swear he has been reincarnated as JM.



Jun 14
2011

More questions than answers

Posted by flytrap in shopping , questions , answers

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Johnny Nash once sang "There are more questions than answers. And the more I find out the less I know". I find myself humming that song often.

Jun 07
2011

Computer games and good governance

Posted by flytrap in simcity , Government , Games , computer

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One of the jobs I do to stay alive in the seasonal seaside village that is my home is to drive staff for a local Homecare company. This happens every morning and evening at 6:30 and involves a certain amount of creative obstacle avoidance as I navigate the township to find "my girls". I always say children, chickens, dogs and drunks and, of course, potholes.

May 23
2011

Democracy is not (just) about casting a vote.

Posted by flytrap in voting , politics , Government , Democracy

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I managed to keep from commenting on the elections by virtue of the fact that my computer went bang and I have a bad 'flu. The discussions in the vehicle at night post-election make it hard to stay quiet. The discussions can get heated, but I encourage the girls (the caregivers I drive to their shifts) to exercise their Democratic right to express their opinions and to think their way through the politics to see the truth.

May 13
2011

Ice cream for 419-Scammers

Posted by flytrap in scambaiting , scambaiter , phishing , 419scam

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Ok, so the heading is just to get you to read.  Unfortunately, the Surprise Lottery Win, the box of money needing to be moved and the deceased relative of the poor orphan are all still alive and well. Even so, 419scammers are getting their just desserts.

May 12
2011

Fear of evaluation - election time

Posted by flytrap in Untagged 

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I don't know about you, but I loved the learning part or 'varsity and hated the exams part. I managed 9 years of studies and never lost the feeling of terror when my lecturers insisted on checking that I had actually learnt something.

May 11
2011

Letter to the Pres. revisited

Posted by flytrap in Untagged 

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Dear Mr. President Zuma
After some deep conversations with some of the makwerri and mzanzi over at the taxi rank, I would like to make the following suggestion.
Let's annex Zimbabwe!
We can make Zim into a 10th province.
Though the massive indebteness of Zim and it's terrible currency are reason that can be cited against the idea, I don't think this will be a problem.

Jul 17
2009

Driving crazy

Posted by flytrap in Untagged 

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3 hours of my day are spent working as a staff driver, collecting and dropping nurses and caregivers for an agency. Tonight was one of those nights where the motoring public of my town were out to get me.

It started when some SAP character with lights flashing drifted into my lane across a solid white line in a corner. Not sure why, since he/she/it had two lanes on their own side, neither terribly busy. If you can't drive at speed in a corner boet ... then don't. I went left towards the curb, and it was a close thing.

From there it was all downhill.

On my way to my first pickup, I got stuck behind a typical township driver doing 20km/h. One of my Xhosa friends tells me this is either learner drivers or a oke driving slow so everyone (girls!) can see him. This individual decided to stop suddenly and THEN put his hazards on. No, there was no pulling over, even though there was space. He just STOPPED! Thank God I keep a following distance. The guy behind me wasn't, but at least he was paying attention.


Jul 14
2009

Meander into Globalization

Posted by flytrap in Untagged 

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Something that always irritates me is the idea that economic systems, political systems and social systems linked to one another. Thus Democracy, Capitalism (or the idea of a free market) amd Western culture are seen as linked. Even more irritating is when religion and culture get linked. All Arabs are Moslem, all Eurpeans are Christian and Jesus Christ is a white man!

We create stereotypes because it help us to make certain assumptions therby shorting out a whole complicated reasoning process. Probelm is, we mis-assign sterotypes to situations or ideas where we really SHOULD amp up the mental watts.


Jul 13
2009

Not BEE ... overcoming poverty

Posted by flytrap in Untagged 

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus delivered the 2009 Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg on Saturday. The Prof. is the founder of the Grameen Bank, whicj is a m icro-lender to the poor. The Prof. is a proponent of the idea of "Social Business". These are businesses where the objective is to overcome poverty, or one or more problems, not profits. Any profit made getes put back into the bussiness for further development, not paid as dividends.

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