Putting things in perspective

No, this is not a post about adoption. This is a post about race. And I have something on the heart that I would like to share with you.

Going through my Facebook feed today I am reading so many ‘oh this country of ours’, ‘oh ‘they’ are dumb..’ And we all know who ‘they’ are.

People complaining about their domestics breaking some electrical appliance, etc. And asking if they actually showed the domestic how to work the appliance is received with – No, WHY? It’s just a toaster / kettle etc. They should know how to work it.

Mmmm – no. “They” don’t need to know how it works. Are you aware of the fact that most of the people living in informal settlements do not have electricity, bathrooms or even windows? Just to give you an example: While working in Kleinskool, just outside Port Elizabeth, we had this old lady wanting to ‘go’ outside. We told her, NO, you can’t go outside and took her inside, showed her the toilets and said she must go there. No, no, she can’t do that!! She was so upset but my staff just took her into the bathroom and left her there. They came calling me later. This 80 year old lady has NEVER seen a toilet before in her life! She did not know how to use it, so she ‘went’ on the floor. They were very upset but I told them to clean it up. They should have given her the time to explain!

Moral of the story, don’t assume people are stupid because they don’t know something. Just take a few minutes and teach somebody something new. It might actually change their lives – and yours in the process. Just saying…


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