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Reflect on our greatness

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Whatever we cherish, whatever we nourish, shall surely flourish!

Is there any truth to this statement? And, if so, how is it applicable to our cultural values, achievements in music and sports and to our socio-economic conditions like economic growth, avenues and opportunities for personal development, and maximising our human potential as a people? And no less important, how does it also relate to our failures like dysfunctional families, child abuse and a very high crime and murder rate?

Self-control, self-discipline and self-mastery. It has long been observed that whatever we passionately, persistently and purposefully pursue, we tend to achieve and master. And as we celebrate and rejoice in the commendable and, indeed, some most memorable achievements of our athletes at the Rio Olympics, it may prove prudent for us to also make the time to reflect on and evaluate our experiences and values as a nation. I am confident we will rediscover the reasons for our successes and failures.

It is long past the time for us to effectively address the root causes of our failures as a people.