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THE REASONABLE MAN...

elvis | 01 April, 2008 13:42

since this year started i have been haunted by this idea of being reasonable,and i kept on asking myself whther i was beign reasonable by forsaking all the norms and values of my clan and proclaiming christ.because my clan believes that when we die we are to cross over to the world of our ancetoral spirituality and everytime a memmber of our clan passes away one is bound to hear the words 'he has answered the call and crossed the river...to dwell with the ancestors' on the other hand when i attend a burrial of a brethren it is said...'he is now going to rest and await the ressurection in paradise' so what does a reasonable man do in such a case?    

Dubula ,dubula dubula...

elvis | 14 April, 2008 15:13

deputy minister Shabangu offloaded a message ealier this week ordering the S.A.P.S to ignore warning and shoot on the spot when it comes to criminals. well not everybody seems to agree with her some even argued that she should be fired for saying that on national TV. either way this just proves that south african government embraces criminals more like they should shoot and no be shot at. they say police should start by warning them by shooting the air but the latters principle is go for broke i mean criminals shoot no air they shoot to kill.but of course they are also people and we are south africans we hold second chance as a principle.

personally speaking i see nothing wrong with what the deputy minister said considering the crime rate in this country i'm amazed as to why peolpe are angry with her. i think it's high time we figth fire with fire as they they say 'an eye for an eye' and we rather have a blind society than a dangerous one. but then again this is just my point of view and i doubt if it will make any differance but nonetheless i support her all the way...             

My Name...

elvis | 07 May, 2008 15:28

My name is Elvis… yes but what is your real name this is kind of response whenever I mention my name to someone else especial those of my race. Of course I’m a Xhosa speaking guy and I guess you can say I’m a Xhosa. But is not the name supposed to give some kind of identity about the one who possesses it. Maybe that’s what they mean by ‘real’ name, but Elvis is my real name. Furthermore I did not name myself someone decided to call me that and that is what I’ve grown to leave by.    But what does this really have to do with identity. Because to some a name is just like the label on the beer they drink its only purpose is to differentiate that beer amongst other beers. Can this then be said about people and their names? Let’s examine Mandela’s name as an example his name is ‘Rholihlahla’ which means by a random definition ‘pulling the bush’. Surely there’s more to this name than just a mere method of differentiation. The fact that most western people can’t pronounce itis enough reason to conclude that he is not from their region or world. So a name to the human beings is more than a tag it is used as a way of giving definition of about a person and his background or even the era on which he came to be on. What I mean by era is that the way people used to name children in the 18th century is different from the way they are named in our era

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

elvis | 12 May, 2008 15:40

The bible says that God created men in His image. If this is true, then why are we so much racially discriminated?  Literally speaking it is clear to everyone that we as a people are not the same. We differ in many ways and race or skin colour is one of them. Plus the analogy of us being descendents of one being is not that convincing considering the fact that we’re so diverse. Perhaps God is of different colour and we are his products, and maybe he wanted us to embrace our difference for if we were of one colour the word would be dull. Let’s then allow this to stand for the sake of this paper and assume that God is of different colour. But still the question remains unanswered.

   Maybe the right way of dealing with such a question is to pay attention as to who is discriminating and why. In South Africa it is quite simply: there existed a group of people who discriminated people according to their skin colour holding the belief that one race are intellectually superior to the other. But that group is gone now… but still racism is present in the society. Going back to the notion of a colourful God, it is evident that if He be so, then He is not the cause of racism. Therefore the reason for racism is the people who cannot recognise the purpose behind the diversity of people. I for one believe that the reason we are so different in colour is to celebrate the beauty created by coloured especially when they are combined to form one picture. This is what the archbishop Desmond Tutu called the rainbow nation, and it’s no surprise that a man of God should come with such a term. Considering the fact that God is God of colour.

look what they've done to us!!

elvis | 13 May, 2008 12:10

This is my grandfather’s cry.He lives in Steynsburg a small town in the Eastern cape. He claims that in his time things were different. He always refers to the ‘others’ and how ‘they’ changed their ways. My duty with this piece is to find exactly who the ‘they’ refers to and maybe you can also join me in this journey. Firstly, grandfather claims that they demolished their ways and said that they were stupid. They were told that slaughtering a cow in one’s backdoor is evil, brutal and abominable to nature. The right way was to take it to the slaughter house and there it would get shot and at least die a decent death. But grandfather argued that the main purpose of the slaughtering was to obtain blood and offer it to the ancestors as a sacrificial offering. This was regarding as the most dreadful deed and as for the ancestors it was said that such things were evil or did not even exist. He says he tried to explain these things but they would not listen for everything he held as valuable they though to be an abomination. So, he tied to join their ways but they told him to rid himself of these things and they said his dress code was clumsy and foolish. Therefore there was no way he could be one of them. So he left town and went to the city, but he could not last even a week there. For as it was according to his ways he was supposed to inform his ancestors that he now leaving in a different area and to do this he had to make beer and communicate with them using it as a sacrifice. But even here he was told that he can’t make fire for it was polluting the environment when he tried to argue they said if he persisted they would have him arrested. So he went to a nearby bottle store hoping to find something to make amendments with to his ancestors but he was told that the law doesn’t allow people like him to buy alcohol.  So, today he look’s at me and say ‘You see what they’ve done to us.’ And I reply that, that is what they did to you not to me. Then he told me that I would never understand. Just like I told Shathley when he asked why I had to cut my finger.                                 

