Stay in the Water
Durban, South Africa
This marks the 20th year since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. People of native origin fought long and hard to achieve their freedom as recent history tells. Despite the policy and administrative adjustments, things are far from perfect. Now you have minorities complaining about favoritism. Job opportunities are preferentially partial. And it goes on and on.
But lets not be naive. Nothing’s ever going to be a bowl of roses. We are living in the material world, so, let's not whine so much. Let's not blame everyone else for our own discomforts. You put yourself in the spot where you are now. Such is the nature of karma. So swallow it and get on with life. Life isn’t always fair, okay?
Maybe you don't belong here in the first place? Is that fair? Is that a fair question?
Today we spent hours on preparing dramas for the upcoming weekend Festival of Chariots. Walking took a back seat. To address this “other worldly” issue I found it great in the script writing by local stand up comedian, K.C., we call him, when the Sangoma, a Zulu shaman, who directs the troubled under dogged victim out of his misery. The story plays up on the analogy that we are all fish out of water.
Little Fish is the actual name of the victim and he addresses the Sangoma, “I need help. I don't know what to do anymore. I need someone to take my problems away.” The Sangoma spews out sounds like only a wizard can do as he throws the bones and reads the message.
“The bones don't lie. You were in a good place, a really good place, a long time ago! Hmm, hmmm, then you got greedy. You left that place. You left that lovely place, to come here! But my friend, you’re never going to be happy over here, this place is not for you. You are never going to be happy here, unless you go back to your home. This place is not for you... you are like a fish out of water.”
The message has merit. It gives us something to aspire towards.
May the Source be with you!