I came across this letter by Karen Michelle Brooks on the SA Good News website this morning, and thought it was so neatly phrased that I’d share it with you:
“It does not interest me that the pound is stronger than the rand.
I want to know if our indigenous medicine can cure the world of Aids and if our people can learn together, taking our past into our future.
It does not interest me which party you voted for in the last election.
I want to know if we still admire Nelson Mandela and truly see the hope we have been given.
It does not interest me if we are not a super-power.
I want to know if we remember that we saw our man in space and that he started our children dreaming.
It does not interest me if you are government, NGO, public or private sector.
I want to know if we can cooperate and compromise.
If we can admit mistakes humbly, and so reach for the stars.
It does not interest me in what nation, race, culture, gender or category we have been placed.
I want to know if we can shape a community together and share a home of belonging.
It does not interest me that we have eleven official languages.
I want to know if we can hear each other and expand our lives with meaning.
It does not interest me when you say you are leaving.
I want to know when you gave up
And if you know that you have left your heart behind.”
Wow. Particularly the last lines.