FEAR OF THE STRANGER....

elvis | 13 May, 2008 14:59

Is South Africa part of Africa? I think this is a question that a lot of South African citizens need to answer. This is because South Africans likes to ‘other’ themselves from Africa as a continent. I noticed this with my friends they like to refer to Africa as if it was a different place from us. Say, chiefs are playing the African champions league one is bound to hear comments like ‘chiefs went to play in Africa’ and the person saying this is at that moment situated in South Africa. The most harmful one is the foreigner issue. I noticed that in this country you are only regarded as a foreigner only if you’re black. If you’re white then it’s most likely that you’re a tourist. And this is the mentality that operates in the South African townships. I mentioned the townships due to the fact that most violent xenophobic acts take place in such areas. Today on my way to school I was shocked when a woman the age of my mother was entertaining what happened in Alexander-(last night news late edition)     She said that we should do the same here in Cape Town. For she claims that they are taking our jobs and one of her colleagues supported her blaming the current inflation on the foreigners. I think South Africans should come to terms with the fact that as much as we were born in this country we are not necessarily owners of it. Furthermore we are in the same continent surely we don’t expect these guys to go to Europe.  Plus this lame excuse that these guys are taking jobs is out of contexts. Because all these guys do is to start businesses in spaces where South Africans use as chilling place. And the last time I checked starting a business means creating opportunities not taking peoples jobs but providing people with jobs. Moreover we all found this earth as it is, the only thing we did was to create the borders that divide us and now these borders stand like a sharp sword between us. We now prefer to be called South Africans rather than Africans and this is the very same thing that causes us to be afraid of the stranger.                              

when a man was a men!!!

elvis | 26 May, 2008 14:07

My mother told me this when I was just old enough to reason. she said that when she was about eighteen she was involved in something that changed her life for good. Here is the story… she was on her way to school when out of nowhere a group of about ten men emerged. And grabbed her, carrying her on their shoulders telling her that her school days were over it was about time she got married. She tells me that she did not know any of these guys. Furthermore no at home has mentioned anything about her getting married but as they said it was time for her to get married and in her era what men said was the final word.

      So she tells me that they took her to another area far from home but within the same region. When they arrived there he was the man who was to be my father and her husband she admit that she has seen him before but never thought about marrying him but then again what men thought to be right was therefore right and the women had to obey to it whether she likes it or not. Well I thought this was lame and I went to my grand mother and told about this crime I just heard. But to my surprise she was also the victim of it and so was the women in her generation.

 

But I called them victims they did not feel like victims or maybe my mother did but as for my great grand ma and my grandma it was business as usual they saw nothing wrong with it. Furthermore my grandma argues that in those days they did not even know about the existence of divorce it is only now that, that whole system is referred to as crime that hear of such things. She says that on their days a marriage was only and only separated by death. Then I said maybe that was good given their age and society but now things differ one can’t just carry which ever women one chooses and make his wife without having to face serious legal prosecutions. Plus women no longer play the submissive role they used to I mean now women have more rights than men ever dreamed of.  

      

      Perhaps that could still work in this society. One just have to consider the fact that nowadays very few number of people get married. People just move in together with no parental agreement and when babies come the men claims that they were living together therefore there is no reason for him to pay the required cost for damaging her. For in many African traditions the impregnating of a girl prior marriage is regarded as disgusting shameful and embarrassing. At least in my grandma’s era abominations like this were avoided and the bride price was paid either way. The only issue that could be raised is the women abuse issue. But then again we are democratic now and a man can marry another man and same applies to women. So my grandma can only dream about those days gone by. ( when a man was a man!!!)     

what's happening?

