Durban, South Africa
Everyone Is Good
After a fabulous meal at the home of a prominent Krishna follower, Kala and I took to some walking. For directions to the festival site one of the attendees explained, “You go left to the second robot, then turn right and go to the next robot. There you will be near the site.”
Now, I was reminded what is meant by the word “robot”. It means “street light”.
Before we departed, however, a dinner guest, giving deliberation on whether it was safe enough to do some promenade in the neighborhood, finally said, “It should be ok.”
We set off walking in this posh area yet each lot with its well manicured grounds had its cameras, hedges, walls, gates and whatever security device possible including, in some cases barbed wire. Welcome to South Africa, where crime is at optimum level. In fact I never fail to hear of stories where there is vandalism, violence and murder.
To offer a balance to this assessment on this place that I come to each year, I would say that everyone I meet, whether it be an Afrikaan, a Zulu, an Indian, black, white or brown, are very human. They are kind, sweet even.
Yes, by nature, everyone is good. Only motives stand in the way.
May the source be with you!