Power to the People 

Greetings Homies
So me, Daniel Sive and a couple of others are submitting a report to the government’s Education Commission, on the economic viability of free higher education and what the government can do to alleviate the situation (*coughs* stop being corrupt and mismanaging state funds *coughs*).

We’re trying to get as much input as we can from all facets of society: students, academics, private sector, government and the media.
While people are out there firing shots about how we haven’t really reconciled the grievances of the past (evident in social, economic and political life), we would like to dedicate time to actually seeing how we can solve this, cause I feel like the government doesn’t seem to be putting in the research effort.

If you would be interested in helping us with research, please drop us a message. Also if you know any business owners and prominent private sector individuals (yes I’m talking about our awesome capitalist-savvy parents) who can contribute to this conversation, please send us contact details so we can arrange interviews and all that.

But anyway, if you think you can help or think you have something to say, help us do the things. If we get as much input as we can on this, the department cannot ignore our suggestions to fix this crisis.
Namaste yo, Happy Wednesday, go forth and flourish on your daily endeavours 🙏🏾

Shot taken at Wits University

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The Quirky Code of Conduct

I just thought I’d make a public declaration of the personal code of ethics I try to live by cause you know…life. So here it goes:

I acknowledge that being a human is complicated, people make mistakes and everyone is a little bit crazy.

Always be empathetic, understanding and open-minded.

I strive to live by intersectional feminism and will try to be vocal about all forms of oppression. For those of you who don’t know:

Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it. The textbook definition states:

QuoteThe view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.”

(Reference: The Telegraph- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10572435/Intersectional-feminism.-What-the-hell-is-it-And-why-you-should-care.html)

Even if someone has a wildly uninformed problematic opinion that opposes my views, I will attempt to understand where the person is coming from (and yes try to change their minds, but ignorant people are quite tricky to crack).

I declare that I am a Spiritual being, I do not specifically prescribe to any religious institution. I believe that all religions are pretty much talking about the same Guy, but just have different interpretations and rituals on how to get there. I call this entity the Supreme Being/The Force/Mother Nature. However, I was raised a Christian and surrounded by the faith at home and school, therefore I will still try to carry some basic principles of just being a decent human. Example: The ten commandments and Love your neighbour like you love yourself.

I would like to try live by the 3 practices of Buddhism:

  1. Sila: Virtue, good conduct, morality. This is based on two fundamental principles:
    bullet The principle of equality: that all living entities are equal.
    bullet The principle of reciprocity: This is the “Golden Rule” in
    Christianity — to do onto others as you would wish them to do
    onto you. It is found in all major religions.
  2. Samadhi: Concentration, meditation, mental development. Developing one’s mind is the path to wisdom which in turn leads to personal freedom. Mental development also strengthens and controls our mind; this helps us maintain good conduct.
  3. Prajna: Discernment, insight, wisdom, enlightenment. This is the real heart of Buddhism. Wisdom will emerge if your mind is pure and calm.

(Source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism1.htm)

I believe in all human rights explicitly stated in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

I understand that change is constant, and adaptability to new situations is the key to personal growth.

Namaste, Om Shanti, may peace and love be with all living beings

Defending The Quirky.

 

 

 

Hibernation Station…with a splash of basic Nihilism.

So it’s taken me about a year and a half to get here but I’ve finally gotten back to the stage where I think my observations about random things that happen in the world are worth broadcasting (typical narcissistic millennial, amirite?).

I’ve just recently returned from an unreal trip in Thailand (if you’re  a real homie, you would have been keeping up with my snaps and instagreez posts) which has given me a new lease on life- you know that “2016, new year new me” stuff- or it could be that I just needed a drastic change from the melancholy that clouded my 2015 (but we won’t go into that now). BUT basically, I learned the art of detachment in my daily life which has helped me to start lifting all the weight my brain constantly puts on my shoulders. Mindful living, meditation, yoga, exercise and just generally just doing your thang and surrounding yourself with awesome peeps will temporarily distract you from the impending black void that will consume you when you die.

So what have I been doing this whole time? Well…

  1. I got a “job”- I popped my little Cape Town bubble, packed up my bags and put on some “big girl” pants for 6 months at a consultancy firm. Meetings, clients, board rooms, you name it. I met some highly intelligent people and learnt a thing or two about how my field of study (International Relations) fits into the real world
  2. All my creative energy went towards my photography, which has brought with a new passion and a whole lot of talented interesting people (Shoutout to the #BreadCrumbsSquad, you the real MVPs. *separate article coming up later*)
  3. I got a cat, again, if you the real homies, you would have watched Mr. Mistoffelees grow up on Snapchat (Instagram account: http://instagram.com/thatcatlyf). Yes I am a crazy cat lady, no, I do not care what you think

 

Kay so you’re probably wondering right now “sigh, what’s the point of this article?”, well it’s a comeback. If Britney could do it from her shaved head days, I can do it from my year-long, crippling writer’s block. It’s not like I’ve been doing nothing the past year. 2015 was a shit storm of epic proportions, in the best way possible. Stuff surrounding racism, classism, feminism and everything social justicey in between flooded my social media feed – (I’m not saying that it wasn’t there before but I mean The Rhodes Must Fall Movement just started a spiral of debates surrounding the real issues in this country. Oh and don’t forget about the Black Lives Matter Movement which gained momentum last year. Institutionalised racism in the education system, the judiciary and the economy is so real YOH!)- with friends debating left right and centre, falling prey to ignorance and being subsequently schooled on the real truths and unfriending people who just couldn’t get a clue (I know it seems petty but I mean why would you want to bring any kind of negativity, prejudice or judgement towards a group of people anywhere near yourself?).

So I’ve been posting some things on Facebook, commenting and debating with people over their statuses and gaining more knowledge and learning something new everyday of the injustices of marginalized and oppressed people and the way the world REALLY works. I’ve been sifting through numerous articles discussing things like intersectional feminism, institutionalised racism, white supremacy and white fragility etc. as well as the fact that all these issues seem to be shielding the emphasis on one of the most oppressive type of “ism”: classism. Oh, you may say that’s rich coming from an economically privileged, educated young person; but it’s this very privilege that I have some kind of voice and means of getting the word out, that our world is in chaos right now and we all need to pick up our socks, listen to each other and find a way to get out of this mess. (By this mess, I’m referring to the degradation of the earth through a disgusting classist capitalist system and the degradation of the human race through the constant perpetration of violence against each other for differences that are all a SOCIAL CONSTRUCT).

However, in the grander scheme of things, our human existence is just a tiny speck in the timeline of this Earth and the time-space continuum, so anything we do is inherently meaningless. So if that’s the case, why can’t everybody just be who they are, live their life the way THEY want to- without judging how they wanna live theirs- spread good vibes and try not to hurt anyone along the way? I know that’s hard cause I mean humans suck so much, but I mean like whyyyyyyy are we fighting wars for greed and pillaging the environment, killing and abusing people for a “free market” system and capitalism? Your entire existence means nothing to what’s out there in the universe, so can people just like, chill out, not want all the money and power, not wanna kill people and terrorise nations, you know just generally not be uncool?!

Anyyyywaayyy…I feel like I’m ready to take on the world -(okay not like all the countries and the entire United States Military, I didn’t mean it in that way, I feel like you have to explain everything these days so that people don’t misconstrue what you say)- with my “overly” political correctness, the arsenal of the English language and the social media realm as my stage.

Namaste yo, I’m outtie.

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Shot taken of #BreadcrumbsSquad member Zeno (https://www.instagram.com/zenography/) at Nan Hua Temple.