No matter how many people believe something, it does not make it true

At this point, I know what you’re thinking. He’s going to rant about religion again. Actually not; I’m going to rant all right, but not about religion.

Our President, Jacob Zuma stunned the country this weekend by apparently announcing that ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader, Julius Malema was a leader in the making, worthy of inheriting the reigns of leadership of the ANC which is the ruling [I do not use the word lightly] party in South Africa. Not surprisingly, this vote of confidence in Malema, by the President generated a great deal of turmoil which is still raging.

While this fire was being stoked, the ANCYL declared today that it (the ANCYL) was the best youth organization in the world, not just in South Africa, or even the African continent. There’s no doubt that the petulant little rabble-rousers who make up the ANCYL, and the assortment of cronies both in the ANC and without, who make up their fan club, believe their own rhetoric unquestioningly. When an organization has been allowed to disrespect both women and the elderly, threaten and intimidate anyone who does not conform to their particular myopic views, and spout the most ignorant nonsense in public on important matters, for as long as the ANCYL have, then I suppose they could become good at it; even the best, in the world too.

One can only imagine that this latest bombshell was dreamt up by some  enterprizing pseudo-intellectual in the ANCYL, trying to take maximum advantage of the rather unfortunate utterings of the President to create the impression that the future leader of the ruling party would necessarily also have to be the current leader of a truly great organization (the ANCYL), as well. It’s strange how these associations stick.

Problem is, this fantasy about Julius Malema’s leadership qualities and the organizational effectiveness of the ANCYL, are accepted as fact, and believed by a fairly large proportion of the South African population. This is borne out by the overwhelming support, both the ANCYL and Malema enjoys wherever they appear in public. It defies logic, but logic and reason always suffer when the lowest common denominator is emotion. And that’s the source of the influence Malema and the ANCYL have over the population.

Appealing to the primitive instincts of the masses. How can you go wrong there? It’s been done successfully for thousands of years. The poor sods who sing the praises of Malema now, will wake up in a few years time, realize they’ve been had, and then find a new demigod to worship.

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11 thoughts on “No matter how many people believe something, it does not make it true

  1. This is one of the most baffling issues in this country at the moment, and we have a basket-load. It’s at moments like these when I tend to agree with what usually sounds like a petulant whine ‘if it were a white person saying/doing these things’…

  2. I don’t live in South Africa, however, I do have an opinion and it is that the law is the law. If you don’t like the status quo then you must change it everything starts with the Power of One.

    As to the enterprising pseudo-intellectual, it looks as if there is nothing fake about that one, especially if the tact is working.

    Bringing awareness is a good start, but my question is how far will you go to make positive change or will you just whine?

    • Bruce,

      The law is an ass. Especially when hi-jacked to suit the ends of self-serving politicians. Clerics know all about hi-jacking and self-serving too!!! Been doing it forever.

      The tact you refer to is only working in the minds of the ignorant – there seems to be an endless supply of those.

      Thus far I have been “turning the other cheek” and whining as you put. Perhaps you have some advice from the good book on what I should do?

  3. Lenny,

    Sure thing buddy, but I guess that we must determine to what good book you are referring too? For there are a few depending on what it is you would like to accomplish. Personally I do not support theocracy nor do I think that the political office is meant only for the rich politician type, for there are certainly more common men then the other. And yes my friend ignorance is a disease.

    “Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed,

    and some few to be chewed and digested”.

    -Francis Bacon-(28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992)

    • Hi Bruce,

      You know full well which book I refer to. The book that many claim is the source of moral guidance. I meant it as a jibe. I’m sorry to have resorted to such a low blow.

      “…there are certainly more common men then the other.” And there you have one of the greatest problems with humans. They are quite happy to remain common, and religion is quite happy to oblige in keeping them that way.

      That’s a good quote you mention there. Perhaps you’d like to check out some that I like on my “About Lenny” Page.

  4. Lenny,

    Think of it this way, with all these common men about they are looking for a hero that is one of them. Someone that can represent them and understand them like no other can. History is chock full of this type of common man rising above the sordid representation of profit before people.

    It is subversive to want change but in order to have a sure chance at effecting it, you need a message. What better message then “A common man for the common man”, “I want what you want”, etc. Grassroots change is undeniably the best way to effect positive change that is fair and localized. Even if you are defeated running is putting yourself out there and if your society is democratic it should not effect your job, if you run.

    Just a thought…

  5. Hi Bruce,

    I assume you come from a “first world democracy.” Consider yourself fortunate. Africa has tried democracy with various degrees of success, but mostly failure. The African political experience is one of dictatorships and just plain madmen.

    South Africa has perhaps had, since the decline of apartheid, a better taste of democracy, but the latest elected leaders have succumbed to petty greed and avarice. The common man is powerless to do anything about it. And the levels of literacy and political naivety don’t help much either.

    So the common man under these circumstances is looking for a saviour to get them out of the despair and poverty, and hopelessness they are stuck in. Along comes the self-serving politicians to cash in…

  6. Lenny,

    You are certainly capable of changing things if you want to that is. allow me to point something out to you, that you, yourself, just said;

    “but the latest elected leaders have succumbed to petty greed and avarice.”

    These same things happen all over the world but brave souls like you stood up and first said something. Then they garnered support. Then they changed things. The people are wanting it. You are of the people so you want it too. All you need to do, is lead. Are you a leader Lenny?

    Some Quotes:

    “Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision”
    – Anonymous

    “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing”
    – Albert Schweitzer

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”
    – Albert Einstein

    “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values”
    – Ayn Rand

    “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito”
    – Anonymous

    • Hi Bruce,

      Writing is just one of the ways I use to induce change. I am involved in other initiatives as well (charity being one); all non-violent, I may add.

      I find it extremely annoying that religious people (or non-religious believers, in your case) always presume that non-believers (atheists/agnostics/secular humanists) cannot possibly be involved in anything that is moral, good, ethical or wholesome. Everything has to be predicated on belief.

  7. Lenny

    For your information I believe that charity exists in all types of people whether they be religious believers or otherwise. Canada itself is quite socialist in our laws. Our laws protect society as a whole not just the individual. Our population is a giving population that believe in justice for all. Now get ready for this (drum roll please) they are not all religious.

    So if I offended you by my previous comments then I ask for forgiveness because my dialogue is definitely not about ripping you down or an attempt to make you feel lesser because of your adopted belief system.

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