- Atheist: So how do you know Islam is right?
- Me: Because even if I die, and find out there is no heaven, or no God, I could still look back on my life and be happy with the way this religion taught me to live.
in my incredibly limited capacity as an activist and less vociferous member of the travesties of apartheid, i still feel inclined to make it known that i am a patron of human rights.
while i’ve only recently made any meaningful research into the number of sufferers who all played significant roles in the freedom of south africa, i have had some vague knowledge of the names that particularly stood out, chris hani being one of them.
today marks the anniversary of his assassination, and while usually i wouldn’t endorse celebrations of death, i do feel sometimes a death can mark the cusp of an era, one that deserves recognition.
a man of integrity and drive, and with a kind face, he was instantly a favourite of mine. he, among others like him, was a driving force behind all the talk of democracy.
a niggling theme in my recent life has been actions vs. thoughts - what brings about the elementary change that seems so basic (sometimes too basic) instead of the idea of change. and i realise that the people i am drawn to have some evolutionary factor that takes the simple act of DOING into cognizance.
this is not to say i disregard the thinkers, i am a thinker, but being an activator of the thoughts is less practiced (albeit equally important).
as a silent observer of all this doing, i’m becoming more and more ready to stretch ideas into tangible game plans and thoughts into actions, because things don’t change if you don’t.
here is a very nice vector drawing of chris hani, because it is what he would have wanted.
discomfort is an optimal breeding ground for passionate creativity, and medium for existential perspective, and the paradox is that you can only really have the drive for it once you’ve gotten to the end.
the trick is to envision the end, and then be relentless and theatrical and absolutely ludicrous in the pursuit of your hypothetical finish line.