Michael Fridjhon oor Suid-Afrika
Kyk, ek is geen aanhanger van wynkonsultant en-beoordelaar, Michael Fridjhon, nie. Die redes daarvoor is nie nou hier ter sprake nie. Maar ek herken en erken wyse woorde as ek dit lees, al is dit nou van Fridjhon, of enigiemand anders vir wie ek min tyd het. Want sien, ek glo dis belangrik dat mens objektief bly en nie bloot die baba met die badwater uitgooi omdat jy nie van die boodskapper hou nie (ditto Steve Hofmeyr ea). Hier dan, Fridjhon se woorde mbt Suid-Afrika (hoewel ek glo dit beide universeel en individueel van toepassing is). Dit is veral die laaste paragraaf wat tref:
“It’s difficult to imagine a country which courts disaster the way we do, and then steps back from the precipice as that had always been the plan. We moan daily – with no shortage of grounds for complaint – about what goes wrong, but we’re fiercely patriotic the moment an outsider dares to criticise. Our stand-up comics have us falling about with routines which describe our way of life – a few examples will suffice.
You know your proudly South African when: employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are; you produce a R100 note instead of your driver’s licence when stopped by a traffic officer; Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high; you consider the high crime rate as normal.
The interesting feature of this kind of humour is that it depends on its being in some way counter-intuitive. We pretend that crime or corruption is funny – probably to neutralise the sense of exposure and betrayal they invoke. Conversely, we make the things that count in our lives seem unimportant – in order not to be seen to be investing in them. In short, we protect ourselves from disappointment, from ridicule, from belief in ourselves and our future. This way no one can really get to us. No-one can deprive us of what is precious because we make sure we never reveal the true value of anything.”
WINE, April 2011