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Knysna Cannot Be Helped Unless It Helps Itself
Crime is up. Bad politicians, bad municipal managers and bad cops are in. The newspapers will not investigate (why would they when they’re getting ad money from those they should be investigating i.e. Knysna Municipality, Knysna Tourism). People react and divide according to the colour of their skin or where they can grab money from instead of according to what’s right or wrong. The Recession’s not going anywhere. More businesses will close, more friends will vanish. Sadness and depression are obvious reactions but what is frighteningly missing is the public being prepared to do something about it. Instead, useless opinions (they have to be backed by action to have meaning) are voiced…even those have diminished as more and more people hide. All the cognitive dissonance in the world will not help us – apathy does not grow, it kills.
I’m debating whether to put my free services i offer to Knysna on hold…or even to terminate them. That would include Love Knysna. The dismaying, sickening feeling in my stomach is the reminder that you cannot help people who will not help themselves. Personally, i’m tired of helping people that will not help others.
The majority need to kick to their consciousness, an awakening that realizes and accepts that Knysna, our pretty town, is worth fighting for; that your neighbour and your family are worth fighting for; that YOU are worth fighting for. Something only has real value if you are prepared to stand up for it. Love is proportional to input…and every year there’s less love.
I know that my words will mostly inherit scorn, useless whispers of agreement and the butt-end of jokes. I have faced much of that as i’ve tried my best to do what’s right. I haven’t been surprised for a very long time but i hold out one last candle of hope that you will step forward and stand-up for Knysna.
Knysna cannot be helped unless it helps itself!