“Total Power” Inspiration
The Urgent Need… our youth in crisis!
Originally written in July 2017 — Edited in January 2020
“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo
We are sitting on a time bomb and the burning fuse has reached its end.
There is a major challenge facing us in South Africa. It is bigger than the rampant corruption in government, SOE’s and other state-run organizations.
It is more dangerous… far more severe than the rising, raging tide of crime, of poverty, suffering and extreme frustration which the majority of our population is forced to endure.
A quote from The Daily Maverick not so long ago (2017) states: “Reducing poverty is seen as the world’s greatest challenge, and in South Africa it is counted as one of the country’s triple threats, the other two being unemployment and inequality. “
It is worth mentioning that all three factors — poverty, unemployment and inequality — affect our youth more deeply than any other area of our society.
The urgent need is our youth in crisis. Severe Crisis!
We, the older generation are hugely to blame for that crisis. Here, to-day, in 2017, the result of our actions, or rather, our IN-action has finally caught-up with us.
Because of us, they sadly came into life in a country crippled by corruption, run by a government which appears to be incapable and / or unwilling to clean its own house of senior officials are are widely accused of mass corruption.
To-day (2020) those same, inept officials occupy senior posts and make decisions which largely dictate the life of the majority.
But this is not about the crooked government. It is about the ticking time bomb of our youth in crisis. The current problem is exacerbated by the chronic lack of correct Life Skills training for at least two generations of our youth.
This saddles South Africa with a major problem of millions of young minds that have not been awoken to the vast power of creativity that is now being left lying dormant. Add to that the fact that there are not enough opportunities by the proverbial mile, to express their blooming potential and zest for life.They want answers: they deserve answers.
In the prime of life, they find themselves stymied and obstructed by problems that are not of their making. Granted, no one is born into an ideal world, but the cold truth is that so much more could have and should have been done to prepare this world for them and them for this world.
We should have done more in providing opportunities, prospects, breaks, and chances for them to express themselves, to unfold and become what they want to be, to create the life and achieve the success they want.
It took the youth to give the country the wake-up call it needed in 1976, which ultimately led to the ending of apartheid, and for the country to move forward.
It does not need a repetition of the same explosive death, destruction and mindless devastation again, for the country to be given another wake-up call to move forward once more.
But their frustration needs an outlet; an answer must be provided quick-smart or the fertilizer is about to make some serious contact with the fan. And the ‘splashings’ will touch everyone without exception. Again, it does not have to go that way.
We have everything, everything we could ever need to become the benchmark for the rest of the world. Just look at who we were in the Mandela era.
However, potential untapped does not mean much. Frustration without a defusing valve is really not a good situation, for when the top blows there is no control.
We should have done better. Much better. Because of that, we are sitting on a time bomb. The explosion is happening before our eyes at the moment in the form of the rampant and heinous crime rate which seems to continue unabated.
Unless such a solution is produced and implemented to turn the tide of discontent into one of positive progress post haste, events will escalate in severity from here on. The youth of to-day are facing challenges they did not make nor deserve.
With almost 28% of the population unemployed, and of those, no fewer than 3.6 million have given up all hope of ever finding a job.
Of that 3:6 million, over 80% are our youth. They did not create the situation; they pretty much found it as it is. Against that background, is it fair of us to expect them to solve a problem which they did not create? If we do not fix it, what are we leaving them with after we have passed-on?
A programme that addresses and upgrades the mindset is the only solution.
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