I’ve had some thoughts buzzing around for a while, not quite coalescing into a cohesive whole. South Africa has recently made headlines for the wrong reasons, firstly with the rape and murder of Anene Booysen and secondly with the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our country’s culture, and it seems to me that we are a country where bullying is normal. And it makes sense, we a culture where we are supposed to be okay with being “teased”. For me the essence of bullying is dehumanizing another person…the bully sees the bullied as someone less than them, an object worthy of their disdain.
Unfortunately, I think we as a country think deeply in terms of otherness, if someone is other it is the first step to treating them as less than we would like to be treated. This is complicated by our diversity, and the fact that in essence, apartheid was government sponsored bullying…bullying on a huge scale in every manner possible.
As a country, we could definitely do with being more compassionate, with treating each other with respect.
Love and ramblings,