Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


I usually stay away from writing or commenting on politics or religion because to do so would just open a can of worms I don’t want to deal with. Also, this might not be the proper forum for it. However, as I sit here trying to start my work day, my heart and mind are uneasy, restless, troubled.

My beloved country is in turmoil. We have issues that range from non delivery of service, crime and corruption to billions spent on trains we can’t use. Everything is bleak and South Africans, by no small measure, are understandably scathing of government and have no faith in our country’s future.

Social media is littered with posts about how South Africa is on her deathbed, gasping and pulling at straws to hold on to some semblance of life. Even influential men and women, economists, politicians, religious and cultural leaders have jumped on the bandwagon, awaiting the final breath of a nation. I dare say that some even long for it, even if it is just to prove that they were right. Negativity is the order of the day and anybody trying to be positive is shot down and called delusional for even hoping for the future.

But, here’s the thing…WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?

Do we just give up and slink away to our caverns of despair, self-pity, woefulness, anger and indifference? Do we let our differences and opinions become greater than the building of a nation? Do we let everything that is going wrong, everything negative, everything corrupt rob us of a future that could see us emerge as one of the greatest nations in the world?


…do we rage against the the dying of the light? Do we stand at the battle lines, face the enemy and declare YOU SHALL NOT PASS?!!! Do we rise up so that evil may NOT prosper? Do we, like Winston Churchill, in one of the greatest wars the world has seen, muster up all courage and resolve and in no uncertain terms tell ourselves, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy?”

Will this generation be the generation that lets it all fall to pieces? Will this generation be the generation that gives up? Will we be the generation that loses our country?


…will our descendants look back and declare that we were the greatest generation our nation has produced? Will they speak of us with pride and honour? Will they be grateful that we were here because of how their lives turned out? Will they emulate our lives and be the people they were destined for?

For every negative story let us put out 10 positive ones. For every lie that is told, flood the airwaves with truth. For every corrupt person, promote and brag about the ones who are honest. Do this, not so that the bad can be forgotten or trivialised, but so that the bad doesn’t become the order of the day. So that fear doesn’t dictate how we live. So that good eventually takes over.

Let us not go gentle into that good night. Let us stand and rage against the dying of the light. Let us not allow our bleak present to determine our future. Let history speak of us as the ones who changed it all, the ones who made South Africa the light to all of Africa, and I dare say, to the world.

South Africans, it’s in our hands..what will we do about it?


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