elvis | 23 July, 2008 13:54

Lately this is the kind of question that a person like me is left with. I mean the world is mean and politicians are playing mind games with the working class. The other day I heard Jacob Zuma was in town and since I had nothing to occupy myself with I figured I should go and hear him out. and to my surprise there was a large number of people in attendance. and before i knew it zuma was doing the typical political way of campaigning but what realy had me surprise was the point which he raised telling the people that the government was not doing sufficient work in service delivery...  that is an absalute fact. but the question that i was left with was. Who is the government according to Zuma?... and is it the same person to his audience? plus isn't Zuma part of that body called the government?

then it hit me... this is like one month after the polokwane confrence, this guy is on another mission. he is no longer part of the current government he is more focused on the upcoming one since he might be heading it. plus he was very much aware of the fact that to his audience the government is the current state president. so to have them believe  that he is not doing enough is to have them putting their faith in the upcoming one.but enough of Jay Z and his dirty tricks, le'ts talk zimbamwe on the rest of this paper. well come to think  of it were can one start... nonetheless if i were to right a book on the current issues concerning that country especially the recent election run off. it's title would read something like this ' when good leaders turn cowards'.

i mean the opposing party in the country calls it self a movement for a democtratic change note change. well that is a good and courageous name for a political party especialy given the objective they are faced with. i was very disturbed  when i heard that they were dropping out of the run off. i mean in politics for a change to take place one way or the other blood will fall and lives will be lost. look what happened in kenya but those guys never stoped. need i  question what happened to steve biko or chris hani... and did we stop the answer is NO! come to think of it this is the only kind of hope there was for many residents of that country. and to a person like me throwing the towel wasn't such a good option. ofcourse one may argue that since then things have been better and there are talks initiated between the two parties and that the leaders are working on somekind of agreement. but to my understanding this is all in favour of the very same person they were fighting against. i mean he decided that the should be talks of such nature and he waited until he had captured the country to start with such things. so however you look at it it is still his game and we all now how he plays. and the remaining fact is that these guys has failed their country and their movement for chane was nothing of that kind. we need real african leaders people who will stand for what they believe. people who will cherish their ideals and are will to give their lives for it... not quiters like these guys.                              

              

WHAT IS MAN?

elvis | 26 August, 2008 13:54

 

"Man's inherent nature is to be curious, gentle, intimate, responsible, enthusiastic, sensual, tolerant, courageous, honest, vulnerable, affectionate, proud, spiritual, committed, wild, nurturing, peaceful, helpful, intense, compassionate, happy and to fully and safely express all emotions. When will we stop training him to be otherwise?" - Gordon Clay

The word man in many occasions is used to reinforce gendered stereotypes. Take for instance the vehicle adverts; here we are made to believe that these machines are extremely toys for the, boys so to speak. One example consist of vehicle parked outside of a huge company and this is a newly released vehicle then two guys appear dressed in corporative suites stares at the car very lustful as to suggest that the car is synonymous to a woman. And then one of them exclaims that ‘this guy is the man’ (meaning the owner of the car.) although in this particular advert this world view is challenged by the appearance a woman being the owner of the car. A lot is still left to be desired.

            Furthermore, you get women telling their kids (boys) how to behave like real man meaning they must not cry, they must work in the garden, and they must look out for their sisters. This is also evident in lower grades literature where you always get Tom helping Father fix the car, tap and so forth while Sarah helps Mother in the kitchen. Moreover when a women single handedly runs her house, schools her children and drives an expensive car. She is rendered the man this is most common in the African cultural way of thinking. This is the same way the term employer or boss is associated with the white man.

The objective of this paper was to show that a man is not born. As my culture has it ‘a boy is born but a man: that we shape’… with family, society and most recent media and education. That’s why when a boy says he gay we make him man            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESPECT!!!

elvis | 08 September, 2008 13:04

Never had I in my shot lifespan witnessed and knew any species that lack respect such as the smoking Homo sapiens. In South Africa we have what we call the bill of rights, which serves more like a code of conduct to the citizens of this country. to mention a few of these there's what is called the right to freedom of expression, the right to education and the right to freedom of speech. But what does it all mean? And what does smoking has anything to do with all this...

            Well, freedom of expression can easily be translated as doing whatever makes one feel comfortable, meaning if I feel like wearing shots I can do that without reporting to no one. And if I feel like dancing I’m free to do just that... same applies to smoking as long as one is smoking a legal substance. Applying what I have learned so far in philosophy this sounds very egoistic (egoism). Egoism is a theory which entails that one should always pursuit his or her own interest and not doing so is morally incorrect. Surely this is not a kind of an attitude that a country which claims to value equal rights and justice for all would like to adapt.

            And the argument that smoking is all about freedom of expression becomes not relevant when we consider that the bill of rights also has it that with every constitutional right granted to an individual there is a responsibility. A responsibility is a kind of a way by which the constitution aims to restrain the right practise. This is to say smoking is only cool and constitutionally right as long as no one either than the smoker is harmed by it. Well if this were the case there would be no reason for composing papers such as this one. But since it is not the case and smokers are expressing them selves at the expense of non smokers I really feel that it necessary and sufficient to write such papers and alert smokers that the next time they light a cigarette they should consider the next person.

