A crash course in changing the world.
The two biggest wishes of every artist through our history were to be accepted and remembered.
It somehow leaves the feeling that we, ordinary, "everyday" people do not have that exclusive right to be accepted and remembered. Every day, on every television station we can see important people, like politicians, singers, bussinesman, and then large number of rich people guiding the tours trough their homes etc.. But, what about ordinary people, what about a vast number of man, women, even children who did extraordinary things in most horrible moments.
I am talking about individuals who pushed the boundaries of generosity, took the risk of potential punishment or death and finally did something for this world without asking for enything in return.
These nameless persons, rarely mentioned often only in the " to believe or not" ending parts of daily news are in fact true heroes. True, pure heroes that didnt ask enybody for help, but did what they instinctively felt was right. We can sometimes hear about floods, earthquakes, fires, plane crashes and brave persons saving others lives, children saving their parents, friends or pets...
Today the bad news are best sold. There is not enough space for individual contribution to the world. In fact, only the "bad guys" get the prime time in news, and the rest, which is good, is taken for granted - like default acivity.
We are so blinded by the almost virtual world that is created by media, and it is so bad that we do not even listen any more to something that is not sensational..
Recently, i read about astonishing achievement of Hamilton Naki a South African surgical assistant and teacher, born in Ngcingane, a town in Eastern Cape of South Africa. He was the first who carried out a surgery of transplantation of the human heart, in 1967.
He was forced by apartheid South Africa to pretend to be gardener. Without any formal training in medicine he manage to accomplish such a delicate procedure, which for that time was a complete medical breaktrough.
He was the Africa¨s best kept medical secret for 37 years. After all this years, his colegue Christiaan Barnard told the world about Naki¨s achievement, and in 2004 he finally recieved the BSA award, an annual award set up in 2003 by the BTWSC, a London-based voluntary organisation that encourages the development of potential through the use of the creative arts.
The reason why I choose this man as a "leitmotif" of this text is that he represents all people that are not offered a chance to folow their dream, all people that are forced to live in constant fear of their deeds, and faited never to be accepted as a independent, sovereign individual capable of reaching the star hights, "even more than a white man".
The time of the aparthied is over, and letter statement (in previous paragraph), i hope, will probably never be heard again.
The future is ours. It is our duty to find ang give a chnace to a people with vision and knowledge. To a children with grait imagination, to a natural talents and to focus more on individual contributing to the world and in that world will be enough space for everyone.
Every man and woman and child of not only Africa but all over the world, must be heard. We are all children of this planet, of this Sun of this time and space and we all have a right to have free, prosper and life with dignity.