Are we living as a rainbow nation?

If you follow the headings of recent news articles. I am sure it’s not that big of a surprise that it all sways to a negative, dreadful and saddening topic. The fact that so much misery is overwhelming our country, and the world, leads to the dismissed question of, “Why?”.

Well, since most of these calamitous events are generated by some of our fellow brothers and sisters, we can only accept that this sprouts from our very own decisions. And what strikes this as even worse, is that we’ll be the cause of our very own destruction. 

Raging fires destroying peoples lives, forests which lose their history and existence, highjacking, raping, killing and corruption. The list can go on and on. But besides the fact that misery crawls over the surface of the earth, my need leans more towards how us sufferers deal with it. How we stand together (or should), who we help and support during these times. What we can be to someone else.

The title, “rainbow nation”, which us South Africans are so familiar which, only carries significance if we live like it. We all match a beautiful colour according to our differences, and together we form a mark imprinted in the sky. A beautiful sign which indicates the end of a threatening storm, the grouping of differences creating a collision of a nation living in harmony. 

What do you want for your children? Do you want them to live in a world where to take someone’s life is accepted? Where looking down on a fellow brother is cool? Calling him names and insulting his existence. Would you like it if your little girl get’s turned down for a manager’s position only because she’s a women? How can someone wish for a future like that? 

Dear grown South African adults, parents, elderly and those in charge. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU! It’s not about what you want and what you have, it’s not about your neighbour or the group of people you hate on. It’s not about your salary and the people you share your town with. It’s not about HISTORY! 


What will your children need? How is the world adapting and forming so that they can have a good, safe and healthy life! Are you seriously only concerned about your own little problems and desires. Open up your eyes and see the suffering others have to go through. You are not the only one who aches for a better life. I know, we all have needs and we all want to survive, but 5 men are stronger that 1 and 20 stronger than 5. We need to work together and manufacture a method on how we can survive together without the need to do unethical things to help ourselves. We need to take responsibility for our own people and draw them into our caring circles. 

Now is the time to stand up and live in an unbreakable support system where empathy and endurance and love is all we give. 

I took this photo a while ago from the top of the Carlton Centre, CBD Johannesburg. And truly, it soothes and breaks my heart at the same time. How wonderful to see the flag of our country rage the inner walls of our concrete jungle. It screams out our pride and our collectiveness. Thinking about every individual roaming the streets down below. We all are 1 in 7.4 billion, that’s a gift already in my opinion. 

Be that 1 in 7.4 billion which will support those in need. Each one of us has something unique to offer. Nobody can take that away from you. 
The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. At 223 metres (732 ft), it has been the tallest office building in Africa since 1973. The Carlton Centre has 50 floors. The building officially opened in 1973 at a total cost of over R88 million.

Some time ago, the rooftop would consist of an high end restaurant overlooking the kneeling city underneath the glorified Carlton Centre building. 

A member who used to love the upperclass restaurant stated that it had this sense of vintage luxury to it. 

“You know, the kind of style and atmosphere you’d see in a movie playing off during the II World War. Sensational music, elegant apparel and a good time where you’d escape from the world below.”


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