There is something that people say about young people in South Africa. You know what they say? They say that we (youth) are passive, complacent, and apathetic in addressing the issues that affects our lives directly. Perhaps, they are right, perhaps not.
Aristotle once conveyed something that troubles me. He said something to this effect “The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication”.
Let me show you why I struggle with comprehending the legitimacy of the quote cited in the preceding paragraph.
I am not defending young people due to the fact that I am young, I do so purely because I am of the opinion that young people are playing their part in making this country a better place. Whatever issue that troubles them, they face it head-on by coming with creative ways to solve the issue they deem to be pertinent to them. They come up with initiatives that dispel the myth that seek to undermine the positive contribution they make. Some come up with initiatives that confront the issues of poor quality of teaching and learning in their communities, while others come with projects that offer young people to embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and the other significant low number of other young people introduce initiatives that encourages people to think outside the box, challenge the status quo and question what is being conveyed to them as unconventional truth.
Ordinary youth of South Africa are doing extra-ordinary things to better the lives of their peers in the society they reside in. In the community of Klipgat (A township, north of Pretoria), a group of young people started an organisation that help learners of that community with subject in Mathematics, Science and Accounting. Another group of students at the University of Stellenbosch started an initiative called Pitchin (@Pitchin_SA), where they offer an enabling platform for students to pitch their business ideas. These are just few of the stories about ordinary young people who passionately want to see South Africa thrives despite all the challenges, be economic, or political.
Looking at this, can we then deduce that Aristotle was wrong in saying that young people are constantly in the state of intoxication. If he was indeed right, then he was not referring to youth of a beautiful South Africa.
It is for this reason I say that South African young people are a youth with great potential.
I am greatly inspired by those who display a character of selflessness in shaping this beautiful nation.
Until next time, I still speak my mind one thought at a time.