Thursday, December 5, 2013

Madiba, You Can Go Now!

Tribute to Mandela

Remarkable! You not only existed, you truly lived
Blessed generations to be endowed with peaceful deeds
True greatness is never lost across all times
Through the rough of it all the peace bell still chimed
We walk every day in the shadows of oppression
Weakness of heart you tied down in joyous suppression
They called you Rolihlahla in tribal symbolism
And what a good trouble you brought us in true nationalism
You troubled the trouble to breed precise humility
You broke the back of oppression with crystal simplicity
Our heavy hearts rewind to your remarkable African-ness
All the dark faces have been shown the truest kindness
It’s remarkable the inspiration wasn’t foreign
You twined the mind and heart in a consistent run
We could have picked up guns and spears
But Madiba’s emerged to simplify our fears
We’ve always been trampled on for so much a time
We’ve absorbed immorality and divine crime
But darkness and hatred is what you despised
27 you weathered so simply with no hate inside
Who knew hatred is weakness presented as spite?
You’ve shown that spite and hatred is a weakness desire
Who now talks fondly of your jailors except the stinky mire
Values and virtues the true height and driver of civilizations
If only they become the light for every nation
You’ve shown with remarkable fervor their validity
The African Self is a box full of values quiddity
The ingenious tradition and African-ness unmatched
Generations will smile-in Madiba’s life from scratch
Forgiveness always is what you’ve forever sown
Humility in deeds is what we’ve come to know
Race is only a concept if not an intellectual quest
Madiba, you’re gone but we’re left with a clean path, I guess
Why should we cry when your humility is here?
Why would we mourn when your deeds I hear?
We’ve not built rockets and cars
But Mandela has been ours
You can go now, Madiba!
The life you lived is the way the world should be!

Copyright 2013 Kuirthiy

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.