All my doing has been trying to inform. You cannot control someone, but you can and you should give them information. What he or she decides to do with this information is none of your business. We are all in information-giving community, and this is the key to solving the problems in our world. We have to communicate with each other, share ideas, read and educate, include those who have less access, we need to act as a global pact in bringing each other in on the latest news and truths.
Now, my family situation is more deeply complicated than I thought, but I will write a brief version of it down to make sense of it all.
Case Study: Rhodesia
Struggles in a struggling land
My mother comes from a village in Zimbabwe and my father a similar background in South Africa. They are both one among many other siblings, at least 7. You imagine how hard the fathers would have to work in order to feed and educate all of the children, as well as possibly support their own siblings or mother and father who may also need some financial assistance in this or that. On top of that, they grew up in the era of the 1960s in South Africa and Zimbabwe. South Africa only became free from the apartheid law in 1994. Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, was a bullied and abandoned nation until this day. To come from such environments, with war all around, lack of food, inflation, no global aid let alone trade affects the smaller communities and families within. On top of that, my family are Ndebele’s and were targets of the Gukurahundi genocide of 1983. And so, with such crazy chaos around, you can imagine the further problems this develops.
The problems of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, began when Ian Smith promoted Robert Mugabe to presidency. The United Kingdom and United Nations set Zimbabwe up for failure. How can you colonize a land, and then leave the land as if you did not touch the land? Giving uneducated and inexperienced people the role of complete take-over without help is like giving a baby the role of CEO. I actually cannot believe that the UK and the United Nations done this, and they have probably the highest contribution played in the downfall of an entire nation, along-side the rest of the world. I remember in my Economics class in A-level, Zimbabwe was the example given for the worst hyper-inflation ever seen in history, yet they fail to give a background and detailed history lesson to explain why. First you ruin a country and have the audacity to teach it as if it was their own fault.
An individual’s conquest for hope
In hopeless situations, people seek God; at least this is what I have noticed. “God save us”, “God bless us”, “God have mercy” … when the powers of evils exist in the form of what one may have witnessed in their lifetime, the idea that a stronger, more powerful power which conquers evil, becomes more relevant and necessary to deal with the struggles. In other words, when someone in dumped in a whole huge mess of a country: war, famine, currency worthlessness, global abandonment, and targeted butchering, what else would one do, but to search for the light at the end of the tunnel?
The people of Yaohnanen, Tanna Island, located in the Pacific Ocean near Australia, worship Prince Charles of the United Kingdom as God. Do you believe that Prince Charles of the United Kingdom is God? If not, then why not? What do you know, that they don’t? Or, is it more likely that they know something that you don’t?
Why is it that most educated nations place less significance on God, but the most religious places will educate their people through the veil of their religion? Why too, are the most internationally renowned educated nations, the most developed nations? And the nations which are struggling or have been struggling for a while have a nation-wide culture, tradition or religious style of thought?
The way this comes about:
- Remote areas have less access to global exchange of information.
- Leaders forcing everyone else to think a certain way by creating an environment which lessens freedoms of expression.
Hence, the sharing of information becomes restricted through a lack of access and through ignorant leadership.
Advantage 1: A healthy environment
As I mentioned in my previous post it takes an investment in time and effort for someone to change. The reason it takes time and effort is because a whole way of life has already been established: it is someone’s whole life, what they know about themselves and the world. To achieve the imagination of a new perspective better environments are needed. If you are in a war-torn place you may need to believe in God just in order to get you through survival of each day. But when you are in lands which have facilitated an environment for you to learn, take the opportunity. Look at the differences between the rich and the poor individually and globally, research the area in which we are told we should not touch and we should allow to let be, notice whether you are also investigation through the eyes of your own religion…
When you are in lands where there is more information accessible, cheap and on demand, where you are allowed to research what you want and opt in or out of religion without the fear of death, then you are in an environment which should not be taken for granted.
The Tragedy of Rhodesia [YouTube Watch]