Mandela remains a legend, a hero, for millions of freedom loving people around the world. I bet his popularity in the “white” world shadows all other colored worlds. It is always with reverence that this man is remembered by all people of all shades. Mandela’s God gifted abilities were many, but the one that stands out for me is the one on communication. Dictators somehow seem also to be eloquent Orators but its that special gift of touching peoples’ hearts that separates an ordinary leader from a Superhero. I think Mandela belonged not to the first category.
He could reach out to people with simple words. I meant that in the most literal sense. He chose the most simple English words, used simple sentences and did not make long nested sentences. Very different a style taught in my English class.
I wanted to use Mandela to reach out to you for another agenda. Our education system as you know is being transformed regularly. Its as if the entire education system is being redesigned to produce at the end of 12 years compliant workers to feed the ever growing balloon economy of the Corporate world. Do you ever get a sense of the feeling that somehow our lives revolve mostly around our jobs, or businesses, and we have just few precious hours for ourselves (or our families). I feel like that quite often. The long commutes, long working hours, more business targets, pressure on cost reduction, and things like that which you know quite well.
There’s nothing new about these feelings. They’ve been there since the early days of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. We could look back and claim that at least we moved on from sweat shops to decent working conditions in most factories in the developed world. We do have another problem now. Factory owners, lets call them C, would always want to grow the top and bottom lines (revenues and profits). Since C had to increase the cost of maintaining environmentally compliant factories in the West, so he moved his manufacturing base to poor countries of the East where working for a dollar a day in some of the worst possible working conditions in the world was a dream job and it meant his very survival along with his family. This sad but true reality created the situation which turned the East into the world’s manufacturing continent and the Western Cs as the ultimate beneficiaries of the “system” built on the exploitation of the poor man’s labor.
People in the East, sorry guys no hard feelings, have another C to deal with, especially when it comes to managing the regulators and law enforcers. This other C retains the number one position in the top reasons for the East to remain a basket case. All the hard work of the poor factory workers get stolen by the few elite sitting at the top of the food chain. Ever higher taxes and VAT/GST continue to ensure that a heavy weight greater than carrying capacity forces workers to remain bowed to the unfair system.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. If taxes are not enough, no problem, the corrupt system switches on the “Inflation” button and this weapon is a sure shot when it comes to making common hard working tax paying citizens poorer.
You are right, this is quite sad, but then I want you to see the world without your designer shades, please. Its a cruel, nasty, merciless world for majority of the poor population. They are made to believe they live in a free, independent sovereign state and country and nothing could be farther from the reality. Workers in the East have been turned into modern day slaves of the Corporate world. Remember the Hebrews under the Pharaoh. Here we are, we are the Hebrews and the government of Pharaoh is upon us. We must work or die. Workers are at the mercy of the C. Citizens are at the mercy of the C system. No way out mate. Or is there really no way out of this dark scenario? BTW, don’t be fooled by that smiling factory pin up boy in an M&S suit boasting of his six figure USD salary. Below him work 7000 poor men and women on dollar a day basis. C’s show him only to ridicule the fact that life is hard over here.
Never despair. Hope is just around the corner. There is light in every dark situation, only if you know how to turn the switch on, thanks Gendalf and Dumbledore. The fact is, since the start of human civilization, I don’t know when, man has struggled against injustice. And guess what, man has always won the fight against the dark forces. Voldermort will loose in the end. We must believe that from the very beginning. What makes our epic battle look interesting are all those events and battles that connect our lives in more than one way. Enter Mandela. One of my favorite Mandela quotes is this: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
This is a borrowed idea, from Islam ofcourse. The Holy Quran’s first word was IQRA – READ, or educate yourself, enlighten yourself, know yourself, and only then can you go ahead and change the world. Well done indeed, for Mandela did change the world with this borrowed idea, and he did well. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela…