Killing it (the earth & the future)

This post was inspired by the recent 'I see a different you' exhibition in JHB (pictures attached). Follow the journey on Twitter @iseedifferent 

This post was inspired by the recent 'I see a different you' exhibition in JHB (pictures attached). Follow the journey on Twitter @iseedifferent 

Your features are African but culturally you're trying to be something else. Your actions and how you live your life tell me that you have made peace with your oppressor - Mosibudi Mangena

To be young is both incredible and a burden. Incredible, because it is the one time in your life when your brain is literally conspiring to make you crave freedom, self identity and inspiring some rebellion. It's a burden because you inherit all the things of the generations that have passed. Screwing up the environment, social injustice and basically just an all around messed up society......thanks a lot past generations.

As young people, we can be present centric, focusing on each present moment and justifying that we played no role in history and therefore should not be enslaved by it. Alternatively, we can be future centric......looking out for future generations and making sure that they, at least, do not have to bear the cross of our mistakes. As Toni Morrison so eloquently put it; "......contrary to what you may have heard or learned, the past is not done and it is not over, it’s still in process, which is another way of saying that when it’s critiqued, analyzed, it yields new information about itself. The past is already changing as it is being reexamined, as it is being listened to for deeper resonances."

Ours is a lost cause, the seeds we plant today will bear fruit whose lush plumpness we shall never feel and whose ripe sweetness we shall never taste.  

We cannot continue to see things the same way & live our lives the same. We cannot continue to be deterred by that which feels icky and uncomfortable. For one day our kids' kids will ask us; "How nice for you that you could avoid discomfort & continue to live your life while destroying my future?"

We cannot continue to be culturally & politically deadened. We cannot continue to merely accept cultural domination because it simply is. As Peter Tosh put it; we need to go back to Africa physically & psychologically. We need to question & plant seeds for future generations.  

That which we try to be (if unnatural) will eventually betray us.

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