Double Standards

I find it deeply disturbing when a country who has the gift of the Mandela legacy denies entry to the Dalai Lama and welcomes with open arms Omar Al- Bashir, the author of genocide in the Sudan, and then helps him to escape international justice by putting itself above its own justice system. Something tragic is happening in South Africa and it’s so sad.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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26 Responses to Double Standards

  1. June Neuhofff says:

    Yes Don! It is so sad. I believe corruption played the role in him getting out of the country. Money is the root of all evil, or so they say.

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  2. I agree, Don. This sort of thing seems to be happening in many places. The overall morality of governments worldwide is at a depressingly low level.

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  3. nrhatch says:

    It seems I only hear negative things about the SA government these days ~ from you, Granny 1947, The Only Cin, Colonialist, etc.

    Sylvia steers clear of its politics.

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  4. Kathy says:

    So easy to despair about things in SA where I live. Can’t speak for other places. I see the double standards, the glaring inequalities, the misery of poverty and I feel helpless and ineffectual in the face of it all. I refuse to see only the negative. There is much that is good here and when I start looking for it I find it. In the day to day encounters between ordinary people – people in queues, busy shoppers etc.are mostly friendly and will exchange bits of conversation even when they have not been introduced. Years ago before the big change someone you did not know would be invisible.People here are also very vocal about expectations – thank heavens for that!

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    • Don says:

      I know what you mean by seeing the good in the every day encounters of ordinary people, Kathy. Unfortunately these kinds of absurd decisions taken at the top have a profound impact on the country’s image, which in turn eventually impacts the ordinary person through lack of investment and economic growth. Somehow the ordinary people don’t escape the absurdities that come from the top. In fact I think they inevitably pay a greater price.

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  5. Kathy says:

    You are right, I know. Just have to try to find ways through and still believe in the hope the legacy gave us. Accepting reality is very difficult.

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  6. Val Boyko says:

    It is so sad Don. We use labels such as “governments” and “politicians”, forgetting that these are individuals who have lost their integrity and inner sense of right and wrong. They have been elected to office and surround themselves with like minded people who want to maintain power.
    I think its been like that ever since politics came into being… the individual loses him or herself.
    It will take a whole wave of something much bigger to bring about integrity and balance again.
    May it not be war.

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  7. Hariod Brawn says:

    Following along the lines set by Val, it seems to me that today’s career politicians have an impressively developed capacity to amplify the ubiquitous human tendency for hypocrisy.


  8. There is nothing worse than some tragic tale of corruption and woe about the US. The news seems fraught with the disreputable behavior of my government. I cringe when they hit the news. But then I remember, that really these are like single grains of sand on the beach of my country. The rest of the sand is so spectacularly beautiful and warm. It’s easy to let these tales break our hearts about the countries we live in, but they are not about the countries we live in. They are about grains of sand that the media has made seem like boulders. There is so much more beautiful and warm in South Africa than the media will ever have the wisdom to observe.

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  9. I hear you Don. Sometimes I really wonder… ❤
    Diana xo

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  10. Sad…and troubling, and also infuriating. But don’t you worry that this type of thinking and behavior is everywhere at every level, Don?


  11. Darrel H says:

    The tension of first world and forward thinking people versus third world and corrupted minds.. in this country is often so tough to endure…


  12. Mary says:

    Very sad Don.


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