I had one of those most delicious coffees today with a somebody who I think is fantastic, Charl Johan Lingenfelder, and he filled me with a sense of true, crazy, bubbling inspiration; something I haven’t felt in a while. It was a proper exchange of ideas that left me wishing I could dash into our world and do them all! It was also exciting because we shared thoughts without payoff or payback, we got hysterical about ‘things in common’, and passionate about ‘stuff that counts’.
One of his ideas was a strongly political one, which totally suited my mood, since I have been preoccupied with politics approaching this election. The truth is that I’d love to get involved, but can’t visualise my place, skills, and most importantly political party affiliation. But, it got me thinking about a campaign that I think would be so brilliant, and I want to put it here, and see what kind of response it gets.
I want to choose a date, towards the end of 2012, say, the 25 November. It will be known as “The Cut Off Date”. The day before November 25 2012 will be the last day for blame. It will be the last day for excuses, scapegoating, passing the buck. It will be the last day for racists. It will be the last day for corruption to go unnoticed or unpunished. The day before “The Cut Off Date” will be the last day for taking chances with other people’s lives, the last day for government to blame the past for its lack of delivery, the last day for people to use their colour (whatever it is), gender, age, language, education, sexual orientation, and situation in general as a reason for entitlement of any kind. It will be the last day that anyone elected in any government or civil servant position will not be audited by those who put them in those positions. It will be the last day where treating someone without dignity will be tolerated.
The Cut Off Date will be the first day where people are rewarded for good service. Actions will be replaced by promises, work will happen instead of meetings. No more white or pink or blue papers on how things should be, only how things should be. It will be the first day where not one cent of South African tax money will ever be spent on another commission to prove the guilt of or find the blame for, because we won’t need to. The Cut Off Date will signify a change from telling to listening, handouts to sharing, lectures to conversations. Ok, I know I’m getting soppy, unrealistic and romantic here. But that’s what I want. I want a Cut Off Date.
On that date people will stop waiting and start living.