"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my friend, is about the end of any nation.”
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931
What is Socialism? Some of you may be asking, well the uncomplicated answer would be the following
1) “A political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles.
So ladies and gents let it never be said that the diaries of a village idiot are not educational
So how was my week what did I get up to??
I trained this week and must say was not the best training I have experienced. I have not assessed their papers yet but from just glancing over the papers late Friday afternoon I have a feeling that a few of the have not made it, which really pee’s me off because as a facilitator you put so much effort into training (well many of us do) and try and guide students with regards what could be coming up in the assessment (short of giving them the questions or the answers) and they still either do not listen or don’t care. When people fail I feel like I have failed because those people that have sat in front of me for 3 days surely must have taken something in and learnt at least something. Contrary to popular belief you dot get found competent and get issued with a certificate for just attending. You do in fact have to put some effort in the process and actually a) listen in class b) do a little homework or revision work.
Not far from where I was training is the ‘informal trading” part of PE, with many PE residents saying you should not walk through there as it’s dangerous. Well over the one lunch time I decided to take a walk and see for myself, I don’t know if its because I lived in Clarens for so long but I never feel out of place or threatened in an area like this, in fact I find the opposite to be true, I enjoy the buzz and the chaos that seems to touch everything, the smells and the colours, I mean where else can you see a dude with a shopping cart filled with bread competing with cars and taxi’s to get across a traffic light, where else can you see a traditional Sangoma shopping at a Dischem, where else can you see people selling pots ,pans, potatoes and lounge suits on the pavement?. This to me is the 3rd world South Africa that also makes the country what it is, some people hate it and feel that its dragging us into the abyss, but I think its part of the countries makeup and I have always believed treat people like would want to be treat you and rarely do you pick up a problem. You also need to be streetwise and keep an eye on your six (behind you) so that you do in fact not become a victim of crime.
This weekend was also Rugby weekend with the EP kings playing the Puma’s at home on Friday night to win a place in next seasons Currie cup, well it was not to be the first round was drawn 36 all but on Friday the Puma’s won 48 – 29 but what a night, the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium was packed to the rafters with EP supporters and the vibe was electric, Vusi one of my colleagues at work has never been to a Rugby game before in his life so he joined Ryan and I at the game. We had awesome seats behind the posts and the “ever shy” Village Idiot managed to start a Mexican wave that went round the entire stadium 4 or 5 times (not something you get to do every day). Ryan and I went by scooter and took us 15 minutes to get home , while some people where stuck in traffic for a couple of hours………….”That’s why we ride scooters”
On Saturday the Sharks played Western Province for the Curie cup and it was a “I don’t really care who wins” game for me but have to say that The Sharks outplayed WP much like WP did to the Cheetahs 2 weeks ago. They played WP at their own game and must say that I like Patrick Lambie and hope that he can do as well in a Green and Gold jersey. Speaking about Green and Gold the team to play Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Barbarians from November the 6th has been announced and must say think is a well balanced squad there are a couple of players that I feel are unlucky not to be picked and we still have a number of regulars out of action that where not considered for the tour with Fourie du Preez to me being the one player we will miss. Its vital we get to beat the Irish in the first game as this will set the tone for the rest of the tour a Grand slam would be nice but to be honest as long as we beat England at Twickenham then I will be happy. I presume many Saffers will be dressing up waving the flag and shouting for the Boks on the tour, at some stadiums it may even feel that they are at home with the amount of Green and Gold that will be on display. So I suppose we need to say thanks to all those Saffers that have made the sacrifice to live in Europe so that they can in fact give the Boks support on this tour.
Tania’s veg garden is really doing well with Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley as well as a number of other vegetables and herbs.
Can’t get used to the amount of accidents that you see as well as traffic lights and stop signs etc that have been mowed down by “Whacko’s behind the wheel.” On Saturday on the way to Ryan’s to watch the Currie Cup final I must have missed an accident by 5 minutes.
Sunday the weather was better than Saturday so Tania, Gabby Stephen and I went to the beach for a picnic, decided to go to Sea view about 15 kms away. Also popped in at Kini Bay (where the poor people live) ad spent a little time there, Gabby Snorkelled a little bit and we saw a Humongous Jelly fish, seriously big.
Well have a great week and don’t for get to shout for the Boks against Ireland next Saturday.