 

It’s cool to die slowly but just don’t kill other people in the same way and please show respect to you fellow citizen be it in the private or public sphere.          

 

FEMINISM IS NOT 4 BLACK WOMEN!!

elvis | 10 October, 2008 13:35

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Feminism is defined in many ways but one way that is widely accepted is that it is a woman’s liberal movement. Aimed to set them free from male dominance, however not all women are feminist meaning not all women acknowledge male dominance as a problem.

            Take for instance the typical simply African woman. For her there is no problem in managing the house, serving her husband, allowing him to have the final word and being the housewife. For her this natural, this is what makes her marriage work. Frankly speaking this is her duty or destiny for that matter. I mean all her life she has been trained for this and all she ever heard was how to be a good wife and in abiding to this she has fulfilled her role as an African woman.

            How then can such a person be a feminist? I mean for her the ideals of feminism are contradicting with her ethics. To tell her to speak up to her husband or to demand an equal share of authority within the household is to literally change her identity personally and socially. Furthermore it takes away her Africanism or her blackness. Because with feminism comes a whole new identity. All of a sudden the African mother is transformed into a power hungry, independence seeking being which end up doing more harm than good.

            In the sense that it only result into single parents homes, for not all men accept this drastic change with pleasure. All I’m saying with this paper is that although feminism might seem to be working for your post modernised and westernised black woman it brings disaster to the real African woman. Who in managing the house and being obedient to her husband produces children with a high potential to be morally good  leaders.                             

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

elvis | 13 October, 2008 11:14

This is a given factor or at least one that most people render as an everyday matter, that the world as it may is round huge and divided. This is then substantiated by the world map.  And a close analysis of the maps proves that the world is indeed divided. For there are indeed different states and countries even within a country there are borders which form provinces and so forth. So how do guys like Marshall McLuhan come up with terms like “the global village?”

Breaking this term down in a random etymology we can say that the global refer to the world as a whole and the village is a place inhabited by people who share more or less the same way of life. And it is mostly associated with small spaces where one is capable to know everyone living in it. So out of this piece of etymology one is tempted to say that the term global village is in contrast with the view that the world is huge and divided. But is this what McLuhan had in mind when he formulated this thought…?

According to McLuhan the global village consist of transnational communication and whereby time and space is no issue and the borders as it may are just that borders. And this is evident in many ways ranging from communication to economics with America as the mother of it all. Consider just how the fall of the American dollar affects almost every other nation. And again look at how the afro American hip hop culture has been globally transported. And as David Kau would say the Americans create three hour movies and while we are busy watching that they are mcdonalidizing our countries. Hence on many occasions you find us talking about identity crisis and your cultural imperialism.               

I'M AFRAID OF THE CHRISTIAN GOD

elvis | 04 September, 2009 17:44

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I’m SCARED of the CHRISTIAN GOD

I haven’t lost my faith in God neither had I turned to an atheist. I still attend church every Sunday and my mother still pray before we sleep but I am afraid of the Christian God. I’m a philosopher in the true sense of the word this is to say I love wisdom. I read books not just books but good books, books that talk about world, morality and the origin of God. But last night I went to a bible study, a bible study is more like a book club only that you read the bible and you then discuss it. For an example John chapter one verse one says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Now in the bible study what you would do is to discuss such a verse get what it means and also what it doesn’t mean.

 

But that is not the reason I’m sitting in front of this computer on the Friday that marks the beginning of my vac. I’m sitting here because yesterday I was told that no matter how good my mother seemed to be, no matter how many times she prays, no matter how charities she gives to, no matter how many refuges she give shelter to, if she hasn’t accepted Jesus as her personal savoir she is going to burn in hell along with that guy who short the shop owner in our street and the one who killed my father and possibly with Mr Robert Mugabe. The guy in the bible study told me that at judgement day the will only be two kinds of people. In fact he said we shall be separated in to sheep and goats. The goats will go to hell he said and the sheep the other way.

 

I don’t know about you my brother/sister but for me this is scary. I have never been to heaven and neither had I met someone who’s been there and the same applies to hell. But I have been told that hell is an everlasting fire and heaven is an everlasting life. So if tomorrow was to be judgement day, and the judgement would all those who had not accepted Jesus goes to then my mom, that very good woman would go to hell because she was good but failed to accept Jesus. And being evil as I am would go straight to heaven simply because I have accepted Jesus. I am afraid of the Christian God.                           

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