Welcome to June. Already. Not fair! And because of the crazy of life and country right now, I missed posting last week (not to mention moving). Being that I'm recovering from an operation (last Tuesday), I've had a little time to read between news check ups. I have finished Trevor Noah's
"Born A Crime
" and it feels particularly relevant right now. Reading it is like listening to him talk. Like you're watching his show. He writes the way he talks, and he does both very well.
One thing he wrote that felt appropriate for our times goes something like this. Taking from the adage "Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Trevor added: "But if you don't give him a fishing rod, he can't fish no matter what he knows." He was talking about South Africa, but it resonates here and everywhere in the world where there is inequality. He is saying that educating everyone is good, but that if poor people don't have the same access to good and steady education/home life/tools, etc. as "well off/rich" folks do, it doesn't matter what you teach him if he has no means to use that education. This is where our society breaks down. At this moment in time, I hope we as a nation and a planet can finally move beyond the social structures we have put up with for so long. As a woman I feel this acutely, and I live in one of the better countries of the world for women to live in.
So, this is my post for IWSG June, for the insecurity of our changing (hopefully for the better) world. May a treatment, then vaccine finally be found swiftly for C-19. May people of color be accepted into the world that has barred them/made it difficult to enter with grace and compassion. May our country re-learn what empathy, and compassion, is and put it/them to good use. These are my thoughts half way through 2020.
Peace, health and harmony to you all. (And read Trevor's book!)
No worries about being late!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a powerful book. We do need some compassion and love - too much hate coming from every direction.
Class systems will always be around, but everyone should be given equal opportunity if he/she wants it.ReplyDelete
I need to read his book. Thank you for the reminder.ReplyDelete
Peace and harmony to you, too. Thank you for the book recommendation.ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa - I think I've got his book here ... having lived in South Africa it is a book I need to read. Good to see you here ... take care and all the best - HilaryReplyDelete
He makes a good point. Sounds like a great book. Hope you're on the mend.ReplyDelete
This is one of the books I want to read.ReplyDelete
I hope you're recovering well.
Ah, great book choice.ReplyDelete
Trevor Noah is such a great ambassador for our country.
Hope you are feeling better.ReplyDelete